New Delhi, the capital city of India, lies within the Delhi agglomerate in the centre of northern India. It is the largest regional commercial and financial hub that attracts foreign companies with its large pool of English-speaking skilled workers. IT, banking, hospitality, telecommunication and media industries contribute significantly to the local economy. Connaught Place is the New Delhi’s largest and most important business and shopping area. In recent years, New Delhi has become an interesting business destination. The improving infrastructure, dynamic local workforce and many well-equipped contemporary MICE venues create a perfect environment for international business conferences, seminars, exhibitions or corporate functions. Ancient palaces, historic landmarks and multi-ethnic culture add major charm to the city as an incentive travel target. In India, it is easy to combine work and pleasure as the event planners can blend a sightseeing tour into their event to delight their business delegates.
New Delhi is home to a wide spectrum of fine venues such as Ashok International Convention and Exhibition Centre, India Habitat Centre, NCUI Auditorium and Convention Centre or the Icon. Major hotel chains, conveniently located in the vicinity of business districts, offer their high-standard facilities with multiple meeting rooms, banquet and conference halls to accommodate various group sizes and budgets. Some are set in lush gardens and have spacious lawns and outdoor pools suitable for open-air events. Among the top 5-star hotels in the city are the Taj, Ashok, Leela or the Shangri-La.
New Delhi is rich in ancient historic architecture and museums reflecting the centuries of past empires. Medieval fortifications, colonial buildings, bustling markets and mausoleums contrast the modern mega malls, metro, skyscrapers and contemporary temples. Not to be missed are the iconic witnesses of history – the 16-th century Red Fort, the victory tower of Qutub Minar, Mughal-style Jama Masqjid Mosque, Humayun’s Tomb and the Akshardham Temple. The recent architectonic treasures include the 1920’s triumphal arch India Gate, Lodi Gardens or the famous Lotus Temple designed in the shape of an open flower.
One place that every foreign visitor must experience is shopping at the bazaars, especially the Chandni Chowk. Dense with people, overwhelming with colours, intense in scents, overflowing with wares. Anything can be bought here whether you are looking for food, attar perfumes, spices, electronics, myriads of fabrics, out-of-print books, herbal medicines, souvenirs or jewellery or chemicals.
NEW DELHI AIRPORT
Indira Gandhi International Airport (IATA code: DEL) is the main domestic and international airport of the region and handles over 48 million passengers annually. It is located 16 km south-west from the downtown. A taxi ride can cost around 400-500 rupees one way and takes half an hour.
NEW DELHI MASS TRANSIT
New Delhi disposes of 6 mass transit lines: Airport Express Line, Blue Line, Green Line, Red Line, Violet Line and the Yellow Line