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Recommended Spots in Delhi—Old Delhi and New Delhi

Kaoru Nakajima / Marubeni India Private Ltd.

* In this column, Marubeni Group staff members provide a glimpse of the cities in which they are living and working.

Delhi, as you may know, is the capital of India. With a population of 16.3 million in the metropolitan area, the city has more people than Tokyo. I guess most people imagine the place having curry aroma and an overwhelming number of people. Well, it is just like that. Whenever you go to buy a ticket for something, you wonder why there are so many people, and it can be dizzying for tourists. Additionally, the sewage system is incomplete, and water floods the roads during the rainy season. The ground beneath is washed away and the roads cave in, causing traffic jams. Last year during the rainy season, it took me three-and-a-half hours to get home, instead of the usual 15 minutes. When it rains, there will be a traffic jam, and you have no idea how the schedule will go.

Left: Crowds of people at the ticket office
Right: Flooded road after the rain

What I have described so far is probably close to your idea of India. Yet in recent years, new luxury hotels (with great food) in Aerocity near Delhi Airport, and skyscrapers and condominiums in the southwest city of Gurugram (formally called Gurgaon), Haryana State have been built, with more construction going on. I was stationed in China as a trainee 20 years ago, so I feel as though I am watching Shanghai from those days. Considering the current economic growth of India, I am expecting Delhi to become a modern city with groups of skyscrapers and an organized transportation network, within 20 or even 10 years’ time.

When you have a chance to visit Delhi, in addition to the timeless streets of Old Delhi and the World Heritage Sites (Lal Qia, Humayum’s Tomb, and Qutab Minar), it will be fun to see the gap with the modern city in the suburbs of Delhi that continue to change each day. These days, besides Indian food, there are many new restaurants such as Japanese, Italian, and Chinese, as well as stylish cafes appearing. You can get refreshed with Ayurveda (ancient Indian medical treatment), and there is also a challenging golf course. So I hope you will come to India and experience this country.

Marubeni Group communication site “MS+ (MS Plus)” (September 1, 2017)

  • South Indian Meals
  • The tough courses of DLF Golf and Country Club and the group of condominiums

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