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View of Raj Path, from Raisina Hill, with
India Gate at its end
Rajpath (meaning "King's Way") is a ceremonial boulevard in New Delhi,
India, that runs from
Rashtrapati Bhavan on
Raisina Hill through Vijay
India Gate to National Stadium, Delhi. The avenue is lined
on both sides by huge lawns, canals and rows of trees. Considered to
be one of the most important roads in India, it is where the annual
Republic Day parade takes place on 26 January.
"People's Way") crosses the road.
Rajpath runs in east-west direction.
Roads from Connaught Place, the financial centre of Delhi, run into
Rajpath from north.
After climbing Raisina Hill,
Rajpath is flanked by the North and South
Blocks of the Secretariat Building. Finally it ends at the gates of
Rashtrapati Bhavan. At
Vijay Chowk it crosses Sansad Marg, and the
Parliament House of
India can be seen to the right when coming from
It is also used for the funeral processions of key political leaders
of India. The opening scene of the movie Gandhi starts at Rajpath.
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The city plan of
New Delhi (the area surrounding Rajpath) was made by
the British architect Edwin Lutyens.
Rajpath (then called King's Way
or Kingsway by the British) was of central importance to the plan.
Lutyens wanted a panoramic view of the city of
Delhi from the
Viceroy’s palace. The view from
Raisina Hill runs unhindered across
India Gate and is obstructed only by the National Stadium.
Most of the buildings surrounding Rajpath, were designed by Lutyens
and Herbert Baker.
The Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official residence of the President of
India. It was the Viceroy's residence before
India got its
independence from Britain.
North Block and South Block, also called the Secretariat Building.
North Block houses the offices of Finance and Home ministries. South
Block hosts External affairs and Defense ministries. Other important
offices like some of the Prime Ministers Offices are also in the
Vijay Chowk (Hindi for Victory Square) is a spacious plaza and the
Beating the Retreat
Beating the Retreat ceremony, which takes place on 29 January
each year, which marks the end of
Republic Day celebrations, in which
Military Bands, Pipes and Drums Bands, Buglers and Trumpeters from
various Army Regiments besides bands of the Navy and Air Force take
part, with the President of
India as the Chief Guest.
India Gate is India's war memorial arch in honour of those who died in
First World War
First World War and the Second Anglo-Afghan War. It is also
India's memorial of the unknown soldier.
Vijay Chowk at Rajpath, with Secretariat Building in the background,
New Delhi, the venue of the Beat Retreat ceremony
North and South Block of the Secretariat Building illuminated
International Yoga Day, 2015 held on Rajpath
Sansad Bhavan - Parliament of
India as seen from the Rajpath
North Block of the Secretariat Building seen from Rajpath
South Block of the Secretariat Building seen from Rajpath
Rashtrapati Bhavan seen from Rajpath
Indian Naval contingent marching on the Rajpath
^ "Curtain Raiser – Beating Retreat Ceremony 2011". Ministry of
Defence. January 28, 2011.
Rashtrapati Bhavan and the Secretariat buildings lit up for
Beating the Retreat
Beating the Retreat at Vijay Chowk
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