Delhi, India’s capital is not only famous for politics but various other things. People know the city for its heritage sites and love to visit all the popular tourist places in Delhi. It is not only one of the best places for tourism but also a well planned city. Have a look these facts which will bring Delhi closer to your heart.
A Walled City
Once it was a walled city with 14 gates, now it has only 5. Those heritage gates are Ajmeri Gate, Kashmiri Gate, Lahori Gate, Delhi Gate and Turkman Gate.
Origin of the Name Delhi
Believed to be named after the King Dhillu of 50 BC, some indicates it to a word in the ancient Prakrit language which was used by Tomaras (ancient rulers).
Delhi was mentioned as Indraprastha in the epic Mahabharatha. It is said to be the capital of Pandavas.
India’s Largest Mosque
Jama Masjid was built by Mughul Emperor Shah Jahan during 1644 – 1656. It is considered to be the largest mosque in India.
The Temple of Bahai
Delhi’s Lotus Temple is one among the 8 Bahai Temples of worship. The Lotus Temple is the only Bahai temple in whole of Asia.
Qutub-ud-din-Aibak’s Dream Minerat
The famous Qutub Minar which was built by Qutub -ud-din-Aibak is the tallest brick minaret you can find in the world.
Delhi has served as the capital for many dynasties in the past. The new capital of India ‘New Delhi’ was declared in 1911 by the British Emperor, George V.