The capital of India, New Delhi is often said to be “Dilwaalon ki Dilli”, a place wherein people have contented hearts and lively nature. The numerous facts about Delhi not only stem from its large number of ancient and historical artefacts but also since it is home to all the three branches of Government of India. With its long history of empire successions from the Delhi Sultanate to Mughals and then the British, the city at present stands as one of the fastest developing cities in the world. Delhi is loved by the tourists as well as its inhabitants for it is a city of the wise and the spice!
Here are some top 15 Facts about Delhi that will blow your mind:
Surprising fact about Delhi right? But yes it’s true, New Delhi and Delhi are two different places altogether. With New Delhi serving as the capital of the country and Delhi being the more substantial city within which New Delhi is a ‘territory’ designed by the British while shifting the money from Calcutta to Delhi. New Delhi is known to be a seat to the three arms of the Government of India – Legislative, Executive and the Judiciary.
You heard it right, the magnificent Red Fort which defines the almightiness of Delhi, used to be white initially. According to a survey conducted for archaeology, related research unravelled that the Fort was made up of limestone and when the stone started to wither away, the British painted it Red to preserve it.
The Khari Baori market, established in the 17th Century, still holds its reputation to date. Situated very close to the Fatehpuri Masjid, this market has a fantastic fragrance spread across the area, attracting the tourists and city dwellers to its doorstep.
Being the capital of the country, Delhi is one of the leading commercial centres within the northern part of India. Along with the manufacturing and sales, Delhi also has vast and rapidly growing retail industries.
From the well known DTC buses to the auto rickshaws, all are fuelled with CNG, to keep the pollution in check.
As ludicrous as this fact about Delhi sounds, the museum of toilets offers a perfect message on the history of sanitation. It is known as the Sulabh international museum and is managed by Sulabh International, which aims to spread the word of hygiene across the globe. The museum was established in 1992 by Dr Bindeshwar Pathak.
Delhi was surrounded by 14 gates initially out of which only five still stand. ‘The Kashmere gate’ built in 1835 by Robert Smith is the northernmost gate of the city. ‘The Ajmeri gate’ constructed in 1644 considerably faces Ajmer. ‘The Lahori gate’ is the main entrance into the Red Fort. ‘The Delhi gate’ also known as the ‘Dilli Darwaza’ is another way into the Red Fort. Lastly, ‘The Turkman gate’ built during the 13th Century is located in Shahjahanabad.
The 2010 Commonwealth Games held in Delhi is the most expensive which hasn’t beaten by any country yet.
Well, being the capital of the country, which holds the second position in being the most populous country after China, this fact isn’t a shocker. The population of Delhi comes around 25 million according to the 2015 census.
Yes! You guessed it correctly, it’s Qutub Minar! The construction of this beautiful Minaret began in 1200 AD by the Delhi Sultanate - Qutub al-Din Aibak and still stands gracefully within the city.
The Delhi metro station stands in the 13th position in the entire world with the length of the station being 193 Kilometres. Also, the yellow lines on the station are uniquely designed to guide blind people. It's public-friendly too!
The capital has a total of 11 political zones which are further divided into 95 police stations.
As the capital was designed by the British architects – Sir Herbert Baker and Edwin Lutyens, the city is also known as Lutyens Delhi to honour his contribution.
After Nairobi, Kenya, Delhi stands the second most bird-rich capital in the world. The Delhi ridge inhabits a large number of bird species.
Along with the spice market, Delhi also occupies the largest wholesale market of fruits and vegetables in Asia. The Azadpur market is approximately around 80 acres.