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No other city in the world is like Delhi, the capital of India. One of the oldest cities in the world, Delhi has an excellent old town ambience in Old Delhi, and is modern in New Delhi.

Stately and historic, the city is one of the undisputed highlights of the country. An array of historical sites including World Heritage Sites of Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar rests amongst other several historical treasures in Delhi’s possession.

The seamless blend of old and new worlds makes for a fascinating exploration of this metropolis. The city is normally the first port of call for those planning to visit Northern India.


Fast Fact

Temperature :

Summer: 41.2 -21.4 C
Winter: 33.7 -6.8 C

Best Season :

September to March

STD Code :

011

Languages spoken :

Hindi, English, Urdu, Punjabi

Clothing :

Summer- Cottons, Winter- Heavy woollens

Attraction

Qutub Minar

A UNESCO World Heritage Site in Delhi, Qutub Minar has been constructed with red sandstone and marble. It is the tallest minaret in India with a height of 72.5 metres (237.8 ft). The Construction was commenced by Qutub-ud-din Aibak in 1192 but was completed by Iltutmish. During the rule of Firoz Shah, the minar's top two floors were damaged, but were repaired by Firoz Shah himself. Qutub Minar has a tilt of 25 inches to the southwest, which is considered to be 'within safe limits', but experts have stated that the monument needs regular monitoring in case rainwater seepage further weakens the foundation.

Red Fort

The Red Fort is a 17th century fort complex constructed by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan. Also known as Lal Qila, it served Mughal Emperors as their residence. In the walled city of Old Delhi (in present day Delhi) the fort was the palace for Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan's new capital, Shahjahanabad. Red fort lies along the Yamuna River, which surround most of the walls. Red Fort’s significant phases of development were under Aurangzeb and later Mughal rulers. This monument was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007. Red fort stands as a testimony to enormous power and pomp of Mughal emperors.

Bahai Lotus Temple

A Bahá'í House of Worship and made in a flower-like shape, Lotus temple is a prominent attraction in Delhi. Completed in 1986, it has won numerous architectural awards and been featured in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. Like all other Bahá'í Houses of Worship, the Lotus Temple is too open to all religion. The Bahá'í’ emphasize that the holy scriptures of the Bahá'í Faith and other religions can be read or chanted inside in any language. Since its inauguration to public worship, the Bahá'í House of Worship in Delhi has attracted millions visitors, making it one of the most visited buildings in the world.

Raj Ghat

Raj Ghat is a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, which was originally the name of a historic ghat of Old Delhi on the banks of river Yamuna. The memorial has been designed by Vanu G. Bhuta, reflecting the simplicity of Mahatma Gandhi's life. The design of Raj Ghat consists of a simple square platform made of black marble. The memorial has gone through a number of design changes in recent years. As a sign of respect the visitors are required to remove footwear before approaching the memorial. A commemorative ceremony is held here every Friday while Prayer sessions are held on each of Gandhi's birth and death anniversaries.

Jama Masjid

The grand Jami Masjid of Delhi was built by Shah Jahan in 1656. Situated on a hill near the Red fort, this largest mosque of India took 5,000 labourers 6 years to complete and pays testament to the vision and power of Shah Jahan, who is considered to be the most prolific builder among the Mughal emperors. Jami Masjid can hold 25,000 people at one time.

Old Fort or Purana Quila

Literally "old fort" Purana Quila is definitely worth inclusion in your itinerary. Built by Mughal emperor Humayun and Afghan ruler Sher Shah, the walls of the fort have three gates and are surrounded by a moat fed by the river Yamuna. The wall was built by Humayun while the buildings in the fort are attributed to Sher Shar. The notable buildings that have survived in the fort are the Sher Mandal and the Quila-I-kholina Mosque.

