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Rajpath

Rajpath, or ‘King’s Way’ is the grand boulevard of New Delhi.  One of the most important roads in India, it is the site for the Republic Day Parade held every year on January 26th.  When New Delhi was conceptualised by British architect Edwin Lutyens, he wanted the Viceroy’s Palace (now the Rashtrapati Bhavan) on Raisina Hill to have an unobstructed and panoramic view of the city.  Rajpath was a key part of this plan and runs all the way from Raisina Hill in the west, through India Gate to the National Stadium in the East.  Various important roads such as the Janpath, Vijay Chowk and Man Singh Road intersect with it.  Rajpath is flanked by many of New Delhi’s finest and most important buildings interspersed with green, well manicured lawns, trees and glittering ornamental ponds making it an ideal location to start a tour of Delhi.  

Notable buildings that stand by the Rajpath include the Jaipur Column, the Northern and Southern Block of the Secretariat, India Gate and finally the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium.  Rajpath is also the site for the ‘Beating the Retreat’ ceremony, which takes place on 29th January every year to mark the end of the Republic Day celebrations.
   
 


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