Spanning over 320 acres, Rashtrapati Bhavan is the official residence of the President of India. The historical building nestles a main building, the residences of bodyguards and staffs, stables, splendid Mughal gardens, offices and widespread open spaces. The brainchild of the Edwin Landseer Lutyens, British architect, Rashtrapati Bhavan used to be the residence of the Viceroy of India during the British Era. Unlike other British colonial buildings, Rashtrapati Bhavan reflects an aesthetic usage of Indian designs, and shows a touch of the elements of Mughal and European architectural. As Lutyens claimed, the huge central dome matched with the Roman Patheon.
The main building is spread over an area of 2,00,000 sq.ft and has 4 floors housing a total of 340 rooms. No doubt, the grandeur of this edifice is multi-dimensional. Apart from a few residential premises of the Heads of State, only a handful of other buildings from across the world can match the size and magnificence of Rashtriya Bhavan. Seeing from the Eastern end of the Kingsway or the Rajpath, Rashtrapati Bhavan has India Gate it its front which is situated at the Western end of the road.
Two huge Central Secretariat buildings that are standing on the North and South block of the Rashtrapati Bhavan contain various ministries under the Government of India. Behind the buildings are the Mughal Gardens, spreading over 250 acres. They are open to the public from Feb 14-Mar 14. Though all buildings are closed to the public, the discussed features can be seen from the Rajpath and the Mughal Gardens.