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Delhi, India

Delhi is northern India's largest city. One part of it, known as New Delhi, is officially designated the capital of India, but the names are often used interchangeably. 

On a broad scale, Delhi is not difficult to navigate. The Outer Ring Road, and Ring Road, offer simple connections between districts. In South Delhi, most of the major districts lie on either the inner or outer ring roads. Inside the colonies it is another issue. Finding your way around the inside of any of the maze-like colonies other than Vasant Vihar or Chanakyapuri can be quite an adventure.

Delhi's climate is infamously bad. From April to June, temperatures are scorchingly hot. Monsoon rains deluge the city from July to September. In winter, especially December and January, temperatures can dip to near-zero. The shoulder seasons (Feb-Mar and Oct-Nov) are comparatively pleasant,but short.

Indira Gandhi International Airport is located in the west of the city. Since privatization, the airport has been extensively revamped and has been transformed into a modern facility on a par with the best airports in the world.

The best way to travel in Delhi is via metro. Metro is clean, efficient, and typically ridden by middle-class students or commuters en route to/from work; there is almost nowhere in the city that you cannot get to by metro.

The native language of the Delhi area is Hindi, which also happens to be the main official language of the Union Government. For official purposes, English is more widely used than Hindi. 

Signage is usually bilingual in Hindi and English. Announcements on the metro are in Hindi and English.

Delhi has a large number of hostels, many of them centered around the tourist/backpacker hubs.

Due to Delhi's dearth of quality mid-range hotels, there are many guest houses of widely varying quality and price.

At the high end of the hotel scale, demand far outstrips supply and it's not unusual to be asked $400 for a very ordinary room. 

In Delhi, not only can you find the best Indian food, there are also many excellent international restaurants. Remember, Delhi is about 1,000 km from the nearest ocean, so seafood is highly suspect and should be avoided.

There are plenty of employment opportunities in Delhi for foreigners, whether they would like to work in business, NGOs, education, or even government. The labor market in Delhi is highly competitive and often the number of applicants far exceeds the number of positions available, which allows employers to offer meager salaries even for highly skilled positions.

The Government of India Tourist Office offers daily tours, covering all of the major Delhi sites. If you go on the day tour, only 20-40 min are given for each sight. Consider this day tour as a sampler. If there is a sight of particular interest, bookmark it and return at a later date.

Just a small sampling of places to visit include:

Red Fort, Humayun's tomb, Qutub complex, National Museum, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Delhi Zoo, and Connaught Place. 

Enjoy your Indian adventure in the fascinating city of Delhi!

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