Delhi is the national capital of India and one of the largest cities in the world. It is also a massive metropolitan area in the north side of the country. The capital has many interesting, mind-blowing, important, funny, shocking, unknown, and bizarre facts about Delhi. So, let’s enjoy it!
12 Interesting, Unknown and Important Facts About Delhi
1. Capital of India Shifted from Calcutta to Delhi
During the British Raj, India’s capital was Calcutta. In 1912, British Raj shifted the capital of India from Calcutta to Delhi.
2. Popular Places Were Villages
Willingdon Crescent, Connaught Place, and Lodhi Gardens were not considered in the city. They were covered by villages.
3. Delhi is larger than many nations
Delhi’s population is 1.68 crore, which is greater than many nations including Iceland, Maldives, Luxembourg, Bhutan, Estonia, Swaziland, Fiji, Cyprus, and many more.
4. Popular Tourist Attractions
Delhi is one of the most visited cities in India, thanks to these popular tourist attractions, Red Fort, Lotus Temple, India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Qutb Minar, Akshardham, Jama Masjid, Lodi Gardens, and Jantar Mantar.
5. Asia’s Largest Wholesale Spice Market
Khari Baoli Market is the largest wholesale spice market in Asia and probably in the world.
6. Delhi was a walled city!
It is one of the most interesting facts about Delhi, that the city was once a walled city. You would find five gates still standing in the city, namely, Turkman Gate, Ajmeri Gate, Delhi Gate, Lahori Gate, and Kashmiri Gate.
7. Weird Fact!
It is one of the weird facts about Delhi but there is a museum especially dedicated to various toilets showcasing toilets from ancient time to present day. The museum name is, “Sulabh International Museum of Toilets”.
8. World’s Largest Eco-Friendly Buses, Amazing Fact
The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) runs the largest group of eco-friendly buses in the world. DTC buses runs on CNG which are less damaging to the environment.
9. World’s Second Most Popular Metro
Delhi Metro is the second most popular metro rail systems in the world. The first one is New York Metro.
10. Trams were used in Delhi too!
It is one of the most unknown facts about Delhi. The trams were used in Delhi but the service was not last for too long.
11. Delhi Cantonment was the capital of India!
Delhi Cantonment was the capital of India during 1912-31 as the interim capital.
12. A Woman Ruled The Delhi Before British
Raziya al-Din, throne name Jalâlat ud-Dîn Raziyâ, or simply Razia Sultana was the Sultan of Delhi from 1236 to May 1240. She was one of the bravest female rulers in the history of the world.
Article first published on May 14, 2016.