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New Delhi is the capital city of World's largest democracy, India. In Indian languages, it is pronounced as Naya (New) Dilli. It is the largest metropolitan city in Indian in terms of area with an area of about 1483 square kilometers and the thrid largest metropolitan city in terms of population after Mumbai and Kolkata with a population of 12 million people. It is the eighth largest metropolitan city in the world by population. It was an Union Territory of India and was administered by the central government until 1991. However, the Sixty-ninth Amendment of the Indian Constitution in 1991 declared the national capital territory (NCT) of Delhi to be an independent state. It is officially known as the National Capital Region (NCR).

This city is located on the banks of river Yamuna and is in the northern part of the country. So an Indian would classify Delhi as North Indian city, infact, it is so for all Indian cities. It is a big country and cities are differentiated by the regions they belong to. The region adds special characteristics to the city. So if you have been in Mumbai or Goa, which are in the west, you cannot generalise about Delhi, it will be totally different.

New Delhi has a very early beginning in history as a settlement and has for long been the capital of India (or Hindustan as India was earlier known as) even under the past Emperors, except during the British period between 1772 till 1911, when Calcutta was made the Indian capital. It was also the capital of the Mughal Empire in India from 1649 to 1857. History reveals that Delhi has been inhabited since the 6th century BC, standing testimony to the twists and turns of history for 2600 years. This makes Delhi one of the oldest cities in the world along with Damascus and Varanasi. However, legend makes it even older, somewhat 5000 years old. It finds place in the longest epic in the world, the Mahabharata, and is referred to there as Indraprastha. It is believed that during these 5 millenia, it has been constructed and destroyed and reconstructed 11 times. I guess that also makes it one of the oldest capital cities of the world.

Delhi has always been a major hub of political, cultural and commercial happenings in India. Because of its long history, it has many ancient and medieval monuments, archaeological sites and important remains.

In 1911 Emperor George V announced that the capital of India would move back to Delhi. It was then that a new capital city, New Delhi was built to the south of the old city (Old Delhi). This new city continued to remain the capital of India even after its independence from British rule in 1947. To add to the already existent historical monuments and attractions in the city, many important buildings and offices of the federal government, including the Parliament of India, were added. This makes Delhi a must see for tourists. New Delhi is highly cosmopolitan and urbanised. As compared to the otehr Indian metropolitan cities, it is also less conjested and cleaner.

Anybody visiting New Delhi is more likely to be interested in the entire Delhi, Old and New as most of the historical buildings and Forts of Delhi are concentrated in the old Delhi part. For more information on the entire Delhi, please visit my page <<Delhi>>. I personally believe that the Delhi page contains more detailed and better information as well as more tips than this page.

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  • Last visit to New Delhi: Jan 2009
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Aug 28, 2009 at 1:58 AM

    Certainly a lot of beautiful buildings here to have a look at. Will have to return to read more.

  • Paarie's Profile Photo
    Feb 2, 2009 at 5:16 AM

    Very good page and great tips!

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2009 at 5:27 AM

    Hello, Rupa! You're a wonderful guide about this place! Thanks!

  • jethanand's Profile Photo
    Jan 17, 2009 at 7:19 AM

    Hi Rupan , Thank you very much for your posting about New Delhi. For me, personally, it is a very good refresher. I lenjoyed the style, narrative and pictures.

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