Rashtrapathi Bhavan, Delhi: The Architecture That Speaks Of The Royal Heritage Of India
Delhi is a city whose name itself narrates all about its massiveness. Stepping down at the International Airport of Dil walo ki Delhi after an hour-long flight, the first thing that I felt was the vibe that the city has. Rightly they say, once you visit the national capital Delhi, you fall in love with it. As visiting forts has always been one of my interests, this vacation we decided to take our kids to the Rashtrapathi Bhavan. The building is separated from the airport by a mere distance of 10 kms, and it took us about 20 minutes to reach there.
The residence of the first citizen of our country is a colossal framework consisting of 340 rooms. It not only has the president’s home but several guest rooms, offices and halls are included along with it. Earlier popular as the Viceroy’s House, this architecture happens to be the largest residence of any state’s head, not only in India but the entire world.
The Mughal Gardens also known as Presidential gardens add to the beauty of this royal building. The then world famous architect, Edwin Landseer Lutyens was assigned the task of creating this architectural wonder and the construction ushered back in the year 1912. The entire construction is simply astounding and is truly a pride of our nation. We also saw the Ashoka Hall, where the oath by the prime minister and other cabinet ministers is taken.
Being a photography maniac, I was elated by the shots taken within the huge 2,000,000 sq. ft. area of the Rashtrapathi Bhavan. There are government guides inside the Rashtrapati Bhavan to tell you anything and everything about the history of the place and to mark the underlying significance the areas within this construction hold.
Along with my kids, even I gathered a lot of knowledge about the past presidents of India. It is during the months of February to March that the gates of this tightly secured region are held open for common public. However, there are certain online booking procedures you need to go through to confirm your visit.