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Saturday, 3 September 2016

New Delhi

New Delhi was designed by British architects, Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker. The foundation stone of the city was laid by George V, Emperor of India during the Delhi Durbar of 1911.

The construction of the Indian Parliament House took six years. The opening ceremony was performed on January 18, 1927 by the then Governor-General of India, Irwin. Its design is said to be inspired by the circular Chausath Yogini Temple, dated to 1323 AD.

Parliament House, seen from Rajpath. By A.Savin Wikimedia Commons 

The Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official home of the President of India, was completed in 1929. It is the largest residence of any head of state in the world.

New Delhi was inaugurated as capital of India on February 13 1931, by India's Viceroy Lord Irwin.

Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated in 1948, while walking through a garden to a pergola on his way onto a prayer meeting at the Birla House Gardens, New Delhi.

The World Health Organization ranked New Delhi as the world's worst polluted city in 2014 among about 1,600 cities the organisation tracked around the world.

Dense smog at Connaught Place, New Delhi.By Ville Miettinen from Helsinki, Finland - 

Since Hindus don't eat beef, the McDonald's in New Delhi makes its burgers with mutton.

There are two wards in New Delhi's Tihar Jail, both named after cricketers, Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli. The duo shared a 664-run unbroken partnership in a school match.

The Sulabh International Museum of Toilets in New Delhi has exhibits from 50 countries.

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