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Sprawling New Delhi is the capital city and heart of India, the modern political and economic center of the country coexisting with walls and temples dating back thousands of years. The imposing Red Fort, designed by the same architect as the Taj Mahal, is one of many historic temples and monuments within the city. The city also boasts some of the best arts and cultural museums in the country. For shoppers, there are many options of markets to choose from, ranging from the Western-style Connaught Place to the sprawling flea market-style Janpath Market.
New Delhi is served by Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), which is located about 20 minutes west of the city center. New arrivals can take a taxi into the city or take the Delhi Airport Metro Express or a local bus. Once within the city limits, most visitors take taxis or auto rickshaws to get around. The city is also served by a modern metro system with six lines. Many travelers stay in the Paharganj neighborhood.
Delhi's climate is hot in early summer, cold enough to snow in winter and very rainy in late summer. The most pleasant times to visit are early spring and late fall. India is a cultural melting pot; Hindi is the primary language in Delhi though you will find that many locals speak English and many signs are posted in English as well as other local languages.