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Mythology and History of Delhi

Once upon a time , the Aravalli Hills,matted with trees, tapered into a wide and abundant Yamuna also known as Kalindi river.The earth had hardened into stoatitied red sandstone or quartzite. From the 10th century A D.these rocks were used for construction. Delhi was quarried into a new landscape. The hills were shallowed and flattened into fields and the forests that reached down to the Yamuna become thickened and impenetrable. The Mahabharata describes how these Khandava forests were given by Duryodhona to Pandavas and how Arjun helped by Krishna set forest on fire and levelled the ground to lay ot their kingdom of Indraprasta, the grandest of the five township established by the Pandavas. The climate of India made it possible for towns to bereclaimed.swiftly by forest and so it happend with Delhi .A sandstone inscripition during the regin of emperor Ashoka tells us that Delhi was situated on the great northern highway of the Mauryas, linking their capital ,Patliputra (near modern Patna in Bihar)with Takshila(Taxil near modern Rawalpindi in Pakistan) which was the route Buddhist Monks took on their way to central Asia.

History of Beautiful and Green Delhi

From the Year 1400 BC,uptill the year 1947,when India was declared independent from British rule ,a series of dynasties ruled over or used Delhi in various aspects.For instance according to legend Raja Dhilu founded Delhi in the year 100 B C. In the year 900AD The Tomar Rajputs and the Chauhans built a fort in Delhi.In 1911AD Mohammad Gaur captured Delhi .After his death in 1206AD Qutubuddin Aibak crowned himself ,sultan of Delhi.He built the first storey of the 'Qutub-Minar' and Delhi remained the capital city of the Mamluks, Ilbaris ,Tughhlaks,sayyids and Lodhi's from 1190 to 1526 AD.Many buildings of mixed cultures were also constructed during this period. In the year 1857,peace between Mughals and the British were broken and the last Mughal king Bahadur Shah Zafar was captured and Delhi came into British hands.In 1931AD New-Delhi was inaugirated ,and the British ruled till 1947 AD,after which India finally gained freedom.In 1950 AD, Delhi was declared the Capital of free India .In1962 AD a master plan for Delhi was designed by the Delhi development Authority in 1985 AD the national Capital region was demarcated and in 1992 Delhi was Declared an Independent State .Delhi now merges into the state of Haryana and Uttarpradesh.

Bazaars of Delhi

Delhi is a city full of markets (BAZAARS),ranging from a small colonial market to huge shopping 'Arcades'and various "malls". You can get your daily needs right in your own colony market. Nevertheless,worth visiting are the ancient bazaars of old Delhi

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