Some interesting facts about the Rashtrapati Bhawan

Here are some very interesting facts about the Rashtrapati Bhawan

Interesting facts about the Rashtrapati Bhawan

Rashtrapati Bhawan will leave you awestruck when you get the first glimpse of it. It can’t be missed when you are on the Rajpath, New Delhi; it is such a sight. A magnificent structure, it was constructed during the British Raj in India for the Viceroy of England. It was built when the British decided to change their capital city from Kolkata (then Calcutta) to Delhi. Famous for its massive structure and the gardens, it has a lot more to it that is unknown to many.

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Rashtrapati Bhawan

Let’s explore it more through these interesting facts about the Rashtrapati Bhawan:

  • The construction of it took 17 years to complete which began in 1912 and completed in 1929. The amount of efforts and time invested in it shows in its near perfect architecture.
  • It was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, a British architect.
  • As is the structure, similar will be its maintenance. There is a collective staff of nearly 750 members that maintain the President’s house.
  • It is the largest residence in India, the second largest in the world spread across a sprawling 330 acres. The spaces can be majorly divided into living space (with 340 rooms spread in 5 acres), corridors (2.5km), garden area (spread across 190 acres) and other spaces.
  • It was earlier named as Viceroy’s House, after India gained independence on August 15, 1947, it was changed to Government’s house. Under the Presidency of Dr Rajendra Prasad, it was changed once again and finalised to what it is called as today the ‘Rashtrapati Bhawan’.

Interesting facts about the Rashtrapati Bhawan

  • Lord Mountbatten was the last Viceroy to live in the Rashtrapati Bhawan. After India’s Independence, he was the one who monitored the oath ceremony of Pt Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India in 1947.
  • Apart from being the residence, the Rashtrapati Bhawan also hosts many ceremonies every year like the investiture ceremonies of various kind, award ceremonies, meetings and other festival celebrations.
  • It is also approximately four times larger than the White House, the house of American President in Washington DC, US.
  • It can be divided into three parts or circuits. Circuit 1 includes the various halls like the Darbar Hall, Ashoka hall and other rooms and the main building. Circuit 2 takes you through the various Museums and complexes while the Circuit 3 consists of the garden area, which includes Mughal Garden, Spiritual Garden, Musical Garden and the Herbal Garden.
  • The various Museums, galleries and halls include the gift museum, Science and Innovation gallery, two different Galleries for children, and the Ashoka hall is the place where there is held many important ceremonies.

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