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7 Tips for Living in New Delhi

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Advice for people moving to New Delhi or thinking about moving there.

Living in New Delhi - 7 Tips for Living in New Delhi

This is a must read if you're moving to New Delhi or thinking about moving there.

Living in New Delhi as an expat or digital nomad can be an exciting and enriching experience. The city is a vibrant blend of history, culture, and modernity, offering a unique lifestyle that can be both challenging and rewarding. Here are seven key tips to help you navigate life in this bustling metropolis.

1. Understand the Local Culture

Delhi is a city steeped in history and culture. It's important to respect and understand the local customs and traditions. This includes dressing modestly, especially in religious places, and being aware of the local etiquette. For instance, it's customary to greet people with a 'Namaste' (hands folded together) rather than a handshake. Also, remember that the Indian head shake can mean 'yes', 'no' or 'maybe', depending on the context!

2. Learn Basic Hindi

While English is widely spoken in Delhi, learning some basic Hindi phrases can go a long way in helping you navigate the city and interact with locals. Simple phrases like 'Dhanyavaad' (Thank you), 'Haan' (Yes), 'Nahi' (No), and 'Kitna hua?' (How much?) can be very useful in day-to-day interactions.

3. Explore the Neighborhoods

Delhi is a city of neighborhoods, each with its own unique character. Connaught Place, with its colonial-era architecture, is the city's financial hub and a popular shopping destination. Hauz Khas Village is known for its vibrant nightlife and trendy boutiques. Chandni Chowk, one of the oldest markets in Delhi, is a must-visit for its bustling bazaars and street food. South Delhi, home to affluent residential areas, offers a quieter, more laid-back lifestyle.

4. Enjoy the Local Cuisine

Delhi is a food lover's paradise. From street food to fine dining, the city offers a wide range of culinary experiences. Try the local delicacies like Chole Bhature, Butter Chicken, and Biryani. For a fine dining experience, restaurants like Indian Accent, Bukhara, and Karim's are highly recommended. Remember, Indian food can be spicy, so if you're not used to it, ask for your dish to be made less spicy.

5. Use Public Transportation

Delhi's traffic can be chaotic, and driving can be a stressful experience for newcomers. The city has a well-connected public transportation system, including the Delhi Metro, buses, and auto-rickshaws. Using these can save you a lot of time and hassle. Just remember to keep some change handy for fares, and be prepared for crowded conditions during peak hours.

6. Stay Healthy

Delhi's air quality can be poor, especially in the winter months. It's important to take precautions like wearing a mask, using air purifiers at home, and staying indoors on particularly bad air days. Also, be careful about what you eat and drink. Stick to bottled water, avoid street food that hasn't been cooked properly, and make sure your vaccinations are up to date.

7. Get Involved

One of the best ways to feel at home in a new city is to get involved in the local community. There are numerous opportunities to volunteer, join clubs, or participate in local events. This not only helps you make new friends and connections, but also gives you a deeper understanding of the local culture and lifestyle. Do some research and find groups or activities that align with your interests.

Living in Delhi can be a whirlwind of experiences - the sights, sounds, and smells can be overwhelming at first. But with a little patience, an open mind, and these tips, you'll soon find yourself falling in love with this incredible city.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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