Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi is the official residence of the President of India, located in New Delhi, Delhi, India. Until 1950 it was known as Viceroy's House and served as the residence of the Viceroy of India. It is at the heart of an area known as Lutyens' Delhi. It is the largest residence of any Head of the State in the world.
North Block of President's House @ Delhi, INDIA
The layout of the palace is designed around a massive square although there are many courtyards and open inner areas within. There are separate wings for the Viceroy and another wing for guests. The Viceroy’s wing is a separate four-storey house in itself, with its own court areas within. The wing was so large that the first president of India decided not to stay there, staying in the guest wing, a tradition which was followed by subsequent presidents. At the centre of the main part of the palace, underneath the main dome, is the Durbar Hall, which was known as the Throne Room during British rule when it had thrones for the Viceroy and his wife. It's a must visit place for Architecture lovers.
The ancillary dome-like structure on top of the building is known as a CHUTTRI, an integral part of Indian architectural design.
The dome in the middle involved a mixture of Indian and British styles. In the center was a tall copper dome surmounted on top of a drum, which stands out from the rest of the building, due to its height. The dome is exactly in the middle of the diagonals between the four corners of the building. The dome is more than twice the height of the rest of the building.
In front of Rashtrapati Bhavan is the "Jaipur Column", topped by the Star of India.
The main entrance to Rashtrapati Bhavan is known as Gate 35, and is located on Prakash Vir Shastri Avenue, renamed from North Avenue in November 2002, as a memorial to the politician of the namesake who served here during his tenure as a Member of Parliament for the state of Uttar Pradesh.
Complete view of North Block of Presidents House @ Delhi, INDIA
There is Mughal Garden in Rashtrapati Bhavan which displays numerous types of flowers and is open to public in February every year. I had planned to visit the same this year and failed to execute those plans :(
South Block of President's House @ Delhi, INDIA
Indian President's House has 340 Rooms.
Elephants on Outer wall of President's House @ Delhi, INDIA
No steel was used to construct Rashtrapati Bhavan.
MASALA INFO: The song Des Rangila from Fanaa was shot at Rashtrapati Bhavan including its rehearsal scenes....
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