Rashtrapati Bhawan is the official abode of the President of India. It is a mansion with 340 rooms and includes Mughal Gardens, which are a group of gardens built in Islamic style of architecture with pools, canals and fountains.
Now, certain areas of Rashtrapati Bhavan are open to public and one can visit the place by booking online tickets in advance.
Instructions for Visit:
First of all, on line booking is required to visit the Rashtrapati Bhavan. This can be done through -https://presidentofindia.nic.in/
There are two entry gates for visitors; Gate no. 2 (Rajghat) and Gate no. 37 (Dalhousie Road)
Indian Citizens are required to carry valid photo ID cards for the verification process. In case of foreigners, photocopies of their passports are required during online registration. On the day of visit, they are required to carry their original passport.
The booking will be confirmed through Email or SMS. For security reasons, President’s Secretariat reserves the right to approve / regret the permission to visit Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Rashtrapati Bhavan Tour:
The tour of Rashtrapati Bhawan includes following areas:
Reception : The visitors come through the Reception when visit to the Rashtrapati Bhavan. They need to get photographed for the entry passes.
Fore Court : There are three main entrances to the Forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan which is flanked by the President and Cabinet Secretariats.
Marble Hall : The Marble Hall displays rare portraits of the Viceroys and British Royalty.
Kitchen Museum : It has a collection which guides viewers from the Viceroy's kitchen to the Banquet table. There are fascinating kitchen tools like primitive slicers and copper ladles.
Children's Gallery : This gallery is divided into two parts: one 'By the children' and the other 'For the children'.
Gift Museum : This Hall displays King George V's silver chair weighing 640 kg on which he sat during Dilli Durbar 1911. The hall also displays many gifts from various Presidents of other countries.
Durbar Hall : Rashtrapati Bhavan visit remains incomplete without the Durbar Hall which is designed on a large circular plan. It is under a large Dome. The dome is 180 feet tall. The four corners of the Hall hold four large State Rooms. India's first governor-general, C. Rajagopalachari took oath in Durbar Hall. The body of Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, who passed away while in office, in 1977, is also kept in the Durbar Hall for the public to pay respects.
Library : The Main Library Room of the Rashtrapati Bhavan has a collection of over 2000 rare books published from 1800 to 1947 stacked neatly by year of publication in the built-in shelves.
Long Drawing Room : The Long Drawing Room is now used as a Conference Hall where governors meet.
Ashika Hall : Ashoka Hall is now used for holding ceremonial functions like presentation of credentials by Heads of Missions of foreign countries, swearing-in of Ministers, etc.
Loggia and Banquet Hall : Loggia and Banquet Hall is most often used as a space to serve tea after functions held in the Ashoka Hall. This hall is also home to some unique pieces of furniture designed by the British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens.
The Rashtrapti Bhawan tour also includes visit to the Gardens. The Garden tour covers following area: