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Delhi is the capital of India and the second most populated city in the country. Spread over an area of 1,484 sq. km, Delhi has a population of over 1.6 million people. The city is the largest commercial center in the northern part of India. Delhi lies at an altitude between 700 and 1000 feet (213 and 305 m) and is situated on the Yamuna River. It is bordered on the east by Uttar Pradesh and by Haryana on the north, west and south.

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Geographical Area and Location

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

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 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...


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 the 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...

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Delhi Facts

City NameDelhi
DistrictsNorth 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/TalukDaryaganj, 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
WardsMCD-272, Delhi Cantonment-09, NDMC-09
ZonesSouth Delhi Zone, North Delhi Zone, East Delhi Zone
Lat Long28.633074, 77.219543
Area1,484 sq. km
Population as per 201116787941
Population (UN report 2014)25 million
Official LanguagesHindi, English, Punjabi, and Urdu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
STD Code11
TransportAir, Road, Railway, Metro
Vehicle registrationDL-1, DL-2, DL-3, DL-4, DL-5, DL-6, DL-7, DL-8, DL-9
Food and CuisineMughlai 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
ReligionHindu, 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
MonumentsRed 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
HospitalsAll 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.
HotelsLe 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.
MarketsConnaught 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 AreasAnand 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/CollegesNational 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 peopleAnuj 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
Fear of bird flu spreading beyond the delhi zoo
Why Delhi should be worried of the avian flu spreading : Avian flu, also known as bird flu, is both dangerous and contagious for humans. The H5N1 influenza virus can spread quickly to humans on contact and can be fatal. However, each time there has been an outbreak of the avian flu in India, no case of human infection has been reported till date. Will we be lucky this time as well? And, is there a chance of the current suspected cases of bird flu reported…
Working Conditions for Women in India - Worst in Delhi and Best in Sikkim
Sikkim, the best and Delhi, the worst for working women? : Sikkim has become the best destination for working women in India as per a report, which has also stated that Delhi has the worst conditions for the same group of individuals. This is an unfortunate finding, considering the latter’s status as the national capital, which is supposed to be the premier destination for each and every aspect of life. The report has been compiled by one of the leading thinktanks from the US – Center…
Delhi Metro to Join Global Elite Urban Network Club by 2020
Delhi Metro – Covering More Ground than London’s Tube : There’s great news for citizens of Delhi. The state government has given the go ahead for launching Phase-IV of the Delhi Metro that will see the metro rail network add another 106 km to existing lines and take the service to outer areas of Delhi including Narela, Bawana, parts of Old Delhi and also offer alternate connectivity to Terminal – 1 at the airport. Expected to be complete by end 2020, Phase-IV will also see…
Most Haunted Places in Delhi
Haunted Places of Delhi You Must Visit on Next New Moon Night : After shopping in Delhi's glitzy malls and frequenting its cultural events, how about exploring the spooky side of this city. If you are unafraid of the dark and don't mind showing off a bit of daredevilry, check these places out on the next new moon night: Delhi Cantonment Located in southwestern part of the city, Delhi Cantonment is said to be one of the most haunted places in Delhi. The commonest spooky thing that people have…
Famous Temples in Delhi
Famous Temples in Delhi : A traveler coming to Delhi for the first time would normally explore its striking Mughal architecture, colonial edifices and shopping streets. However, this city also boasts of a rich heritage of temples that may appeal to one's spiritual sensibilities. Following is a list of temples one should visit when in Delhi: Akshardham Temple The Akshardham Temple is one of the most famous of its kind in Delhi. It happens to be much more than just a place of worship.…

Last Updated on: September 13, 2016



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