Top 10 interesting facts about Delhi that will surprise you!

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  1.  New Delhi was planned by a British architect

Large parts of the city were designed by British architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker. Sometimes Delhi is also called Lutyens Delhi in honor of the contribution made in building the city.

2.Lotus Temple

It is the only Bahai Temple of Worship in Asia. The Lotus Temple today is among the masterpieces of the 20th century and also winner of International Prestigious Awards. The petals are made of white marbles.

3.Delhi metro platforms are made user friendly for blind people:

The Delhi Metro is the 12th largest metro system in terms of both lengths and numbers of stations. You must have noticed the yellow tiled tracks inside the metro stations and on the platforms. These tiles lead to the front of coach doors, straight to the lift and to the exit, which helps blind people to find their path. The metro has an average daily ridership of 2.4 million passengers and DMRC named second best metro in the world after US.

4. About the Delhi metro Announcement:

The female announcer (in English) is voiced by Rini Simon, while the male announcer (in Hindi) is voiced by Shammi Narang.

5. Delhi is the second most bird-rich capital in the world:

After Nairobi, Kenya, Delhi stands the second most bird-rich capital in the world. The Delhi ridge inhabits a large number of bird species. The ridge for administrative reasons is divided into four separate zones such as the Old Delhi or Northern ridge, the New Delhi or Central ridge, the Mehrauli or South Central ridge and the Tuglaqabad or Southern ridge.

6. Delhi hosted the most expensive host of Commonwealth Games to date:

Common Wealth games were held in Delhi from 3-14 October 2010 and have been reported to be the largest and most expensive of all CWGs till date.

7.Delhi was once bound by 14 gates:

Delhi was surrounded by 14 gates initially out of which only five still stands. ‘The Kashmiri gate’ built in 1835 by Robert Smith is the northernmost gate of the city. ‘The Ajmeri gate’ constructed in 1644 considerably faces Ajmer. ‘The Lahori gate’ is the main entrance into the Red Fort.  ‘The Delhi gate’ also known as the ‘Dilli Darwaza’ is another way into the Red Fort. Lastly, ‘The Turkman gate’ built during the 13th Century is located in Shahjahanabad.

8.One of the greenest city in the world:

With an ecological cover of 20% Delhi is considered to be one of the greenest cities in the world.

9.DTC runs the world’s largest group of eco-friendly buses:

From the well known DTC buses to the auto rickshaws, all are fuelled with CNG, to keep the pollution in check.

10. Delhi is the home to the largest market of spices in Asia

Khari Baoli is the largest spice market in Asia. This is situated at in Old Delhi close to the Red fort near to Fatehpuri Masjid which is on western of Chandni Chowk. The spice market in Delhi was established in the early 17th century and is continued till date.