You must have visited Delhi or maybe have heard a lot about Delhi from your friends. So, what makes Delhi so special? Is it the monuments or the famous places like Chandni Chowk, Jama Masjid or the shopping hubs like Sarojini Nagar, Janpath Market or the food? Well, each and everything mentioned above makes Delhi special. You can also call Delhi Mini India!
Delhi- Mini India
Before getting into the details of Mini India, let us discuss Delhi in brief. Delhi, located on Yamuna River bordered by Harayana on three sides and by Uttar Pradesh from the east, covers about 1,484 sq kilometers. According to the census conducted in 2001, the population of Delhi was 16.78 million. Surprising right? The city was called after Raja Dhilu, a king who ruled over the region in the first century BCE, according to mythology. Delhi has been the capital of a succession of magnificent empires and powerful kingdoms.
When it comes to population Delhi is the largest city in India as it has the highest population and is also the second-largest in the world. Delhi is the hub of almost everything be it shopping or technology and is the center of all business activity. Not only this, the majority of ministers live in Delhi, political parties have their head office in Delhi and the parliament house is also in Delhi. Let’s not forget about the Supreme Court!
Furthermore, if we talk about the monuments, Delhi has a rich history which can be easily seen with the heritage and architect sites. The historical monuments- Humayun’s tomb, Lodhi Garden, Qutub Minar, Red Fort, Safdarjung Tomb, Isa khan’s tomb, Alai Darwaza, Jantar Mantar, India Gate, Jama Masid, Old fort and many more all have been well preserved and can help you trace the history of Delhi. We can’t forget the Shopping places! Every fashion trend starts in Delhi. People from all over India especially ladies want to come to Delhi to do their shopping.
Even the foreigners prefer visiting Delhi more as compared to the other states. Delhi being the highest population city comprises people of different religions and cultures who live together peacefully.No matter what every festival is celebrated in Delhi with huge pomp and show. Apart from this, people from all around the country have also started to settle in the capital. For example, several foreign embassies are located at Chanakyapuri. Chittaranjan Park and Karol Bagh, have established concentrations of certain ethnic communities; the former is primarily a Bengali neighborhood, while the latter is primarily a Punjabi one. Delhi’s population is diverse in terms of religion. The Hindu religion is practiced by the vast majority of the locals. Islamists make up the largest minority, followed by Sikhs, Jains, Christians, and Buddhists in smaller numbers.
Delhi has historically served as a significant distribution hub for most of northern India, with a large percentage of trade taking place in Old Delhi ( do visit once!), which controls the majority of the markets. Do we need to say more?
To conclude, it can be said that the cultural life of Delhi is a unique mix of traditional and urban influences. There are many museums, ancient forts and monuments, libraries, auditoriums, botanical gardens, and religious places all across the city. The ever-changing urban commercial and recreational centers, with their privately held contemporary art galleries, cinema multiplexes, bowling lanes, and other sports venues, and restaurants providing a variety of Indian and other cuisines, complement such traditional institutions. Delhi is a unique blend of all cultures and religions living together with unity, making Delhi “Mini India”.