9 Lesser Known Amazing Facts About Rashtrapati Bhavan!
1. India Gate is found straight outside the Darbar Hall in Rashtrapati Bhavan (located right under the huge dome).
2. There is a museum in the Rashtrapati Bhavan, which also has the silver chairs that King George V and Queen Elizabeth sat on.
3. The Rashtrapati Bhavan is the third biggest Presidential Palace in the world after Turkey and Austria.
4. It is built on the Raisina Hill, named after one of the two villages (Raisini and Malcha) that were cleared in order to build this mansion.
5. When late Dr. APJ Kalam was president, a small hut was built on the premises where he’d spend most of his free time. It was demolished after his tenure ended.
6. The Mughal Gardens behind the Rashtrapati Bhavan has hundreds of different types of flowers and is open to the public in February each year, the festival is called Udyanotsav.
7. It took 17 years to buildtThe Rashtrapati Bhavan; over 700 million bricks were used, around 29,000 people have worked and over 300 families were vacated.
8. The Rashtrapati Bhavan was designed by the British architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens, who traveled between England and India while the Viceroy’s House in both nations were being built simultaneously. He did this for around 20 years.
9. At the end of the Darbar Hall, there is a statue of the Buddha, which is exactly on the same level as the India Gate that dates back to the 4th century.