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Is Delhi really 100 year old?

800px-Delhi_Drubar,_1911 Delhi, the capital of Republic of India. It is said that Delhi has completed its hundred years on 12th December 2011. How true is this statement?  

What happened 100 years ago?

11th December, 1911 – King George V was declared the Emperor of India and on 12th December 1911, he presented himself to the public at the Coronation Ground in Burari Village, Delhi. This ceremony was called ‘Delhi Durbar’. On this occasion, King George declared that the capital of British India be shifted from Calcutta (now Kolkata) to Delhi. 12th December 2011, we complete 100 years of this declaration.

The Ignored truth?

Delhi was treated as a capital since Mahabharta era, when Pandavas had setup their territory in the reign of Khandva Forest and named it as Indrapatta (or Indraprastha). Later, several dynasties came and used Delhi as their capital. Here’s a list:

circa 2500 BC Pandavas Ruled from Indraprastha, the earliest reference of Delhi
736-1180 Tomars Ruled from Lal Kot (now in Mehrauli)
1180-1192 Rajputs Ruled from Qila Rai Pithora (Mehrauli, Lado Sarai area)
1206-1290 Slave Dynasty Ruled from area around Mehrauli
1290-1321 Khilji Dynasty Ruled from area, what we now call Siri (around Siri Fort) in Delhi
1321-1398 Tughlaq Dynasty Ruled from Areas like Tughlaqabad, Jahanpanah (now Begumpur, Sarvpriya Vihar and Tara Apartments etc.) and Ferozabad (or Feroz Shah Kotla). NOTE: Muhammed bin tughlaq took capital from Delhi to Daultabad for some time, but brought it back.
1398-1414 Attack by Timur Lung No Ruler. Period of Chaos
1414-1421 Sayyid Dynasty Ruled from existing establishments of various cities comprising Delhi
1451-1526 Lodhi Dynasty Ruled from existing establishments of various cities comprising Delhi
1526-1540 Timurid/Mughal Dynasty Humayun started Dinpanah at what we now call Old Fort
1540-1556 Sur Dynasty Ruled from Dilli Sher Shahi, around Old Fort of Delhi
1556 Hindu ruler – Hemu (Samrat Hemchandra Vikramaditya) Ruled very small portion of country from vacant fort of Shergarh (now called Old Fort), but removed from throne by Humayun and Mughals came back
1556-1857 Mughal Dynasty Akbar and Jahangir took Capital out of Delhi but Shahjahan bought back to Shahjahanbad and started rule from Red Fort of Delhi.
1856-1947 British After taking last Mughal king out in 1857, British continued to rule from their existing setup  in Calcutta. Then King George V, on 12th December 1911, declared to bring the capital back to Delhi.

  We have numerous sites and remains since 7th century showing Delhi as one of the most important cities of India. British just understood the importance a little late and utilized the empty space lying between the other 7 cities of Delhi. The did a unification of cities and restored few old buildings. After the declaration in 1911, it took more than a decade for the capital to actually move in. The Viceroy House (Rashtrapati Bhavan) was commissioned on January 23rd, 1931.   Following is the video from the Delhi Durbar of 1911 at the Coronation Ground of Delhi. Rest is up to you to decide.  


Monuments of Delhi

Since 2009, I have been exploring the monuments of Delhi and preparing content for this Blog. But soon I found, Delhi is much bigger than my Imagination. I started following website…


I’ll be writing more soon, but till then, check out the site.





A Calm beach in Andhra Pradesh, Vishakhapatnam aka Vizag. It was a pleasure being there. So clean, so peaceful and so calm.

Vizag is known for its shipyard, and you can the night view of sea is awesome, with lights of distant ships flashing as if they are playing some melody.



They also have an old submarine, which which is now a museum docked on the sea shore. It was really nice to know how the underwater human-life is. But the best part was Kailash Hill. A ropeway connects to it. View of Sea from this place is really breathtaking. And you can see almost entire city from this place. Statues of Hindu Gods Lord Shiva and Parvati are erect on the top of this hill. Road drive is so nice with lush green grass on both sides.



This place is really nice and a “must visit” place.

Fort Aguada, Goa

FortAguada on Hill Top

A very nice place near Candolim, Goa (India). I went there on 7th November, 2008. It was a sunny day and sea view was clear from the fort. In Portuguese, Aguada means "Watering Place". This was a lighthouse, a Watering Place and a garrison during the Portuguese rule. It was built in 1612. It has a upper fort comprising of a lighthouse, watering station and a lower part, where a Prison is also situated. Here’s a brief history as written at Aguada…FortAguada Board

I found it quite a nice place with a quite endless sea view across the dolphin bay and big ships transporting iron ore from one place to another.

You can find many tourist boats cruising in sea.

FortAguada Boat






But the best part was when we entered the fort. Like other forts, I was expecting some rooms or sections, but this was a huge ground walled and on one corner there was a Lighthouse, which is no longer in use.

There is another light house outside the premise of fort, that is now in use.

Overall, it was an exciting place to visit. There is a church at a nearby hilltop. The view is pleasing. Below church, on the shore, stands a mighty bungalow (of some famous diamond merchant). When we went for boat cruising from the dolphin bay, we saw that bungalow. It was surely a dream palace.


some pics from the place…


 4_FortAguada_Entrance_Main8_FortAguada_OldLighthouse   5_FortAguada_Entrance_Side 6_FortAguada_Inside_Ramp 7_FortAguada_Inside 12_FortAguada_InsideExit Tower Wall Church and Bungalow Inside Inside Sea View Sea View A View Corridor

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