51 Facts About Delhi


The Khariboli dialect of Delhi was part of a linguistic development that gave rise to the literature of the Urdu language and then of Modern Standard Hindi.

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Delhi was a major centre of the Indian Rebellion of 1857.

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Delhi is the centre of the National Capital Region, which is an "interstate regional planning" area created in 1985.

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Delhi hosted the inaugural 1951 Asian Games, the 1982 Asian Games, the 1983 Non-Aligned Movement summit, the 2010 Men's Hockey World Cup, the 2010 Commonwealth Games, and the 2012 BRICS summit and was one of the major host cities of the 2011 Cricket World Cup.

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Delhi ordered the construction of a gateway to the fort and later named the fort dehali.

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Form Delhi, used in Latin script and strangely with an h following an l, originated under colonial rule and is a corrupt spelling based on the Urdu name of the city.

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Delhi began construction of the Qutb Minar and Quwwat-al-Islam mosque, the earliest extant mosque in India.

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Delhi was a major centre of Sufism during this period.

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Under the second Khalji ruler, Ala-ud-din Khalji, the Delhi sultanate extended its control south of the Narmada River in the Deccan.

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The Delhi sultanate reached its greatest extent during the reign of Muhammad bin Tughluq.

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However, by moving away from Delhi he lost control of the north and was forced to return to Delhi to restore order.

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Delhi was captured and sacked by Timur in 1398, who massacred 100, 000 captive civilian.

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Delhi's decline continued under the Sayyid dynasty, until the sultanate was reduced to Delhi and its hinterland.

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Under the Afghan Lodi dynasty, the Delhi sultanate recovered control of Punjab and the Gangetic plain to achieve domination over Northern India.

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In 1737, Maratha forces led by Baji Rao I sacked Delhi following their victory against the Mughals in the First Battle of Delhi.

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The name "New Delhi" was given in 1927, and the new capital was inaugurated on 13 February 1931.

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New Delhi was officially declared as the capital of the Union of India after the country gained independence on 15 August 1947.

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The Constitution Act, 1991 declared the Union Territory of Delhi to be formally known as the National Capital Territory of Delhi.

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Delhi was the primary site in the nationwide anti-Sikh pogroms of 1984, which resulted in the death of around 2, 800 people in the city according to government figures, though independent estimates of the number of people killed tend to be higher.

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In 2001, the Parliament of India building in New Delhi was attacked by armed militants, killing six security personnel.

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Delhi is included in India's seismic zone-IV, indicating its vulnerability to major earthquakes.

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In 2003, Delhi won the United States Department of Energy's first 'Clean Cities International Partner of the Year' award for its "bold efforts to curb air pollution and support alternative fuel initiatives".

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The Delhi Metro has been credited for significantly reducing air pollutants in the city.

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The Municipality of Delhi is administered by Municipal Corporation of Delhi which occupies an area of 1397.

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Between 2011 and 22 May 2022 Delhi Municipality was divided into three municipal corporations:.

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Delhi is home to various District Court according to jurisdictions.

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Delhi have Currently seven District Courts namely Tis Hazari Court Complex, Karkardooma Court Complex, Patiala House Court Complex, Rohini Court Complex, Dwarka Courts Complex, Saket Court Complex, and Rouse Avenue Court Apart from the District Courts Delhi have Consumer Courts, CBI Courts, Labour Courts, Revenue Courts, Army tribunals, electricity tribunals, Railway Tribunals, and other various tribunals situated according to appropriate jurisdictions.

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Delhi has one of India's largest and fastest growing retail industries.

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Research on Delhi suggests that up to half of the city's water use is unofficial groundwater.

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Indira Gandhi International Airport, situated to the south-west of Delhi, is the main gateway for the city's domestic and international civilian air traffic.

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Delhi Airport was awarded The Best Airport in Central Asia and Best Airport Staff in Central Asia at the Skytrax World Airport Awards 2015.

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In 1998, the Supreme Court of India ruled that all public transport vehicles in Delhi must be fuelled by compressed natural gas to tackle increasing vehicular pollution.

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The state-owned Delhi Transport Corporation is a major bus service provider which operates the world's largest fleet of CNG-fuelled buses.

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Delhi has the highest number of registered cars compared to any other metropolitan city in India.

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Delhi is a major junction in the Indian railway network and is the headquarters of the Northern Railway.

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Delhi Metro is a rapid transit system serving Delhi, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Gurgaon and Noida in the National Capital Region of India.

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Delhi Metro is the world's tenth-largest metro system in terms of length.

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Delhi famously resigned from DMRC taking moral responsibility for a metro bridge collapse, which took five lives.

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In 2001, the population of Delhi increased by 285, 000 as a result of migration and by 215, 000 as a result of natural population growth, which made Delhi one of the fastest-growing cities in the world.

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Major social groups of Delhi include Brahmins, Gujjars, Jats, Vaishyas, Khatris, Rajputs, Ahirs, Punjabis, Purvanchalis, Bengalis, Uttarakhandis, Muslims, Sikhs, etc.

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Delhi's culture has been influenced by its lengthy history and historic association as the capital of India.

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Delhi is often regarded as the "Book Capital" of India because of high readership.

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Fast living habits of Delhi's people has motivated the growth of street food outlets.

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Schools and higher educational institutions in Delhi are administered either by the Directorate of Education, the NCT government or private organisations.

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In 2006, Delhi had 165 colleges, five medical colleges and eight engineering colleges, seven major universities and nine deemed universities.

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All India Institute of Medical Sciences Delhi is a premier medical school for treatment and research.

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The Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi situated in Hauz Khas is a premier engineering college of India and ranks as one of the top institutes in South Asia.

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Delhi hosted the first Asian Games in 1951 from 4 to 11 March.

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Delhi hosted the ninth Asian Games for the second time in 1982 from 19 November to 4 December.

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Delhi hosted the Nineteenth Commonwealth Games in 2010, which ran from 3 to 14 October and was the largest sporting event held in India.

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Ambedkar Stadium, a football stadium in Delhi which holds 21, 000 people, was the venue for the Indian football team's World Cup qualifier against UAE on 28 July 2012.

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