Delhi takes pride in being the capital of the country for many dynasties. It is in fact a city wrapped in legend, where time flows differently, and where every moment becomes a moment of history. A vibrant melting pot, it encapsulates two very different worlds, the ‘old’ and the ‘new’, each representing delectably different experiences. It is sprinkled with glittering gems like: captivating ancient monuments, magnificent museums, a vivacious performing-arts scene and some of the subcontinent’s yummiest places to eat. Delhi blends within its folds the great cultural variety of India. Delhi is not just a name, it is a feeling.
From medieval period, Delhi has always been the most important trading center in Northern India. Many of its localities, like Sheikh Sarai and Yusuf Sarai, derive their names from the ancient trading towns of Delhi. No wonder today it is a shopper’s goldmine. The vibrant and exotic atmosphere of Delhi markets can make shopping lots of fun. To know the real culture and traditions of city, the best way is to stroll or wander around through its market places, for it is here that contemporary culture is most visible to the visitors. In fact, Delhi has the best markets in India, with handicrafts from all over the country. These top markets in Delhi are a treasure trove of goods waiting to be discovered.
From age-old eateries in the by lanes of the Walled City to glitzy, specialty restaurants in five-star hotels, Delhi is a definitely the restaurant capital of India. A foodie’s paradise, it offers a choice of Indian and International Cuisines in different ambiences to suit varied budgets.
For epicures, Delhi is synonymous with Mughlai and Frontier Cuisine. The best of Mughlai cuisine can be enjoyed at Karim, (both in Jama Masjid and Nizamuddin) where the recipes, dating from the times of the Mughals have been the closely guarded secrets of generations of chefs.
Delhi ka Aangan (Hyatt Regency), Darbar (Ashoka Hotel), and Corbetts (Claridges) are among the many options available in the expensive range, while Gulati Restaurant (Pandara Market), Angeethi (Asiad Village) and Degchi (Regal Building) are among those catering to more modest budgets. The finest Frontier cuisine is available at the Bukhara (Maurya Sheraton), Frontier (Ashoka Hotel) and Baluchi (The Hilton).
At the other end of the scale, there are many popular roadside eateries around Jama Masjid and Nizamuddin where kababs, rotis and biryani are the order of the day. For the more intrepid, eateries such as those at Pranthe Wali Gali, or chaat at Bengali Market and Sunder Nagar, bhelpuri at Greater Kailash and sweetmeats from Annapoorna and Ghantewala can be part of the gastronomical tour of Delhi. It is also synonymous with the omnipresent tandoori chicken and tandoori roti, which, when freshly prepared from the tandoor, makes a delicious meal.
Citizens of all countries require a valid passport and an appropriate visa. Visa must be obtained abroad from an Indian Mission. If any foreign delegate is attending the conference, approvals from Nodal Ministry, MHA and MEA need to be taken. To get visa for participants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, and foreigners of Pakistan origin settled in other countries, the information on the particular format to be given and sent to ACSICON 2019 Secretariat at least 10 weeks before the commencement of their travel. The Ministry of Home Affairs will send necessary instructions to the respective ministries once the approval is granted by the departments concerned.
A valid yellow-fever certificate is mandatory for all individuals (including infants) who have been even in transit in Africa or South Africa or Papua New Guinea six days prior to their arrival for the summit. The certificate becomes valid 10 days after vaccination. India does not require immunization against small pox or cholera.
Visitors are generally required to make a verbal identification of their baggage and declare foreign currency in excess of $10,000.
Due to its vast size, India has a varied climate and it is possible to travel at almost all times of year and find certain areas of the Subcontinent that are at their best. The country has a three season year – summer, monsoon and winter. Generally the best time to visit is during winter (November to February), although there are regional variations. The rainy season is from June to September. And the post-monsoon season, which is the north-east monsoon in South India, is from October-November. Summer (March to May) is hot everywhere, except in the hills.
Recommended Clothing: During the winter months of November to February, light woolen clothes are appropriate for travel in the plains of North India and heavy woolens for travel in the hills of North India. For the rest of the year, it can be very hot, so light, tropical clothing is advised. Raincoat or waterproof clothing is advisable throughout the monsoon season.
Summer – Max.45°C, Min.27°C
Winter – Max.25.5°C, Min.4°C
Monsoon – Max 35°C, Min 25°C
Rainfall (Average) – 170 mm
Summer in Delhi is harsh – from April to June, the temperature climbs to more than 45°C and the heat continues in monsoon until October.
India’s currency unit is the rupee (rs.), divided into 100 paisa (p). Delegates can convert foreign exchange into Indian rupees or vice versa at the travel desk at the conference venue.
In India electricity supply is at 220 V, 50 Hz. Round pins (2 or 3) can fit in the power sockets. Adapters are generally available at all hotels.
Taxis are on call round-th-clock. Air-conditioned (AC) Radio taxis may be called by dialing +91-11-43434343 or +91-11-29232425. These taxis have a flat charge per kilometer traveled, and are available at the both the international and domestic terminals. In addition, there are prepaid taxi counters at the airport for travelling to any part of the city.
India is 5.5 hours ahead of GMT, 4.5 hours behind Australian Eastern Time, and 10.5 hours ahead of American Eastern Standard Time.