From its boiling summers that end in monsoons to its diverse mix of people, Delhi is a city that is either loved or loathed by expats. One of the busiest cities in India, it’s said to house more people than it can fit.
Delhi is a mix of old and new, with lovely green spaces such as Lodi Gardens, an idyllic place to jog, picnic or people watch. Modern malls are also trendy and fashionable spots to spend one's free time. While enjoying a cosmopolitan lifestyle, Delhi’s rich culture and history can be seen in its architecture and appreciated in the many monuments and buildings, as well as major events and festivals.
Entertainment and eating out in Delhi
Delhi has a diverse nightlife. The neighbourhood of Mehrauli is great for live music, while Greater Kailash has a large club scene and Khan Market has many bars and roof terraces. Paharganj has grown in popularity for notoriously cheap and cheerful bars, and is a great space for backpackers and young expats. Connaught Place (CP), in the centre of Delhi, is home to a vibrant bar and entertainment scene. In the inner and outer circle of CP, there is live music, a revolving restaurant and bars and restaurants with open rooftops.
A diverse mix of cuisine is available in restaurants across Delhi, from street food vendors in Chandni Chowk to high-end restaurants attached to hotels. If expats want the true taste of Delhi, they should stick to the street food. Getting food from roadside eateries straight after work is a Delhi trend, but expats should head to outlets that look busy as this is where food will be freshly cooked. Hole-in-the-wall places satisfy every palette.
Shopping in Delhi
Haggling is the norm in Delhi, especially in the massive stretch of markets across Lajpat Nagar that sell everything a person could ever need. Shoe shops and tailors line the market stands, and kitchen and homeware can also be purchased here. For cheap books, shirts and other clothing, expats should head to Janpath Market.
The more upmarket area of Khan Market has luxury delis and top-class clothing boutiques as well as an ample selection of bars and coffee shops to quench one's thirst in between.
There are several shopping malls in Delhi, each housing numerous options for dining, shopping and entertainment. DLF Emporio, Ambience Mall and The Great India Place are all a shopping enthusiast's dream with lots to explore.
Sports and outdoor activities in Delhi
The brave and the adrenaline junkies can enjoy adventure activities, from bungee jumping and zip-lining to wall climbing and racing through obstacle courses. Various adventure parks can be found in Delhi offering these experiences and more. Expats of any age can also try out go-karting while camping retreats around the city offer some much-needed respite.
Active expats can discover a wide variety of sports in the city. Cricket, India's much-loved sport, is a popular choice, while those who prefer hockey, tennis or swimming can also find a venue and club that suits them.