Are you planning on relocating to Delhi? Proper preparation is key to all expats! This guide will explain to you all the relevant information you need to know. Just like many more cities, Delhi is filled with vibrant people, from different parts of the country and world at large. This may be overwhelming at first, especially when you are not used to such a sensory overload.

Delhi – Past and Present

British administration in India decided that British Indian empire to be moved to Delhi. This was in the 20th century when the capital was still in Kolkata. New Delhi was built in 1911 to host all administrative offices. India gained independence in 1947 after which New Delhi was declared the capital of India. Expats moving to Delhi should expect a higher cost of living compared to those living in other parts of India.

Climate in Delhi

All new comers in Delhi should be ready for a humid subtropical climate influenced by monsoon. We have hot summers with cold but dry winters. During the long summer, temperatures can rise up to 40oC yet drop for up to 5oC during winter. Expats have experienced problems trying to adjust this kind of climate. Avoid staying in the sun for long and take a lot of water. It is normal to feel ill during the first few days of your move to Delhi.

Health precautions before Moving to Delhi

When dealing with health issues, similar rules apply as for most places with a subtropical climate. To be safe, make sure that all your standard vaccination are updated before moving to Delhi. Check with your doctor to confirm if additional vaccination might be needed. This will also depend on the duration of your stay in India. Usual vaccination which expats are needed to take include; Hepatitis A and B, Japanese, rabies, meningitis, encephalitis and typhoid fever. Expats should be aware of the diseases like dengue fever, chikungunya, malaria, TBC, cholera and gastro-intestinal diseases. They can affect any expat who is not aware of their mode of transmission. Keep yourself out of this infection by staying away from mosquito bites and maintain proper food hygiene. Also you are required to stay in contact with your embassy to see if they publish any warning concerning disease outbreaks in Delhi.

Staying safe in Delhi

You pay a frequent visit to your country’s foreign office website to check if there are certain updates concerning the conditions in Delhi before moving in. Check on both health and security conditions. Of late, there is a high threat of terrorism throughout India. Expats should be aware of the terror attacks but should not live under fear. Be careful when visiting public places or any other place that attracts a large crowd. Get all the information about registering with your embassy in Delhi, just in case there is a problem after moving to Delhi. Remember that Delhi has the highest crime rates compared to other places in India. It is flooded with thieves who are determined to snatching your properties and money. Be cautious! Use upscale hostel and expatriate accommodation, for they offer enough security.