Delhi (Hindi:, Urdu:ہÛ, Punjabi: ) [130] is India’s capital city and the home of executive, legislative, and judiciary branches of the Government of India. Delhi is a large metropolis with strengths in arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism and transport all contributing to its prominence.DistrictsDelhi is said to be one of the oldest existing cities in the world, along with Cairo and Patna. Over the millennia, Delhi is said to have been built and destroyed 11 times.The population of Delhi is a heterogeneous mix of people originally belonging to different parts of North India and beyond. Among the prominent North Indian communities are the Punjabis. Delhi also has a prominent South Indian Community, primarily in areas like RK Puram, Mayur Vihar and Munirka. A Bengali Settlement, the Chittaranjan Park in south Delhi is the Mini Calcutta of Delhi. Quality education also draws students from different states, making up one of the most diverse student populations in the country.Like the rest of the Gangetic Plains, Delhi is as flat as a pancake. The only geographical features of any significance are the river Yamuna, which flows down the eastern side of the city, and the Aravalli Hills which form a wide but low arc across the west. On the west bank is the crowded and congested Old (Central) Delhi and, to the southwest, the broad, tree-lined avenues of New Delhi, built by the British to rule their empire. The rest is an endless low-rise sprawl of suburbia and slums, with southwestern Delhi (nearer to New Delhi) generally somewhat wealthier.The capital of India built by the British. It also houses few of the most famous hotels you can find in India like:The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel, DelhiThe GrandjuSTa Hotels & ResortsNew Delhi is also famous for its luxurious wedding and celebration in places like:The JehanSouth Delhi is a more affluent area and is the location of many upscale hotels and shopping malls, quaint guesthouses. It also includes the Qutab Minar, a major tourist attraction. The area is easy to get around via taxi/car and is served by 4 metro lines.The capital during the Mughal period.This area includes many buildings developed during British rule. Majnu Ka Tilla is a Tibetan settlement in the area.The shoulder seasons (Feb-Mar and Oct-Nov) are the best times to visit, with temperatures in the 20-30C range (68-86 F). From April to June, temperatures are scorchingly hot (over 40C is common) and, with every air-conditioner running at full blast, the city’s creaking power and water infrastructure is strained to the breaking point and beyond. Monsoon rains deluge the city from July to September, flooding roads on a regular basis and bringing traffic to a standstill. In winter, especially December and January, temperatures can dip to near-zero which can feel a lot colder because central heating is largely unknown and homes are usually designed with a view to keep cool in the summers rather than warm in the winters. In addition the city is blanketed in thick fog, causing numerous flight cancellations and train delays. Probably the worst way to get introduced to India for the first time visitor would be to fly into Delhi on one of those packed red-eye flights arriving at 1am, and take a random taxi from airport into a hotel in a backpacking district, and follow the taxi driver hotel suggestions once you have heard that your hotel has been closed/burned a few days ago. This city is difficult to handle even for seasoned travellers, and it is hard to shake off the feeling that it is one big dirty noisy dump where everyone tries to rip you off.Generally, for a first-time visitor, you will get a better experience of India if you initially fly to Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore or Kolkata (then you can continue to Delhi). However, if you must fly to Delhi:Note that those items mostly apply to Delhi only. Other Indian airports receive significantly less international traffic and are less crowded, and Delhi seems to be the only major city in India which still doesn’t have a proper concept of taxi regulations, and has such a huge abundance of hotels which shouldn’t even be allowed to open doors.Indira Gandhi International Airport, (IGI, IATA: DEL) [131], located in the south-west of the city, is the arrival point for many visitors into Delhi. Once notoriously bad, the airport has been transformed into a thoroughly modern facility and is one the best airports in the world. There are several security checkpoints in the airport and you may have to show your boarding pass and passport a dozen times before boarding the plane. (Be aware that access to the terminal is limited to ticketed passengers, so you will need to show proof of ticketing and your passport to gain entry.) When leaving Delhi from the International terminal, you should show up 3 hours before your flight is scheduled. For domestic flights, 2 hours should be enough, depending on whether or not you must wait in the queues to check luggage. While sometimes time-consuming, the process is smooth, and the new terminal’s shops and restaurants are sensibly located at the gate area, not before security. However, if you wish to change Rupees back into foreign currency, you must do this before clearing security. During the winter, Delhi often experiences dense fog and visibility is reduced considerably, making it difficult for flights to land and take off. Both international and domestic flights are often diverted, cancelled, or delayed.Delhi Airport has three operational terminals:A free shuttle bus operates between the terminals every 20 minutes

Airport: DEL Indira Gandhi International Airport Cities in India

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