You can find on this page the New Delhi old map to print and to download in PDF. The New Delhi historical map and the vintage map of New Delhi present the past and evolutions of the city of New Delhi in India.

New Delhi historical map

Map of New Delhi historical

The New Delhi old map shows evolutions of New Delhi city. This historical map of New Delhi will allow you to travel in the past and in the history of New Delhi in India. The New Delhi ancient map is downloadable in PDF, printable and free.

In 1966, an inscription of the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka (273-236 BC) was discovered near Srinivaspuri, which is near Noida. Two sandstone pillars inscribed with the edicts of Ashoka were brought to by Firuz Shah Tughluq in the 14th century as its shown in New Delhi historical map. The famous Iron pillar near the Qutub Minar was commissioned by the emperor Kumara Gupta I of the Gupta dynasty (320-540) and transplanted to Delhi during the 10th century. Eight major cities have been situated in the historical area of New Delhi. The first five cities were in the southern part of present-day Delhi. Though settlements have been dated to have been taking place in Delhi for millennia, there is no record to stand by that claim.

New Delhi is generally considered a close to 5000-year old city, as per Ancient Indian text The Mahabharata, since the first ever mention of the historical city is found in this religious scripture. Therefore, except the scripture, archaeological evidences to book the city Ancient history are as good as nought. As a result, New Delhi Ancient history finds no records and this period may be regarded as the lost period of its history (see New Delhi historical map). Extensive coverage of Delhi history begins with the onset of the Delhi Sultanate in the 12th century. Since then, Delhi had been the seat of Islamic and British rulers until India's independence in 1947.

The core of New Delhi tangible heritage is Islamic, spanning over 7 centuries of Islamic rule over the city, with some British-styled architectures and zones in Lutyens Delhi dating to the British rule in India as its mentioned in New Delhi historical map. Whatever records exist of Delhi- in the form of scriptures or archaeological evidences, they crown New Delhi as the historical Capital city of some empire or the other all through, with minor random breaks in between, making Delhi one of the longest serving Capitals and one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. It is considered to be a city built, destroyed and rebuilt several times, as outsiders who successfully invaded the Indian Subcontinent would ransack the existing capital city in New Delhi, and those who came to conquer and stay would be so impressed by the city strategic location as to make it their capital and rebuild it in their own way.

New Delhi vintage map

Map of New Delhi antique

The New Delhi vintage map give a unique insight into the history and evolution of New Delhi city. This vintage map of New Delhi with its antique style will allow you to travel in the past of New Delhi in India. The New Delhi vintage map is downloadable in PDF, printable and free.

According to Indian folklore, New Delhi was the vintage site of the magnificent and opulent Indraprastha, capital of the Pandavas in the Indian epic Mahabharata, founded around 3500 BC. It was, one of the five prasthas or `plains', which included Sonepat, Panipat, Pilpat, and Baghpat as you can see in New Delhi vintage map. 16th-century, Persian historian, Firishta, recorded a tradition that Delhi or Dilli was founded by a Raja Dhilu before the Macedonian (Greek) invasion of India, i.e. Indian campaign of Alexander the Great in 321 BC. Hindu texts state that the city of Delhi used to be referred to in Sanskrit as Hastinapur, which means "elephant-city".

The name Delhi may be derived from the word 'Dhillika', though there are other theories as its shown in New Delhi vintage map. According to Satyarth Prakash (1874) of Swami Dayanand, Raja Dhilu (King Dihlu) founded ancient Delhi in 800 BC, however it is not supported by any older texts It was the name of the first medieval township of Delhi, located on the southwestern border of the present New Delhi, in Mehrauli. This was the first in the series of seven medieval cities. It is also known as Yoginipura, that is, the fortress of the yoginis (female divinities). It gained importance during the time of Ananga Pala Tomar. In the 12th century, the city was included in the dominions of Prithviraj Chauhan. Pasanaha Chariu of Vibudh Shridhar (VS 1189-1230) an Apabhramsha writer, provides the first reference to the legend of the origin of the name Dhilli for Delhi.

The Tomar dynasty founded Lal Kot in 736. The Prithviraj Raso names the Tomar Anangpal as the founder of Lal Kot, whose name is inscribed on Iron Pillar of Delhi at Qutb complex, ascribed to Chandra or Chandragupta II as you can see in New Delhi vintage map. A contemporary account of the city of Delhi in the Tomar period is given by Vibudh Shridhar. He describes an immense fort surrounded by a moat beside the Ananga lake. The markets were full of commodities like cloth, grain, betel-nuts, sweets etc. as well as accounting books. He also implies that Delhi was a center of learning where eloquent language was spoken. The pinnacles of the city gates were gilded with gold and buildings were studded with gems. The Chauhan kings of Ajmer conquered Lal Kot in 1180 and renamed it Qila Rai Pithora. The Chauhan king Prithviraj III was defeated in 1192 by the Afghan Muhammad Ghori. Anangpal Tomar who, accordng to Historian Dr. Augustus Hoernle, were a Gurjar (or Gujjar) ruler of New Delhi, often described as the founder of Delhi, built the citadel some 10 kilometres from Suraj Kund around 731.