On December 12, 1911 the British shifted the national capital of the then colonised India from Calcutta to Delhi.
Hundred years ago, a grand congregation of royalty and British soldiers assembled at the Delhi Durbar as King George V proclaimed Delhi as the new Capital of Imperial India.
The day marked the beginning of a journey for the ancient city of Delhi – the mythical Indraprashtha of the Mahabharata – as a modern, cosmopolitan capital.
The foundation of the new city was laid Dec 15, 1911 – three days after the coronation durbar. The capital was named New Delhi in 1927 and was formally inaugurated Feb 13, 193