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The buildings that form The Secretariat surround the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The North Block are the offices of the Home and Finance Ministries and the South Block is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This is a series of beautiful buildings in red sandstone with Baroque domes covered with lotus motifs and elephants, another example of the architect's, Lutyen's genius. Unfortunately, entry into the premises is not allowed.
On first glance, Jantar Mantar seems like a collection of weird buildings contorted beyond belief. On closer look, the genius of the construction is apparent. Built by Maharaja Jai Singh in 1725, it is a brilliant attempt to revise the calendar and the astronomical tables. A mammoth sun dial stands in the center of the observatory. There are many other constructions made to track the sun beams and moon cycles. Once a precise mechanism for telling time and eclipses, now Jantar Mantar is made defunct due to the overshadowing by tall skyscrapers all around. But it's still one of the must-visit places of the city.
Delhi being the capital of the country is home to almost all politicians. But 10 Janpath at Connaught Place is much more than just a prominent political residence. Protected by high compound walls and a line of armed men, this is the residence of the 'Gandhis': the most famous family of India. It has been considered the center of power since the days of Indira Gandhi. Visitors are not permitted inside the four walls of the house: however the lush greens surrounding 10 Janpath is a cherished spot for tourists. A must visit spot, when in Delhi!
This baoli (step well) is a small structure built of rubble and dressed stone. Shaded by a massive neem tree, it has no roof. Step wells of this kind were once the lifeline of settlements. They not only provided water but also served as points and centers of community activity—places where people gathered to cool off and socialize. The well has five levels where each level has an arched area, which was used as a resting place. The center of the well has water and the water is linked to a well dug in a covered platform. Today, it stands quietly and ignored amidst the corporate buildings of Connaught Place. If you look over the highest wall of the baoli, you will see a surrounding ring of imposing high rises. It's quite a view.
One of the most iconic addresses in India, 7 Racecourse Road is where the Prime Minister of the nation resides. Called Panchavati, this residential complex spans across more than 12 acres(four hectares) and it includes bungalows, guest houses and a helipad. Though the Prime Minister does not execute official agendas at 7 Racecourse Road, informal gatherings and social events are organized here. Architectural brainchild of legendary Robert Tor Russell, this complex was constructed in early 1980s and its first occupant was Late Mr. Rajiv Gandhi, India's youngest Prime Minister. Since its inception, 7 Racecourse Road has played host to eminent political personalities like David Cameron, Barack Obama and George W. Bush.
Very well-known in Delhi, Central Park has been a centre for cultural events since a very long time. The beautiful Central Park area at the Connaught Place was re-developed in 2005-2006 and has now become one of the main tourist attraction of the city. Lovely fountains and well-maintained gardens make this park an attractive site in the evening, where the locals and visitors stroll around admiring the beauty of this proud landmark.
India Gate is usually the first stop in a traveler's itinerary. It is a majestic structure, which stands high at the end of Rajpath amidst plush, green manicured lawns and water fountains carved in sandstone. Designed and built by Lutyens, it was originally called the All India War Memorial. This structure was built in honor and memory of the scores of Indian soldiers who died in World War I, the North-West Frontier operations and the Afghan war in early 1900s. India Gate is truly unique as each martyred soldier's name is inscribed in its walls. Under it burns the eternal flame of 'Amar Jyoti'; burning since 1971. The area is especially breathtaking in the evenings when India Gate and the sprawling lawns are dramatically lit with floodlights. Just behind the main structure of India Gate is a canopy made in sandstone. In front of it is the magnificent Rashtrapati Bhavan, the residence of the President of India. This is one of the most beautiful localities in the city and is favorite spot for picnics and outings all year round.
World Bank works in association with the local and central governments on a number of development projects in India. The office in Delhi is situated in the Lodi Estate. The building made of beige and pink sandstone is a spectacular sight to watch. The architecture is reminiscent of the Mughal past and still keeps its contemporary appeal intact. The place is worth a visit for sheer architectural brilliance.