Delhi covers an area of more than 1484 sq km. The River Yamuna is the only major river flowing through Delhi. The Delhi ridge which reaches a height of 1043 ft originates from the Aravalli Range in the south and surrounds the West, North East and North West parts of the city. Delhi is lies in India's seismic zone-IV, which makes it vulnerable to earthquakes. The city is situated in Northern India at 28.61°N 77.23°E and is bordered in the East by Uttar Pradesh and in the West, South and North by Haryana. More Details...
According to the census of 2011, the population of Delhi is 16,314,838 and the number of females per 1000 males is 867. The literacy rate of Delhi is 86.43%. As per the area, Delhi is the largest metropolis and according to the population, it holds the second position in the list of largest metropolises in India.
Government & 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 7 Lok Sabha constituencies and 70 assembly constituencies. The Rashtrapati Bhavan, the Parliament of India and the Supreme Court of India are all situated in Delhi.
The National Capital Territory of Delhi is divided into nine districts. Initially in 1997, nine districts were formed. Prior 1997, there was only one district for the entire Delhi. The districts of Delhi and their headquarters (in brackets) are - Central Delhi (Daryaganj), North Delhi (Sadar Bazar), South Delhi (Saket), East Delhi (Preet Vihar), North East Delhi (Shahdara), South West Delhi (Vasant Vihar), New Delhi (Connaught Place), North West Delhi (Kanjhawala) and West Delhi (Rajouri Garden). More Details...
Delhi has its own Indira Gandhi International Airport, which is situated to the southwest of Delhi. It is maintained by the GMR Group and is one of the busiest airports in South Asia. Delhi is the headquarters of the Northern Railway in India. There are five main railway stations in Delhi; they are the 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.
Delhi has five National Highways running through it, the National Highway Number 1, 2, 8, 10 and 24. All public transport vehicles in Delhi are fuelled by compressed natural gas (CNG). The state-owned Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) is the major bus service provider and operates the world's largest fleet of CNG-fuelled buses. Apart from these 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 neighbouring NCR cities like Gurgaon, Noida and Ghaziabad.
Delhi bears the stamp of a rich historical background and has been home to many ancient empires like the Mauryan Empire, Mughal Empire and renowned dynasties like the Tomara dynasty, Slave dynasty, Tughluq dynasty, Khilji dynasty etc. It is believed that Delhi is the land of Indrapastha, the capital seat of the Pandavas in the epic Mahabharata. Delhi was also an important place for Sufism. After India's independence, Delhi was declared 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 some. These are also the major tourist spots in Delhi that you can visit and enjoy. All the major events like the Republic Day, etc and festivals of all religion 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 collection like Dahi Bhalla and Papri Chaat. Delhi offers a wide variety to shop till you drop. From jewelry, to saris to all sorts of electrical gadgets to all other different variety of products, Delhi has it all. More Details...
Places to Visit
|District||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, Paherganj, 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 Canttoment, Najafgarh, Vasant Vihar, Patel Nagar, Punjabi Bagh, Rajouri Gargen|
|Ward||MCD-272, Delhi Cantonment -09, NDMC-09|
|Zone||South Delhi Zone, North Delhi Zone, East Delhi Zone|
|Lat Long||28.633074, 77.219543|
|Area||1,483 km2 (573 sq mi)|
|Population as per 2011||16,787,941|
|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 etc.|
|Religion||Hindu, Muslim, Sikhism, Jainism|
|Festival||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 Janmastami, Maha Shivratri, Eid ul-Fitr, Moharram, Buddha Jayanti, Qutub Festival, International Mango Festival, Vasant Panchami and World Book Fair etc.|
|Monuments||Red Fort, India Gate, Purana Qila, Qutab Minar, Iron Pillar etc.|
|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 etc.|
|Hospital||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, ect.|
|Industries Area||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.|
|University/College||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
Air Pollution in Delhi Is Alarming – Vehicles the Culprit : The World Health Organization has ranked Delhi as the most polluted city for air pollution in the world. It surveyed 1,600 cities and released a report stating that air pollution is putting residents at the risk of cancer, heart-disease and stroke. Though India has rejected the findings it cannot be neglected altogether. Poisonous particulates are certainly being added in the air by growing traffic and industries. Among all, growing number of vehicles is the major…
Is Delhi Handling Its Monuments Efficiently? : Since time immemorial Delhi has been the Capital of many rulers. There were the Maurya dynasty, the Tomars and Chauhans, Mamluk (Slave), Khilji, Tughlaq, Lodi and Sayyid dynasties and the Mughals. Each dynasty created its own buildings and monuments as per their needs and to promote their art and culture. This gave Delhi an assorted range of historic forts and monuments like Red Fort, Old Fort, Humayun's tomb, Qutub Minar, Jama Masjid etc that added…
Can Delhi Handle an Ebola Outbreak, When We Don’t Have Even the Basic Healthcare Facility? : The Union Health Minister has stated that a total of 44,700 Indians live in Ebola-affected countries including 300 troops from the Central Reserve Police Force. Delhi, being the Capital, trade hub and home to an international airport, is quite vulnerable to Ebola virus. Hence the Capital must have a fool-proof strategy in place to detect and control the spread of this deadly disease. Though initial screening is being carried out at the airport and a…
Delhi’s ‘Development,’ An Overview – Green Cover Is First Casualty : Delhi has the reputation of being one of the few developed cities worldwide that possesses a city forest. One of the fundamental objectives of development planning in India is to create a consolidated physical and social environment so that it improves the quality of life. The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is presently preparing a new Master Plan of Delhi (MPD) 2021 incorporating comprehensive modifications in the earlier MPD 2001. The new plan has given emphasis…
Flyovers in Delhi: Aren’t These a Menace to People? : In a span of 30 years, the metro city Delhi has developed to a great extent and today it is considered as one of the most developed cities of the world. One aspect of development is the never-ending construction of flyovers in various areas in Delhi to reduce the problem of traffic congestion and make public transportation more comfortable and easier. In 1982, when Delhi hosted the Asian Games, it had just five flyovers. Presently,…
Last Updated on: September 24, 2014