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Take a Virtual Tour of Delhi

Saturday , 20 February 2016

A documentary filmmaker, Arjun Pandey, has created a diary that traces Delhi’s history, maps and iconic monuments. The diary will enable people to take a virtual tour of the city from the comfort of their homes.

The virtual diary is part of Delhipedia, an online magazine consisting of 172 videos. It showcases the traditions, heritage, culture, marketplaces and food joints of Delhi.

The diary mentions the lesser-known monuments of the city such as Khooni Darwaza. It was built by Emperor Sher Shah Suri in 1540 and is located in Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, opposite the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium.

Lesser-known monuments in Hauz Khas include the 13th century Chor Minar just off Aurobindo Marg, Dadi Poti ka Gumbad and the 15th century Sakri Gumti from the Lodi era.

Delhi was known as Indraprastha in 800 BC , which included Old Fort and Pragati Maidan. In 1170 AD it was called Qila Rai Pithora and spanned the area around Lado Sarai, Saket and Mehrauli. In 1302 AD, it was named Siri and in 1320 AD it was called Tughlaqabad.

Around 1334 AD it was called Jahanpanah, while in 1351 AD it was renamed Ferozabad. Centuries later, in 1648 AD, it was renamed Shahjahanabad and in 1911 AD, the British gave it its present name – New Delhi.

The diary also mentions the 1,500 million year old Delhi Ridge – the “green lungs” of the city. Situated on the northern extension of the Aravalli Range, it is home to several species of birds.