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 II
1# Bird Eye View of Delhi c1910
2# Chandni Chowk or Silver Street, from the Palace – Delhi c.1857-1858
3# Jama Masjid in Delhi – c1860-80's
4# Elephants in Delhi Durbar Procession – 1903
6# Laxmi Narayan Temple or Birla Temple – Delhi c1940's
7# Alai Darwaza in Qutb Minar Complex the entrance to the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque
8# Studio portrait of a Mogul Father with his children at Delhi, taken by Shepherd and Robertson
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9# Tomb of Safdarjung – New Delhi 1938
10# The Jantar Mantar Observatory, Delhi -c1858
11# View of the Iron Pillar from the West – Delhi 1872
12# St.James's Church, Delhi showing damage caused by the Mutiny fighting – 1858
13# Lahore Gate of Delhi with Patiala Raja's Zumbruck (Camel Gun Encampment) – c.1857-1858
14# Imperial Hotel, Delhi
15# Delhi Road'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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