India Gate

Situated in the heart of New Delhi, India Gate was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. Built in 1931, it commemorates the 90,000 soldiers of the Indian Army who lost their lives while fighting for the Indian Empire, or more correctly the British Raj, in World War I and the Third Anglo-Afghan War. The India Gate hexagon complex with a diameter of about 625m covers approximately 306000m² in area, surrounded by most important roads of national capital. Due to its breath-taking beauty, the lawns around Rajpath get crowded in the evening, when the India Gate is lit up.

Akshardham

Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Delhi epitomizes 10,000 years of Indian culture in all its breathtaking grandeur, beauty, wisdom and bliss. It brilliantly showcases the essence of India’s ancient architecture, traditions and timeless spiritual messages. The Akshardham experience is an enlightening journey through India’s glorious art, values and contributions for the progress, happiness and harmony of mankind.

Swaminarayan Akshardham complex was built in only five years through the blessings of HDH Pramukh Swami Maharaj of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) and the colossal devotional efforts of 11,000 artisans and BAPS volunteers. The complex was inaugurated on 6 November, 2005.


General & Safety Information 

Official Language

  The official language of the conference is English.


Local Language

  Hindi and Punjabi is the local language of Delhi, but English language is also quite popular among the locals.


Climate

  The rainy season lasts till mid of September.

  The morning and evening will be pleasant but afternoon will hot. The temperature varies between 25OC to 30OC.


Travel Insurance

  We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance before travelling to India.


Safety information

  The city is a fairly safe place to visit; however, travelers must be aware of certain precautions and exercise caution.


Visiting crowded places

New Delhi is a crowded city and petty thefts are common. However, taking a few precautions can help one to enjoy the vibrant city and culture without worrying about these petty thefts.

  Advisable to avoid carrying heavy cash in crowded areas

  Avoid placing wallets in rear pockets

  Consider carrying cash and valuables in a concealed belt pouch


Relishing the food

Although the city street food is a tempting affair, it is highly recommended to relish food from well- known eateries and cafes.

  Avoid street food

  Choose to have cooked food over any kind of raw food

Go for a sealed water bottle for drinking


Using public transport

Public transportation is the best means to travel locally. But, with a few tips and tricks, your travel can be safer and enjoyable too!

 Travel along with a friend, family, or a tour group

  Avoid traveling alone, especially at night

  Use the transportation services provided by the organizers or the hotel travel desk

  Stay cautious while travelling in an auto rickshaw

  Make sure that the travel route is precise

  Request the driver to stick to the main roads and not turn down to the alley ways or old small roads


Moving around in the city

While moving around in the city, you may come across locals who can try connecting with you. It is advisable to stay cautious and refrain from striking up conversations with strangers.

 Avoid being over-friendly with the unknown

 Avoid responding to any unfamiliar gestures

 Visit only recommended places with friends and colleagues


Taking care of attire

New Delhi is a great mix of modern and traditional values. However, it is always a good practice to dress modestly in order to avoid undue attention. Indian attire is comfortable and best suited for the weather. You could also visit the popular bazaars and try out the traditional Indian apparels.

 Dress modestly - whether in western or traditional attire/p>

 Choose to wear loose cotton fabrics

 Ideal to keep a scarf handy


Others

 Keep extra photocopies of the relevant pages of your passport in a safe place.

 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 with the driver, and pay accordingly. Avoid taxis that pick up additional passengers

 Be wary of impostor porters or guides. Assure they are properly uniformed or identified. Never leave your luggage, briefcase or other items unattended.

 Insist on the taxi / auto meter being flagged down in your presence.

 In cities you can change most major foreign currencies and brands of traveller's cheques but you'll widen your options and save yourself hassles if you stick to US dollars or pounds sterling.


Local Communication Tips 

English

Hindi

Hello

Namaskar or Namaste

What is your name

Aapka naam kya hai ?

My Name is ___

Mera naam hai

Can you get me a taxi

Taxi chaheye

Go

Chalo

Stop

Roko

How much

Kitna hua?

Can you help me?

Kya aap meri madad karenge?

Water

Paani

Tea

Chai

Understand!

Samjhe

Where is "place"

"place" Kahan Hai

Please

Kripaya

Goodbye

Alavida