Parliament House
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Brief

The Parliament House of India is located in New Delhi. This is also referred to as the Sansad Bhawan and is situated in the Sansad Marg or the parliament street.  The location is such that there are several historical places adjacent to it. Parliament in Hindi is called Samsad. Therefore Indian Parliament is also called Bhartiya Samsad. India has a bicameral legislature therefore there is an existence of two houses. The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha. The former is the lower house and is directly elected by the citizens of India while the latter is the Upper House with elected members of the State Legislative Assembly. The two house meet in different chambers in the Parliament House. The MPs of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha respectively along with the President of India forms the Parliament and it has its seat in the Parliament House that is in the Parliament Marg or Parliament street. The President of India has the power to summon both the houses for a point meeting and be the supreme speaker there. He has the power to prorogue meetings. This sansad Bhawan or Parliament House was constructed by British Architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker. This is a circular building in shape of the Ashoka Chakra. The building was designed between 1913 and 1914. Its construction began in 1921. The opening ceremony of the Parliament House then called Central Legislative Assembly was parliament is divided into sections. The different sections are Chamber of Princes, State Council and Central Legislative Assembly. The building is surrounded by beautiful gardens and is fenced on all side inspired by the Sanchi Stupas. The central Hall is of circular shape and the dome is of 98 ft. in diameter. This is believed to be of much historical importance. The hall was witness to two famous incident of the Indian History.

  1. The transfer of colonial power to provincial hands under
    Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru
  2. The framing of the Indian constitution in the very hall.

The proposal of a new building replacing this was made. This building suffered the terrosit attack on 13th December, 2001 by Laskar-i-toiba and Jaish-i-Mohammed.

Delhi is a cosmopolitan city with many ethnic groups and cultures. Due to these various groups, several languages are spoken here, Hindi is the official language, which is spoken by the majority of the population. Urdu, Punjabi and English are other common languages in Delhi.

 

 
Travel Tips

Prior permissions are to be collected from the office in the Raisina Road. Photography is allowed inside with prior permission. Buses are not allowed inside the marg. Private cars or auto rickshaws take you to the place. Visit during winter is preferable. The summers are too hot and Air-condition cars are advisable. Water and Lunch is to be carried along.If you are planning to visit this monument during summer then you must do it in the afternoons or the evening to avoid the scorching heat of the sun during the day.

Carrying a small meal will help you have it in any of the adjacent areas made for people to sit in. During winters any time of the day is appropriate for visiting the monument. Water should be kept along. The walk around the monument and its complex demands water! October to March is the best time to visit the heritage.



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Things to do

General public is allowed to visit the Parliament House or Samsad bhawan and view sessions and galleries by receiving a permit from the Raisina Road of New Delhi. This is the place where the world’s largest Democracy functions. This has many things to view like the different sections are Chamber of Princes, State Council and Central Legislative Assembly. The building is surrounded by beautiful gardens and is fenced on all side inspired by the Sanchi Stupas. The central Hall is of circular shape and the dome is of 98 ft. in diameter. This is believed to be of much historical importance. The hall was witness to two famous incident of the Indian History like The transfer of colonial power to provincial hands under Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru and the framing of the Indian constitution in the very hall. For shopping lovers there are many places to fulfil the quest of shopping. The shopping areas are Connaught Place, Central Cottage Industries Emporium, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Janpath, and Palika Bazaar. All these markets offer a wide range of articles including cloths, crafts, accessories, and various other souvenir articles.

 
Getting Around

Any public transport like a shuttle taxi or car or even cars on hire basis from railway station, hotes or airports can take you to the destination. Public buses are not allowed inside the pavement. Therefore it is too easy to reach the place.

 
Places to Stay

If you’re in the mood to splurge, then the Radisson Blu Hotel is one of the perfect options to go for. The decor is a mix of the medieval with the modern, and the rooms are comfortable and spacious. This 5-star hotel provides all the amenities you might need, and the restaurants within this hotel provide some of the most delicious cuisines. 

If you’re looking for comfortable places to put up at, which will not burn a hole in your pocket, then Avalon Courtyard and Peppermint West might be two good choices. Both these hotels provide all the basic amenities, internet services, and much more. The rooms are clean, comfortable, and the hotels have a very nice ambience to go with their fantastic provisions.

If you're for a good budget hotel, with clean rooms, and a number of options available, in terms of the kind of room required. Another low range hotel is Hotel Star Paradise. They provide room service, they have a rooftop restaurant, and free Wi-Fi services too.

 
How to Reach

  • Reaching Parliament House is easy. International and national Flights take you to Delhi internal airport that is Indira Gandhi National Airport. Taxis and cabs can be booked from the airport. The taxis are AC or Non AC coaches that are available carries you to the Qutub Minar.
  • There are many railway station adjacent to the Parliament house. Trains services to and fro is available all around the city. Metro offer the best services. Auto can be hired in from the metro station. The nearby Metro Station is Qutub Minar. The nearest railway station is New Delhi junction.
  • Bus services from all major locations of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan are available to take you to Delhi. Delhi Transport Corporation provides with cab and bus service. Air conditioned travel transfers is preferable during the summer.

 
Surrounding Attractions

The other places located in the vicinity of the Parliament house are the Rashtrapati Bhawan, India Gate, Jantar mantar and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. Hanuman Mandir can be visited while on a trip to Parliament house. The other monuments in the vicinity are the Red Fort and Qutub Minar Along with Lotus Temple. Tomb of Balban, Jamali Kamali mosque, Jahaj Mahal, Zafar Mahal and Hauj-I-shamsi are the places of tourist attractions around Qutub Minar. Qutub Minar is located at a distance of 16 km from Connaught place.This magnificent building is surrounded by many other buildings for example the Lahore Fort.Locally referred to as Shahi Qila is a citadel to the city of Lahore, Punjab and Pakistan. This is located on the corner of Walled City of Lahore. Iqbal Park is the largest urban park here. The base structure was built by Mughal emperor Akbar later upgraded by other Mughal, Sikh and the British. Badshahi mosque which can be reached through Alamgiri Gate was built by Aurangzeb. The other entrance is Masti Gate that opens to Masjidi Gate. Sheesh Mahal, Naulakha pavilion and Moti Masjid. This along with Shalimar Gardens was declared as the world’s Heritage Site by UNESCO. Salimgarh fort is adjacent to Lal Quila.

 
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