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Coordinates: 28°36′48″N 77°13′06″E / 28.613388°N 77.218397°E / 28.613388; 77.218397

View of Raj Path, from Raisina Hill, with India Gate
India Gate
at its end

Rajpath
Rajpath
(meaning "King's Way") is a ceremonial boulevard in New Delhi, India, that runs from Rashtrapati Bhavan
Rashtrapati Bhavan
on Raisina Hill
Raisina Hill
through Vijay Chowk and India Gate
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
Republic Day
parade takes place on 26 January. Janpath
Janpath
(meaning "People's Way") crosses the road. Rajpath
Rajpath
runs in east-west direction. Roads from Connaught Place, the financial centre of Delhi, run into Rajpath
Rajpath
from north. After climbing Raisina Hill, Rajpath
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
Vijay Chowk
it crosses Sansad Marg, and the Parliament House of India
India
can be seen to the right when coming from the India
India
Gate. It is also used for the funeral processions of key political leaders of India. The opening scene of the movie Gandhi starts at Rajpath.

Contents

1 History 2 Landmarks 3 Gallery 4 References 5 External links

History[edit] The city plan of New Delhi
New Delhi
(the area surrounding Rajpath) was made by the British architect Edwin Lutyens. Rajpath
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
Delhi
from the Viceroy’s palace. The view from Raisina Hill
Raisina Hill
runs unhindered across Rajpath
Rajpath
and India Gate
India Gate
and is obstructed only by the National Stadium. Most of the buildings surrounding Rajpath, were designed by Lutyens and Herbert Baker. Landmarks[edit]

The Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official residence of the President of India. It was the Viceroy's residence before India
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 Secretariat Buildings. Vijay Chowk
Vijay Chowk
(Hindi for Victory Square) is a spacious plaza and the site of Beating the Retreat
Beating the Retreat
ceremony, which takes place on 29 January each year, which marks the end of Republic Day
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
India
as the Chief Guest.[1] India Gate
India Gate
is India's war memorial arch in honour of those who died in the First World War
First World War
and the Second Anglo-Afghan War. It is also India's memorial of the unknown soldier.

Gallery[edit]

Vijay Chowk
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
Sansad Bhavan
- Parliament of India
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
Rashtrapati Bhavan
seen from Rajpath

Indian Naval contingent marching on the Rajpath

References[edit]

^ "Curtain Raiser – Beating Retreat Ceremony 2011". Ministry of Defence. January 28, 2011. 

External links[edit]

Image of Rashtrapati Bhavan
Rashtrapati Bhavan
and the Secretariat buildings lit up for the Beating the Retreat
Beating the Retreat
at Vijay Chowk

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Rajpath.

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