Other Spellings / Synonyms : Delhiites, Dilliwaalay
Religion : Hinduism, Sikhism, Islam, Christianity
Language : Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, English
Traditional Occupation :Delhi has always been one of the most important trading centre of the country and most Delhiites are engaged in business. At present, large multi-national comp are setting up their offices in India and hence many people from Delhi are engaged in jobs of various kinds.
Population : 15.3 million (2005 figure)
Food Habits : Due to Delhi's large cosmopolitan population, cuisines from every part of India, including Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Hyderabad are very popular. However, spicy and oil-rich Punjabi cuisine is most popular amongst the people of Delhi. Bengali sweet-dishes like Rossogulla and Sandesh can be found in most sweet shops in Delhi. Mughlai delicacies like Kababs and Biryanis remain popular in several parts of Delhi, especially the Old City. Local delicacies include Chaat and Bhalle-Papri. South Indian food items too, like Idli, Sambhar and Dosa have a huge following in Delhi. Besides, there are several food outlets in Delhi serving American, Chinese, Thai and other international cuisines.
Marriage Preference : Delhi people prefer marriage in their own community within or outside Delhi. In present times, many young boys and girls go in for love marriages and do not give too much attention to the caste, religion or ethnicity of a person.
Major Ethnic Communities : Delhi is a cosmopolitan city. Punjabis, Gujjars and Jats are major ethnic communities residing in Delhi, however a collage of peoples from almost every Indian state inhabits the city.
Delhi's metropolitan area, better known as the National Capital Region (NCR), comprises of the National Capital Territory of Delhi (NCT) and the neighboring satellite towns of Faridabad and Gurgaon in Haryana, and Noida and Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh making it the sixth most populous agglomeration in the world. Delhi has the most vibrant history among prominent cities or towns of India. Delhi was the capital of several empires in ancient India and has over 60,000 recognized monuments built over several millenniums.
Delhi is a very cosmopolitan city due to the multi-ethnic and multi-cultural presence of the vast Indian bureaucracy and political system. People of Delhi are said to be large hearted and vibrant. They enjoy life in all it's colors.