Delhi is the capital of India. Built on the banks of the Yamuna river, Delhi is a complete blend of historical past and vibrant present. Although, Delhi has always been the capital of India but during the British Raj, Kolkata got this opportunity for some time before it shifted back to Delhi in 1911. Over the ages, Delhi has witnessed various kings come and go. Delhi has some most beautiful and eye-catching monuments like Jama Masjid, Lotus temple, Red fort etc. New Delhi reflects the image of the colonial era, while the Old Delhi still has a touch of Medieval India. Get to know about some cool and interesting facts about Delhi.
- Asia’s largest wholesale Spice Market i.e. ‘Khari Baoli’ is in Delhi.
- Delhi has an International Toilet Museum.
- Hindi, Punjabi, English and Urdu are most common languages of Delhi.
- Interestingly, the city of Delhi was destroyed and built seven times and ruled by successive empires.
- The region of Delhi has been continuously inhabited since 6th century BC
After the Indian rebellion of 1857, Delhi came under the direct rule of the British Crown.
- Qutub Minar in Delhi, is the tallest brick minaret in the whole world. It has 379 stairs inside that leads to the top of the Minaret.
- Maximum length and width of Delhi is 51.9 kms and 48.48 kms respectively.
- Delhi Ridge makes Delhi world’s second most bird rich capital city of the world, after Nairobi in Kenya.
- The city of Delhi is one of the greenest cities of India with 20% of it’s land covered in forest area.
- The entire public transportation facility of Delhi runs on CNG.
- Delhi has a famous Rail museum that has steam engines showcased in it.
- Delhi is the 7th most expensive office hotspot in the whole world.
- Delhi Ridge is about 1500 million years old as compared to Himalayas that are only 50 million years old.
- The Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida is among the top 5 circuits in the whole world for the Formula One racing.
- The walled city of Delhi had 14 gates in total out of which 5 are still standing namely; Ajmeri Gate, Kashmiri Gate, Delhi Gate, Lahori Gate and Turkman gate.
Every person visiting India, must always visit Delhi not because it is the capital of India but because of its rich history and colorful present. Delhi has a lot to offer. Pollution in Delhi is surely an Important problem faced during the recent times but appropriate measures are being taken to control it and that does not nullify the fact that Delhi was and will always be a place of great history and it served as the capital to most of the empires that ruled in India.