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Parliament House India

Parliament House

State: Delhi

Location: On the northwest of Vijay Chowk, next to the Secretariat buildings at the end of Parliament Street (Sansad Marg).

Time to Visit: Entry into Parliament House requires official permission, whether Parliament is in session or not. Visitors can enter the public galleries of the Indian Parliament with prior permission, after receiving an official pass.

Famous as: Headquarters of the world’s largest democracy

Admission Fee: Free, but prior permission required (foreigners/citizens: from their embassies or High commissions/ from the reception office on Raisina Road)

Photography charges: nil (prior permission required)


Nearest Terminals

Nearest airport - Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport

Nearest railway- New Delhi Railway station

Nearest metro station- Central Secretariat


Nearest City center- Connaught place.


Also Known As Sansad Bhavan - Parliament House would have been just another Legislative Assembly If it was not for the Montagu-Chelmsford reforms of 1919. The Parliament House Delhi may not have been built. It may be clichéd to say that this very building today is the most indispensable part of modern Indian democracy. It came out of many afterthoughts. Earlier called the Circular House, this legislative building was added to the layout at a later stage following the reforms which were presented to create a large Legislative Assembly.


¤ Sansad Bhavan (The Beginning) - This edifice is the brainchild of Herbert Baker who was much criticized in comparison with Lutyens creations. An article by Robert Byron in the January issue of Architectural Review, describes it thus: "The Council Chamber has been Sir Herbert’s unhappiest venture. Its effect from a distance has been described. It was said that the Parliament Building India resembles a Spanish bull-ring, lying like a mill-wheel dropped accidentally on its side.”


¤Parliament House Delhi (The Colonial Building)-To the northwest of Vijay Chowk, this huge circular, colonnaded building comprises of three semicircular chambers for the Legislatures and a Central Library crowned by a 27.4m high dome. It is 173m in diameter and covers 2.02 hectares in area, with colonnaded verandahs enclosing the entire circumference. The three semi-circular areas were designed for the Chamber of Princes, the Council of State and the Legislative Assembly. Today they house the chambers of the Lok Sabha (House of the People), Rajya Sabha (Upper House) and the library. A verandah with 144 columns surrounds the three chambers. The boundary wall has blocks of sandstone carved in geometrical patterns that echo the Mughal jails.


An entry pass to the library can be obtained from the Visitor’s reception on Raisina Road by providing a letter of introduction from a Member of Parliament. The library working hours are from 10:00-18:00. To obtain a visitor’s pass to Sansad Bhavan, Indian nationals should apply to the Parliament Secretariat. Foreign nationals and diplomats should apply through their embassies or high commissions.

Nearest Terminals

  • Nearest railway station- New Delhi Railway station

  • Nearest metro railway station- Central Secretariat

  • Nearest airport- Indira National Airport (IGI)


Nearest City Center- Connaught Place

Information About Parliament House Delhi
State :
Delhi
Location :
On the northwest of Vijay Chowk, next to the Secretariat buildings at the end of Parliament Street (Sansad Marg).
Time to Visit :
Entry into Parliament House requires official permission, whether Parliament is in session or not. Visitors can enter the public galleries of the Indian Parliament with prior permission, after receiving an official pass.
Famous as :
The place where the Indian Parliament meets and the world's largest democracy functions.
Admission Fee :
Free, but prior permission required (foreigners/citizens: from their embassies or High commissions/ from the reception office on Raisina Road)
Photography charges :
nil (prior permission required)

¤ Parliament House Delhi - The Colonial Building

To the northwest of Vijay Chowk, this huge circular, colonnaded building comprises three semicircular chambers for the Legislatures and a Central Library crowned by a 27.4m high dome. It is 173m in diameter and covers 2.02 hectares in area, with colonnaded verandahs enclosing the entire circumference. The three semi-circular areas were designed for the Chamber of Princes, the Council of State and the Legislative Assembly. Today they house the chambers of the Lok Sabha (House of the People), Rajya Sabha (Upper House) and the library. A verandah with 144 columns surrounds the three chambers. The boundary wall has blocks of sandstone carved in geometrical patterns that echo the Mughal jalis.

An entry pass to the library can be obtained from the Visitor’s reception on Raisina Road by providing a letter of introduction from a Member of Parliament. The library working hours are from 1000-1800. To obtain a visitor’s pass to Sansad Bhawan, Indian nationals should apply to the Parliament Secretariat. Foreign nationals should apply through their embassies or high commissions.



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