1. Delhi is one of the Greenest Cities in the World!
Did you know that Delhi is one of the greenest cities in the world. Surprised? , but according to statistics, it has about 20% of its landmass covered by forests. This is a no mean feat to accomplish for a country that is home to a fifth of the world’s population. Also, the entire public transport system including the HOHO Bus in New Delhi runs on environment-friendly Compressed Natural Gas.
2. Asia’s largest wholesale spice market!
Did you know New Delhi’s Khari Baoli Market located opposite Red fort is Asia’s largest wholesale spice market and probably the largest in the world. If you love spiced food, and if you get time do visit the market.
3. Magical – No Rust Iron Pillar!
Within the Qutab Minar complex you will find an Iron Pillar standing at the center of the Quwwatul Mosque. it is one of Delhi’s most curious structures dating back to 4th century A.D., the pillar is made of 98 per cent wrought iron and has stood 1,600 years without rusting or decomposing. The pillar also highlights ancient India’s achievements in metallurgy. Experts at the Indian Institute of Technology have resolved the mystery behind the 1,600-year-old iron pillar in Delhi, which has never corroded despite the capital’s harsh weather. Metallurgists at Kanpur IIT have discovered that a thin layer of “misawite”, a compound of iron, oxygen and hydrogen, has protected the cast iron pillar from rust. The protective film took form within three years after erection of the pillar and has been growing ever so slowly since then.
4. Delhi – Name Origin
Did you know – Delhi is derived from the word “Dhillika” which had around 18 different sites of various kings and emperors that include Indraprastha, Lal Kot, Quila Rai Pithora, Siri fort, Jahanpanah, Ferozabad, Dinpanah, Tughlakabad, Delhi Sher Shahi, Shahjahanabad, etc.
5. Delhi – A city of cities
The city of Delhi was destroyed and rebuilt seven times and ruled by successive empires and dynasties.
Some of the most famous rulers that reigned ruled over Delhi were Tomaras, Mamluks, Khilji, Tughlaqs, Sayyids, Lodhis, Mughals, and British.
6. Delhi – had a Tram service
Did you know there used to be a tram service in Delhi that started in the year 1903; the same year electricity was introduced in the city.
7. Delhi – population !
The National Capital Territory of Delhi (NCT) is the largest metropolis by area and the second largest metropolis by population.
With the head counts of 16.7 million (2011 Census) National Capital Territory is the eight largest metropolis in the world by population.
8. New Delhi was not the capital of India !
Did you know Delhi came under the direct rule of the British Crown after the Indian rebellion of 1857; it was made a district province of Punjab.
In 1911, the capital of British Raj was shifted from Calcutta to Delhi after George V’s declaration.
9. Delhi has the Largest Mosque of India!
Did you know: 15000 workers were employed for the construction of Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque. The construction commenced from 1650 and took six years to complete. The mosque was build on the orders of Emperor Shahjahan to complement his palace at the Red Fort.
10. Delhi has the Last Fort of India!
The last fort built in India was the Red Fort which is situated in Old Delhi. It was completed in 1647 when Shahjahan decided to shift the Mughal seat of power from Agra to Delhi.
Author: Surojit Ghosh
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