After the Kolkata Metro, Delhi Metro is the second oldest in India and world’s 8th longest metro system. The network has colour-coded lines running approx. 347.66 kilometres with a mix of underground, at-grade and elevated stations. Delhi Metro operates more than 2700 trips on a regular basis, starting at around 5 in the morning and ending at 11 at night.
Those who visit Delhi for the first time and have not heard or seen the metro before may get confused or scared to travel by it. This is obvious as there are around 253 stations that metro run through and the colour-coded lines may leave them scratching their heads. But there is nothing to worry if you carry a Delhi Metro Map along with you.
So before you step out to travel in the busiest and largest metro in India, first learn about the colour game going on in the Delhi Metro.
- The Red Line
The entire game started in 2002 when the red line was made operational for the public. It stretches out to the North East and North West areas of Delhi and has 29 stations that run from ‘Rithala to New Bus Adda’, a total distance of 34.4kms. It interchanges with:
- Pink Line at ‘Netaji Subash Palace’ and ‘Welcome’
- Yellow Line’ at ‘Kashmere Gate’.
- The Yellow Line
The third longest line of the Delhi Metro network, Yellow Line was made functional in 2004. It connects the north of the Delhi to South i.e, from ‘Samaypur Badli’ to ‘Huda City Centre’ (37 stations) and covers a distance of approx. 48.8kms. It interchanges with
- Pink Line at ‘Azadpur’ and ‘INA’
- Red Line at ‘Kashmere Gate’
- Orange Line at ‘New Delhi’
- Blue Line at ‘Rajiv Chowk’
- Magenta Line at ‘Hauz Khas’
- The Blue Line
The longest line of Delhi Metro, Blue Line was opened to in December 2005. It covers a distance of around 50.5kms and consists 50 stations from ‘Dwarka Sector 21’ to ‘Noida Electronic City’. It interchanges with
- Magenta Line at ‘Janakpuri’ and ‘Botanical Garden’
- Pink Line at ‘Rajouri Garden’, ‘Mayur Vihar-1’, ‘Anand Vihar’, ‘Karkardooma’,
- Yellow Line at ‘Barakhamba Road’,
- Violet Line at ‘Mandi House’
- The Green Line
It is the shortest metro line and was made operational in 2010. It covers 23 stations that stretch out to a distance of 29.6kms. Completely elevated, Green line was built as a part of the Phase-II of Delhi Metro. It runs mainly through the busy NH 10 route in West Delhi. It interchanges with
- Red Line at ‘Inderlok’
- Blue Line at ‘Kirti Nagar’
- The Violet Line
The Violet Line was introduced in October 2010 and it connects Central Delhi to South Delhi. This line covers a distance of 47kms connecting ‘Kashmere Gate’ to ‘Raja Nahar Singh’. It interchanges with
- Magenta Line at ‘Kalkaji Mandir’
- Pink Line at ‘Lajpat Nagar’
- Blue Line at ‘Mandi House’
- Red Line at ‘Kashmere Gate’
- The Orange Line
It is the ‘Airport Express Line’ that was opened in 2011. Orange Line covers a distance of around 22.7kms, linking the ‘New Delhi Railway Station’ to ‘Dwarka Sector-21’. At ‘Dwarka Sector-21’ station, it terminates and joins Blue Line.
- The Magenta Line
It covers 25 metro stations starting from ‘Janakpuri West’ to ‘Botanical Garden’, and provides direct connectivity to Terminal 1D of Indira Gandhi International Airport. It interchanges with:
- Yellow Line at ‘Hauz Khas’
- Violet Line at ‘Kalkaji Mandir’
- Blue Line at ‘Botanical Garden’
- The Pink Line
Also, known as ‘Ring Road line’, Pink Line consists of 38 metro stations from ‘Majlis Park’ to ‘Shiv Vihar’. However, some stations are under-construction and on completion, it will become the longest line of the Delhi Metro with a length of 58.59kms. It interchanges with:
- Yellow Line at ‘Azadpur’ and ‘INA’
- Red Line at ‘Netaji Subash Place’ and ‘Welcome’
- Blue Line at ‘Rajouri Garden’ and ‘Mayur Vihar-1’
- Violet Line at ‘Lajpat Nagar’
In addition to the above lines, there is a ‘Rapid Metro Line’ that connects ‘Gurgaon’ to ‘Sikandarpur’ station of Yellow Line. There are 11 stations in total covering a distance of 12kms. If you face any sort of confusion, you can always refer to Delhi Metro route map.
Tourist Places to Visit in Delhi
Foreigners visiting Delhi on their e-Visa India can alight at the following metro stations to visit most famous tourist places:
- Chandni Chowk
- New Delhi
- Shivaji Stadium
- Central Secretariat
- Khan Market
- Red Fort
- Jor Bagh
- Qutub Minar
- Jama Masjid
Note- Magenta Line provides direct connectivity to Terminal 1D of Indira Gandhi International Airport.
Delhi Metro Connectivity with Indian Railways
The best way to get into Delhi or to visit any other state from this city is by using the Indian Railways network. If you are traveling by train in India, Delhi Metro has provided connectivity to the major railway stations as well. Here is the list, have a look:
- New Delhi- New Delhi Railway Station
- Hazrat Nizamuddin- Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station
- Shahdra- Shahdra Railway Station
- Kashmere Gate- Old Delhi Railway Station
- Old Faridabad- Faridabad Railway Station
- Tughlakabad- Tughlakabad Railway Station
- Anand Vihar- Anand Vihar Railway Station
- Pratap Nagar- Pratap Nagar Railway Station
Taking the Delhi Metro route is the ideal way to take a complete tour of the capital city. Factors like no stress of traffic jams, minimal waiting time, clean & hygienic, environmentally friendly, air-conditioned coaches and reasonable fares make Delhiites among the luckiest to have this transport facility.
So if you are planning to travel in Delhi by metro, save the map of Delhi Metro and take it along with you.