Delhi, India

Delhi is India’s metropolitan city at the same time its capital.  It is ranked as the second most populous city in the world with 22 million residents.  The city is also the largest city in India in terms of area. Included in the National Capital Region are the cities of Baghpat, Sonipat, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad, and other neighbouring towns.

A City of Cities

Through most of its history, Delhi had been continuously inhabited since the 6th century BC.  Delhi has been a capital of different empires and kingdoms. After its capture, ransacking, and rebuilt during the medieval period, the modern Delhi is now a composition of cities across the metropolitan, hence; a city of cities.

Baghpat as a city of NCR in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India is the administrative headquarters of Baghpat District.  Sonipat on the other hand is a municipal town in the Sonipat district in the state of Haryana, India. It is part of the National Capital Region and is about 20 km from Delhi. Faridabad in Faridabad district is the largest city in Haryana. Gurgaon is the city with the third highest per capita income in India while Noida has the highest per capita income in the whole of the National Capital Region of India.

Sites for Sights

Delhi, India has many UNESCO Heritage sites it can really be proud of.  The Qutub Minar at 72.5 m is the world’s tallest brick minaret.  A UNESCO World Heritage Site that was built in 1560 is the Humayun’s Tomb which is the first model of the Mughal tomb complexes. Still another UNESCO World Heritage Site is Red fort, the location from which the Prime Minister of India speaks to the nation on Independence Day.

Other sights in India include the iron pillar of Delhi which is fashioned at the time of Chandragupta Vikramaditya of the Gupta Empire in 375–413.  Connaught Place in Delhi is another significant area being an economic hub of India’s National Capital Region.

Airport and Awards

Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) was awarded by the Airport Council International as the fourth best airport worldwide in the 15–25 million passengers category, and the Best Improved Airport in the Asia-Pacific Region.  In 2011, the IGIA was ranked the second-best airport in the world in the 25-40 million passengers category.   In 2012, the airport was recognized as the 27th busiest in the world with handled, for a 12.7% growth in traffic over the prior year and for handling 39,887,866 passengers.

From being a city of cities, one can only conclude that Delhi is not behind in development.  As a matter of fact, it is beautiful as it is modern especially when it comes to its infrastructures within the NCR.  There are many state of the art structures and roads and pavements of new concepts and designs. Yet with its growth and development, it has not forgotten its roots as seen in several UNESCO HERITAGE SITES.  And the airport with its numerous awards, tourists will surely feel very important with its remarkable amenities.

However, since the city is greatly populated, it is better to travel with a companion especially in the busy shopping districts to avoid some untoward incidents.  Other than this, enjoy traveling to Delhi.

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