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Rashtrapati Bhavan is the official home of the President of India.
Rashtrapati Bhavan has 340 rooms which have the President’s office, guest rooms, halls and offices.
Rashtrapati Bhavan was designed by the well-known architect Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens.
Rashtrapati Bhavan was originally known as Viceroy’s House.
Dr Rajendra Prasad became the first President of India on 26 January 1950, and it was during then that the building was renamed Rashtrapati Bhavan.
This four-storey mansion has been built using 700 million bricks. Three million cubic feet of stones was used in the construction of the building.
The Mughal Gardens behind Rashtrapati Bhavan are open to public in February every year.
Rashtrapati Bhavan is located in Raisina Hill, New Delhi. Raisina Hill is named after the Raisina and Malcha villages which were cleared to make way for Rashtrapati Bhavan.
When APJ Abdul Kalam was the President, a small hut was built in the premises of Rashtrapati Bhavan. Kalam used to spend his free time here. The hut was demolished later.
The construction of Rashtrapati Bhavan started in the British Era. Although it was scheduled to be completed in 4 years, it took about 17 years to complete.
The architecture of Rashtrapati Bhavan is a combination of Indian and European styles.