Delhi being a large city, with mixed population, good conveyance is of utmost importance. Buses are the easiest and cheapest mode of transport. Several Inter State bus terminals (ISBT’s) and bus stations were therefore created to serve the Delhi population. Some of the popularly known ISBT’s are:
Kashmere Gate Inter State Bus Terminal: It is also known as Maharana Pratap Inter State Bus Terminal. The approximate area of the ISBT at Kashmere gate is about 40,000 sqm. For enquiry details, the telephone no’s are: 011-22960290 and 23865181. This ISBT is one of the oldest and biggest ISBT in India operating bus services between Delhi and six states namely Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand states. The Kashmere Gate Inter State Bus Terminal opened in the year 1976. It is known to be a major hub of Interstate buses in N.India as the buses connect various cities located in neighboring states of Delhi.
Sarai Kale Khan Inter State Bus Terminal: The Sarai Kale Khan Inter State Bus Terminal caters to buses from Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. The approx. area of the ISBT is about 40465 sqm. For enquiry details the telephone numbers of the ISBT are: 011-24358343, 24358092 and 22148097.The ‘Sarai Kale Khan’ ISBT was built to decongest the overcrowded Kashmere Gate ISBT which was unable to bear the increase in interstate traffic. The ISBT was built in March 1996 though it was subsequently redeveloped to handle the increased volume of passengers. It is adjacent to Hazrat Nizamudin Railway Station. Sarai Kale Khan is the terminus for most buses heading for towns south of Delhi. Under construction in the vicinity is an elevated road project that would connect Sarai Kale Khan with Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Lodhi Road. This would subsequently be extended to Mayur Vihar in East Delhi (from Sarai Kale Khan side) and to INA colony (from the stadium end) during the 2nd phase of construction.
Anand Vihar Inter State Bus Terminal: Anand Vihar Inter State Bus Terminal caters to buses from Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. For enquiry details about Anand Vihar ISBT the telephone numbers are: 011-22152431 and 22148097. Anand Vihar is on the proposed Delhi Metro rail route. Anand Vihar ISBT is spread over approximately 99,500 sqm area and is located in Eastern Delhi. The Anand Vihar ISBT became functional with effect from August 1993. Both inter state and local bus services are being operated from Anand Vihar ISBT. The bus terminal shares the load of Maharana Pratap Inter State bus terminus in Kashmiri Gate which operates large number of buses due to increase in passenger traffic.
Online bus tickets can be booked for the bus services operated by Delhi transport corporation. Public utility services being provided at the I.S.B.T’s are listed below:
- Drinking water taps and coolers
- Separate toilet facilities for ladies and gents
- 24 hour first aid facilities.
- Police post, bank and post office.
- Chairs, lights and fans on every platform.
- Cloak room, porter, PCO/STD/ISD facilities.
- Car and scooter parking and tonga stand.
- Office accommodation for transporters.
- Public address system.
- Shops, counters, trolleys have been allotted for all general items like tea, fruits, juice, newspapers, magazines etc.