Home to the Akshardham Mandir, the world’s biggest Hindu temple which covers 112,496 square feet (10,464 meters), New Delhi serves as the capital for the Republic of India.
New Delhi is also the capital of the National Capital Territory of Delhi, an Indian city and union territory that politically resembles a state with its own legislature, high court and executive council of ministers. Geographically, New Delhi is one of 11 districts located within the city of Delhi. India’s federal government and Delhi’s local government jointly administer New Delhi.
India exported $260.3 billion worth of goods around the globe during 2016.
Capital Facts for New Delhi, India: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Red Fort (Lal Qila), India Gate, Lotus Temple (Bahai temple) and Akshardham Mandir (Hindu temple)
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in New Delhi, India
- Deepak Chopra, alternative medicine expert, speaker (born Oct. 22, 1947)
- Bobby Cash, singer-songwriter & composer (born Feb. 13, 1961)
- Raj Chetty, economist (born Aug. 4, 1979)
- Anchal Joseph, model & actress (born Jan. 3, 1987)
- Raja Krishnamoorthi, US politician & attorney (born Jul. 19, 1973)
- Ashwin Ram, computer scientist (born Jul. 27, 1960)
- Asim Ghosh, executive (born Dec. 7, 1947)
- Yuki Bhambri, tennis professional (born Jul. 4, 1992)
- Sarika, actress (born Dec. 5, 1960)
- Kiran Desai, novelist (born Sep. 3, 1971)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a New Delhi resident: Delhiite
Population: 317,797 (New Delhi)
Density: 19,260 people per square mile (7,436 per square kilometer)
Population: 25,735,00 (National Capital Territory of Delhi)
Density: 30,820 people per square mile (11,900 per square kilometer)
Population: 1,266,883,598 (India)
Density: 1,104 people per square mile (426 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$293.6 billion in 2014 (National Capital Territory of Delhi)
GDP per person: $12,747
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in New Delhi: India rupee
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Wikipedia, Delhi (National Capital Territory of Delhi). Accessed on November 15, 2016
Wikipedia, Capital Districts and Territories. Accessed on November 15, 2016
World Population Review, Population of Cities in India (2016). Accessed on January 23, 2017
New Delhi has a land area of 16.5 square miles (42.7 square kilometers). The capital’s estimated population was 317,797 residents in 2016 per the World Population Review.
After adding in Noida city and Uttar Pradesh state, the National Capital Territory of Delhi had a population of 25.7 million people living over a land area equal to 835 square miles (2,163 square kilometers) in 2015.
India is the world’s most populous democratic country given its population count of 1.3 trillion inhabitants as of July 2016. The Asian nation’s massive land territory covers 1,147,956 square miles (2,973,193 square kilometers).
India won its independence from the United Kingdom on August 15, 1947. Indians celebrate Republic Day each January 26 as a national public holiday.
Population density in India’s capital New Delhi is about 19,300 Delhiites per square mile (7,400 per square kilometer).
Density is more concentrated within the National Capital Territory of Delhi with an average 30,800 residents per square mile (11,900 per square kilometer).
For India overall, population density drops significantly to an average 1,104 Indians per square mile (420 per square kilometer).