|Chief Minister||Arvind Kejriwal|
|Size||1484 sq km|
|population (Census 2011)||16,787,941|
|population (UN report 2014)||25 million|
|Languages||Hindi, English, Punjabi, and Urdu|
|Time Zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Neighbouring States||Haryana and Uttar Pradesh|
|No. of District||11|
History of Delhi
Delhi has a rich historical background and has been home to many ancient empires such as the Mauryan Empire, Mughal Empire, and renowned dynasties like the Tomara dynasty, Slave dynasty, Tughluq dynasty, Khilji dynasty, and so on. It is believed that Delhi was Indraprastha, the capital of the pandavas, in the Mahabharata epic. Delhi was also an important place for Sufism. After India gained independence on August 15, 1947, Delhi was officially declared as the capital of India. More Details...
Geographical Area and Location of Delhi
Delhi is situated in North India at 28.61°N 77.23°E. The River Yamuna is the only major river flowing through the city. The Delhi ridge, which reaches a height of 1043 ft, originates from the Aravalli Range in the South and surrounds the West, Northeast and Northwest parts of the city. Delhi lies in India's seismic zone-IV, which makes it vulnerable to earthquakes. More Details...
According to the census of 2011, the population of Delhi is 16,787,941 and the number of females per 1000 males is 867. The literacy rate of Delhi is 87.1%. In terms of area, Delhi is the largest metropolis and holds the second position according to the population.
Government and Administration in Delhi
Delhi is officially known as the National Capital Territory of Delhi (NCT). It has always been an important cultural, commercial, and political hub of the country. Currently, Delhi has 11 districts. Delhi is divided into the New Delhi Municipal Committee (NDMC), the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and the Delhi Cantonment Board (DCB). The capital has four important satellite cities namely, Gurgaon, Noida, Ghaziabad, and Faridabad. Delhi has seven Lok Sabha constituencies and 70 assembly constituencies. The Rashtrapati Bhavan, the Parliament of India and the Supreme Court of India are situated in Delhi.
In the early nineties, Delhi had only one district. In January 1997, Delhi was divided into nine districts. In September 2012, two more districts were created bringing the total number to 11. The districts of Delhi and their headquarters (in brackets) are - Central Delhi (Daryaganj), North Delhi (Narela), South Delhi (Saket), East Delhi (Preet Vihar), North East Delhi (Seelampur), South West Delhi (Dwarka), New Delhi (Connaught Place), North West Delhi (Kanjhawala), West Delhi (Rajouri Garden), South East Delhi (Defence Colony) and Shahdara (Shadhara). More Details...
Delhi has a strong transportation network. Indira Gandhi International Airport, which is situated to the southwest of Delhi, is the main airport and is maintained by the GMR Group. It is one of the busiest airports in South Asia. Delhi is the headquarters of the Northern Railway. There are five main railway stations in Delhi; New Delhi Railway Station, Old Delhi Railway Station, Nizamuddin railway Station, Anand Vihar railway terminal and Sarai Rohilla railway station. There is also a suburban railway system in the city. The National Highways that pass through Delhi are the National Highway Number 1, 2, 8, 10, and 24. The state-owned Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) is the main bus service provider and operates the world's largest fleet of CNG-fuelled buses. Apart from this, taxis, radio cabs, auto rickshaws, and cycle rickshaws (in some localities) are easily available in Delhi. The Delhi Metro rapid transit system, built and operated by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), is another means of transportation in Delhi. It serves many parts of Delhi and the neighboring NCR cities like Gurgaon, Noida, and Ghaziabad.
Delhi has a rich cultural background. It consists of large number of significant monuments, heritage buildings, and other famous architectural buildings like the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, India Gate, Qutub Minar, Jantar Mantar, Laxminarayan Temple, and Akshardham to name a few. Major events such as Republic Day and festivals of all religions are celebrated in Delhi with great zeal and excitement. In Delhi, one can enjoy all types of Indian and international cuisines and delicacies besides the typical, mouth-watering local fast-food items like Dahi Bhalla and Papri Chaat. Delhi is a shopping hub. From jewelry and saris to all sorts of electrical gadgets, Delhi has it all. More Details...
