With the mercury dropping day by day,we Delhiites are
craving more and more for the sun. WE are lucky that in spite of low temperatures, the mornings are devoid of the thick,dense fog that Delhi is infamous for. The winds are chilly but the shining sun makes up for it.
Delhi winters are perfect for day excursions. This Sunday after lunch I went out for exploring Lutyen’s Delhi with my permanent co traveler…my husband :D
After Delhi was made the capital of India in 1911, (the former capital being Calcutta ) it was designed by a British architect, Edwin Lutyens.
Lutyens laid out the central administrative area of the city. At the heart of the city was the impressive Rashtrapati Bhawan, formerly known as Viceroy's House, located on the top of Raisina Hill. The Rajpath, also known as King's Way, connects India Gate to Rashtrapati Bhawan, while Janpath, which crosses it at a right angle, connects South end road (renamed as Rajesh Pilot marg) with Connaught Place. The President of India stays in the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the official house.
The Secretariat Building, which houses various ministries of the Government of India including Prime Minister's Office are beside the Rashtrapati Bhawan and were designed by Herbert Baker. Also designed by Baker was the Parliament House, located on the Sansad Marg, running parallel with the Rajpath. Other architects designed other buildings such as the Anglican and Catholic cathedrals.Before the new imperial capital New Delhi was established in 1911, the Old Delhi Railway Station served the Agra-Delhi railways, the line cut through what is today called Lutyens' Delhi. The line was eventually shifted to make way for the new capital and the New Delhi Railway Station was built near Ajmeri Gate in 1926.
the first glimpse of the rashtrapati bhawan or presidential
house... the North Block in this picture...
|the first glimpse of the rashtrapati bhawan or presidential house...|
|the palatial house from different angles...|
|the rajpath leading to the India gate...|
|The India gate from a distance...this was taken unintentionally :D|
|the North Block..|
|just love this area of Delhi...|
|the building looks beautiful during sunset...|
|some savoury snacks in between...|