Understanding the Lifestyle of Delhi

By Ankita Sharma

The Lifestyle of Delhi is an amalgamation of a diverse cultural and traditional background that the city inherits from its historical, modern, and western cultural influences. The city lifestyle in Delhi is also evident with the growing influx and modernization of urban and rural societies.

What makes Delhi famous?

The national capital of India, Delhi, as we all are aware, is famous for its food, art, culture, monuments, established educational institutions, emerging IT Hubs in Delhi and Gurugram and what not. People from around the country and around the globe visit Delhi every year and fall in love with its food, lifestyle, architecture, and warmth that this city provides. Apart from the numerous things this city offers that make people fall in love with it, it is less discussed how Delhi played a major role in the struggle for freedom from the Britishers; Delhi is home to legendary artists and performers, and the historical significance it holds.

Delhi and its people

It is a general perspective that people from Delhi are hotheaded and furious, but it is also true that these same people carry hearts on their sleeves. This is why Delhi is often referred to as ‘Dilli Dill Walo Ki’, which translates to Delhi belongs to large-hearted. People here refer to fellow citizens as ‘Bhai’ and will help you out like their own brother. Delhites are known for having flamboyant lifestyles. Since Delhi is home to several bureaucrats, businessmen, political leaders, and people with generational wealth, you will find established people with luxurious lifestyles.

Delhi and its culture

India Gate

As we discussed earlier, Delhi played a major role in the struggle for freedom; after the partition of India, many people fled Punjab and Lahore to rehabilitate in Delhi.

Delhi is also home to Afghan refugees who fled Afghanistan during the Soviet War in the early 1980s. It is safe to say that Delhi is one of the most diverse cities in the country. Since the capital city shares borders with several states, people come down to the capital in search of better employment opportunities, education, and lifestyle from Punjab, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, and Uttarakhand. Delhi welcomes all these people with open arms, regardless of their gender, caste, nationality, or creed.

This cultural diversity has majorly contributed to the modernization of Delhi as people from different ethnicities, religions, and cultures come together and work towards the development and betterment of society.

Delhi and the quality of life it offers

DLF Cyberhub, Gurugram

If you are considering moving to Delhi, it is a great city to settle in with a wide range of housing options, availability of basic amenities, the best education, and healthcare. Also, the close proximity to Noida and Gurugram, major IT hubs of the country, attracts migrants from neighboring cities.

Not to forget, traveling is quite affordable in Delhi, India’s largest metro line, DMRC, connects all the parts of Delhi NCR. Indra Gandhi International Airport, Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station, New Delhi Railway Station. and various railway stations, affordable DTC bus rides make travel quite convenient.

Delhi: Rich or Poor?

DLF Emporio, Vasant Kunj

Delhi, with a population of more than 1.2 billion people, is one of the most prosperous cities in the country. But the capital city shares its fair trade of rich and poor localities. While the city is home to political leaders, businessmen, and other influential people, Delhi also serves as home to the poor migrants from the neighboring states. These migrants mostly work as laborers, house helpers, drivers, and slum-dwellers. When the city boasts of its high-end shopping malls and high-rise housing societies, Delhi also has slum areas where people still lack basic amenities such as water and electricity.

Delhi and the comfortable life

To lead a comfortable life in Delhi, a salary falling somewhere between Rs. 30,000 – Rs. 50,000 will be required, keeping in mind the accommodation, groceries, bills, transportation, and other leisure activities. Since Delhi is divided into four regions, North, South, East, and West, the housing prices will differ. South Delhi is more of a posh area, and rents are much high than in the other regions of Delhi. For budget-friendly options, you can go for East and West Delhi.  

Delhi and its problems

Even though Delhi, being the National capital, is one of the developed and prosperous cities of the country, there are a few major concerns surrounding it that cause a hindrance to the lives of its citizens.

Air pollution has affected the AQI levels in Delhi NCR, often shutting schools and people working from their homes. Young children and old people are prone to breathing and skin-related disorders due to low AQI levels. Water and noise pollution, too, are major concerns.

Another problem that Delhi has been facing for quite some time is the increased crime rate, especially against women. Females fear leaving their homes during the wee hours of the day, which often restricts them from traveling around the city.

Traffic continues to be a problem living in Delhi. Heavy traffic during office hours leads to heated arguments on the roads, noise pollution, and often accidents. People coming in from NCR for work and school/college adds to this pollution.

Delhi and its best part

St. Stephen’s College

The modernity, along with a touch of culture, history, and street food, makes Delhi the best. Monuments having historical significance, like India Gate, Humayun’s Tomb, Red Fort, Lotus Temple, Qutub Minar, and various other spots, add a unique charm to this city. Now, who isn’t aware of Delhi’s street food, from chole bhature, parathas, chat, and butter chicken to Daulat ki chaat, is quite known.

Apart from scrumptious street food, you will find authentic Italian, American, Asian, and other cuisines easily, which makes Delhi a desirable place.

You must be aware that people from around the country visit Delhi for its great healthcare facilities. Hospitals like AIIMS, GB Pant Hospital, and Safdarjung Hospital are some of the best hospitals in Delhi.

Apart from these amenities, numerous schools and Universities like Delhi University, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, and Jawahar Lal Nehru University attracts students from all over the country because of their quality education.

The capital of India, Delhi, is also very prominent in its focus on political and entertainment broadcasts which is majorly supported by media television, radio and newspaper presses. Delhi is home to some of the oldest news and radio broadcasting companies like All India Radio, Prasar Bharti, and Press Council of India, among others.


We hope this article gave our readers an insight into the culture of the National capital and its culture. Stay tuned for more such content.

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