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New Delhi

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New Delhi,

With many ethnic groups and cultures represented in Delhi, it may well be called a cosmopolitan city. Hindus (82%) make up a majority of New Delhi's population. There are also sizeable communities of Muslims (11.7%), Sikhs (4.0%), Jains (1.1%) and Christians (0.9%). Minorities include Buddhists and Jews. Hindi is the predominantly spoken and written language. Other commonly spoken languages are English, Punjabi and Urdu. English is regarded to be an official language, together with Punjabi and Urdu.

The Masjid-i-Jahan Numa, also known as Jama Masjid, is the largest mosque in India.

New Delhi is characterised by wide straight roads and numerous roundabouts. Public transport in New Delhi is provided by buses, auto rickshaws, the Delhi Metro, taxis and suburban railways. Buses are covering about 60% of the total demand. Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) operates the world's largest fleet of environment-friendly natural gas driven CNG buses.

Auto rickshaws are one of the most popular means of public transportation in Delhi. Obliged to run on natural gas, they are environmentally-friendly and a quick way to get around. They are truly affordable with a several kilometres ride costing about 50 Rupees (approximately 1 Euro). Black and yellow coloured car taxis usually are medium sized cars called "Ambassador", made in India. Car taxis are not as dominant in New Delhi as rickshaws.

Private vehicles account for 30% of the total demand for transport. Daily rush hours with traffic jams will inevitably come with the incessant, sometimes melodious sound of blowing horns in the streets.