Delhi

Delhi is Indian’s capital city and the home of the Government of India. It is said to be one of the oldest cities in the world, along with Jerusalem. Legend estimates its age over 5,000 years old and it is said to have been built and destroyed 11 times. Probably if it will be your first time in India, Delhi is not a right option to get acquainted with the country.  The city is difficult to handle even for experienced travelers, and it is hard to shake off the feeling that it is one big dirty noise dump, where on each corner everyone tries to rip you off. For a first time visit in the country, you will definitely get a better experience of India if you initially fly to Chennai, Mumbai or Kolkata. Many of those who arrive in India for the first time, find themselves falling victim to scams and touts, and Delhi has a wide variety of both. Be vigilant do not believe the advice of taxi drivers.

SAFETY INDEX

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Many of those who arrive in India for the first time, find themselves falling victim to scams and touts, and Delhi has a wide variety of both. Be vigilant do not believe the advice of taxi drivers. Level of crimes is high in Delhi, though they are rarely directed toward foreigners.   The most common types of crime are theft, armed robbery, and harassment. In order to make your trip safe. Some parts of North Delhi are more prone to violence and crimes. While visiting suburbs be cautious, as it’s very easy to get lost, particularly during the dusk. Losing your way at night might be a panic-inducing situation. SafeAround has compiled information from numerous sources make sure you have a safe trip to Chennai and be aware of all potential dangers. Delhi is the 121st safest country in the world, based on the safest and most dangerous countries ranking.

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : HIGH

Delhi is a city with a high level of crimes. Travellers are often victims of petty crime, but this can be prevented by taking precautions.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH

This is a real pain of Delhi. Pickpocketing and bag snatching are very common, especially on public transport and near the main tourist destinations.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : LOW

Kidnapping almost doesn’t exist. Mugging is not common.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : HIGH

Unfair individuals or group of them desire to take an advantage of distracted tourists. Be aware of the Importing Gemstones scam, fast meter scam in a taxi and beg for milk or pen.  Also, read more about scams on the main article about India.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

Taxi drivers know that you are a foreigner and do not acquaint with the local taxi fares used to refuse to switch on the taxi meters and call the price they deem relevant to call for their service. Be aware of pickpockets in the public transport, particularly while getting on the transport in the big transport hubs. Be especially vigilant on the overnight trains and buses. Do not accept any food or drinks as it may be spiked. Driving the rented motorcycle may be dangerous because the traffic is chaotic, driving standards is poor. If you decided to rent a motorcycle, be very cautious and use a helmet.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : HIGH

India is very exposed to natural dangers. Earthquakes, flooding and severe storms are the main perils. If a natural disaster occurs, follow the advice of local authorities.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : HIGH

India continues to experience terrorist and insurgent activities which may affect tourists directly or indirectly. Anti-Western terrorist groups are active in India, including Islamist extremist groups such as Harkat-ul-Jihad-i-Islami, Harakat ul-Mujahidin, Indian Mujahideen, Jaish-e-Mohammed, and Lashkar-e Tayyiba.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : HIGH

Sexual assaults do occur very frequent both day and night. Try not travel alone at all. Be in a group, avoid poorly illuminated streets and bars with intoxicated individuals. Try to avoid those areas we mentioned before.

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WHAT TO DO?

Red Fort

The Red Fort is one of the top tourist destinations in Delhi. Completed in 1628 by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. It was his ruling palace and red sandstone fort. The palace includes Chatta Chowk (covered market), Diwan-i-Am, Hayat Maksh Bagh (Garden), Khas Mahal (Private Palace) and much more structures inner its walls. There is very little crime in this area. The only concern, that visitors might enforce are numerous pickpockets.

Qutub complex

The complex of structures dating back from the Slave Dynasty and is designated as UNESCO Heritage Site. It was built between 1206 and 1290 years. Inside the walls, a beautiful garden is freely opened for each desirous, and is an ideal spot for a picnic or relaxation. Be aware of pickpockets and snatchers. Violent crime is very rare in the surrounding area.

Connaught Place aka Rajiv Chowk

Popular bazaar with all shops laid out in 2 circles, that ease up the navigation. Must visit place for those, who are interested to buy some authentic Indian hand-made goods. Be aware of the milk and gems scams on the markets. Note that as a shopping district, there isn’t much to do after 10 pm.

Dhaula Kuan

This street has the highest rate of the crimes against women. There are constant rape and molestation cases reported in this region. Be aware of suspicious activity and taking a taxi, be aware of its trustworthiness.

MG Road

Infamously known for cases of rape be a cab driver. Never travel alone in the taxi and use only reputable services.

G.B Road

The biggest red light district in the city, according to official resources this area housing more than 3,500 women in prostitution. Are is very dirty and reminds a slum. Most of the workers of the industry are infected with HIV.  Prostitution is illegal in India.  

Useful Information

You’ll need to get a visa before travelling to India. You can find further information about how to apply on the Indian High Commission website. Make sure your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return.
500 and 1000 Rupee banknotes were withdrawn from the circulation. The official currency in Vietnam is Dong. In order to obtain the best currency exchange possible, try to exchange your money in banks, post offices or in some large hotels. The convenient currency exchange rate also can be found at the international airports. Be aware of swapping in the local currency exchange offices.
There are several climatic regions in India. The most pleasant weather is from November to March.
Kempegowda International Airport is the busiest airport in India. For more information visit its official website: http://www.bengaluruairport.com/
As in any country, we advise travellers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical issues, but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page.