New Delhi is the national capital of India and is located in the north-central part of the country, just south of Delhi city. It has a total area of 42.7 square kilometres and is considered one of the fastest growing cities in the world.
The Indian Rupee is the main currency in New Delhi, just like the rest of India. The Rupee is available in denominations of 2000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1, with 1 Rupee equal to 100 Paise. You can exchange your money at most New Delhi banks or at specialised stores called Foreign Exchange Bureaus.
The climate of Delhi is a humid subtropical climate, influenced by the seasonal monsoon. It has long, hot summers and cool, dry winters. The weather in Delhi is pleasant during February, with an average temperature of 17°C. The average maximum for February is 24°C and the average minimum is 11°C.
Hindi is the official language, however English is also widely spoken, especially in the tourist areas and business district. Urdu and Punjabi are other common languages in Delhi.
In Delhi, the power sockets are of type C, D and M. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
New Delhi is a large city and there are many options for getting around.
- Taxi: It’s easy to get around Delhi by taxi. You can negotiate fares directly with taxi drivers at taxi stands around the city.
- Metro: Delhi’s metro is fast, clean and efficient with arrival/departure announcements and signs in Hindi and English. Trains run frequently from 6am – 11pm, but can get very busy during peak commuting times.
- Autorickshaws: These yellow and green three-wheelers are the best way to get around the city for short distances. They’re cheap and quick, and can navigate around busy traffic faster than cards.
- Bus: New Delhi has one of India’s largest bus transport systems. Buses are cheap, but tend to be quite crowded and don’t always have air conditioning. Bus routes can also be difficult to navigate sometimes.
New Delhi is full of local shops and markets selling traditional crafts and clothing. The shops and markets are overflowing with colour and vitality and provide a unique and fun shopping experience whether you are looking for jewellery, spices, tapestries or shoes. Be prepared to bargain for a reasonable deal.
Food & Drink
Delhi is a destination for food lovers. You’ll find more localised versions of South India, Chinese and Continental in diverse presentations and distinct flavours. Some of the popular local dishes include butter chicken, Momos (steamed dumplings), Chaat (fried dough) and Kebabs.