I have lived in Delhi for almost 8 years and I still haven’t fully enjoyed the awesomeness of this vibrant city. What seperates Delhi from many other global ciites is its local flavor and historical footsteps – which gels seamlessly with its modern facade. On one hand we have a Delhi which is Hi-Tech with all modern amentiites and on the other it has not lost the old world charm. So if you haven’t seen this amazing city – you are missing something. Today let me share with you some interesting facts about Delhi.
1- Do you know that the Khari Baoli market in Delhi is the largest wholesale spice market in Asia.
2- Delhi was not always the capital of India as previously it had been Calcutta – the shift to Delhi came in 1911.
Delhi’s Airport Terminal (Image Source)
3- For the construction of spectacular Jama Masjid about 5000 workers were employed and is India’s largest mosque. Jama Masjid was build by Emperor Shah Jahan to complement his palace at the Red Fort.
4- Do you know that in the center of the courtyard of Qutub Minar there is an iron pillar of Ashoka that is resistant to rust – scientist are stil not able to come up with an explanation.
Delhi’s Metro Station (Image Source)
5- The famous Delhi ridge makes Delhi the World’s Second most bird-rich Capital city after Nairobi in Kenya.
6- The Bahai Temple also popularly known as the Lotus Temple is one of the famous monuments in Delhi.
Humayun’s Tomb (Image Source)
7- Do you know that Delhi has an International Toilet museum.
8- The awesome Qutub Minar is the world’s tallest brick minaret.
India Gate (Image Source)
9- Earlier Delhi was a walled city and it had fourteen gates of which 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.
10- Delhi also has a rail museum with steam-age behemoths.
Jama Masjid (Image Source)
11- Surprisingly despite being densly populated, Delhi is one of the ‘greenest’ cities in the world with a green cover of almost 20%.
12- Delhi is proud to have its entire public transport running on environment friendly Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).
Lotus Temple (Image Source)
13- Tihar is one of the big jails of India and inmates are given opportunity to make items that are sold outside. These “Made in Tihar” products had a turnover of USD 2.5 million in 2010 and growing exponentially.
14- Some of the best street foods are available in Delhi from Paneer Waale Chole Bhature to Parantha Wali Gali. No doubt Delhi features in every food map of India.
Red Fort (Image Source)
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