Despite the fact that United States is the largest economy in the world, the value of the White House, located in Washington, D.C., is much lesser as compared to presidential house in India.
In a list prepared by property website Hatched, which looked at the value of each G20 leaders’ residence, Zhongnanhai – the residence of Chinese premier Xi Jinping came at the top with a worth of Rs 2.63 lakh crore.
In the same list, the residence of the President of India, the Rashtrapati Bhavan, was placed at 7th position with a worth of Rs 3500 crore. In contrast, White House, the official office and residence of the president of the United States, was worth just Rs 258 crore.
Rashtrapati Bhavan, formerly known as Viceroy’s House, is the largest and also the most expensive piece of real estate in Delhi and the country. The palacial complex is a must see ‘monument’ in Delhi. With a mix of Roman, Mughal and European architecture, the Rashtrapati Bhavan is the true representation of beauty in diversity.
Sir Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker were instrumental in designing, among other buildings, the Rashtrapati Bhavan. It was Sir Lutyens who conceptualized the H shaped building, covering an area of 5 acres on a 330 acre estate. The mansion has a total of 340 rooms spread over four floors, 2.5 kilometres of corridors and 190 acres of garden area.
The Rashtrapati Bhavan houses the famous Mughal Garden, 9 tennis courts, a cricket and polo ground along with a 14-hole golf course. It occupies over 350 acres of land right in the center of Delhi.
Amazingly it took 17 years to finish the construction of the building. Most of the construction finished in 1929, but it was inaugurated in 1931.
Some of its exquisite features include the Durbar Hall, which has a chandelier weighing 2 tonnes hanging at a height of 33 metres and the Mughal Gardens spread over 13 acres.