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Friday, 19 February 2016

16 Fantastico Facts about Delhi

Many of the Delhiites, don’t known about some of the fantastico facts about Delhi. These facts are:

1. Delhi is the capital of India, the capital was shifted from Calcutta to Delhi in 1912. It is built on the banks of Yamuna River.

2. Delhi is the world’s second most bird-rich capital city after Nairobi, Kenya.

3. Lotus temple is one of the best structure in Delhi. It was completed in 1986, and is known for its lotus like structure. It has won many architectural awards and has been featured in many magazines.
Shahjahanabad was the old name of Delhi. Indraparastha was the name Delhi during the Mahabharat Era.

4. Yogmaya temple in Delhi is one of the five temples of Mahabharta days.

5. The Qutub Minar is the world's tallest brick minar at 72.5 metres.

6. Delhi is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. 

7. Azadpur in Delhi, is Asia’s largest fruit and vegetable market. An approximate of 30,000 vendors get their supplies from here.

8. Delhi has an International Toilet Museum at Mahavir Enclave. Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak is the founder of the museum. The museum is open 365 days. The museum has a rare collection of facts, objects and pictures of toilets from 2500 BC to date. Sulabh International Museum of Toilets has been awarded for ‘Certificate of Excellence 2013’ by TripAdvisor.in.

9. The walled city of Delhi had fourteen gates. Now there are only 5 are standing they are:
  • Kashmiri Gate: Pointing North to Kashmir
  • Ajmeri Gate: Facing Ajmer in Rajasthan
  • Lahori Gate: Facing Lahore in Pakistan
  • Delhi Gate: Road to earlier cities of Delhi
  • Turkman Gate:  Named after pious saint Hazrat Shah Turkam.

10. Khari Baoli, in Old Delhi is the Asia’s biggest wholesale spices and dry fruit market.

11. Delhi rail museum is the only museum having steam-age rail structures. The Delhi rail museum is in Chanakyapuri. It was opened on 1st February 1977. Many attractions, have been added to the museum which are:
  • 1:8 scale toy train
  • Diesel Simulator
  • Steam Simulator
  • Coach Simulator 

12. Feroz shah Kotla is from the 3 century B.C. Ashokan Pillar. Emperor, Feroz Shah Tughlaq brought this 27 tonne pillar to Delhi from Topar in Ambala, where the great Emperor Ashoka erected it.

13. Delhi is one of the greenest cities in the world. It has 20% of the landmass covered by forests.

14. The entire public transport system in New Delhi runs on environment-friendly Compressed Natural Gas.
  
15. In 2010, the Common Wealth Games were held in Delhi and had been reported to be the largest and most expensive of all CWGs till date.

16. Jama Masjid of Delhi, is one of the largest mosques in Delhi. It was built in 1656 and was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. The Jama Masjid is in Chandni Chowk, Delhi.

This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.

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