Education in Delhi
Delhi is home to many prestigious schools colleges and universities. The central universities located in Delhi are University of Delhi, Jamia Millia Islamia, and Jawaharlal Nehru University. Distance education is provided by the Indira Gandhi National Open University. The state universities are Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi Technological University, National Law University, Delhi, Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, and Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University.
|Districts||North West Delhi, South Delhi, West Delhi, South West Delhi, North East Delhi, East Delhi, North Delhi, Central Delhi, New Delhi, Shahdara, South East Delhi|
|Tehsil/Taluk||Daryaganj, Karol Bagh, Paharganj, Gandhi Nagar, Preet Vihar, Vivek Vihar, Chanakyapuri, Connaught Place, Parliament Street, Civil Lines, Kotwali, Sadar Bazar, Seelampur, Seemapuri, Shahdara, Model Town, Narela, Saraswati Vihar, Defance Colony, Hauz Khas, Kalkaji, Delhi Cantonment, Najafgarh, Vasant Vihar, Patel Nagar, Punjabi Bagh, Rajouri Garden|
|Wards||MCD-272, Delhi Cantonment-09, NDMC-09|
|Zones||South Delhi Zone, North Delhi Zone, East Delhi Zone|
|Lat Long||28.633074, 77.219543|
|Area||1,484 sq. km|
|Population as per 2011||16787941|
|Population (UN report 2014)||25 million|
|Official Languages||Hindi, English, Punjabi, and Urdu|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Transport||Air, Road, Railway, Metro|
|Vehicle registration||DL-1, DL-2, DL-3, DL-4, DL-5, DL-6, DL-7, DL-8, DL-9|
|Food and Cuisine||Mughlai Cuisine, Kebab, Biryani, Tandoori, Butter Chicken, Aloo Chaat, Chaat, Dahi Vada, Kachori, Chole Bhature, Jalebi, Lassi, Street Food, South Indian Food, Delicious Paranthas, Paneer Tikka, Tandoori Fish|
|Religion||Hindu, Muslim, Sikhism, Jainism|
|Festivals||Republic Day, Independence Day, Gandhi Jayanti, Diwali, Mahavir Jayanti, Parkash Utsav, Dasveh Patshah, Guru Nanak Gurpurab, Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur, Durga Puja, Holi, Lohri, Karva Chauth, Krishna Janamastami, Maha Shivratri, Eid ul-Fitr, Moharram, Buddha Jayanti, Qutub Festival, International Mango Festival, Vasant Panchami, and many more|
|Monuments||Red Fort, India Gate, Purana Qila, Qutab Minar, Iron Pillar|
|Places of Interest||Jama Masjid, Red Fort, Qutab Minar, Humayun's Tomb, India Gate, Jantar Mantar, Laxminarayan Temple, Akshardham Temple, Lotus Temple, ISKCON Temple, Raj Ghat, The Secretariat, Rajpath, Vijay Chowk. Safdarjung's Tomb, Mughal Gardens, Lal Bangla, Mutiny Memorial, Sunehri Masjid (Red Fort), Tomb of Safdarjung, Jahaz Mahal, Tomb of Adham Khan, Iron Pillar|
|Hospitals||All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Moolchand Medcity, BLK Super Speciality Hospital, Batra Hospital & Medical Research Centre, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Rockland Hospital, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Sant Parmanand Hospital, Aruna Asaf Ali Govt. Hospital, Acharyaashree Bhikshu Hospital, Attar Sain Jain Hospital, Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital, Deep Chand Bandhu Hospital, Dr. N.C. Joshi Hospital, Govind Ballabh Pant Hospital, Guru Govind Singh Govt. Hospital, Guru Nanak Eye Center, Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, Janakpuri Super Speciality Hospital, Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital, Lok Nayak Hospital, Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences, Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital, Rao Tula Ram Memorial Hospital, Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Hospital, Satyawadi Raja Harish Chandra Hospital, Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital, Sushrut Trauma Centre, B R Sur Homeopathic Medical College, Nehru Homeopathic Medical College, Vardhman Mahavir Medical College, Apollo etc.|
|Hotels||Le Meridien, The Oberoi, Imperial Hotel, The Metropolitan Hotel, Hotel Delhi City Centre, Hyatt Regency Delhi, Taj Palace Hotel, The Park, Ashok Hotel, Hotel Ajanta, The Connaught, Hotel Grand Godwin, Hotel City Park, Taj Palace Hotel, Hotel La Suite, Piccadily Hotel, The Lalit etc.|
|Markets||Connaught Place (CP), Chandni Chowk, Dilli Haat, Palika Bazaar, Greater Kailash, Karol Bagh, Lagpat Nagar, Khan Market, South Extension, Hauz Khas, Green Park, Greater Kailash, Kamla Nagar, Janpath, Sarojini Nagar, Tilak Nagar, Vasant Kunj, Vasant Vihar, Rajouri Garden, Khari Baoli, Ghanta Ghar, Bhajanpura and DLF Emporio - Vasant Kunj, Select Citywalk - Saket, Pacific Mall - Tagore Garden, Ansal Plaza - Andrews Ganj, DLF Promenade/Ambience Mall - Vasant Kunj, etc.|
