Describe those features of the buildings of the Secretariat, the Rashtrapati Bhavan which show that in the construction of these buildings, there is a happy synthesis of traditional Indian and modern Western architectural styles.

The Secretariat buildings have chhatris in the Mughal style. There are also carved elephants and bell ornaments, which are copied from Hindu architecture. The Secretariat was designed by Sir Herbert Baker.
The Rashtrapati Bhavan is the best proportioned building in New Delhi. It is 600 feet long, 180 feet wide, and bigger than any palace of the Indian princes, probably to show that it is the Indian jewel in the British crown. The dome is especially fine. In front is the column presented by the Maharaja of Jaipur, on top of which is the Star of India-a copy of the decoration of the Order of the Star of India but with six points instead of five. Behind Rashtrapati Bhavan is a beautiful Mughal garden.


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