Delhi is an amalgam of many cultures, with a foothold in the past; it is also gaining in importance and significance as a powerhouse for the future.
Delhi is a city dotted with ancient monuments, yet building infrastructure for the future. The city offers one a glimpse of India's religious diversity, yet retains the essence of each culture (the ancient Indian, the Mughal, the British) in its purest form.
It is a place where you can find a good meal for $ 1 to $ 100.
Beautiful gardens offering the opportunity for leisurely walks are located steps away from busy political and business corridors.
Welcome! Or as we say in Hindi, Swagat!
From the epics :
Delhi – the city we know today - is supposed to have been built and re-built more than 5 times. The earliest reference is from the Mahabharata, about 3000 years ago. The city (earlier called Indraprastha) was the capital of the Pandavas.
Maurya Period :
In the Mauryan period, the city has formed an important link between their capitalPataliputra (now Patna in Bihar) with Taxila (Takshashila), now in Pakistan. The Chauhans took control in the 12th century and made Delhi the most important Hindu centre in Northern India.
Delhi Sultanate :
Delhi was acquired by Qutab-Ud-Din Aibak in 1193 which was followed by mighty Mughals from the year 1526 to 1857. Later on Khilji followers built their new capital at Siri, the second city of Delhi.
British Rule :
In 1911, kingGeorge visited India and it was during his tenure that Delhi became the new capital of India. Delhi saw some significant developments during this period in the form of buildings, infrastructure, parliamentary buildings and public offices. The interception of British rule in India also witnessed a new city being formed in the name of New Delhi or the Lutyens’ Delhi.
25 million people
Area: 1484 sq km
Best Time to Go: November-March
STD Code: 011
Time: GMT +5.5.
Money: The local currency is the Rupee (INR), which is divided into 100 paisa.
Religion: Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian
Delhi is the second most populated urban area in world
Geography - The city is located on the banks of Yamuna river which makes its crop lands fertile. To the North is the Himalayas, and the nine districts in Delhi are in the Indo-Gangetic plain
Languages in Delhi - English, Punjabi and Hindi are the most common languages. While English is the official language, Punjabi and Hindi are also common.