The grandeur and charisma of the India is so amazing that people from different part of the world visit the country and enjoy its culture, tradition and heritage. Talking about all these three, we have a city named Delhi, the capital of India which has been a seat of power ever since from the beginning of the history and which holds the rich culture, traditions and heritage of the country. From Pre-Historic era to Mughals to British till today Delhi has been a centre of attractions.
With many amazing heritage sites and tourist attractions, Delhi has made a special place in its travellers’ heart. One such monument that holds grandness and charisma of the country is Rashtrapati Bhavan – The President House.
Today in this post we are going to discuss about the monument and every necessary things related to this majestic building.
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Listed as one of the most iconic building in India, President’s house is a house of grandeur and royalty that holds many glorious chapters from history of India. The grand Rashtrapati Bhavan has been a witness of several historical events that has put a huge contribution in Indian history. President’s house in India is the largest residence in the country and has seen many great Indian leaders walked through its haloed corridors. Recently French president Francois Hollande has been the guest of honor in President’s house when he presides here during Republic Day on 26th January 2016. President’s house is one of the major tourist attractions during Delhi Tourism.
A Brief History
The official house of President of India, Rashtrapati Bhavan is an immensely huge building which was designed by British architect named –‘Sir Edwin Lutyens’. Along with him Chief Engineer Hugh Keeling and many Indian contractors were also the part in the designing and construction of this building. From 1911 to 1916 a land was acquired in Delhi under 1894 Land Acquisition Act where 300 families were evicted from their place.
The building was officially inaugurated in year 1931 and the total cost that put in building this architectural wonder is 887,136 pounds which is around 12.8 million INR. The floor space of the building is 200000 sq ft. filled with 4 floors, the president’s house is compact with 340 rooms all huge and plush.
When first Indian Governor General of India, Shri Rajagopalachari assumed his duty as the President of India he stayed here and prefers to live in few rooms. Those rooms are now known as the family wing of the president and remaining rooms are now converted into the guest wings where the visiting heads of the state stay while they are in India.
ON January 26th 1950 when Rajendra Prasad took presidential he renamed the building as Rashtrapati Bhavan – The President’s House.
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Interesting Facts About the Rasjtrapati Bhavan
1. There is a Durbar Hall in Rashtrapati Bhavan under a huge dome, if one walk straight through the Rashtrapati Bhavan you will reach the mesmerizing India Gate.
2. Rashtrapati Bhavan houses a gift museum which is compact with all the presents which are received by the presidents of India throughout the years. The gift museum also houses two silver chairs on which King George V and Queen Elizabeth sat on while there visit in Darbar Hall. One of the silver chairs weigh 640 kg which was used by king while other was a bit lighter than the other one which was used by the queen.
3. There are 3 huge President houses in India, India’s President House comes on the third number after Turkey and Austria.
4. The building is believed to nestle on the Raisina Hill which is named after two villages namely –‘Raisini and Malcha. Both these villages were evicted in order to build the huge mansion.
5. When former president Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam was president and used to live there, he built a small hut in the premises where he liked to spend his free time. The hut was demolished after his tenure was ended.
6. There is a garden in the premises which is called Mughal Garden. It is located behind the Rashtrapati Bhavan and compact with hundreds of types of flowers. Every year in the month of February, the garden is open to the common public to celebrate the festival called Udyanotsav.
7. It took around 17 long years to build the Rashtrapati Bhavan. To build this majestic monument over 700 bricks were used and around 29000 people have worked in the construction. It is being said that more than 300 families were evicted from the place where construction took place.
8. The designer of Rashtrapati Bhavan, Sir Edwin Lutyens traveled between England and India during the construction of the building as he was also working on the Viceroy’s house in England during the same time. He did this travelling work for around two decades.
9. At the end of the Darbar Hall in the house, you will find a huge Buddha Statue which dated back to the 4th century. The height of the Buddha statue is same as of the height of India Gate.
Rashtrapti Bhavan also places a prominent position in Heritage and cultural walk in Delhi. Being a prominent national heritage site, Rashtrapati Bhavan is not only open for local but also for international travellers. To enter in the monument all you need to carry is your ID card. The best time to visit President House is January and February as during these months one can get a chance to take a look to the most amazing Mughal Garden.
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