On Tuesday, 9th of October 2018, the Indian and German students visited New Delhi on a sightseeing bus-trip with the Ho-Ho-Bus. Besides the Lotus Temple or the National Museum we also saw “Rashtrapati Bhavan”, the Indian presidents recidence and the “Sansad Bhavan” the House of Parliament.
Rashtrapati Bhavan (House of President)
The Rashtrapati Bhavan is the official home of the Indian President. Situated in the western end of the district “Rajpath” in New Delhi it has a size of 130 hectare. There are large gardens, some little buildings and the beautiful 340-room main building. It contains reception halls and offices but also guest rooms for diplomats and a living area for the current Indian president. It was built from 1912 to 1929 by the architect Edwyn Lutyens as a recidence for the british goernor while India was ruled by the British Empire. Today it is the worldwide largest domicile of a president.
Sansad Bhavan (House of Parliament)
The House of Parliament was also designed by the British architect Edwyn Lutyens and it was built from 1912 to 1913. It has a large garden area around and it is prepared against sandstorms with sandstorm railings which surround the area. The centre of the House of Parliament is the Central Chamber where the parliaments assemblies take place. In 2001 five islamist terrorists attacked “Sansad Bhavan” and 5 soldiers and one civilian were killed. As a reaction to the terror attacks the government strengthened the security checks in New Delhi.
by Shivam Jain and Florin Wohlfahrt