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The Parliament House in Delhi

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Built In 1921

Built By Herbert Baker

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Welcome to the Parliament House, the power-corridors of the largest democracy in the world, India. Also known as Sansad Bhawan, the Parliament House in Delhi is the hub of political activity of India. Tucked away in the heart of the city, it is to the northwest of Vijay Chowk, next to the Secretariat buildings at the end of Parliament Street. This beautiful circular structure is a landmark example of the British architectural marvel.


Designed by Herbert Baker, the Parliament House had its foundation stone laid by the Duke of Connaught on 12th February 1921. Inaugurated by Lady and Lord Irwin in 1927, the building was planned to house a domed central hall and three semi-circular structures, originally meant to accommodate the Chamber of Princes, the Council of State and the Legislative Assembly. Parliament House holds the pride-position in the history of democratic India, as the transfer of power took place in the midnight of 14th August 1947 in the central hall of this building.


Just one storey tall, the massive structure stands 75 feet high and measures 570 feet in diameter. This sitting house of the elected members of India covers the Chambers of the Lok Sabha, the Lower House of Parliament, the Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of Parliament and the Parliament library, attached to each other by galleries. A verandah with 144 columns borders the three semi-circular chambers. The boundary wall has blocks of sandstone carved in geometrical patterns reminding of the elegance of the Mughal jalis. Lavish lawns, gardens, fountains and waterways all around the building, further heighten the grand and majestic appeal of this 'Temple of Democracy.'

Don't Miss

The Parliament House is worth a visit when it is in session. The three sessions in a year are Summer, Monsoon and Winter. Don't miss the other attractions which lie just at a stone-throwing distance, like the India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Jantar Mantar, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib and Hanuman Mandir.


Earlier called the Circular House, it was originally planned to be just an extension of the Viceroy's House (Rashtrapati Bhavan). But after the Montague-Chelmsford reforms of 1919, it was specified as the Parliament House or Legislative Assembly of the country. offers all the information on The Parliament House in Delhi. For more information, please enter your query in the form below.