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About New Delhi

As the capital and third largest city of India, New Delhi is both vivacious and captivating.  Its culture extends from its human diversity to its historical architecture enlivening the souls of travellers through its monuments, museums, galleries, gardens, and exotic shows. 

Standing along the west end of the Gangetic plain, New Delhi encompasses both its old and new parts: Old Delhi and New Delhi. Visitors can easily dip into both, spending half the day in Old Delhi, immersed in history at the dramatic Red Fort, Jama Masjid and medieval-flavored bazaars; and the other half reviving themselves over frothy cappuccinos or frosty cocktails at one of New Delhi's swanky cafes or bars.

Old Delhi’s Mughal past can be seen in the labyrinthine streets and the mosques, monuments, forts, and colourful bazaars that they pass by. The imperial city of New Delhi displays its architecture under the British Raj and provides a range of shopping opportunities.  From the many huge ultramodern shopping malls with designer boutiques to the humble roadside hawker peddling his handicrafts, hand-carved statues and fine paintings, the city is a veritable mini-India that provides a unique opportunity to sample the art and culture of the entire country.

General Information

Language

India has more than 100 national languages that vary from state to state but its official national language is Hindi. English is widely spoken throughout the sub-continent and is the official business language of the country. Guides and travel professionals are available in most major international languages at places of sightseeing interest.

Weather

The weather in New Delhi during October is pleasant. The temperature ranges from 20 to 35 degrees Celsius (68 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit). The days are usually sunny and the nights, cool.

Time

India has only one time zone. Indian Standard Time (IST) is 5 hours and 30 minutes ahead of GMT.

Currency

Exchange Rate US$ 1.00 = Indian Rupees 45.38 (on 20. 12. 2010)
Exchange Rate Euro €1.00 = Indian Rupees 59.77 (on 20. 12. 2010)

While it is possible to exchange most major foreign currencies and brands of traveller’s cheques, most currency exchequers will always exchange US dollars or pounds sterling for Indian Rupees.

The following website has current exchange rates for most currencies:
http://www.oanda.com/currency/converter

Electrical Current

The electrical current in India is 220 Volts.

 

 

 

 

General Tips

Sightseeing

  • Most museums in India are closed on Mondays.
  • The Taj Mahal at Agra is closed on Friday.
  • Smoking is not allowed in public places; some restaurants have designated smoking areas.
  • Taxi and auto-rickshaw fares keep changing, and therefore do not always conform to readings on meters. Insist on seeing the latest rate card, available from the driver, and pay accordingly.
  • Insist that your taxi/auto rickshaw driver begin the meter in your presence or agree on a fare before starting the trip.

Safety and Security

  • Most hotels have hotel safe deposit boxes for essential documents.
  • Keep travel documents in your hotel or with you at all times when moving about.
  • Always carry the hotel address with you when you leave the hotel.
  • Keep photocopies of the relevant pages of your passport with you at all times.
  • Be wary of impostor porters or guides. They should be properly uniformed and carry an identity card. Never leave your luggage, briefcase or other items unattended.

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