Situated near the
circular building of the Parliament House, Rashtrapati Bhavan is
the place where the first man of the Nation lives. The official
residence of the President of India was once used as the official
residence of the Viceroys stationed in India during the British
Raj. Edward Lutyens designed this palatial complex. Cream and
red-colored sandstones and diverse varieties of marble have been
used in its construction. This extensive mansion has 340 rooms,
35 lobbies, vast expanses of well-maintained gardens and 37
fountains to boast of, and is certainly, the pride of India.
Though the entry to this massive structure is naturally
restricted, the famous Mughal Gardens (which is perhaps the best
botanical garden of India and houses thousands of rare varieties
of trees, shrubs yielding some of the most captivating flowers
and fruits) are opened for public viewing for sometime from the
end of February to the middle of March.