Common people can now visit the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official residence of the President of India, for six days a week starting from June 1. However, visits are not allowed on Mondays and Gazetted Holidays. This marks the first time that the Bhavan will be open for public viewing on all weekdays. Previously, it was open for five days a week, excluding Mondays and Tuesdays.
Visiting Information and Registration Process
To visit the Rashtrapati Bhavan, visitors need to register online through the official website: https://rb.nic.in/rbvisit/visit_plan.aspx. The registration charges are Rs. 50 per visitor per Circuit. Children below the age of 8 years are exempted from the payment of registration charges.
Overview of Rashtrapati Bhavan
The Rashtrapati Bhavan, designed by architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker, is spread over a vast estate covering 330 acres. The building itself is an architectural marvel, with an H-shaped design and an area of 5 acres. It boasts 340 rooms across four floors, 2.5 kilometers of corridors, and 190 acres of garden area.
Circuits for Visitors
There are three circuits available for visitors at the Rashtrapati Bhavan:
- Circuit No. 1: Visitors can explore the main building and central lawn of Rashtrapati Bhavan. Premier rooms like the Ashok Hall, Durbar Hall, Banquet Hall, and drawing rooms are included in this circuit. It is open for the general public throughout the week, except on Mondays and Gazetted holidays.
- Circuit No. 2: This circuit includes a tour of the Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum Complex. Visitors can explore the museum complex, which is open throughout the week, except on Mondays and Gazetted holidays.
- Circuit No. 3: This circuit allows visitors to explore the famous gardens of Rashtrapati Bhavan, including Amrit Udyan, Herbal Garden, Musical Garden, and Spiritual Garden. Booking Circuit No. 3 provides access to the Mughal Gardens and other gardens of Rashtrapati Bhavan. However, this circuit is open only during Udyanotsav, which takes place between February and March every year.
Change of Guard Ceremony
The Change of Guard Ceremony takes place every Saturday at Rashtrapati Bhavan from 8 am to 9 am. However, the event is not held on Gazetted holidays or during special circumstances notified by Rashtrapati Bhavan.
By following the registration process and adhering to the visitation guidelines, common people can now explore the grandeur of the Rashtrapati Bhavan and its rich history.
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