Sansad Bhavan

Quick Facts

Preferred Timings Anytime, any day but is out of bound for the visitors.
Day Closed Open All Days
Admission Fee Free, but prior permission required
Highlights Magnificent architecture
Year of Construction 1921
Photography Charges nil (prior permission required)
Nearest Railway Station New Delhi Railway Station
Nearest Metro Station Central Secretariat
Nearest International Airport Indira Gandhi International Airport
Designed By Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker
Special Event / Annual Event The best time to visit Parliament House is when it is in session.

The Parliament House also called Sansad Bhavan is the venue of the two houses of the Indian Parliament, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and is therefore, naturally the most important site in the country, more so in New Delhi. The architect of Sansad Bhawan is in circular shape depicting the Colonial constructions in the process of forming New Delhi. This was a noteworthy project undertaken by the British Government for establishing its new capital.

The parliament building was in fact designed by Herbert Baker, who in association with Edwin Lutyens was responsible for designing this building’s architecture, along with other state administrative buildings in Rajpath.


The parliament house was originally intended to be part of the Rashtrapati Bhavan by the then Viceroy House, however in 1919, it was designated as the Indian parliament after the Montague-Chelmsford reforms were implemented, the foundation stone for which was laid in 1921 AD by the Duke of Connaught. The building was completed and inaugurated in 1927 AD by Lord and Lady Irwin, named it as the Circular House before it got its name as Parliament House. The British architect who designed it was Herbert Baker.

What to See

General public are permitted to enter the Sansad Bhavan or the Parliament House and witness the sessions from the public gallery. The permits for entry are issued by the reception office functioning at Raisina Road in New Delhi.

The parliament house consists of three halls, which are

  • Lok Sabha, the House of People Hall
  • Rajya Sabha, the Council of States Hall
  • the Central hall, which is the office of President of India

This building is situated close to the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the President's Residence, formed in a circular shape with a diameter of 171 meters and this beautiful structure of Parliament house is an amazing piece of architecture.

Special Event or the Annual Event

The Indian Parliament conducts three sessions during the year namely Summer Session, Monsoon Session and Winter Session. It would be ideal for a visitor to see the Parliament House during any of the Sessions.

Nearby Tourist Attractions

The attractions around Parliament House are Rashtrapati Bhavan, India Gate, Jantar Mantar, Hanuman Mandir and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib.

Nearby Restaurant

There are a number of hotels and restaurants around Parliament House, which include Hotel Le Meridien, Hotel Inter-Continental, Imperial Hotel, Parikrama – the Revolving restaurant, El Rodeo, Gaylord, Bercos, Delhi Darbar, Zen restaurant, Nizam’s Kathi Kebabs and Standard Restaurant. Also, there are fast food and snacks parlours in the nearby Bengali Market, Connaught Place and Janpath areas such as Kake da hotel, McDonald’s, Wengers, Pizza Hut, Nirula’s, Domino’s Pizza, Ruby Tuesday, Starbeans, Sona Rupa, Barista, Day and Café Coffee Day, besides innumerable foodstalls and eating places.

Nearby Shopping Malls or Markets

The nearby shopping locations can be classified as under:

  • Connaught Place holds a number of shopping malls where one can buy everything including jewellery, art and leather goods, books and a wide choice of Indian and imported cloth items.
  • Central Cottage Industries Emporium providing Indian handicrafts and curios.
  • Baba Kharak Singh Marg housing emporiums of all the states of India, selling each state’s unique art and craft material.
  • Janpath offering cloth items, inexpensive gift items and souvenirs, while Palika Bazaar houses shops with a wide range of electronic items.

Location: Parliament Street/ Sansad Marg,

New Delhi, in the very heart of Delhi near India Gate

Time to Visit

Visitors are allowed entry to the public galleries of the Indian Parliament, with proper permits issued by the Reception office at the Raisina Road, whether the visit is during the Session time or otherwise.

How to Get There

There are a number of local buses which the Tourists can avail apart from taxis and auto rickshaws from different points of the city to visit Parliament house, while the Visitors need to obtain permission and a visitor's pass to enter Secretariat building complex.

Taxis and auto rickshaws are available round the clock at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi Railway Stations and Inter State Bus terminus for outstation visitors to avail.


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