|Industrial Areas||Anand Parbat Industrial Area, Badli Industrial Estate, Bawana Industrial Area, Dilshad Garden Industrial Area, Flatted Factory Complex Jhandewalan, Friends Colony Industrial Area, GTK Industrial Area, Jhilmil Industrial Area, Kirti Nagar Industrial Area, Lawrence Road Industrial Area, Mangol Puri Industrial Area, Mayapuri Industrial Area, Mohan Co-Operative Industrial Area, Moti Nagar Industrial Area, Najafgarh Road Industrial Area, Nangloi Dsidc Industrial Area, Naraina Industrial Area, GT Road Industrial Area Shahdara, Okhla Indl. Area, Okhla Industrial Estate, Patparganj Industrial Area, Rajasthan Udyog Nagar Industrial Area, Samaipur Industrial Area, Shahzada Bagh Industrial Area, SMA Industrial Area, SSI Industrial Area, Udyog Nagar Industrial Area, Wazirpur Industrial Area, Dilshad Garden Industrial Area, Directory Of Industries In Delhi, Friends Colony Industrial Area, Mohan Co-Operative Industrial Area, Moti Nagar Industrial Area, Shahzada Bagh Industrial Area, Udyog Nagar Industrial Area, Wazirpur Industrial Area etc.|
|Universities/Colleges||National Institute of Technology, Indian Institute of Technology, Indian Institute of Mass Communication, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Jamia Millia Islamia, Indira Gandhi National Open University, TERI University, Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapith, School of Planning and Architecture, Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, National University of Educational Planning and Administration, National Museum Institute of History of Art, Conservation and Musicology, Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, Jamia Hamdard, Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, Indian Law Institute, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, South Asian University, Institute of Professional Education & Entrepreneurship, National Law University, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi Technological University (Formerly known as Delhi College of Engineering), Bharat Ratna Dr. B. R. Ambedkar University, National School of Drama|
|Notable people||Anuj Nayyar - Indian Army, Arjun Rampal, Shahid Kapoor, Shakti Kapoor, Sunidhi Chauhan, Bipasha Basu, Priyanka Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Ishant Sharma - Cricketer, Virender Sehwag - Cricketer, Gautam Gambhir - Cricketer Virat Kohli - Cricketer, Amit Mishra - Cricketer, Ratish Nanda etc.|
Blogs about Delhi
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India Has Its First Heliport At Rohini, Delhi : India’s first integrated heliport, built by Pawan Hans Limited, a Public Sector Undertaking of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, was inaugurated in North West Delhi’s Rohini by Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Tuesday, 28 February, 2017. Full-scale chopper operations are expected to begin by May this year. "We are excited. This is the first facility in South Asia. Of course, in terms of passengers' traffic, India is the fastest growing in the…
Choking Over Pollution: Delhi’s Toxic Air Truth : On one hand we have the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the Indian space agency that took the country into a world record last week, by launching a record 104 satellites in one go; and then we have cities like Delhi, India’s capital, along with Patna, Bihar’s capital, that have let India down by being recognised as among the most polluted cities in the world, as per the latest report published in the journal, 'The…
Whatever happened to the Odd-Even Car Scheme in Delhi? : Grandiose plans without adequate planning and public support never really take off. Let's take the example of Akbar, who tried to build Fatehpur Sikri near Agra as the capital of the Mughal Empire but failed due to lack of adequate water in the region. After 13 years of living there, he shifted back to Agra. Tughlaq tried a similar move to build Tughlakabad as the new capital, only to abandon it later. And more recently,…
Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Additional Benefits To Urban Home Buyers : Ever since they won the Lok Sabha elections in 2014, the BJP government and Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, have launched a number of social security schemes. The aim of these schemes is to harness the immense power of India’s great population and enable financial and social security measures. Apart from schemes for financial inclusion, pension, and family insurance, PM Modi launched a housing scheme called the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY). The PMAY…
Last Updated on: January 19, 2017