Rashtrapati Bhavan

New Delhi, Delhi, India
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Built between 1921 and 1929, this palatial structure, designed as the official residence of the Viceroy, but now home to the Indian President, incorporates within its distinctly British style, Indo-Islamic and Buddhist design elements. The most visible feature is the drum-mounted Buddhist style dome. The building contains 340 rooms and is built on 330 acres of land, including a private garden. Classical columns with bells carved into them grace the front entrance. The apparent symbolism behind this is that Lutyens felt the bells being silent meant that British rule would never end.

Rashtrapati Bhavan is flanked by the two Secretariat buildings, which are now the headquarters of the Finance and External Affairs ministries. Though the inside of the palace is not open to the public, the Mughal Gardens within are on display in February each year. Quadrants divided by waterways and fountains, tennis courts, a swimming pool and butterfly enclosures make up this leisure space modeled on Mughal parks.
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