New Delhi is an administrative district of Delhi which is also the Capital of India. Administratively, it is one of the districts of the State of Delhi and is home to offices of all three branches of the Government of India. New Delhi was formed in 1931 after King George V laid its foundation 20 years before during the Delhi Durbar of 1911. Its resplendent design was the outcome of architectural brilliance of Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker.
New Delhi district has its own municipality, called the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC). It is also the seat of Northern Railway headquarter.
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Area and Population
New Delhi district is spread over an area of 42.7 square km. As per 2011 census it has a population of 1,42,004.
Over a period of time, this district has seen expansion in its border limits and now spans across Connaught Place, India Gate, Pusa Institute, Chanakyapuri, Dhaula Kuan, Subroto Park, RK Puram, Vasant Vihar, Delhi Cantonment, Palam, IGI Airport, Mahipalpur and Rajokri.
Major Buildings and Monuments in New Delhi
Later on, as an expansion of this district, the adjoining area of Chankyapuri was also developed and was included in this district. Chankyapuri is known for housing diplomatic missions, embassies and consulates.
Shopping and Commercial Areas
Connaught Place, Bengali Market and Bhagat Singh Market are three major market areas of this district. Paharganj is another area adjoining New Delhi district which is frequented by tourists for shopping.
Connaught Place- The Shopping Plaza Par Excellence
Major commercial area in New Delhi district is that of Connaught Place which is designed in concentric circle formation with radial roads connecting the center with the periphery of the shopping plaza. It shall be noted that while it was named after the First Duke of Connaught, Prince Arthur, the credit for designing it goes to Robert Tor Russell. A number of shops selling a multitude of products- from books to automobiles, restaurants and hotels, cinemas and multiplexes, banking and financial institutions, libraries and other offices are located here.
Janpath and Rajiv Chowk underground market have some of the major concentration of shops for the shopalcoholics.
Both the Lutyen’s Delhi and Connaught Place are major tourist attractions. The large parks around India Gate are thronged by people from all parts of Delhi and beyond. People enjoy walking in evenings, having ice-creams and pop-corns, relaxing on the grass and children can be seen playing all around. All in all, this is fun, amusement and enjoyment all around this place, especially in evenings.
Must-see Historic Sites in New Delhi Administrative Zone
- National Museum
- India Gate
- Gandhi Smriti and Rajghat
- Jantar Mantar
- National Gallery of Modern Art
- National Musem of Natural History
- National Rail Museum
- National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum
- Nehru Planetarium
- National War Memorial
New Delhi Post Office Pincodes
|Nauroji Nagar S.O||New Delhi||110029|
|New Delhi G.P.O.||New Delhi||110001|
Delhi Metro Connectivity of New Delhi
Places of Religious Interest in New Delhi District
Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hanuman Mandir, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Kali Bari Temple, Sri Laxmi Narayan Mandir and Cathedral Church of the Redemption are important places of religious interest in this district.
New Delhi Vs Old Delhi
New Delhi is a striking contrast to what is colloquially referred to as ‘Old Delhi’. Old Delhi is a name used for that part of present Delhi which was a city during the medieval times. This denotes the areas in vicinity of Red Fort and Jama Masjid and include Chandni Chowk, Delhi Gate, Ajmeri Gate, Lahori Gate and others. These areas are characteristic of medieval time commercial and residential buildings that have bearing of Muslim architecture and narrow lanes.
New Delhi, on the other hand, is reminiscent of modern times of colonial era. The characteristic feature of New Delhi district has been wide boulevards lined with trees, large spaces for parks, fountains, palatial structures for government work and concentric circular and radial design of the CBD, popularly called Connaught Place.