New Delhi Travel Guide

New Delhi Travel Guide

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Home to the world’s biggest Hindu temple, the country’s largest mosque, and South Asia’s largest shopping mall, India’s capital (population 17 millio... Read More

Home to the world’s biggest Hindu temple, the country’s largest mosque, and South Asia’s largest shopping mall, India’s capital (population 17 million) is nothing if not outsized. Though its sprawl and chaos can be intimidating for any visitor, Delhi can also be disarmingly intimate, even tranquil.

Despite its recent metamorphosis into a cosmopolitan hub for global business, media, technology, and fashion, it’s also a surprisingly green city, with whole swaths given over to gardens, parks, and protected woodlands. After Mumbai, it is the wealthiest city in India, and it’s also remarkably diverse, with dozens of languages, ethnicities, and nationalities coexisting peacefully.

Though Hindi is the most widely spoken language, English is used by businesses and the government, so you won’t have a problem making yourself understood. Use our New Delhi travel guide to find your way around this fascinating, bustling metropolis.

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Best Time To Go

The best time to visit New Delhi is in the fall, when temperatures begin to drop and humidity left over from the annual June-to-August monsoon begins to subside. Winter is also popular, though nights can get quite chilly. Early spring is pleasant, but avoid the summer months of May and June, when the city can get unbearably hot, with temperatures often reaching over 100°F.

Transportation

New Delhi is fairly spread out, so most visitors rely on taxis, autorickshaws, or public transportation to get around. As traffic jams are an issue in the city, it’s often quickest to travel by metro. The network is clean and efficient, but some sections are still under construction, so check the latest with your hotel before setting out.

Weather

January is the coolest month with an average temperature of 57.5°F (14.2°C). June is the hottest month with an average temperature of 94°F (34.3°C).

Know Before You Go

India is still very much a cash economy, and while you can use credit cards in most of New Delhi's major hotels, stores, and restaurants, it’s always a good idea to have rupees to hand for taxis and smaller purchases. Non-residents can’t legally bring rupees into India, but ATMs are plentiful; just make sure to exchange or withdraw cash on arrival at the airport.

Language

Hindi, English

Electric

Type C (two-prong plug) or Type D (three-prong plug)

Currency

Indian Rupee (₹)

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