Rashtrapati Bhavan is the office and official residence of the president of India. It is located in the country’s capital New Delhi.
It has been open to the public for four days in a week: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. And has now been opened for viewing again after a break due to the COVID-19, albeit with prior registration.
It was the creation of architects Sir Edwin Lutyens (who conceptualized the H-Shaped building) and Herbert Baker.
The Rashtrapati Bhavan was built using 1 billion bricks and 3,000,000 cu ft (85,000 m3) of stone with little steel, and it consists of four floors and 340 rooms, with a floor area of 200,000 square feet (19,000 m2), with 2.5 kilometres of corridors and 190 acres of garden area.
Edwin Lutyens' early designs were starkly classical and entirely European in style. The design of this building fell into the time period of the Edwardian Baroque, a time at which emphasis was placed on the use of heavy classical motifs in order to emphasise power and imperial authority.
You can visit the Rashtrapati bhavan from 9 am to 4 pm on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays. A tour can be booked which will allow visitors to see the main building that includes 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.
Visitors will need to make an online booking before their visit at rashtrapatisachivalaya.gov.in/rbtour, and no public is allowed to visit the Bhavan without an online booking.
Charges for visiting the presidential house are Rs 50 per person but kids below the age of 8 years of age are allowed free of cost.
Other requirements and protocols include - every visitor who is an Indian citizenship are required to carry the original copy of any valid photo ID proof. Foreign visitors, on the other hand, will be required to carry their original passport for identification.
Distance from airport to the Rashtrapati Bhavan is 13km, and can be reached by metro, bus or car. The time taken can be between 18 to 30 minutes or more depending on the traffic and other factors.
Home to the President of the largest and the greatest democracy in the world, Rashtrapati Bhavan is the embodiment of nations strength, traditions, and secular appeal and was constructed in 1929. Initially built for the Viceroy of India during the British Raj, the spectacular Rashtrapati Bhavan is an H-shaped building with a total of 340 rooms spread over 4 floors, 2.5km of corridors, and 190 acres of garden area.