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Delhi vs New Delhi

Most people think that New Delhi is Delhi but it is not. There is actually a difference between the two places: New Delhi and Delhi.

New Delhi, which is India’s capital, is a territory in Delhi. New Delhi is the seat of the government of India.

It was in the early 20th century that New Delhi city was designed. It was designed as part of the shifting of the capital of the British Empire from Calcutta to Delhi. Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker are the architects who are credited with the design of the city.

Both Delhi and New Delhi lie on the banks of the  Yamuna River. It is believed that Indraprastha, capital of Pandavas in the Mahabharata epic, is in Delhi. New Delhi was actually designed to be in the south of Delhi.
Delhi is now a state and has a governor as the head of the government. The Government of India and the Delhi government jointly administer New Delhi.
It is very hard to draw a boundary between Delhi and New Delhi. But one can make out the difference when looking at the architecture. In New Delhi, there is the Rashtrapathi Bhavan, Secretariat building, Parliament, Connaught Place, Lodhi Gardens, Jantar Mantar and India Gate. The embassies of other countries are situated towards the South of New Delhi. The streets and lanes in New Delhi are beautiful and tidy when compared with those of Delhi. In Delhi, one can come across old monuments, Mughal architecture and tombs. Red Fort, Lotus temple, Juma Masjid, Humayun Tomb are some of the old monuments in Delhi.

Summary

  1. New Delhi, which is India’s capital, is a territory in Delhi.
  2. New Delhi is the seat of government of India.
  3. It is very hard to draw a boundary between Delhi and New Delhi.
  4. Delhi is now a state and has a governor as the head of the government. The Government of India and Delhi government jointly administer New Delhi.
  5. In New Delhi, there is the Rashtrapathi Bhavan, Secretariat building, Parliament, Connaught Place, Lodhi Gardens, Jantar Mantar and India Gate. The embassies of other countries are situated towards the South of New Delhi.
  6. In Delhi, one can come across old monuments, Mughal architecture and tombs. Red Fort, Lotus temple, Juma Masjid, Humayun Tomb are some of the old monuments in Delhi.

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