The first railway station of Delhi, the Old Delhi Railway Station, also known as Delhi railway station, is located near Chandni Chowk, Delhi. Served by the Northern Railways of India, the Old Delhi railway station lies just about seven km from Connaught place, the hub of New Delhi. The station is also located close to strategic and historical places of Delhi like the Red Fort, Chawri Bazaar, Jama Masjid, etc.
The Old Delhi railway station is the starting point of many major trains, like Mussoorrie express, Samjhauta express and Pink City Express, amongst others. The station offers computerized reservation facility, which can be easily availed for booking tickets. The Old Delhi railway station also has a tourist information centre to deal with any queries of visitors in the city. The ISBT (Interstate Bus Terminal) of Kashmere gate is located near the Old Delhi railway station, making it comfortable for outstation people to catch trains from this station.
The station code of Old Delhi railway station is DLI. This station was built before independence by the British and has always been a strategic railway station of the country. The Old Delhi station balances the extra burden received by the New Delhi Railway Station. The station is close to the Chandni Chowk Metro Station, thereby making it further easy for metro users to catch trains to different destinations.
The Old Delhi station has railway lines from three directions including from East i.e. Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh side, from North, i.e. Ambala, Karnal,Sonepat, Panipat, Chandigarh, Amritsar & Jammu, etc and from West i.e , Kishanganj, Shakurbasti, Rohtak side. The Old Delhi railway station has a total number of 10 platforms.
The area around Old Delhi railway station has many good hotels for accommodating visitors who come to Delhi for first time and even for those who frequently visits the city for different purposes. These include various budget, economy and deluxe hotels situated close to the station.
Moreover, for luxury seeking travelers, there are a few luxury hotels placed near the Old Delhi Railway Station. The Oberoi Maidens Hotel of the Oberoi group, regarded as one of the oldest hotels of Delhi, is also located close by. This hotel serves the elite and luxury seeking people. On the other hand, the economy hotels near the station serve the budget class people who want to stay in a hotel offering basic amenities.
Likewise, the area near the station serves people with different food habits differently. Those who want to eat food at a reasonable cost can visit the numerous restaurants or eating joints closeby, and for people who want to eat good and luxurious food can choose between many good restaurants in the locality.