One of the largest and busiest railway stations in the Capital, this railway station is flanked right in the middle of the east and south parts of Delhi. According to IndianTrains.org, 48 trains start and terminate here; another 66 pass through this station while connecting the rest of India. The signposts are subtle and often get lost in the endless parade of humanity - of travellers boarding and disembarking the trains, coolies working like ants and lifting luggage’s well over their own weight, and vendors selling everything from tea and biscuits to popular books for your journey.
One entry point to the station is from the Nizamuddin Bridge, which serves as the lifeline for all the traffic to-and-fro East Delhi. The other entry point is on the Mathura Rd, near the Delhi Zoo, for all the incoming traffic from south Delhi. Parking is tough but relatively easier at the southern entry.
The railway station has numerous dinners and cafes within its premises. One of the most well-known 24-hour restaurants in Delhi, Comesum receives travellers and Delhiites alike as guests. The menu is diverse in delicacies and range, but the specialty remains traditional Indian food.
The nearest bus-terminal is Sarai Kale Khan. It’s only a 5-min walk from the railway station. While waiting for a train to catch, you can visit some amazing sites in the locality. The Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah is the shrine of the Sufi saint Nizamuddin Chishti and has numerous tombs within its precincts. A weekly qawalli is organized daily from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and then again from 9:00 to 10:30 p.m. in the open and serene environs of the Dargah. Both locals and tourists attend and enjoy the Sufi performances. You wouldn’t want to miss it!
Humayun’s tomb is one of Delhi’s most popular heritage monuments. It’s just another 10-min walk away from the station. There are numerous other places to see in vicinity. Indraprastha Park is a huge open space nearby where you can walk for a stroll in the greenery. The Delhi Zoological Park or the Delhi Zoo is also easily accessible. It’s one of the largest zoos of the country and home to more than a thousand species of animals, birds and reptiles.
The nearest metro from the east is Indraprastha and from the south it’s Jangpura. If you wish to reach the airport via the metro, take an auto to Jangpura metro station and get to the Central Secretariat station, there you’d find a non-stop metro to Indira Gandhi International airport. However, make sure that your luggage doesn’t exceed the permissible limits of maximum 15 kgs and the size of 60cm (Length) x 45 cm (Breadth) x 25 cm (Height). There are also prepaid taxi services available right outside the gates of the station.
Don’t visit this railway station because you have to. A little saunter will rip open the veil that hides the mystic beauty of this place and emancipate you from the stress and anxiety of daily life and all urban contraptions.