9 March 2019
The world’s second-largest urban area
Delhi is a city and a union territory of India containing New Delhi, the capital of India. According to the 2011 census, Delhi’s city proper population was over 11 million, the second-highest in India after Mumbai, while the whole National Capital Territory’s population was about 16.8 million. Delhi’s urban area is now considered to extend beyond the NCT boundaries and include the neighboring satellite cities of Faridabad, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad and Noida in an area now called Central National Capital Region (CNCR) and had an estimated 2016 population of over 26 million people, making it the world’s second-largest urban area according to United Nations.
Delhi has been continuously inhabited since the 6th century BCE. Through most of its history, Delhi has served as a capital of various kingdoms and empires. It has been captured, ransacked and rebuilt several times, particularly during the medieval period, and modern Delhi is a cluster of a number of cities spread across the metropolitan region.