William Fraser Bungalow in Old Delhi was constructed in 1803, on the tykhana (cellar) made of Lakhori bricks of Ali Mardan Khan palace, Shah Jahan's senior general and one of the most important Omrahs in the Mughal Empire. It was the residence of the Deputy Resident of Delhi, Sir William Fraser, who was later appointed as Resident of Delhi.
Presently an administrative office of Northern Railway, William Fraser Bungalow is an off-white colored large domed building situated just behind the holy St James Church. The building comprises of two separate blocks. The first block, a low rectangular building attached to the portico, has four octagonal corner turrets. The second block has a bow-fronted verandah which once faced the Yamuna River.
During the first war of independence, the building was quite damaged. It was repaired later and went on to receive the Heritage Award in 1997, which acknowledged the architectural style of the building and its well maintenance.
How to reach
To reach William Fraser Bungalow, you can fly down to the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi. You can either avail of local buses from various points within the city to reach the monument, or hire auto-rickshaws and taxis or take the metro rail from Kashmiri Gate Metro station. The nearest railway station is the Old Delhi Railway Station.
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