Delhi is a treasure for wonders and one of the most popular tourist cities of India. While one may have visited most of the city, there are many surprising facts about Delhi. Here are our favourite five:-
1. Home to the largest spice market in Asia.
The Khari Baoli street in Delhi is known to be Asia's largest wholesale spice market offering a wide variety of spices, herbs and food items like rice, nuts and tea. A market filled with fragrance, Khari Baoli is a common attraction of city dwellers, nearby states, food connoisseurs, and foreign tourists.
2. Entire public transport services run on CNG
The Delhi Transport Corporation(DTC) along with other public transport services in Delhi run entirely on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). Joining hands with the mission of curbing pollution, Delhi government also applies Odd-Even rule occasionally where on the odd calendar dates, only the vehicles with an odd registration number are allowed to be on the road and so on.
3. Home to the tallest brick minaret in the world
Constructed in the year 1193 by Ghurid Emperor, Qutab-ud-din Aibak, The Qutub Minar is the world's tallest minaret made of bricks. Qutub Minar is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is measured to be a 73-metre tall tapering tower of five stories.
4. A walled city surrounded with 14 gates
Once guarded with 14 gates, the sultanate of Delhi now has five gates that still stand erect.
- Kashmere Gate: It was constructed in 1835 and is the northernmost gate.
- Ajmeri gate: It was constructed in 1644, and considerably it faces Ajmer, Rajasthan.
- Lahori Gate: It was constructed in 1639 and is the main entrance into the Red Fort.
- Delhi Gate: A.K.A ‘Dilli Darwaza’ is another way into the Red Fort. It was built in 1638 by Emperor Shah Jahan.
- Turkman Gate: It was built in 1658 and is located in Shahjahanabad.
5. The second most bird-rich capital in the world
The Delhi Ridge is a habitat and occasional home to many bird species. After Nairobi in Kenya, Delhi is recognized as the second most bird-rich capital city in the world. Places like Sanjay Van a favorite spot for bird watchers.