Introducing the city

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About New Delhi

New Delhi, India is a place where old meets new. Tradition and modernity collide to form a city that epitomises India, a country proud to preserve the past and embrace the future.

The capital of India is a city of two halves. On the one hand, the British architecture illustrated by India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhavan harks back to the early 20th century when India was colonised by the British Empire, with modern malls bringing New Delhi forward into the 21st century. On the other hand, Old India can still be seen and felt in the serenity of temples such as Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir Delhi and in the peaceful parks that allow the quiet contemplation that is central to Hindu and Buddhist religions.

This is a city that expertly retains the old while still embracing the new thanks to inspiring modern architecture, such as the Lotus Temple built in 1986, which stands on the Bahapur Hills as a symbol of Baha’i faith. Not only that but shopping in Delhi is a blend of westernised malls - such as West Gate Mall Rajouri Garden - and traditional markets like Dilli Haat which boasts mouth-watering food, colourful crafts and beautiful jewellery.

In the evening the city comes to life with restaurants offering classic and modern Indian dishes and a string of auditoriums showcasing the very best plays and musical talents. Whatever side you choose to explore, New Delhi is sure to amaze even the most skeptical of travellers.

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When should you visit?

If you prefer a cooler climate, then visit between November and March as the hottest months can be unbearable.

India is known for its year round hot weather but temperatures between April and July can be particularly unpleasant reaching highs of around 40 degrees Celsius on some days. Monsoon season is between June and September when heavy downpours are common. January is the coolest month of the year, although it still has an average high temperature of around 18 degrees Celsius.

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Travioor top tips

Loose clothing
Delhi Belly
Smile

Insider Info

  • Make sure you wear loose-fitting clothes as temperatures are high all year round. It is also more respectful and, for women, may reduce the risk of being stared at.
  • Delhi Belly is often an inevitable part of visiting New Delhi (or India in general). Be sure to drink lots of water, be careful what you eat and carry hand sanitiser in your bag.
  • It is always a novelty for Indians to see westerners so you might become a bit of a celebrity during your time in New Delhi. Don't be put off by people taking pictures. Embrace it and smile for the camera.

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Food and drink

Main Course £3.05 | 250.00₹

3-Course Meal £12.19 | 1,000.00₹

Cappuccino £1.40 | 115.21₹

Beer £1.22 | 100.00₹

The Scene

Where better to try delicious, authentic Indian food than the capital itself?

Step away from the restaurants and onto the streets if you want to experience Indian food at its best. A little trip to Old Delhi to visit Chandni Chowk should be top of your list especially if you want to sample a variety of delicacies and pick up a few cooking tips from the best stalls in town. Wander through the streets and try a curry you've never heard of before, throw in a paratha (flatbread) and finish it off with some kulfi (traditional Indian ice-cream) to cleanse and cool your pallet.

Visit Moti Mahal if you're a fan of butter chicken. The dish actually originated in this restaurant by complete accident when a chef combined a sauce of butter, tomato and chicken juices with tandoori chicken pieces. But beware - your favourite butter chicken from the take-away down the road will never taste as good again.

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History

New Delhi’s Story

New Delhi inherited the title of the capital of India from its elder Delhi, becoming an area that is representative of modern India with its colonial architecture standing as a reminder that India was once the jewel in the crown of the British Empire. In 1926 the 'new capital' was given its official name of 'New Delhi' by King George V and then officially inaugurated in 1931 by Viceroy Lord Irwin.

Delhi was at the forefront of India's fight for independence, leading the way as the country remained resilient in its protests for freedom from the British Empire. Whilst protests were often violent, iconic figures such as Mahatma Gandhi were able to lead peaceful rallies that eventually saw Britain lose their grip on a country that was making small steps forwards.

In 1947 India won its fight for independence and has been carving its international identity ever since. With a population of 25 million people, Delhi continues to lead the country through the twenty first century whilst its growing tourist appeal has resulted in it becoming a part of many people's bucket lists.

Language

Namaste | Hello
Shukriyaa | Thank you

Hindi

Hindi is the official language of New Delhi, though dialects will vary from place to place. As the capital of India and the location of Parliament, many people in New Delhi speak English. It is common for young people, taxi-drivers and tour-guides to converse in English. Punjabi is also spoken as many Punjabis and Sikhs live in the New Delhi area. If you want to get to grips with the local language, try some of these phrases below:

  • Goodbye: Alavida
  • My name is: Merā nām ... hai
  • Do you speak English?: Kyā āp aṅgrēzī bolte haiṅ?

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Need to know

+91 11 Dialling Code
102 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • Watch out for cows in the streets. They are sacred animals and are regularly seen wandering roads.
  • Watch out for pickpockets, especially at markets.
  • Be mindful of what route your taxi driver is taking.
  • The Metro Rail is a good way to get around town without the worry of taxi drivers taking you on a longer route. It even has a ladies-only carriage which solo female travellers might find helpful.
  • Women are expected to be covered up so please bear this in mind when packing. Wear loose-fitting clothes that cover your legs and shoulders to avoid unwanted attention.


VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for India here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. Lotus Temple

Escape the busy city by visiting the Lotus temple. Delve into Baha'i faith and marvel at the amazing architecture of this 20th century building.

2. Agrasen Ki Baoli

For a monument that isn't swarming in tourists, visit Agrasen Ki Baoli near Connaught Place. This building is supposedly haunted and home to bats.

3. Lodi Gardens

Fancy a kiss and a cuddle by the river? Try Lodi Gardens, a park popular with lovers who wish to take refuge from the eyes of the city.

4. Auto Art

Next time you hop in a tuk-tuk check out the interiors. Taxi Fabric Delhi are redefining auto interiors with their quirky food inspired fabrics.

5. Cooking Class

You'll need a few hints and tips to take home with you if you want to re-create that amazing Biriyani. Try a private cooking class with a local Dehli family.


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