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Welcome to Rashtrapati Bhavan

Rashtrapati Bhavan, home to the President of the world’s largest democracy, epitomizes India’s strength, its democratic traditions and secular character.

Rashtrapati Bhavan was the creation of architects of exceptional imagination and masterfulness, Sir Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker. It was Sir Lutyens who conceptualized the H shaped building, covering an area of 5 acres on a 330 acre estate. This mansion has a total of 340 rooms spread over four floors, 2.5 kilometres of corridors and 190 acres of garden area.

Painstaking efforts of thousands of labourers including masons, carpenters, artists, carvers, and cutters saw the completion of this masterwork in the year 1929. Originally built as the residence for the Viceroy of India, Viceroy's House as it was then called, has metamorphosed into today’s Rashtrapati Bhavan. From being a symbol of imperial domination and power, it is today emblematic of Indian democracy and its secular, plural and inclusive traditions. Former President of India, Shri R. Venkataraman has rightly said, "Nature and man, rock and architecture, have rarely collaborated to so fine a purpose as in the fashioning of the magnificent Rashtrapati Bhavan."

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The Main Building & Central Lawn: Circuit 1

The Main Building & Central Lawn: Circuit 1

Circuit one of Rashtrapati Bhavan takes the visitors on a tour of the main building, showing them the Forecourt and premier rooms of the Bhavan including, the Banquet Hall, Ashok Hall, Durbar Hall, Library, North Drawing Room, Long Drawing Room, Navachara and more.

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The Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum Complex (RBMC) : Circuit 2

The Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum Complex (RBMC) : Circuit 2

RBMC comprises of three distinct buildings - The Clock Tower, The Stables and The Garages. The Garages were inaugurated on July 25, 2016 while the Stables were dedicated to the nation on July 25, 2014. The Museum showcases exquisite and invaluable artifacts for lovers of art, culture, heritage and history.  President Pranab Mukherjee says, “History comes alive through emotional involvement of visitors with the objects, personalities and events of importance.”

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The Mughal & Other Gardens: Circuit 3

The Mughal & Other Gardens: Circuit 3

Often referred to as paradise, circuit three will take the visitors through the world famous Mughal Gardens, showcasing them the Rectangular, Long and Circular Gardens, the Herbal Garden, Musical Garden and finally the Spiritual Garden.

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Note: 1. Closure of Rashtrapati Bhavan Visit from 22nd to 24th Nov 2019:
It is hereby informed that due to official function of the Hon'ble President at Rashtrapati Bhavan on 22nd, 23rd & 24th November 2019, Rashtrapati Bhavan would be closed for Public Visit on these days, i.e. 22nd to 24th November 2019. All those who have booked online for the above-mentioned dates may please contact VMC and reschedule their Bookings. As a special case Rashtrapati Bhavan would be opened on 20th, 21st, 25th and 26th November only for the visitors who have booked for 22-24th November 2019.

2. Cancellation of Change of Guard ceremony on 23rd Nov, Saturday:
Change of Guard ceremony will be closed on 23 November 2019, Saturday Morning due to Official function at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

3. Inconvenience is deeply regretted.

Circuit 1 :- Open on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
Circuit 2 :- Open on all days except Monday
Circuit 3 :- Open from November to March on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (remains closed during Udyanotsav)
MUGHAL GARDEN VISIT DURING UDYANOTSAV :- Mughal Garden and Other Gardens of Rashtrapati Bhavan is opened for public viewing during Udyanotsav held every year between February to March.
The Change of Guard Ceremony
Change of Guard Ceremony is held on every Saturday and Sunday at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Timings:
On Saturday
12 Oct 2019 to 14 Nov 2019 : 0740 hrs – 0840 hrs
15 Nov 2019 to 14 Mar 2020 : 0940 hrs – 1040 hrs
On Sunday
13 Oct 2019 to 30 Oct 2019 : 1630 hrs – 1730 hrs
01 Nov 2019 to 14 Mar 2020 : 1610 hrs – 1710 hrs
15 Mar 2020 to 30 Apr 2020 : 1710 hrs – 1810 hrs
01 May 2020 to 10 Oct 2020 : Closed due to hot weather conditions.
(To recommence on 2nd Sunday of October 2020)
Note: Change of Guard Ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan will not be carried out on Sunday, 01 Dec, 2019 at 1610hrs - 1710hrs due to unavoidable circumstances.
*The above schedule is subject to change, as may be notified by Rashtrapati Bhavan.
*The Circuits will remain close on all gazetted holidays.
Flora and Fauna

Flora and Fauna

The 330 acres of land at the President’s Estate harbours a rich biodiversity. Open spaces, forest cover, parks, gardens, patches of wilderness, numerous fruit bearing trees and water bodies, have all contributed in supporting rich flora and fauna at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

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Culture

Indra Dhanush

Rashtrapati Bhavan have started 'Indra Dhanush' as a cultural series which seeks to showcase the richness, diversity and magnificence of Indian...

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