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New Delhi Information

Travel and Local Information Guide

New Delhi is the capital city of India. As the national capital, New Delhi is the seat of executive, legislative, and judiciary branches of the Government of India. It also serves as the centre of the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi. New Delhi is situated within the metropolis of Delhi and is one of the nine districts of Delhi Union Territory.

The foundation of the city was laid on 15 December 1911. It was planned by two leading 20th century British architects namely Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker. The new Capital was christened "New Delhi" in 1927, and subsequently inaugurated on 13 February 1931, by British India's Governor-General Lord Irwin. On 12 December 2011, New Delhi celebrated 100 years of Capitalship, making it another landmark year in the long history of the historic capital of the region of Delhi. New Delhi is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Humayun's Tomb and the Qutub complex. There are areas like Old Delhi and Mehrauli in New Delhi which have a number of heritage structures.

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Getting Around

Initially there were the buses run by the state government and the taxis run by private operators but recent years have seen the rise of the Delhi Metro. A mammoth project that is still in various stages of construction, it is now a popular choice of transportation and has brought the far-lying suburbs in touch with the heart of commercial Delhi.

You can hire taxis and 'autos' (a small three wheeler, seating three people comfortably) for shorter hops across the city. Make sure you haggle with the driver and set the fare before you get into the car. Wherever possible get a prepaid fare taxi. Buses are another viable option, but their punctuality leaves much to be desired.

Good to Know

Traffic is very heavy in Delhi and it is better to take the Ring Road that circles the city to avoid getting stuck in grid locks and traffic jams. The Ring Road cuts into various arteries or main roads of Delhi at regular intervals.

There are many guides who get commission by bringing you to shop in a particular place. If you do not want to buy anything, look at the wares and walk out. You are not under any compulsion to buy.

While shopping in the more crowded areas watch out for pickpockets. They usually work in teams of two. One person will engage your attention in conversation and the other will lift your wallet.

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