What is the difference between Delhi New Delhi

India: New Delhi or Old Delhi? Just say Dilli

We have got used to the alphabet in international travel weather: On the list of world cities, the weather report in the newspaper Nassau follows on Nairobi, New Delhi on Nassau, Oslo on New Delhi. It has become so common; what is capital matters, period. Whether it is correct is another question.

In India, for example, it would not occur to anyone to book a flight to “New Delhi”. If only because there is only the old, discarded Safdarjung Airport, Delhi's answer to Tempelhof: same era, equally closed. Flight operations ceased at the beginning of the new millennium.

But if there is a New Delhi, should there be an old one somewhere? Correctly. But Old Delhi is a rather new event and the new one is ancient in parts - so, as always in India, the matter is confusing and contradicting itself. Now what is what in the official “National Capital Territory of Delhi” - one of the longest continuously populated areas in the world?

Highlights of world architecture

Old Delhi is the city built by Shah Jahan (1592–1666) ("Shahjahanabad") on the banks of the Yamuna River. In particular, the Mughal ruler is only known to a few Germans.

Most have heard of his buildings, highlights of world architecture: the Red Fort in the “old town” of Delhi, the Shalimar Gardens of Lahore. Both are on the Unesco World Heritage List, as is the Taj Mahal, the miracle, his wife's grave, the "tear on the cheek of time", as the Bengali Nobel Prize for Literature and poet Rabindranath Tagore once described the mausoleum in one of his poems.

Only all of this is quite young in the larger order of things. The construction of Old Delhi did not begin until 1639, at the time of the Thirty Years War.

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