Delhi is the best city to live. Despite all its problems, Delhi offers the best quality of life to its residents among all cities in the country, according to a ‘Livability Index‘ released by CII. In the index, based on surveys, Delhi outscores metros like Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Kolkata; NCR towns Gurgaon, Noida and Faridabad; and even planned cities like Chandigarh.
Delhi ranks first on parameters like population density, safety, transport, education, job opportunities and accidents. The only redline in the capital’s card is healthcare, where the city is ranked 17th.Kozhikode, Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kolkata score high on this front.
Among NCR cities, Gurgaon ranks ninth in the list — it tops the chart on housing and educational facilities but lags behind due to lack of job opportunities, high crime, and unsafe roads and public transport. Noida ranks 27th due to poor healthcare, crime rate, no public transport and high rate of accidents.
Why Delhi Is Best City To Live?
1. Shopping experiences that absolutely cannot be beat:
An outdoor market with stalls selling food and handicrafts from India’s many states, as following the tradition of India “Unity in Diversity”. Delhi Haat offers a great shopping experience — no touts no beggars— and only high-quality merchandise. Dilli Haat creates a virtual shoppers paradise. Don’t be a stupid farang, though: Tibetan momos and chowmin (i.e. fried Chinese noodles) is not the way to go here. Try the Fish Fry and Egg Roast at the Kerala stall or the Uttaranchal Thali.
2. The Delhi Metro Actually Works:
There’s no better equalizer than public transport. But the Delhi Metro has done more than get middle-class Indians rubbing shoulders with migrant laborers. One of India’s few successful infrastructure projects; it’s provided a glimpse of the struggling country’s possible future. A great antidote to the pessimism that creeps in during the daily skirmishes on the street.
3. Delhi Chaat and Street Food:
Delhi’s tangy and spicy street food such as Aloo Tikki and Golgappas are a must have! The delicious eateries at Old Delhi area, Chandni Chowk is one place which no one avoids when coming here.
4. Hub of Education:
Education in Delhi has seen a tremendous growth over the last few years with new colleges and research institutes being established in Delhi. There are many engineering colleges, arts colleges and MBA colleges in Delhi. Delhi has always been the education hub of India with the track record of producing great talents.
5. The Bustling Wholesale Market Chandni Chowk is a Dystopian Paradise:
Built in the 17th century by the same Mughal emperor who built the Taj Mahal, Chandni Chowk is today a teeming wholesale market, selling everything from glass bangles to bulk spices. My go-to itinerary here includes a lot of street food — deep-fried dough at Old & Famous Jalebiwallah, fried crisps and potatoes topped with yoghurt (papdi chaat) at Natraj Dahi Bhalle Wallah, for instance. Then take a wander through the winding lanes to the Wedding Market or climb to the roof of the chili powder factory for a view of the city.