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Rashtrapati Bhavan, Delhi


The Rashtrapati Bhavan is perhaps the most prestigious building in India. Apart from its impressive architecture, the building also is the official residence of the President of India. The building came into existence when the capital of the nation was shifted from Kolkata to Delhi.

The structure was built to accommodate the British Viceroy and thus it was built in a classical blend of royal Mughal architecture and elegant European architecture as well. The two-shaded sandstone structure has a beautiful dome that was inspired by the Stupa of Sanchi. This dome, however, is visible from a long distance.

The Durbar Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhavan is well decorated with colourful marbles giving it a luxurious look. The Ashokan Hall on the other hand is done in Persian style with a painted ceiling and wooden flooring. The rooftops, windows, chattris, etc. are the other attractions of the building that evokes the aesthetic sense of the one who sees it.

The Presidential Estate comprises of a drawing room, a dinning room, a banquet hall, a tennis court, a polo ground, a cricket field and a museum. The whole structure consists of four floors with 340 rooms in them. No steel has been used for the construction of the whole structure.

The Indian temple bells used in the pillars of the building is another specialty of the Presidential palace. These bells depict the Hindu, Buddhist and Jain cultures.The Mughal Garden here is again a blend of Mughal and British style. It is spread across 13 acres of land and has some exotic varieties of flowers. The Rashtrapati Bhavan is a true visual treat to visitors, and it also is truly a masterpiece of architecture.

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