Taking Delhi Metro from East Delhi to South Delhi is a very BAD IDEA

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Finally, the Delhi Metro's Magenta Line opens for the public. I've been excitedly waiting for this Magenta Line to open hoping to have my commute cut down by half. Boy! I have never been more wrong in my life.

For starters, I live in Vasundhara Enclave, East Delhi which is about 15-20 minutes away from New Ashok Nagar Metro Station or Sector 15, Noida Metro Station. For me to travel to South Delhi via metro, I have to change multiple stations which I was prepared for. What I wasn't prepared for was the number of stops and how slow the route is when I look back. Let me explain.

I left my home at 6:30pm, got an UberPool for Rs 39 and reached New Ashok Nagar within 15 minutes. Took about 5 minutes to get in, go through the security and board the metro to Botanical Garden Metro Station. There, I changed the Metro to Magenta Line to go to Hauz Khas Metro Station. By the time I reached Haus Khas, it was already 7:35pm. 

From there, I had to get to Yellow Line to get to Chattarpur Metro Station; it is a long-long walk. Probably about 400-500m.

I finally reached Chattarpur Metro Station around 8:15pm. The metro trip cost me about Rs 45 (I think; I don't remember). There, I booked another UberPool for Rs 39 since I didn't have cash to take an auto! :(

I finally reached my destination in Vasant Kunj at 8:35pm. Yeah, the metro ride cost me about Rs 120 in total and took 2 hours. TWO FREAKING HOURS!!

It usually takes 40-45 minutes or about 1 hour via UberPool when there's traffic and usually it's just about Rs 180-250.

Conclusion: ​I'm NEVER taking the Delhi Metro to go to South Delhi again. It's just painful. PAINFUL.



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