Frequently Asked Questions about Delhi
Do I need a car in Delhi?
If you live in the suburbs it is best to have a car, although most companies that regularly hire expats provide transportation. Even so, this provision is hardly ever full time, thus expats living in the suburbs can be stuck there during the evenings without a vehicle. Expats should consider hiring a local driver to assist them in getting around the city.
There are a host of easily hailed taxis available within the city though, and if in the very busy city centre it is possible to get around without a car.
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 your embassy for a complete list.
Is Delhi safe?
Expats should exercise necessary safety precautions in Delhi, 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 you would in any big city. Look out for petty crime like pick-pocketing.
What sorts of job opportunities are available for expats wanting to relocate to Delhi?
Delhi's economy is diverse and expats will find jobs in a variety of different sectors such as IT, manufacturing, media and tourism. There are also plenty of employment agencies who are equipped to help trailing spouses find employment in Delhi.
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 private schools and international schools, where the language of instruction is English. While there is a lot of choice, expats need to act fast to secure places at these schools.
What are the best neighbourhoods for expats living in Delhi?
Delhi has a large expat community, and where one chooses to live will depend on their circumstances and preferences. Most Westerners choose to live in parts of South Delhi, which are well equipped to cater to the needs of the expat community. Recommended areas and suburbs of Delhi include Golf Links, Jor Bagh and Vasant Vihar.