Rashtrapati Bhavan also known President Palace is the official residence of the Indian president. Rashtrapati Bhawan is the best example of colonial architecture. The complex is huge and has several gates. Edwin Lutyens designed the building and construction work began in 1911. It was supposed to be completed in 4 years but war intervened and it took 19 years to complete it. The Rashtrapati Bhavan is one of the major tourist attraction in Indian Capital Delhi and must see place.
Fact About Rashtrapati Bhavan
Location: New Delhi, Delhi, India
Floor area: 2,000,000 sq ft (190,000 m2)
Nearest Railway Station: New Delhi Railway Station
Nearest Metro Station: Central Secretariat
Nearest International Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport
Special Attraction: Change of Guard Ceremony on every Saturday
Best Season: February-March
Coordinates: 28°36′51.63″N 77°11′59.29″E
Architect: Edwin Lutyens
Construction started: 1912
Construction Completed: 1929
Highlight: Mughal Gardens
The construction of the rashtrapati bhavan was started in 1912 and it is completed after 17 years in 1929. The Rashtrapati Bhavan has more than 300 rooms including the presidential office, guest rooms and staff rooms. The Mughal Gardens spread over 342 acres one of the largest gardens in India. The total cost of building was of Rs 877,136 pounds (Rs. 12.8 million) at that time. With having a floor space of 200000 sq ft Rashtrapati Bhavan has four floors and 340 rooms. The Marble Hall has some majestic displays of rare portraits and statues of the Viceroys and British Royalty.
Entry Fee and Timing for Rashtrapati Bhavan
Time required for sightseeing: 2 hours
Time to Visit: Entry into President House requires official permission.
Preferred Timings: Anytime.
Open Days: Open all days
Change of Guard Ceremony Timing: In April-October at 8:30 am and November-March at 10:35 am
Entry Fee For Below the age of 12 years: Free
Entry Fee For Group of less than 30 persons: Rs 25/- per visitor and per visit.
Entry Fee For Group of 30 persons: Rs. 600/- in lump sum per visit.
Entry Fee For Group of more than 30 persons: Rs. 600/- for 30 visitors and Rs. 25/- per visitor per visit for additional persons.
The Rashtrapati bhavan has built using 700 million bricks and 3 million cubic blocks of stones. The Mughal Gardens are perhaps the most visited part of the estate, spectacular in Spring. The Marble Hall, The grand Darbar Hall, The Gift Museum, The Mughal Gardens, Banquet Hall, The Kitchen Museum, The Ashoka Hall are the different part of the estate which all are very attractive for tourist.The best time to visit this master piece is January and February because during this time, one can get a chance to visit Mughal Garden.