Despite of being the most panaromic places of India to visit, it is highly secured place too! It is the Official residence of President of India, located in New Delhi. With only a portion for visitors to see, this huge mansion includes 340 rooms in 130 hectare President Estate. The entire Bhawan includes Mughal gardens, open spaces, government offices, residence of bodyguards and other Presidential Staff, Mughal Gardens and a museum. Officially speaking, this historical building constructed under the direction of Edwin Lutyens in the 2nd largest residence of Head of State in the world after Quirinial Palace in Rome!
Construction of Rashtrapati Bhawan started in the year 1912 and was completed in 1929. It consists of 4 floors, 340 rooms, floor area of 200,000 square feet and 700 million bricks as well as 3 million cubic feet of stone. Miracously, no steel is used in the construction of this building. The design of Rashtrapati Bhawan includes dome – like structure on the top of building called Chuttri, elephant statues on outer walls, Jaipur Columns grilles made from redstone called Jallis, acanthus leaves with 4 pendant Indian bells – similar in style to Buddhist and Indian temples.
The various sections of Presidential House includes Mughal and European colonial architectural designs. To see all of these is a marvel in itself!
Every year in the month of February – March, Mughal Gardens inside Rashtrapati Bhawan are open for the common people to see. The main garden has two channels running East to West. There are 6 lotus shaped fountains at the crossing of these channels. In these channels one can see the reflections of imposing building and flowers. In various sections of the garden there are wooden sections, where food is given for the birds to feed. The terrace garden has strips of fountain, which fall inwards forming a beautiful well. On the eastern side of the terrace garden there are two ornatery designed sentry posts.
Then there is the Purdah Garden or the Long Garden located on the West side of the Main Garden moving towards the Central Garden. Enclosed in walls which are about 12 feet high, it’s a rose garden. Inside there are various flowers like Jasmine, Tecoma Grandiflora, Parana Paniculata, China Orange trees and much more. The beauty of the circular flower garden is commendable. This garden is open for general viewing in February – March every year during Udyanotsav.
Herbal Garden inside Rashtrapati Bhavan includes many Indian herbs with medicinal use. These include Bergamot Mint, Bhumy Amalika, Brahmi, Citronella, Geranium, Evening Primrose, Ghritakumari, Giloy, Isabgol, Kalmegh, Lemon Grass, Marigold and other such varieties. All of these are implanted to show the importance and use in Indian Medicine.
Online Bookings can be done for Rastrapati Bhawan tour on the website : presidentofindia.in
Visiting Days : Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Visiting Hours : 0900 hrs – 1600 hrs
Entry : Via Gate no 2 (Rajpath) and Gate no 37 (Dalhousie Road)
Carry Valid Photo ID Cards.
Registration Charges : Rs 25/- Individually
Rs 600/- Group of 30 persons
All bookings are subject to confirmation via email/SMS
Taxi and buses drop you to the nearest location which is permitted by Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Eateries are located outside the Entry Gate of Presidents’ House.
Mobiles, food items and any other stuff are strictly prohibited inside.