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Delhi at a Glance

Delhi has long been an important capital city in India. With the British completion of New Delhi during colonial rule, the city added another set of administrative buildings to a city with an already impressive collection of monuments, tombs and ruins from previous rulers. 

That being said, Delhi is an architectural and historical treasure. Wander among the crumbling ruins of ancient palaces, which disintegrate beside new slums. Gaze at the glorious collection of mosques and monuments that India's Muslim empires built for posterity. Visit the tombs of the powerful rulers and their families who could afford gigantic stone mausoleums to forever honor the dead.

Delhi has a modern side too and not one that should be overlooked. Streets are jam-packed, loud and overwhelming. Listen to the dozens of different languages and dialects being spoken. Stop in at a restaurant to enjoy everything from a traditional Indian meal to sushi or a hamburger. You'll find plenty of shopping at some of India's most extensive markets. 

What to Expect
High Season
November - February
Low Season
March - October
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Indira Gandhi International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American citizens and many other nationals need a visa to travel, work or study in India. Contact the Indian Embassy for more information and to understand specific requirements. American citizens can research travel requirements using the U.S State Department's website as well. 

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Bus Inter State Bus Terminal
      • Bus Bikaner House
      • Railroad Old Dehli Train Station
      • Railroad New Dehli Train Station
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Monsoon season occurs during the summer and it can be quite wet and muddy in some places. 

      Safety Concerns Keep valuables out of sight and use a money belt or a hotel safe to store your passport and other valuables. Keep a small stash of cash easily accessible so you don't have to expose your money belt each time you make a purchase. All travelers should decline food, drinks and drugs offered to them by strangers and be on the lookout for scammers, thieves and shady characters. Some regions of India suffer from political violence and instability. Be advised if you travel in an unstable area. 

      Health Concerns Vaccinations are recommended but not required of visitors to certain regions of India. Contact your doctor at least two months before your trip to learn about preventative health measures you may need. While in India, drink bottled water, or boil tap water for three minutes to avoid getting sick.