Delhi officially the National Capital Territory of Delhi, is the capital territory of India. During the British Raj, Delhi was part of the Punjab Province and is still historically and culturally connected to the Punjab region.
Delhi has been continuously inhabited since the 6th century BC. Through most of its history, Delhi has served as a capital of various kingdoms and empires. It has been captured, ransacked and rebuilt several times, particularly during the medieval period, and modern Delhi is a cluster of a number of cities spread across the metropolitan region.
Presenting 15 Rare & Old Photo’s of Delhi | Mega Series- Part I
1# Aerial View of Viceroy's House (Current Rashtrapati Bhavan) – New Delhi 1938
2# Armored cars passing through India Gate – Delhi 1930's
3# Bashny Ghat on Yamuna River,Delhi-1858
4# Close View of Qutb Minar – Delhi 1860's
5# Aerial View of the Republic Day Parade in Delhi taken from the top of India Gate in 1951
7# The View of Delhi Durbar – 1903
8# Boats across the River Jumna near the Red Fort walls,Delhi-1858
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9# Chandi-Chowk, Main Street in Delhi – C1865
10# Delhi Road with Watch Tower and Tram
11# Professor Ricalton and two of his Cashmere friends at the Durbar, Delhi,C.1903
12# Delhi Durbar Procession with Elephant and Cavalry – 1911
13# Purana Qila (Old Fort) – Delhi Early 1900s
14# Women's Auxiliary Corps After Parade for British General Claude Auchinleck – Delhi 1944
15# Alai Darwaza Qutub Complex Delhi 1870's
The area around Delhi was probably inhabited before the second millennium BC, and there is evidence of continuous inhabitation since at least the 6th century BC. The city is believed to be the site of Indraprastha, the legendary capital of the Pandavas in the Indian epic Mahabharata.According to this epic this land was initially a huge mass of forests called 'Khandavaprastha' which was burnt down to build the city of Indraprastha. The earliest architectural relics date back to the Maurya period (c. 300 BC); in 1966, an inscription of the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka (273–235 BC) was discovered near Srinivaspuri. Remains of eight major cities have been discovered in Delhi. The first five cities were in the southern part of present-day Delhi. Gurjara-pratihara King Anang Pal of the Tomara dynasty founded the city of Lal Kot in AD 736. The Chauhans conquered Lal Kot in 1180 and renamed it Qila Rai Pithora.
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