Areas and suburbs in Delhi
Expats moving to Delhi will find themselves in a sprawling city woven into a web of dozens and dozens of areas and neighbourhoods. While each has its own unique and charming characteristics, it's important to know what's what in this often intimidating metropolis; especially as a newly arrived expat looking for accommodation or seeking out something specific.
Delhi can certainly be an 'insider’s city' in that valuable information about which neighbourhoods are best for shopping, sightseeing or living is often only available through word of mouth. The expat community, by and large, lives and works in South Delhi or Gurgaon; those relocating should familiarise themselves with the areas and suburbs that make up this city cross-section.
Areas and suburbs in Delhi
Expats moving to Delhi will most likely be drawn to neighbourhoods in South Delhi where other foreign nationals are concentrated and have formed a community over the years. There are plenty of options, depending on price, priority and location.
This is one of the more affluent neighbourhoods in Delhi. The homes are large, luxurious and well-guarded. Many businessmen and diplomats call this area home. Golf Links is well situated with regards to amenities such as shops, restaurants and various other entertainment facilities. The area is popular with a range of different demographic groups from young professionals to expat families.
Jor Bagh contains a large, well-established expat community. Properties here are spacious and suitable for expats moving to Delhi with families. Jor Bagh's main market is a good place to shop for imported foods. The area has a number of parks and open spaces which is great for those with children.
Nizamuddin is divided into two sections. Nizamuddin East is a residential area with many small parks, and is home to a handful of expats. Nizamuddin West has a residential area, but also contains the shrine of the Sufi saint Hazrat Nizamuddin, which is well worth visiting. This little niche in Delhi is also a meat eater's paradise, as it contains many small restaurants specialising in Mughlai cuisine. Humayun’s Tomb, one of the three World Heritage Sites in Delhi, is right next to the Nizamuddin area.
A handful of expats choose to live here for its spacious farmhouses and gardens. Because it’s technically an unauthorised colony, amenities like water and electricity connections can be fickle and often difficult to repair. Accommodation here is more reasonably priced than it is in other parts of the city and the area's charm stems from the more peaceful quality of life it offers residents.
South Extension (SouthEx)
SouthEx, as it's commonly known, is a popular expat neighbourhood. Here expats will find lots of modern accommodation options to choose from, including small apartments to larger, more spacious condos. South Ex's residents have access to some great shopping facilities as well as restaurants and bars. There is plenty to keep people entertained here and it a good choice for young, professional expats.
Vasant Vihar is just to the south of Chanakyapuri and is home to many diplomatic missions. For this reason, it is one of the most popular residential neighbourhoods among expats. It is also close to Basant Lok Market, a trendy college students’ market (because of its proximity to Jawaharlal Nehru University) that has several shops, restaurants and the Priya Cinema.