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RASHTRAPATI BHAVAN

new delhi the capital of the republic of india.the seat of power of the emerging superpower.powercentre of the second most populous country in the world.
the epicentre of this great nation is embodied by the rashtrapati bhavan the official residence of the president.
known till 1950 as the viceroys house it was renamed as rashtrapati (president in hindi)bhavan when india turned republic on jan26 1950.
the plans for this magnificent edifice started when in 1911 delhi durbar it was decided to shift the capital from calcutta to delhi by king george.
new delhi was planned as the new capital city south of old delhi which was built by shahjahan.
Edwin Landseer Lutyens was given the charge of building this magnificent piece of architecture embodying the indian and western classical designs.
rashtrapati bhavan is located on top of raisina hill.
the rajpath extends from the gates of the rashtrapati bhavan to indiagate a war memorial to indian soldiers killed in worldwar 1.
on either sides of the rashtrapati bhavan are equally impressive administrative buildings "the north block and the south block" .
no steel was used in the construction.
the mughal garden which grows a profuse variety of roses is open to the general public with prior notification.
the resident of rashtrapati bhavan is the indian prseident. he is the commander in chief of the armed forces. but india being a parliamentary democracy the power rests with prime minister.

THE HISTORIC REDFORT

red fort also known as the lal(red)kila(fort). its so called red apperance is due to the use of red sandstone in its architecture.
the fort lies along the yamuna river.
it was the residence to shahjahan the mughal emperor who built it.
the indian primeminister adresses the nation from the ramparts of this fort every year on 15 august indian independence day.
two maingates the lahore gate and the delhi gate allow entry into its precincts.
inside the fort are examples of mughal architectural grandeur with the diwan e am where the royalty met the public and diwan e khas which was used for private audiences.

INDIAGATE

"To the dead of the Indian armies who fell honoured in France and Flanders Mesopotamia and Persia East Africa Gallipoli and elsewhere in the near and the far-east and in sacred memory also of those whose names are recorded and who fell in India or the north-west frontier and during the Third Afgan War"

this is the inscription that pays homage to the indian soldiers who fell in different lands all over the world thousands of miles away from home.

since 1971 an eternal flame burns at the amar jawan jyoti for the unknown soldiers tomb

The shrine itself is a black marble cenotaph with a rifle placed on its barrel, crested by a soldier's helmet. Each face of the cenotaph has inscribed in gold the words "Amar Jawan" (Immortal Warrior). This cenotaph is itself placed on an edifice which has on its four corners four flames that are perpetually kept alive.

the names of the soldiers are inscribed on the walls. reading them makes your hair stand on end.

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  • Pros:a living history musuem
  • Cons:crime rate and parochial mentality
  • In a nutshell:history of modern india is being enacted here
  • Last visit to New Delhi: Jan 2006
  • Intro Updated Jul 9, 2006
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