Delhi is the capital of India and its political and cultural center. Located on the banks of the River Yamuna, Delhi has been continuously inhabited since at least the 6th century BCE After the rise of the Delhi Sultanate, Delhi emerged as a major political, cultural and commercial city along the trade routes between northwest India and the Gangetic plain. It is the site of many ancient and medieval monuments, archaeological sites and remains. In 1639, Mughal emperor Shahjahan built a new walled city in Delhi which served as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1649 to 1857.
After the British East India Company had gained control of much of India during the 18th and 19th centuries, Calcutta became the capital both under Company rule and under the British Raj, until George V announced in 1911 that it was to move back to Delhi. A new capital city, New Delhi, was built to the south of the old city during the 1920s. When India gained independence from British rule in 1947, New Delhi was declared its capital and seat of government. As such, New Delhi houses important offices of the federal government, including the Parliament of India, as well as numerous national museums, monuments, and art galleries.
Owing to the migration of people from across the country, Delhi has grown to be a multicultural, cosmopolitan metropolis. Its rapid development and urbanisation, coupled with the relatively high average income of its population, has transformed Delhi.Today, Delhi is a major cultural, political, and commercial centre of India.
Some old and classic images of Life style of Old Delhi.
P.S: Dateline and Credits of Most of the pictures are unknown.
|Jamia Masjid Delhi|
|A Busy Road, Clock Tower and Tram|
|Another busy road of Old Delhi|
|Some fun for kids|
|A busy Street in Delhi|
Jantar Mantar, Delhi
Areal View of old Delhi
Delhi Tonga/horse cart
|Old cross from top of St James Church, Delhi. January 1891 Riddled by mutineers shot in 1856-7|
|Kutab minar 1858|
|Jamia Masjid Delhi 1865|
|Kashmiri gate, Delhi 1895|
|The staff of the Delhi Central Post Office, in a photo by Raja Deen Dayal, 1903 (to celebrate the coronation of Edward VII)|
|tomb of shamuddin 1858|