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Delhi - Overview
Delhi's metropolitan area is known as the National Capital Region or NCR. This includes the entire Delhi region, as well as the satellite townships of Delhi namely Faridabad and Gurgaon in the adjoining state of Haryana and Noida and Ghaziabad in the neighbouring state of Uttar Pradesh. http://delhigovt.nic.in is the official website of the Government of Delhi.
All International flights headed to New Delhi, the capital of India, touch ground at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI). IGI is located near National Highway no.8 in Southwest Delhi and is about 30 minutes' drive to the Embassy area in Chanakya Puri. Delhi is home to more than 160 embassies and consulates and a large expat population.
Delhi is truly a city of opportunities and is buzzing with life and vigour. Expats generally enjoy Delhi's colourful lifestyle and live in the better residential areas. As India has emerged as a major destination for IT-enabled services, thousands of jobs have been created and scores of multinational corporations (MNCs) have set up their business operations in Noida and Gurgaon. Most of these companies provide transport for their employees. Delhi also hosts the India International Trade Fair held every year from 14th to 27th November at Pragati Maidan in Central Delhi.
The property business is booming and newly constructed world-class accommodation is available in Satellite Townships. The literacy rate is 81.82% and most of the population speaks and writes good English. Delhi gives ample scope to its residents to socialize; conferences are held, concerts organized and almost all festivals across the nation find a home in the National Capital Territory. Lots of shopping malls have sprung up all across the NCR to provide a world-class shopping experience.
Expats, however, can face some adjustment problems for the first few months. Most expats are not used to seeing so many people everywhere. It may take some time to adjust in a city whose population exceeds 18 million! Weather conditions in Delhi may be another problem, with temperatures exceeding 45 degrees centigrade in the months of May and June, followed by incessant rains in July and August. However, most of the offices are air-conditioned.
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