Driving on Delhi roads during peak times (8:30-11:00 in the morning and 5:30 to 8:00 in the evening) may prove to be quite a nightmare for expats. The streets get crowded, and traffic moves at a snail’s pace. Moreover, Delhi driving is notoriously reckless (even when compared to other parts of the country) and people liberally use their horns for no apparent reason (except, perhaps, to announce their presence or let out pent-up frustrations). So it can be a very loud, stressful experience.

If you do have your own car or a company-provided one, or want to buy a car for personal use in New Delhi, it is recommended that you hire the services of a ‘driver’ or a chauffeur. In addition to a reprieve from driving in the crowded streets, you will get a knowledgeable guide to ferry you around the confusing streets of New Delhi. Drivers are sometimes included with expat relocation packages, although an increasing number of expats now come to the city independently. If you hire a driver on your own, it will normally cost you anywhere from Rs. 5,000-9,000 per month.

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