Monday, June 18, 2012

100 Years as the capital of India

New Delhi celebrated 100 years of its founding as the newly planned capital of India on December 12, 1911.  It was founded by King George V of Britain who relocated the capital from Calcutta to Delhi.

The city of New Delhi was built over a period of 20 years based upon a design by Sir Edwin Lutyens. Many villages were razed and hills flattened to create a gleaming jewel for the British Empire.

New Delhi is the eighth city of Delhi. Seven previous empires built their capitals in this ancient city.  New Delhi's history is rich with architectural monuments and legends.

Reference: Ward, Mariellen, Aging gracefully: New Delhi at 100,, December 9, 2011
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