About New Delhi
In India, the term “masala,” which means “mix,” is used to describe the spice mixtures that add such rich flavours to Indian cooking. The term could just as easily be used to describe New Delhi, India’s vibrant and bustling capital. New Delhi is a young metropolis built upon the remnants of ancient cities.
A fascinating mix of historical monuments and modern high-tech industry, colourful nightlife and fabulous shopping and dining options, New Delhi is a feast for the senses. It is also a convenient launching point for some of India’s best tourist destinations like the Taj Mahal, Rajasthan and the majestic Himalayan Hill Stations.
Experience the City Year Round
Delhi’s spring is sunny, with warm days and cool nights. The weather can be a bit unpredictable in spring, but temperatures warm up quickly. Holi, the Hindu “Festival of Colours,” happens in mid-March to celebrate the spring. During Holi, the locals take to the streets for wild celebration as they throw coloured powder at one another. Late spring and early summer are the best times to visit the Himalaya regions and discover a bit of Tibetan culture.
Summer is when New Delhi hits its hottest temperatures. In May it can reach 45 °C or higher and can be marked by dramatic thunderstorms. The Amaltas trees bloom in summer, painting the city a vibrant yellow. In April students should check out the Baisakhi Festival, a Muslim celebration with traditional dancing. Then in May, the Buddha Hayanti (Triple Blessed Festival) celebrates the birth of Buddha.
Monsoon, also called the “Rainy Season,” is something unique to a few regions around the world. After the dry heat of summer, temperatures start to drop and then the rain rolls in providing relief from the summer heat. India receives 80% of its yearly rainfall during this season, and although Delhi is typically drier than other parts of the country, you definitely need an umbrella. In July, students can see competitions, dancing, and more at the Mango Festival. Later in the month, the Naga Panchami festival offers a chance to see snake charmers around the city. And in August, don’t miss the Indian Independence Day celebrations at New Delhi’s Red Fort.
Autumn is pleasant in New Delhi. The rain stops, and days become warm and the nights cool. This is a good time to get out and explore some of the region around New Delhi. October is also a month of festivals and significant holidays. Gandhi Jayanthi celebrates the birth of Mohandas Gandhi, and Diwali, the “Festival of Lights,” illuminates the city at night. Many religious characters have their own festivals this month and are celebrated through song, dance and theatre.
Winter can get cool in Delhi as the winds blow down into the city from the Himalayas, and though the city never receives snow, a cool fog can roll in. Students can check out the Republic Day Parade in January to see enormous crowds, and if they want to shop or discover the variety of Indian culture, they should definitely plan to visit the Surajkund Crafts Mela, a two-week arts and crafts fair that happens in February.
ILSC-New Delhi offers free Internet access outside of class hours (during regular school hours) in our computer lab.
ILSC-New Delhi has a borrowing library and a listening laboratory available for all students. Practice your English speaking skills with DVDs, conversation tapes, and audio books on tape. The library is available during regular school hours.