Frequently Asked Questions about Delhi
Moving to a new city is often equal parts exciting and stressful. To set expats' nerves at ease, here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about moving to the bustling Indian city of Delhi.
Do I need a car in Delhi?
If you living in the suburbs it is best to have a car, although most companies that regularly hire expats provide transportation. Even so, this provision may not be full-time, leaving expats living in the suburbs stuck there during the evenings without a vehicle. Expats should consider hiring an additional driver to assist them in getting around the city.
There are a host of easily hailed taxis available within the city, and if in the very busy city centre it is possible to get around without a car. Ride-hailing applications such as Uber are also operational in Delhi.
What are some networks to help settle in?
There are literally hundreds of different clubs that expats can become involved with in Delhi. Many of these are multinational groups, while others are just for hanging out with people who speak the same language. Sports teams and hobby groups are everywhere. It is best to check with one's home country's embassy for a complete list. Simply browsing around online is another good way to find an expat group.
Is Delhi safe?
Expats should exercise necessary safety precautions in Delhi, just as they would in any other major city. The biggest hazard of living in Delhi is the minor health-related problems that come with eating the food; a case of traveller's diarrhoea or 'Delhi Belly' is common. Go to private hospitals for health problems. Delhi is fine to walk around in during the day but avoid walking alone at night, as one would in any big city. Also keep an eye out for petty crime like pick-pocketing to reduce the chance of becoming a victim.
Are the standards of education good in Delhi? What options are there for expat children?
There is lots of choice when it comes to education in Delhi. While public schools in the city are not a viable option for most expats, the city has a wealth of English-language private schools and international schools. While there is a lot of choice, many of these schools are over-subscribed and expats will need to act fast to secure a place.