Some facts about the timeless classic

  • The construction of the official residence of the Indian President first started taking shape in the year 1911, long before Indian independence. It was officially inaugurated in 1931
  • Almost 300 families were evicted from the Rasina and Malcha villages to clear land
  • Designed by British architect Edwin Landseer Kutyens along with Hugh Keeling
  • Rashtrapati Bhavan is the largest residential houses of any head in the world
  • The landmark monument, located on the west end of Rajpath, a three lined avenue flanked by lawns on either side, is directly opposite the India Gate
  • Constructed over a period of 18 years
  • With a built-up area of 2,00,000 sqft, the four story residence has 340 rooms along with 74 lobbies and galleries, one and a half miles of corridors, 18 staircases and 37 fountains
  • The entire building was constructed using 700 million bricks and three million cubic feet of stones
  • Not even a single piece of iron has been used for construction