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Brief of Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi

About 400 yards behind the Central Secretariat building lay Lutyen's magisterial Indo-Baroque Rashtrapati Bhavan. Occupying a prominent position opposite the India Gate, this majestic palace once was Viceroy's Palace, but is now the official residence of India's President. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and completed in 1923, it has an area of over 2,10,430 sq ft. One of the largest palaces of the world, it is noted for its courts, stairways and apartments, a Great Durbar Hall and a magnificent dome. With 340 rooms, this structure costed over eight million pounds and can

Rashtrapati Bhawan
be visited only by special permission.
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