13 Feb : The story of National Capital Region ‘Delhi’

कौन जाए जौक, दिल्ली की गलियां छोड़कर
                                     शेख इब्राहिम जौक 

Heart of India ‘Delhi’ became the Capital of the country today in 1931. Lord Irwin, India’s Viceroy, inaugurated New Delhi as the new capital of the country but the decision was taken almost 20 years back.  The foundation stone of New Delhi was laid by King George V and Queen Mary at the site of Delhi Durbar of 1911 at Kingsway Camp on December 15, 1911, during their imperial visit. Lutyens first visited Delhi in 1912, and construction really began after World War I and was completed by 1931. On December 31, 1926 the capital city was named ‘New Delhi’.

1. The air quality in Delhi, the capital of India, according to a WHO survey of 1600 world cities, is the worst of any major city in the world.
2. Delhi is one of the ‘greenest’ cities in the world with a green cover of almost 20%.
3. The entire public transport of the city runs on environment friendly Compressed Natural Gas.
4. Qutub Minar in Delhi is the world’s tallest brick minaret.
5. The walled city of Delhi originally had fourteen  gates. Five are still standing.  Here’s the provenance behind their names. Ajmeri Gate: Facing Ajmer in Rajasthan; Lahori Gate: Facing Lahore in Pakistan. Kashmiri Gate: Pointing North to Kashmir. Delhi Gate: Road to earlier cities of Delhi, Turkman Gate:  Named after pious saint Hazrat Shah Turkam.
6. Delhi has an International Toilet museum.
7. Khari Baoli is the Asia’s largest wholesale spice market. A must visit for the once-in-a-lifetime overdose of a spice cocktail high.