10 Interesting Facts About New Delhi
India’s capital city, New Delhi is a symbol of the country’s rich history and thriving present, and is regarded as the heart of the nation.
Ancient landmarks and a modern metropolis blend seamlessly in New Delhi. Side by side, the order and formality of the high seats and government sit beside the chaos and liveliness of exotic bazaars and street markets.
Indeed, New Delhi is jam-packed with plenty of famous sites – be they a monument, temple, palace or a landmark, all of which tells the story of this incredible city.
1. Delhi is the Second Most Populated City in the World
The world’s most populated city is Tokyo. As of 2021, the capital of India is home to an incredible 31.1 million people!
2. The City Experiences Frequent Earthquakes
In 2013 alone, New Delhi suffered from 12 earthquakes, with four of magnitudes higher than 2.5 on the richter scale.
3. Delhi and New Delhi are Technically Two Different Place
New Delhi is officially India’s capital, whereas Delhi is the name for the surrounding region, the NCT (National Capital Territory of Delhi), of which New Delhi forms a small part of.
4. Winter Generally Begins in November and Peaks in January
However, summers in New Delhi are long – beginning in April and lasting through to October.
5. Home to the World’s Tallest Brick Structure: The Qutub Minar
This Mughal landmark, which stands at 73 metres tall, is one of the most popular tourist spots in the city.
6. The Delhi Metro System was Voted the 2nd Best in the World
The survey was conducted by Global Metro Bench-making Groups NOVA and CoMET in 2014.
7. Delhi has a Diverse Population of Various Faiths
Aside from the Hindu majority, there are Muslim, Jain, Sikh and Christian communities. A turning point in Delhi’s demogrpahic history was the year 1947, in the wake of India’s independence, thousands of Hindu and Sikh refugees from predominantly Muslim Pakistan entered the city.
8. The City was Designed by British Architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker
The city was planned in the British colonial style with ancient Indian influences. New Delhi is also known as Lutyens Delhi in honour of his contributions.
9. Among The World’s Top 10 Most Popular Cities with Tourists
As of 2019 Delhi has entered the list of the world’s top 10 most popular cities for tourists, due to its rapid development in the tourism sector in recent years.
10. The Lotus Temple in Delhi is the World’s Only Structure of the Bahai Faith in Asia
This place of worship is a super-popular attraction that is open to all, regardless of religion or background.