Delhi is a massive metropolitan city in India. A home to Mughals in the past and definitely a storehouse of Indian history, cuisines, culture, and tradition. We know all this about Delhi. Don’t we? Here are lesser-known facts about Delhi that we are god damn sure you don’t know about! Let’s get started. Shall we?
1. The city of Delhi is named after King Dhillu, who ruled the area back in 50 BC.
2. Delhi comes second on the list after Tokyo for being the most populated city in the world.
3. Qutub Minar, the famous local attraction in Delhi, is the world’s tallest brick structure.
4. A street named Khari Baoli in Delhi is the largest wholesale spice market in the whole of Asia.
5. Once Delhi was surrounded by 14 gates, out of which 5 are still standing tall- The Kashmere Gate, The Ajmeri Gate, The Lahori Gate, The Delhi Gate, and The Turkman Gate.
6. Delhi inhabits a variety of Bird species. It is the second most bird-rich capital in the world after Nairobi in Kenya.
7. According to the archaeology survey, the mighty Red Fort, which adds charm to the City of Delhi was initially white and was made out of Limestone. Once it started to wither, the British painted it Red.
8. In the history of Common Wealth Games, the most expensive CWG was hosted by Delhi in 2010.
9. Delhi houses a museum, ‘Sulabh International’ to talk about the history of sanitation and spread the word of hygiene across the world.
10. Delhi has been designed by British architects, Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker. To honor their contribution, the city is also known as Lutyens Delhi.
11. Jama Masjid was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the year 1656. It is the largest Mosque in India.
12. Azadpur Mandi in Delhi, spread across an area of 80 acres, is the largest Fruit and Vegetable market in Asia.
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