This is the boulevard which is from the Rashtrapati bhawan located on the Raisina hill through Vijay Chowk and India Gate to the National stadium in Delhi. The world famous Republic day parade held on the 26th of January is held every year at the Rajpath, along with the Beating of the Retreat on 29 January. India Gate can be seen towards the eastern end of the Rajpath and on the west one can see the Rashtrapati Bhawan. These are placed on a small hill known as the Raisina Hill.
India Gate is a war memorial monument which is 42 metres in height and pays tribute to more than 90,000 soldiers of the Indian Army who laid their lives in WWI, in the Northwest Frontier operations of the same time and the 1919 Afghan fiasco.
Rashtrapati bhawan is also the official residence of the India President. Towards the west there are beautiful Mughal gardens which are located in an area of 130 hectare. Photography is not allowed in this area, for security reasons. These gardens can be visited by people In February and March. During the pre Independence period this was the viceroy’s residence. It is imperative to know that while Lord Mountbatten resided in the Rashtrapati Bhawan there was a huge number of servants and gardeners employed to take good care of this palace. Almost 50 boys were employed to chase away the brids and 418 gardeners were employed to maintain the beautiful and the well manicured lawns adorning the palace.
On wither sides of the Rajpath are the North and South secretariat buildings located on the Raisina Hill. These buildings are now the government ministry houses. Towards the end is the “Sansad Bhawan” or the “Parliament House”. This circular building which is 171m in diameter.