Viceroy’s house as it was called before the independence and now called as Rashtrapati Bhavan, which is the residence of the President of the country is open to the public from today.
The official house of the first citizen of the country is a brainchild of two British architects namely – Sir Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker. In fact, the artistry imaginations and superlative skills of the architects paved way for the construction of one of the world’s largest residences of the head of the country.
Consequently, the 4 floor, 340 rooms abode with 2.5 kilometers of corridors and 190 acres of the garden area saw its completion in 1929.
C. Rajagopalachari, India’s first governor general became the first Indian to reside in the Government House. Following that, Dr. Rajendra Prasad homed the Rashtrapati Bhavan after taking oath as the first President of India.
Since then, the tradition followed and all the Presidents of the nation took abode in the monolith of Lutyens.
RASHTRAPATI BHAVAN TOUR
As an initiative of our former President Pranab Mukherjee, the Rashtrapati Bhavan is now open for public visits. Yes! Lutyens’ most respected masterpiece in Delhi which has seen many ceremonies and swearing in of country’s leaders, which has heard powerful of speeches can now be visited by people of the country and all across the world.
The Rashtrapati Bhavan tour is divided into 3 circuits.
Circuit 1 includes the Main Building and the Central Garden of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. As a matter of fact, Circuit 1 visit will cover the Forecourt, Central Dome, Jaipur Column, Iron Gate, Tuscan Pillars, Rampurva Bull, the Banquet Hall, Ashoka Hall, Upper Loggia, Lutyens’ Grand Stairs, Guest Wing, Durbar Hall, Lord Buddha Statue, Library, North Drawing Room, Long Drawing Room and Navachara.
This Circuit is open on all Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
Circuit 2 primarily covers the Museum Complex of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The visit to Circuit 2, therefore, includes The Stables, The Garages, The Clock Tower and The Coach House.
This Circuit is open on all days of the week except Monday.
Circuit 3 takes us around the gardens in the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Hence, the circuit visit includes Musical Garden, Herbal Garden, Spiritual Garden, Rectangular, Long and Circular Garden and Mughal Garden.
This Circuit is open on all Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from August to March. However, Circuit 3 will remain closed from February 05, 2017 to March 12, 2017.
PRICES, BOOKINGS, AND OTHERS
- The registration fee costs ₹50 per person per circuit and must be paid through the online booking system at this link: The RB Tour. Children below the age of 8 years do not require to pay the registration fees.
- The timings of the visit are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. And the circuits’ visits remain closed on all the Gazetted Holidays.
- Indian citizens must carry a valid photo identity proof and foreigners should have a photocopy of their passports.
- Entry to the President’s residence is through Gate 2 (Rajpath), Gate 37 (Via Dalhousie Road-Hukmi Mai Marg) and Gate 38 (Via Church Road-Brassy Avenue).
Landing in Delhi? Then never miss the Rashtrapati Bhavan Tour for any reason.