ABOUT NEW DELHI
Delhi, a true cosmopolitan city with diversified culture is the capital of the world’s largest democracy andis a bustling metropolis that has an amazing mix of modernization and carefully preserved antiquity.Sprawled over the west bank of the river Yamuna, it is one of the fastest growing cities in India. Known as Indraprastha in ancient times, Delhi has been wooed by rulers, attracted invaders and has been buildand destroyed several times. Historians say that is has been rebuilt seven times during different ages.The city traces its history to Mahabharata, the great epic tale of wars fought between estranged cousins, the Kauravas and the Pandavas for the city of Indraprastha.
New Delhi was built by a British architect Edward Lutyens in 1912 as the new capital of the British Raj.The Victorian architecture now intermingles with the city’s high rise buildings. Concrete flyovers built toease the growing traffic are interspersed with well laid gardens, Mughal tombs, forts and monuments.
Historically, the city since long has been the foremost in political importance with successive dynastieschoosing it as their seat of power, between the 13th and the 17th centuries.The city’s importance lies not just in its past glory as the seat of empires and magnificent monuments, butalso in the rich and diverse cultures. No wonder chroniclers of Delhi culture – from Chand Bardai andAmir Khusro to present day’s writers – have never been at a loss for topics. In Delhi, you will discover thatthe city is sprinkled with dazzling gems: captivating ancient monuments, fascinating museums and artgalleries, architectural wonders, a vivacious performing-arts scene, fabulous eating places and bustling markets.
Delhi has been the political hub of India. Every political activity in the country traces its roots here. This was true even of the mythological era. The Pandavas of the Mahabharata had their capital at Indraprastha, which is believed to have been geographically located in today’s Delhi.
Local language: English is generally used for official and business purposes; Hindi is spoken by most of the people.
Transport from the airport
The Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) is 10-13 kms or 25-35 mins (by road) from the venue and hotels recommended for the stay. Modes of transportation include Radio taxis, Airport Shuttle, HotelLimousine cars. Approximate 1 way Cost from the Airport to the convention centre in INR/USD( 1USD=INR 65) : Radio Cabs- INR 800/ USD 12.30, Airport Shuttle- INR 200/ USD 3.07 andHotel Car= INR 2200/ USD 33.84.
The Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) situated about 10-13 kilometers from the venue and some recommended hotels. The airport is well connected domestically as well as internationally. DomesticAirlines – Air India, Jet Airways, Indigo, Spice Jet, Air Costa, Vistara and International Airlines -Emirates,Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airlines, British Airways, Etihad, Saudi Airlines, Malaysian Airlines, Thai Airways,Oman Airways, Air Asian, Gulf Air, and Air Arabia etc. operates from and to this airport.