Rashtrapati Bhavan which is the official residency of the President of India, designed by the British architect Edwin Landseer Lutyens, is the most beautiful palace of New Delhi built on Raisina Hills. It is a 320-acre estate consisting of a massive presidential garden and 340 rooms which includes President’s residence, halls and offices. It’s the pride of India, not only because of its beautiful structure but also because of its marvelous interior. That’s why Dezine Innovation, the best interior designers in Delhi have brought to you the Rashtrapati Bhavan tour.
Rashtrapati Bhavan Tour by Dezine Innovation, the best interior designers in delhi:
The Durbar Hall:
It is most regal room of the presidential palace. It is right under the central dome of Rashtrapati Bhavan and can be accessed from three sides. Its 42 feet high walls are cased in white marble and the dome is 22 metres in diameter and 25 metres above the ground. Oculus present in the centre of double dome fills the room with light and highlights its features. Belgium glass chandelier hanging from a height of 33 meters from its ceiling decorates the Durbar Hall.
Lord Buddha Statue:
Known as Sahastrabahu avlokiteshvara, the 1000 arms statue of Lord Buddha was a gift from the Government of Vietnam to India’s second President, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. Made up of Plaster of Paris, this statue is place on the south ash-grey marble staircase of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. When brought to India this statue was in three parts, which was later assembled in India. First part was pedestal with dragon, which carries the weight; second part was the main statue and third part was of the halo.
Having entry through the Forecourt, visitors are greeted by the life size oil on canvas painting of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. Photograph of the North and South Block of the Secretariat Building, between which the Rashtrapati Bhavan’s Central Dome is visible is placed on the left wall of the reception. Another wall is adored with the pictures of the former Presidents of India with information about them. There is also an LED screen on the wall showing the documentary of Rashtrapati Bhavan and a 3-D image of the Rashtrapati Bhavan Forecourt with the President’s Bodyguard.
“Navachara” which translates to new ideas is a unique initiative to promote technology and innovation in India by, especially among students as it showcases mostly student’s developed projects. It is located near the South Court, opposite Reception and exhibits five smart devices namely; Virtual tabla – created with the help of infrared sensors and microprocessors, Stringless piano – Works through a wireless, touch sensitive electric sound producer, 3-D printer – makes 3-D objects from a digital file, Planet wall – showcasing the 19 Indian children who excelled in the field of science on global level and Taking wall – interactive audio visual platform to get information about national science fairs.
Also know as State Dining Room is a wealth of beautiful details. This, 104 feet long, 34 feet wide and 35 feet high room overlooks the Mughal Gardens on one side. Its floors are patterned in grey Kota stone and white Makrana marble and walls are decorated with Burmese teak panelling. Lutyens’ silent bell motifs are carved in wood, over the fluted projecting columns and same are placed above the Tuscan pillars of the Forecourt, which are 13 feet tall and made up of “single piece Burmese teak logs.” Intricate zardozi panels, crafted with gold and silver threads, are displayed above the wainscoting.
Overlooking the Grand Staircase on one side and the Mughal Gardens on the other lies the Upper Loggia, also known as West Garden Loggia, between the Banquet Hall and the Ashoka Hall. Walls are adored by the Life size portraits of former Presidents Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and Smt. Pratibha Patil. Charm of this place increase many folds with the view of Mughal Garden and the bell motifs of Lutyens’ Delhi Order above the pillars of the loggia.
Also referred as the South West Wing of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, consists of three floors. It has two most prominent suites, Dwarka and Nalanda. Dwarka is the biggest room of all the guest wing suites, it measures 40 feet, 10 and a half inches by 19 feet, 11 inches. And the second most prominent suite, Nalanda, measures 24 feet, 10 inches by 20 feet, four and a half inches. These suites are installed with antique shower, furniture that was designed by Lutyens himself and many more interesting elements.
It is one of the most decorated room of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Both ceiling and flooring of the Ashok Hall is special because of the presence of springs beneath the flooring and decoration of ceiling with oil paintings. The Hall glows up with six Belgium glass chandelier and fascinates everyone who witnesses it. Mughal garden can de seen though the French widows of the Hall. Rich work done on the floors and ceilings beautifully contrasts with the pale grey colour marble of walls and pillars.
North Drawing room:
NDR is one of the formal rooms to receive Heads of State, located near the Durbar Hall. It is beautifully done with grand Burmese teak panelling on the walls and appropriate wooden furniture for the meetings of the Heads of State. Mostly teak is used in this room but for decorative “padauk, shisham, ainee, blackwood, poon, koko, walnut and ebony” were also used. Gandhiji’s bust and oil on canvas painting of Transfer of Power Night, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru Taking Oath as 1st Prime Minister and Swearing of the First Indian Governor- General Sh. C. Rajagopalachari is displayed in this room.
Long drawing room:
It’s a long conference room, where President hosts annual conferences of Governors/Lieutenant-Governors. For this purpose, it is equipped with modern furnishings and four LED screens. Long drawing room has two doors, which opens either ends of North and South Drawing room. Both sides of the gates are decorated with huge mirrors and LDR is adorned with hues of turquoise green.
Known as the Daughter of the Durbar Hall is accessed through the North Staircase and located at the north-eastern corner of the Bhavan. “A circle within a square”, it is said to resemble St Stephen’s Walbrook in London. Although it’s a square but given the character of a circle through a circular dome over it. The design on the floor has at its centre a geometrical pattern and has a round floral pattern made in white marble and golden yellow Jaisalmer stone. One can see the India Gate from the windows of the Library.
There aren’t enough words to explain the beauty of Rashtrapati Bhavan and interior of this magnificent structure cannot be completely covered in a single article. Such master pieces are built once in a century and their work is admired for many upcoming centuries.
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