Moving to a new city is often equal parts exciting and stressful. To set expats' nerves at ease, here are a few answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about moving to the bustling Indian city of Delhi.
Do I need a car in Delhi?
If expats live in the suburbs it is best to have a car, although most companies that regularly hire expats provide transport for their employees. Even so, this provision may not be full time, leaving expats living in the suburbs stuck there during the evenings without a vehicle. Expats should consider hiring an additional driver to assist them in getting around the city.
Additionally, there are a host of easily hailed taxis available within the city, and it's possible to navigate the busy city centre without a car. Ride-hailing applications such as Uber are also operational in Delhi, while public transport is reasonably well developed.
What are some networks to help settle in?
There are 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 one's home country's embassy for a complete list. Simply browsing around online, through expat forums and social media groups, is another good way to make friends and network.
Is Delhi safe?
Expats should exercise necessary safety precautions in Delhi, just as they would in any other major city. The biggest hazard of living in Delhi is the minor health-related problems associated with local food; a case of traveller's diarrhoea or 'Delhi Belly' is common. It's best to go to private hospitals for health problems. Delhi is fine to walk around in during the day, but expats should avoid walking alone at night, as one would in any big city. Also keep an eye out for petty crime such as pick-pocketing to reduce the chance of falling victim.
Are the standards of education good in Delhi? What options are there for expat children?
There are plenty of choices 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 English-language private schools and international schools. While there are a lot of options, many of these schools are over-subscribed and expats will need to act fast to secure a place.
What's the best way to find suitable accommodation in Delhi?
Expat employers may be willing to help but, most often, a real-estate agent or relocation company should be an expat's go-to in the search for accommodation. Online real estate listings can also give a good general idea of properties available for rent.