It is the second largest residence of a Head of State in the world. The Rashtrapathi Bhavan. All of 340 rooms in 320 acres. When the British moved their administrative center from Calcutta to Delhi in 1911 - the famed architect Lutyens was forced to incorporated "indian" features in the construction. If you could compare it with the Colonial style buildings - you can identify the house of the President of India as having a more local flavour. Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, Mughal - all styles were blended into making this what was originally the Viceroys home.
A total of 300 families were vacated from the Raisina village - which was on a plateau, to do up this magnificient home. The name Raisina Hill has stuck to the location of the seat of the Government of India ever since. The Parliament is right outside the complex.
The Prime ministers offices, secretariat are to the front and either sides of the House.
In front of the Rashtrapathi Bhavan is the exquisite 145 foot Jaipur Column where in the first occupant Lord Irwin in 1931 inscribed - "In thought faith, In word wisdom, In deed courage, In life service, So may India be great."
Rajaji was the first and last Indian Governor general of India to occupy that exhalted place. The horror of decay that has set in over the years is a different story.
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