The Embassy of India in Thimphu
functions from a sprawling 67-acre complex also called
the India House Estate. Initially designated as Special Office
of India in Bhutan, a resident Mission was opened in Thimphu
in January 1968. The Special Office of India was later re-designated
as Office of the Representative of India and, subsequently
to Embassy of India in 1978.
At the behest of His Majesty, the late King
Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, the Royal Government of Bhutan allotted
67 acres land for the Indian Embassy at its present location. Mrs. Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister
of India, laid the Foundation stone of the India House Estate in
May 1968. The Embassy shifted at its present location in 1980.
The Chancery building was inaugurated in April 1980 by Her
Majesty the Queen Mother of Bhutan. Her Majesty presented
a large number of rose saplings for the Padmaja Naidu Rose
Garden in front of the Chancery building.
The Estate has been developed
keeping in view the uniquely undisturbed natural environment
of Thimphu. Special attention has been given to landscaping
and aesthetic harmony with the surroundings. The Estate
has excellent sports facilities such as table tennis, indoor
badminton court, tennis courts, football/cricket ground,