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Delhi - An Introduction
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New Delhi, the capital of India, is a bustling metropolis that has an amazing mix of modernisation and carefully preserved antiquity. Sprawled over the west bank of the river Yamuna, it is one of the fastest growing cities in India. New Delhi was built by a British architect Edward Lutyens in 1912 as the new capital of the British Raj. The Victorian architecture now intermingles with the city’s high rise buildings. Concrete flyovers built to ease the growing traffic are interspersed with well laid gardens, Mughal tombs, forts and monuments.

The city traces its history to Mahabharata, the great epic tale of wars fought between estranged cousins, the Kauravas and the Pandavas for the city of Indraprastha. Historically, the city has long since been the foremost in political importance with successive dynasties choosing it as their seat of power, between the 13th and the 17th centuries. Old Delhi was founded by Mughal rulers who ruled the city in succession starting from Qutab-ub-din to Khiljis, Tughlaqs each, under a different name given to the city. this fast developing region.

Delhi was made the capital of Independent India in 1950 and it was declared a state in 1992.

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Delhi - 10 Interesting Facts
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  1. [clickandtweet handle=”@hohobusdelhi” hashtag=”#delhi” related=”” layout=”” position=””]After Nairobi in Kenya, The Delhi ridge makes it the World’s Second most bird-rich Capital city[/clickandtweet]
  2. Also known as Bahai Temple, Lotus Temple is  one of the finest crafted structures is in Delhi
  3. [clickandtweet handle=”@hohobusdelhi” hashtag=”#delhi” related=”” layout=”” position=””]The wholesale market at Azadpur is Asia’s largest fruit and vegetable market. Nearly 3,000 trucks bring in fruits and vegetables here daily for over 30,000 retail vendors.[/clickandtweet]
  4. [clickandtweet handle=”” hashtag=”” related=”” layout=”” position=””]One of the intersting fact about Delhi is that it has an International Toilet museum.[/clickandtweet]
  5. [clickandtweet handle=”@hohobusdelhi” hashtag=”#delhi” related=”” layout=”” position=””]Qutub Minar is the world’s tallest brick minaret.[/clickandtweet]
  6. Originally, The walled city of Delhi had fourteen  gates and now only 5 are standing. They are: Kashmiri Gate: Pointing North to Kashmir;  Ajmeri Gate: Facing Ajmer in Rajasthan;  Lahori Gate: Facing Lahore in Pakistan;  Delhi Gate: Road to earlier cities of Delhi;  Turkman Gate:  Named after pious saint Hazrat Shah Turkam.
  7. Khari Baoli,  a street in Old Delhi, is the Asia’s largest wholesale spice market.
  8. [clickandtweet handle=”@hohobusdelhi” hashtag=”#delhi” related=”” layout=”” position=””]Delhi has a rail museum with steam-age behemoths.[/clickandtweet]
  9. [clickandtweet handle=”@hohobusdelhi” hashtag=”#delhi” related=”” layout=”” position=””]Traffic in Delhi is compared to the traffic in London. Drivers sit on the right side of the car.[/clickandtweet]
  10. [clickandtweet handle=”@hohobsdelhi” hashtag=”#delhi” related=”” layout=”” position=””]Feroz shah Kotla stands the 3 century B.C. Ashokan Pillar. Emperor Feroz Shah Tughlaq brought this 27 tonne pillar to Delhi from Topar in Ambala, where the great Emperor Ashoka erected it.[/clickandtweet]

Source: Top 10 interesting facts about Delhi

Delhi - Statistics & Facts
Area 1,484 km²
Population 25 million
Longitudinal meridian 77.13oE
Average Temperature 45 degree Celsius (Max) – usually in May – Jun, 5 degree Celsius (Min) – usually in Dec – Jan
Rainfall 714 mm
Monsoon July to mid-September
Altitude 293 m
Season Extreme climate with very hot summer and very cold winter
Languages Hindi, English, Urdu and Punjabi
Religion Hinduism, Sikhism, Islam
Best Time to Visit October to March
Delhi - History
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The history of Delhi is as interesting and as grand as the city itself. It was not since its inception that Delhi got the status of a capital city. However, because of its strategic location, it always counted amongst the major and important cities. It is believed that the city was first formed around 1450 BC, at the site of the Old Fort, as the royal fortress of Indraprastha, the capital of Pandavas. Thereafter was formed, the city of Lal Kot or Quila Rai Pithora in the year 1060 AD, by Rajput Tomaras. Sited at the Qutub Minar-Mehrauli complex, it was further expanded by Rajput king Prithviraj Chauhan.

The history of Delhi takes us further to the city of Siri built in 1304 AD, by Alauddin Khilji near Hauz Khas and Gulmohar Park. In 1320s, Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq built the city of Tughlaqabad near Qutab Minar complex. The rulers of Tughlaq dynasty kept on building their empire in Delhi by further founding Jahanpanah and Ferozabad, in the 14th century. After Tughlaqs, came Humayun who constructed Dilli Sher Shahi (Shergarh), around the Old Fort area, in 1530s. The history of Delhi continued with the city of Shahjahanabad that was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the mid 17th century, still known as the Old Delhi.

Best Time to Visit
[clickandtweet handle=”” hashtag=”” related=”” layout=”” position=””]The best time to visit Delhi is from October to March when the weather is at its best. (Source: HOHO Delhi Tourism Guide)[/clickandtweet]

Helpful words to Know ( For Non-Hindi Speakers)
Hello Namaste
Yes Haan
No Nahin
Thank you Shukriya
You are welcome Aapka swagat hai
What is your name Aapka naam kya hai
I do not understand Mujhe samjha nahin aaya
Nice to meet you Aap se milke khushi hui
How are you Aaap kaise hai
What is the price Daam kya hai

 

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