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New Delhi

What should I expect in Delhi

Going to Delhi for 2 days on my way to Ranchi to do a solar install in a small village hospital 2 hours north. First time in India, wondering what to expect in terms of local food and drink



7 Answers


answered by
a VirtualTourist member from San Diego

Delhi has great food but just remember...if you order roast beef, u will get roast lamb.
If you order beef stew, u will get lamb stew.
There is no beef! The cow is sacred and dominates the roads. Cows can roam freely and have the right of way! I'm not kidding either.




answered by
Mary Smith from Leicester

While you are waiting for VT-ers to make specific suggestions do have a look at the restaurant/food & drink info in the VT Delh & New Delhii travelguides. Everything is written by VT locals and visitors:

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This section may be of particular interestl:

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answered by
a VirtualTourist member from New Jersey

Hi - you shouldn't have any issues finding food that you enjoy. Many people think that all Indian food is spicy, which is just not true. If you do not like/cannot tolerate Indian food, you will find continental/Western food - everything from pizza to American fast food places. Of course, if you enjoy Indian food, you will love Delhi.

Some tips to stay healthy:

1. Drink bottled water (check to confirm seal has not been broken). Do NOT drink tap water or any water served in a restaurant in a glass unless you saw it being poured from a sealed bottle.

2. Mind what you eat. One of my great joys while travelling in India is eating street foods. If you're not used to the food or have a sensitive stomach, eat only food that is cooked (and hot), fruit that can be peeled, etc.

3. Bring stomach medications from home that you know work, just in case.

4. Avoid eating at buffets, even at 5-star hotels.

5. Wash your hands before eating, after using the bathroom, and other times as necessary.

6. Carry wet ones or hand sanitizers.

7. Be careful of "duplicate" liquor.

8. Don't eat in an empty restaurant. Food may not be fresh. Follow the locals to the good (and usually inexpensive) restaurants.

9. Avoid ice.

Have a great time in India!




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from New Jersey

Although the cow is sacred to Hindus, you will find beef on menus in India (it IS beef) and lamb is usually goat.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Sydney

Donna has given you excellent health and safety tips re food, and staying healthy

Here are a few more things to be aware of in Delhi ( and India in general)

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answered by
a VirtualTourist member

I was more than a bit worried as my husband is diabetic but we had no probs

Don't eat any salads or fruit unless you can peel it and then wash it with bottled water

Drink only bottled water

Eat anything that has been deep fat fried - it will kill off any germs

Drink lime sodas - lime juice is an antibacterial

Have a stiff brandy/gin/whisky/rum before going to bed which will hopefully kill off any bugs

and don't eat in the same restaurant twice - the 1st time they will want to impress you the 2nd time may be not




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from London

Great and very cheap street food, lot's of people, heavy and unorganized traffic, polite people. Interesting place to visit :)





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