2010 Commonwealth Games, scheduled to be held in New Delhi, are the 19th Commonwealth Games. These games are the largest multi-sport event that will be held in India. The huge anticipation and excitement surrounding the Games has triggered an upward swing in the availability of cheap tickets to India.
Budget and Accommodation
The budget estimated for hosting the Commonwealth Games exceeds one billion pounds and this does not include the development of non-sports related infrastructure like airports and roads. This makes the Delhi edition of Commonwealth Games as the most costly in history. One of the major portions of that fund has been utilised to construct the Commonwealth Games Village. This is a residential project that is being build next to the famous Akshardham Temple. The project includes more than 30 apartment buildings with nearly 1200 flats. These apartments are meant to accommodate athletes and officials related to the games. The project hired some of the best architects and interior designers. As a result, the village boats of a world class security system and solar powered lighting, as well as top of the line bathroom fittings. The project also includes a state-of-the art two level basement car parking. Additionally, the Games Village has a number of shopping and recreational facilities. The flats will be sold to general public after the games. In fact, most of the apartments have been already booked.
The Indira Gandhi International Airport has been modernised and expanded to match world class standards. The airport’s newly constructed and one of the biggest Terminal 3 in the world has improved the airport’s passenger capacity to nearly 40 million commuters a year. The city has expanded road infrastructure and that includes building up of new flyovers and bridges. This has been done to improve the general flow of traffic during the Commonwealth Games. There also have been talks of making certain busy roads signal-free during the games. Moreover, The Delhi Metro is increasing its operations to accommodate more people and enhance the usage of public transportation during the CWG 2010.
More than 70 nations will take part in a number of sports events, such as aquatics, archery, athletics, badminton, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, hockey, lawn bowls, netball, rugby, shooting, squash, table tennis, tennis, weightlifting and wrestling.
Several state of the art stadiums and venues will be used to hold the sporting events during the Games. These stadiums are Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Dhyan Chand National Stadium, Thyagaraj Stadium, Indira Gandhi Arena, Delhi University Sports Complex, Siri Fort Sports Complex, Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range, Talkatora Stadium, SPM Swimming Pool Complex, RK Khanna Tennis Complex and Yamuna Sports Complex. These venues have been refurbished to match the international standards with investment running into millions.
The Delhi Administration is planning to develop English speaking skills amongst the cab drivers, security workers, waiters, service staff and porters. This is done as a preparation to handle the convergence of English-speaking tourists during the Games. The Indian Government also aims to train people in various major tourist destinations in other parts of the country on spoken English. India will also organise free transport for the athletes and officials to the famous Taj Mahal. Furthermore, the government plans to reserve a lane for participants on some selected roads.
The political capital of India, New Delhi, boats of a number of modern accommodation for tourists with each and every kind of budgets. The city is a gamut of luxury hotels, budget hotels, lodges, guest housesand other accommodation options. Some of the top of the line luxury hotels in the Delhi and the National Capital Region are the Taj Palace, Maurya Sheraton, Leela Kempinski and The Oberoi. Various moderately priced luxury hotels include Hotel Metro Continental, The Bristol and Hotel Florence Inn.
Delhi is the city of charms and mystique. There is so much to do and so much to see in this wonderful city. The history of this city is etched in textbooks around the world. The Old Delhi is full of Islamic structures, whereas the New Delhi is a grand reflection of the glorious days British Empire. The greenery of Lodhi Gardens, the serenity of Lotus Temple, the Grandeur of Jama Masjid and the Beauty of Red Fort all make Delhi truly a tourists’ paradise India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan and Parliament House are some other popular tourist spots.
Food and Shopping
To say that Delhi’s culinary scene is legendary would be no exaggeration. There are number of opportunities for tourists to loose themselves in the gastronomic heaven of Delhi. The city features the best of cuisines from around the world. You can enjoy the best of Mughlai food at the one of world’s finest restaurants, Bukhara at Maurya Sheraton. On the other end of the spectrum are the legendary food stalls and shops of the Jama Masjid. Experience the best of both the worlds at the rainbow city of Delhi. Nowflying to Delhi is affordable as flight tickets for several airlines are available for cheap.