Interesting facts about New Delhi – The capital of India, New Delhi is said to be “Dilwaalon ki Dilli”, a place where people have contented hearts and happy nature. The capital has a large number of ancient and historical monuments. Delhi is loved by the tourists as well as its inhabitants because Delhi has everything from clubs to monuments, sweets to spices, shopping and temples and a lot more. Here are some interesting facts about New Delhi that will blow your mind.
Interesting facts about New Delhi that will blow your mind
Delhi vs New Delhi
Do you know, New Delhi and Delhi both are different? New Delhi, which is India’s capital is a territory in Delhi. New Delhi is the seat of the Government of India.
Largest Mosque in India
Jama Masjid is considered as the largest mosque in India. It was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan during 1644 – 1656. There are many other mosques in Delhi like Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, Fatehpuri Mosque, Zinat ul Masjid, and Sunehri masjid.
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The Capital was planned by a British architect
Most of the parts of Delhi were designed by a British architect’s Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker. Delhi is also known as Lutyens Delhi in order to honor the contribution made by Sir Edwin in building the city.
Delhi is home to the tallest minaret in the world
The very famous Qutub Minar is the tallest brick minaret in the world. It was built by Qutub-ud-din-Aibak. Qutub Minar is also the second tallest Minar in the world, first is Fateh Burj in Mohali. The first three stories are made up of red sandstone, fourth, fifth and sixth stories are of marble and sandstone.
The Red Fort was originally made of white limestone
According to the Archaeological Survey of India, Red Fort was originally made of white limestone. But when the white stone started losing its shine, Britishers painted the building red.
Asia largest wholesale market for fruit and vegetables
Wholesale market at Azadpur is the largest fruit and vegetable market in Asia. This market is spread across 80 acres. The market was constructed in 1977.
Humayun’s Tomb is the inspiration behind the Taj Mahal
Humayun’s Tomb is the inspiration behind many architectural innovations including the Taj Mahal. The tomb was built by Hamida Banu Begum for her husband Humayun, the second Mughal Emperor. There are more than 100 tombs within the entire complex of Humayun’s Tomb.
Asia largest spice market
Delhi’s Khari Baoli is the largest spice market in Asia situated in Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi. This market was established in the early 17th century and remains a big business hub till date.
The city of weirdest museums
Delhi holds various museums like the Rail museum and Sulabh international museums. Sulabh International is dedicated to the global history of sanitation and toilets. According to Times magazine, Sulabh international museum is one of the weirdest museums around the world.
Lotus Temple: Only Structure of Bahai Faith in Asia
Lotus Temple is Asia’s pivot for the Bahai community which was completed in 1986. Like all Bahai’s Houses of Worship; the Lotus Temple is open to all, regardless of religion or any other qualification.
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Delhi was once surrounded by 14 gates
Delhi was once bound by 14 gates, out of which only five still stand. The Kashmere gate built-in 1835, Ajmeri gate that faces Ajmer, Lahori Gate, the main entrance into the Red Fort, Delhi gate, another way into the Red Fort and lastly The Turkman gate, located in Shahjahanabad.
DTC runs the world’s largest group of eco-friendly buses
Delhi Transport Corporation owns the largest fleet of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueled buses in the world.
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Delhi is the leading commercial center of India
Delhi is one of the leading commercial centers in the northern part of India including manufacturing and sales.
Most expensive Commonwealth Games till date
Commonwealth games that were held in Delhi in 2010 has been reported to be the largest and most expensive of all CWGs till date.
World’s largest Comprehensive Hindu Temple
Delhi has a very famous and huge Akshardham Temple, which holds Guinness world record for being the ‘World’s largest Comprehensive Hindu Temple’.
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