Rashtrapati Bhawan

New Delhi, India

This is the official home of the President of India. This 320 acre President Estate has 340 rooms which serves as President’s official residence, halls, guest rooms and offices. This is the third largest residential structure in the world for a Head of State. It was built for the British Viceroy in 1929 and was designed by the British architect Edwin Landseer Lutyens. It has four floors having a floor area of 200,000 Sq. ft. and was constructed using nearly 700 million bricks. There is a Central Dome, the Jaipur columns, Elephant Sculptures, and Jaalis or grills made of red stone which make this structure very beautiful and elegant. The dome, which is superimposed on its structure, is visible from a distance and the most eye-catching round roof with a circular base in the heart of Delhi. There is Durbar Hall, Marble Hall, Ashoka Hall, Banquet Hall, Yellow Drawing Room and Museum inside the Rashtrapati Bhawan which adds to its grandeur. The Mughal Garden is situated at the back of the Rashtrapati Bhawan which has a great variety of flowers and it opens for general public viewing in February-March every year during Udyanotsav. The main garden has two channels running North to South and two running East to West which divide this garden into a grid of squares. The main garden has six lotus shaped fountain. There is also a Terrace garden and an Old Garden or Long Garden which have variety of flowers and the walls are covered with different creepers. There is museum inside the Rashtrapati Bhawan where visitors can see the inside view of the Bhawan and also know about the lives of former presidents.

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