Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, daughter of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who had arrived in Shimla on Sunday, spent her entire day at her under construction dream house at Charabara village on Monday.
Priyanka is accompanies by architect Sunita Kohli, who is also an eminent interior designer, architecture restoration expert and furniture manufacturer, was conferred with Padma Shri in 1992 for multi-disciplinary design.
Priyanka arrived at the construction site at 10 am in the morning to monitor the ongoing work. She reportedly asked builder to speed up the pace of work and deploy more workmen at the cottage. Sources close to her said she wants her house to be completed by this year-end. Earlier, it was proposed to hold 'Pooja' inside the cottage during the forthcoming Navratra in October, but Priyanka has expressed desire to hold housewarming ceremony in April next year at the time of Navratra.
Priyanka, who was accompanied by Shimla district rural president Kehar Singh Khachi, guided the workers to plant fruit trees in the surrounding of the cottage. "Today, she spent her entire day at the construction site," source said.
Unlike other visits, when she stayed at the high-end Wild Flower Hall Hotel close to the construction site, this time she is residing at a private accommodation, Anand Niwas in Mashobra.
Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee president Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu also called on Priyanka Gandhi this morning.
Located amid thick forests of pine and cedar, the cottage, being built on about 1.4 acres, is close to The Retreat, the summer holiday resort of the President. When late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi visited Shimla, he often stayed at The Retreat. As kids, Priyanka and her brother Rahul Gandhi, are said to have played on the land where the cottage is now coming up. It was in 2007 that Priyanka bought the land for around Rs 47 lakh. It's market value is,however, now Rs 5.2 crore.