Modern New Delhi, just south of the old and original city and said to have been built on seven ancient cities, is a tangle of crowded streets, diverse languages and beautiful architecture. This megacity teems with different industries and cultures, which add to the eclectic nature and diverse community that the Indian capital is known for.
Living in Delhi as an expat
The city's cultural differences can feel confusing and overwhelming for some expats, while others embrace the wonderfully multicultural melting pot that is Delhi. Perhaps more than any other major expat city, Delhi has no single culture expats are expected to conform to, and instead welcomes foreigners from all over the world and all walks of life.
Delhi's economy has been growing, and the city centre now boasts robust industries and a skyline spiked with modern skyscrapers. Boasting India's busiest and largest metro rail system, the city's public transport system is continuously improving and is testament to Delhi's rapid development. Meanwhile, the accelerated growth of Delhi's key industries, including IT and telecommunications, means they are in high demand of experienced employees, many of whom are recruited from abroad.
When house hunting, expats have a vast range of neighbourhoods to choose from, each with their own unique vibe and traits. Housing comes in various forms, from luxury Western-style accommodation to affordable studio units.
Cost of living in Delhi
Expats living in Delhi enjoy a surprisingly reasonable cost of living, especially in comparison to Mumbai. For a fraction of the cost, expats can enjoy a comfortable lifestyle in New Delhi with access to luxuries they might not be able to afford back home.
Expat families and children
Becoming increasingly popular among expat families, Delhi is a wonderful place in which to raise children. Though public schools lack funding, most expats send their children to one of the many excellent international schools in the city. Private healthcare in Delhi is also superb, and parents can rest assured that their families will be well looked after in case of illness or injury. The city also have plenty to do for families, with an abundance of green spaces, sport facilities and a multitude of fun attractions and interesting sights.
Climate in Delhi
The climate of Delhi is both humid subtropical and semi-arid. Winters are generally mild, while summers can get scorching hot, exacerbated by dry, dusty winds. The hottest months of the year are May and June.
Ultimately, living and working in Delhi has its pros and cons, and expats who move here with an open mind enjoy it the most and end up staying the longest. Delhi offers the unique sights and smells of a quintessential Indian experience alongside the excitement and fast pace of a megacity.
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"It is a country of contrasts, and if you are able to adjust easily and adapt to any situation India is a wonderful place to be." French expat Doris shares her expat experience of Delhi.
"India can be not only a great adventure, but also a teacher, that will teach you some very important life lessons. But if, and only if, you keep an open mind and do not judge right away. This is why most people either love or hate India; there’s no middle ground and the thing that makes the difference is you and your perspective and toleration towards your new home." Read more about expat life in Delhi from our interview with Daniel Kiteski.
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