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New Delhi

New Delhi is in many ways a city of contrasts with its vast parkland, majestic buildings, wide avenues and wealth, mixed with poverty and slum you may not have thought possible.

Very many tourists get their first encounter with India just in New Delhi, and not a few of them get a powerful culture shock. New Delhi is not a relaxed tourist town; pollution is great, traffic is suffocating and suicidal. Here the sound level is deafening. Beggars and homeless people are ongoing and very visible in the cityscape.

New Delhi is in many ways the gateway to India, and many choose to spend a few days here before traveling to more typical tourist destinations such as Agra, Jaipur or Goa. If you manage to handle New Delhi’s intensity and endurance, you will have strong experiences for life.

Get to know New Delhi

New Delhi is located in northern India and is the capital of the country. The city has around 15.3 million inhabitants, making it the world’s sixth most populous city. Many of these live on the hunger limit in unbelievable slum, but New Delhi also has an extraordinary number of dollar millionaires making the contrasts huge. You can walk out of a five-star luxury hotel with suites that cost tens of thousands of dollars a night, and right on a grubby, barefoot family of children who sleep on the sidewalk amid rubbish and human excrement.

A business district and center – Connaught Place
For a century under British rule, New Dehlis town planning and architecture has been clearly marked. The most natural center of the city is arguably Connaught Place, or CP as it is popularly known. This is the business district located around a wheel-shaped street network with a huge roundabout in the middle. Here you will find a number of hotels, airline offices, restaurants, cinemas, internet cafes and shops. Below the center circle is the large Palika Bazaar market and the decline of New Delhi’s newly built subway.

Here is also the more tourist-oriented Janpath Market, which includes a Tibetan market selling art, instruments and crafts from the Himalayas. Below you will find Jantar Mantar, a three-hundred-year-old observatory with large sundial and astrological structures with intricate markings designed to calculate time and distance on celestial bodies. It is not as impressive as the observatory with the same name and originator in Jaipur, but still worth a visit.

Around Raj Path in Delhi
It looks even more European in the area between India Gate and the government quarters, where the two-kilometer majestic Raj Path boulevard extends east and west surrounded by vast green spaces with fountains and pools. The Government Quarter, or The Palace of Rashtrapati Bhavan, also consists of the Presidential Residence and Parliament and has a very British look. Massive deciduous statues, green gardens, Greek columns and Roman-inspired domes make it very easy to forget that you are actually in India.

Backpacker Paradise Paharganj
In Paharganj, west of the train station, the backpackers have been gathering for decades. Here are many budget hotels and guesthouses, several of them with restaurants and noisy bars that are open until late at night, which can make it troublesome for those who primarily want to spend the nights sleeping. In the streets it is teeming with eating places, rickshaws, cows, pickpockets, fruit carts and hunters of fortune.

Old Delhi
Old Delhi, or Shahjahanabad, is the most exotic part of the city, but most tourists find it too tiring to stay here. With the exception of some luxury hotels, most of the accommodation options are for the locals. The noise level is intense, and as a white tourist you will be hit by sellers, beggars and taxi drivers from the moment you leave the hotel. But here you will also find many of the most interesting places in the city, such as Red Fort, Jami Masjid, City Hall and Chandni Chowk.

Fashionable Gurgaon
The stark contrast to Old Delhi is Gurgaon, which over the last ten years has become a fashionable business center with its many shopping centers and luxury hotels. Many large multinational companies such as Pepsi, Microsoft, Google and Nokia have their headquarters in Gurgaon.

New Friends Colony in Delhi
The friendly name of New Friends Colony in southeastern New Delhi has a large concentration of students from Jamia Milia Islamia University. Several eateries, such as Pizza Hut and McDonalds, have thus opened branches here. In addition, there are a number of pubs, Thai restaurants, Chinese restaurants and cinemas. You can also use the Crowne Plaza Hotel’s swimming pool for a fee.

Other districts of Delhi
In the southern suburbs of New Delhi you will find some accommodation options in the upper tier of hotels, such as the Intercontinental and Syria, and here are many of the major tourist attractions outside Old Delhi. Here are Qutb Minar, Lotus Temple, Rose Gardens and Lodi Gardens. You will also find shopping areas such as the fashionable Hauz Khas with its many restaurants, Ansal Plaza, Sagar and Ego. In the residential area of ​​Lajpat Nagar, you have Lajpat Nagar Central Market, which many consider India’s best place to find everything in one place, at great prices and without the intense hassle you have to go through in most other markets.

Facts about New Delhi

New Delhi is India’s capital and the country’s second largest city in terms of population. New Delhi will certainly not leave you untouched. Either you love New Delhi or you hate her.

Population

About. 26.6 million (but great uncertainty around the figure)

Official languages

Hindi, English, Urdu, Punjabi and 14 other languages

Control Form

Republic.

Religion

80% Hindu, 12% Muslim

Time Difference

The whole of India is 4.5 hours ahead of Norway, summertime 3.5 hours before.

Currency

Indian rupee. 100 rupees is about 15 Norwegian kroner. Credit cards such as Visa, Mastercard and AmEx are accepted in most major locations such as hotels and restaurants. There are plenty of ATMs available.

Tips

If the tips are not included 10% is ok, but normally you will round up the amount. In taxi and rickshaw there is no need to give tips. Price is agreed here in advance.

Embassy

The Norwegian Embassy is located in 50c Shantipath, Chanakyapura. Tel: +91 1126 873532.

Tourist

88, Janpath, Connaught Place.

Telephone

91

Emergency

Police 100, Fire 101, Ambulance 102

Electricity

220 volts, but some places with three-pin connectors. Adapters are normally available in stores.

Holidays and Holidays

January 26 (Republic Day) and August 15 (Independence Day), as well as countless local holidays.

Visa

Norwegian citizens need a visa before entering India. Contact the Indian Embassy at Nils Juels gate 30 in Oslo (tel. 22 55 22 29) at least one week before departure. At the time of writing, the price is approx. 500 kroner for a one-time visa + a passport photo.

Vaccinations

No vaccines are required, but it is recommended to vaccinate against polio, typhoid fever, Japanese meningitis, diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis A and TB.

Water

Should (certainly) not be drank from the tap.

Nearest major cities

Jaipur, Agra, Amritsar.

Safety

Violence is very rare, robbery can happen, pickpockets and scams are very common. New Delhi has also been hit by terrorist acts in recent years.

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