Delhi officially known as the National Capital Territory of Delhi (NCT), is a city and a union territory of India containing New Delhi, the capital of India. Delhi’s urban area is now considered to extend beyond the NCT boundaries, and include the neighboring satellite cities of Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Gurgaon and Noida in an area called the National Capital Region (NCR).
New Delhi is jointly administered by the federal government of India and the local government of Delhi, and serves as the capital of the nation as well as the NCT of Delhi.
Delhi is also the center of the National Capital Region (NCR), which is a unique ‘interstate regional planning’ area created by the National Capital Region Planning Board Act of 1985.
If you ask a Delhiite what are two things that really stand out for them about the city, it would be the rich history and the mouth-watering food. Paranthas are a staple breakfast item in many Delhi households. Delhi is also very famous for its Chaat. The famous Butter Chicken actually originated out of Delhi. Kebabs, given to Delhi by the Mughals is another famous dish here. Chole Bhature, Matar Kulcha, Biryani, Nihari and Kulfi are some dishes you can have in Delhi and that are now enjoyed all over India.
Hindi is the official language spoken in Delhi. English is spoken by a large part of the population.
Fairs & Festivals
India is a land of festivals and a mixture of varied cultures and traditions is seen in Delhi as it is the capital city of India. Diwali, the festival of lights is celebrated with great pomp and enthusiasm. Eid is celebrated twice a year.Holi, the festival of colours, Navratri and Dassehra where the nine forms of Goddess Durga are worshipped for nine days and on the tenth day (Dussehra) effigies of Ravana are burnt signifying the victory of good over evil. Guru Nank Jayati, Lohri and Republic and Independence Days are also celebrated here.
Delhi, the capital of India, has a rich history. The city is dotted with spellbinding mosques, forts, and monuments left over from the Mughal rulers that once occupied the city. There is a huge difference between rambling Old Delhi and well-planned New Delhi and both parts are equally worth exploring. Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Swaminarayan Akshardham, Humayun’s Tomb, Lodhi Gardens, Qutub Minar, Raj Ghat and Gandhi Smriti, India Gate and the Bahai (Lotus) Temple are some of the sights worth visiting here.