New Delhi Life and Visitor Travel Tips

(New Delhi, Delhi, India)

Picture of visitors heading to the Lotus TempleNew Delhi is a bustling city and as India's capital, there is always something going on. Local businessmen in New Delhi lead a fairly fast-paced life and visiting travellers will be able to soak up the atmosphere, sightseeing at their own speed.

Whilst most locals in New Delhi are honest and generally pleasant, there are some scams operated by locals, who tend to see tourists as an easy target. Especially prevalent in New Delhi are a growing number of unofficial travel agencies, which should be avoided. The only official tourist office is the India Delhi Tourism outlet listed below. Also be on the look out for hotel touts and never be dissuaded from your original hotel choice, especially when you have reserved a room. Refer to our travel tips shown here about life in New Delhi, so that you are fully aware of what you can expect.

Photo taken in the gardens of the Lotus Temple

Useful Contact Details

A tourist counter can be found upon arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport, while other outlets can be found at the main train stations. Student cards can be either obtained or renewed to the Student Travel Information Centre.

India Tourism Delhi (Government of India Tourist Office)
Address: 88 Janpath, Connaught Place, New Delhi, 110 001, India, IN
Tel: +91 011 2332 0008
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 09:00 to 18:00, Saturday - 09:00 to 14:00

Student Travel Information Centre
Address: ITDC Hotel Janpath, Janpath, New Delhi, India, IN
Tel: +91 011 2336 8760
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 09:00 to 18:00

Delhi Travel and Transportation Development Corporation
Address: N36 Middle Circle, Connaught Place, New Delhi, 110 001, India, IN
Tel: +91 011 2331 5322

Haryana State Tourism Development Corporation.
Address: 36 Janpath, Chanderlok Building, New Delhi, 110 001, India, IN
Tel: +91 011 2332 4910

Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation
Address: 36 Janpath, Chanderlok Building, New Delhi 110 001, India, IN
Tel: +91 011 2332 5320

Madhya Pradesh State Tourism
Address: 204 / 205, Kanishka Shopping Plaza, 19 Ashoka Road, New Delhi, 110 001, India, IN
Tel: +91 011 2332 6528

New Delhi Post Offices
Address: GPO, New Delhi, 110 001, India, IN
The New Delhi GPO is located within the centre of a busy roundabout, just a short walk to the south-west of Connaught Place. A further post office branch is located on Connaught Place itself.

Foreigners' Regional Registration Office (FRRO)
Address: Level 2, East Block 8, Sector 1, RK Puram, New Delhi, India, IN
Tel: +91 011 2671 1443
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 09:30 to 13:30 and 14:00 to 15:00

Language and Dialect

Hindi is the official spoken and written language in New Delhi, although English is also considered to be another official language, along with Punjabi and Urdu. However, Hindi will always be India's most notable language and is both spoken and recognised by most. A selection of basic Hindi phrases are shown below.

Hi / Hello - namaste
Goodbye - alavidha (namaste)
Thank you very much - aapakaa bahut bahut dhanyavaad
I don't understand - mai nahii samajta hu
Please - kripaya
What? - kya?
Who? - kaun?
Please write it down - zara likh dijiye

Visa Information and Passports

Those arriving in New Delhi from outside of India will need to bring a valid passport and tourist visa. Multiple entry visas are available from local Indian embassies and remain valid for six months, from their date of issue.

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