Delhi Travel Guide

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Delhi Overview

Delhi is probably the most colorful and loud place you could visit in Northern India. It has a population of about 16.3 million and is the place for National Capital Region. It is the third largest urban area in the world. It has been continuously inhabited since the 6th century BC and you can see many of the influences of history in the city and it's vastly expanding neighborhoods.

How did Delhi get it's name? Two theories: One derived from Dhillu or Dillu, a king who built the city on this location in 50 BC and named it after himself. Alternatively it could be a HIndi/Prakrit word for Dhill (loose) and was attributed to the foundation of the Iron Pillar of Delhi that was weak.

The area had seen many conquests from Tajik, Turkic, Afgan, and other nomadic tribes. Babur, descendant of Genghis Khan overran the city in 1526 and his descendants ruled for more than three centuries. Many a lore story is to be found in the buildings in Delhi. The 7th city of Delhi was rebuilt by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, who also commissioned the Taj Mahal in 1632 to house the tomb of his favorite wife of three, Mumtaz Mahal.
A short cab ride will get you to Agra to visit this stunning UNESCO world heritage site nearby. On the whole, Delhi has lots to explore, but be wary as you might need to escape the noise for a few days so plan accordingly.

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