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Delhi: A capital century

  • Red Fort, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Jama Masjid, India Gate

    On 12 December 1911, King George V delivered a sensational surprise to his subjects in Delhi that as the new political capital of India, Delhi would gradually displace Calcutta.

  • Red Fort, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Jama Masjid, India Gate

    Under East India Company and later under the British Raj, Kolkata served as the capital of India until 1911, when its perceived geographical disadvantages, combined with growing nationalism in Bengal, led to a shift of the capital to New Delhi.

  • Red Fort, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Jama Masjid, India Gate
    Photo: Asia Society

    Architect: Edwin Lutyens, inaugurated 1936. New Delhi, also known as Lutyens' Delhi was officially declared as the capital of the Union of India after the country gained independence on 15 August 1947.

  • Red Fort, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Jama Masjid, India Gate

    The India Gate, originally called the All India War Memorial, is a war memorial located astride the Rajpath, on the eastern edge of the ‘ceremonial axis’ of New Delhi.

  • Red Fort, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Jama Masjid, India Gate

    Jama Masjid is the principal mosque of Old Delhi in India. Commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, it is the best-known mosque in India.

  • Red Fort, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Jama Masjid, India Gate

    A union territory, the political administration of the National Capital Territory of Delhi today more closely resembles that of a state of India, with its own legislature, high court and an executive council of ministers headed by a Chief Minister.

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