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. But though its sprawl and chaos can pose a challenge for any visitor, Delhi can also be disarmingly intimate, even tranquil. New Delhi travel is an eye-opening experience for the cultured traveler.
Despite its recent metamorphosis into a cosmopolitan hub for global business, media, technology, and fashion, it’s also a shockingly green city, where whole swaths are given over to gardens, parks, and protected woodlands. After Mumbai, it is the wealthiest city in India. It is also remarkably diverse, with dozens of languages, ethnicities, and influences coexisting—not just Indian but increasingly international ones as well. Though Hindi is the most widely spoken language, English the formal language used by business and government, so you should not have a problem finding your way. Use our New Delhi travel guide to find your way through the bustling metropolis.
Things Not to Miss in New Delhi
• Delicious Indian cuisine
• The Rajpath (King’s Way) and the Janpath (Queen’s Way)
• The India Gate
• Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum
• The Nehru Planetarium
• Humayun’s Tomb
• Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi’s historic, half-mile-long bazaar
When to Go to New Delhi
Summer in New Delhi is long, lasting from April til October. May and June are the hottest months with temperatures averaging over 100°F, often even higher. December through February are the coldest months, with temperatures hovering around freezing. New Delhi’s weather is affected by monsoons; the season lasts from May to July. The best times to visit new Delhi are during the late fall or early spring. The average temperature is in the mid-70s. Be aware that New Delhi lies on several fault lines and experiences frequent earthquakes, most of them of mild intensity.