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Delhi, the capital city of India

Parts of Old Delhi date back more than 2,000 years, when the city was known as Shahjahanabad.

New Delhi was designed by British architects in the 1920s when it was the capital of the British Raj.

Between the 12th and 18th centuries, Delhi was one of the most prosperous cities in Asia thanks to its extensive trade network.

Delhi is the largest commercial centre in northern India and has the third highest GDP of cities in the country.

Each year, Delhi hosts the national Independence Day and Republic Day celebrations.

Chandni Chowk is one of the oldest shopping centres in Delhi and is still one of Asia’s largest wholesale markets.

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