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Reema Bhalla Apr 21 2014

What are 10 things we didn't know about Delhi?

Kanika Nevatia Apr 21 2014
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So you think you're a true blue Dilliwala and know all that there is to know about the city. Well think again! It’s time to find out 10 things you didn't know about Delhi. Check out these lesser known facts about Delhi and be amazed.

Did you know that the Qutub Minar is the world's tallest brick minaret?

Photo of Qutub Minar (by Dennis Jarvis)

Contrary to common belief Delhi is one of the greenest cities in India with a green cover of almost 20%.

Photo of Rajpath (by Seb & Jen)

The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) runs the world’s largest fleet of environmentally-friendly buses. These buses run on on CNG, which is far less polluting than buses that run on diesel and petrol.

Photo of Delhi buses (by IncMan)

Bet you didn’t know that there is a museum dedicated to toilets in Delhi! One of the most bizarre sites in the city is the Sulabh International Museum of Toilets.

Photo of Toilet (by Chell Hill)

Khari Baoli located in the famous Chandni Chowk area of Delhi is Asia's largest wholesale spice market.

Photo of Khari Baoli (by Michael Vito)

The city of Delhi was destroyed and rebuilt seven times. It was ruled by several empires and dynasties one after the other.

Photo of Red Fort (by Alex Furr)

The Azadpur Mandi is one of Asia’s largest fruit and vegetable markets. About 3,000 trucks bring fruits and vegetables to the market everyday for over 30,000 retail vendors.

Photo of Vegetables (by Meanest Indian)

Today, buses in Delhi may be overcrowded but one of the lesser known facts about Delhi is that in early 1950s and 1960s, no bus was allowed to carry more than its seating capacity and an additional 12 standing passengers.

Photo of Crowded bus (by Jpatokal)

The Delhi Ridge makes Delhi the world’s second most bird-rich capital city after Nairobi in Kenya.

Photo of Red - vented Bulbul (by K.Hari Krishnan)

There used to be a tram service in Delhi which was initiated in 1903, the same year that electricity was introduced in the city. The tram service gradually became obsolete and was discontinued.

Photo of Kolkata tram - only running trams in India (by Rajarshi Roychowdhury)

Bet it was an intriguing experience finding out these 10 things you didn't know about Delhi. It’s time to rediscover the city!

Jitaditya Narzary Jun 28 2014
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These are a few things you may be interested in knowing,
1. Mehrauli is as good as Old Delhi in terms of historical riches

2. You can find Tibetan markets and restaurants as good as McLeodganj if you comb the area between Civil Lines and Vidhan Sabha Metro ;)
3. You can spot wildlife like nilgais and peacocks in the jungles of South Delhi
4. There is an apparently haunted house in the central ridge near Chanakyapuri
5. Purana Qila is not only about medieval history but also boasts of pre historic ruins
6. Many localities have weekly flea markets like those in distant villages and provincial towns
7. You will find more variety of cuisines in the congested interiors of Paharganj catering to the foreign backpackers
8. There is a lake called khooni jheel up north near the university always populated by lovebirds. But you will be glad to know that there are thousands of dead from the days of mutiny buried at the bottom.
9. If you have finer tastes, most eclectic cultural programs and film screenings are free in Delhi, you just need to keep track of what is happening at IHC, IIC, Siri Fort and individual embassies
10. Old Delhi has more to offer than Chandni Chowk. Try locating Raziya Sultan's Tomb.

I have made a more detailed attempt at listing things to do in Delhi beyond cliches here.
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