Rashtrapati Bhawan, is the most iconic building in India that has been serving as the official residence of the President of India for decades now. Our Editor-in-Chief Kamiya Jani was invited to explore this exquisite place inside and out and share the wonderful sights with you.
So, come along!
Kamiya Jani Explored Rashtrapati Bhawan
Rashtrapati Bhawan is the second-largest living presidential palace in the world. Even today, the president of India resides here with their family. A tour of this palace, museum, and gardens is open to the public. Of course, the necessary protocols and procedures are to be followed.
The presidential estate is spread across 330 acres of land, out of which that H-shaped building acquires 5 acres. On one side of the building, you can find Forecourt and Jaipur Column and the other side has Amrit Udhyan Garden. The mansion houses 340 rooms spread across 4 floors.
The corridor of this palace is 2.5 km long and the garden is vast occupying 190 acres. Right from 1950 to 2023, all the presidents of India stayed at this palace.
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Explore The Main Building, The Historic Museum And The Amrit Udyan
Known as Viceroy House before Independence, it was renamed as the Government house post-independence. However, it was during the term of Dr Rajendra Prasad as president, it was finally named Rashtrapati Bhawan.
The next stop was Amrit Udhyan Garden, formerly known as Mughal Gardens. The unique feature of these gardens is that every plant has a QR code around it. To learn all about it, the name, species, and other details, all you have to do is scan it.
The garden is home to a wide variety of trees and flowers including but not limited to 120 celebrity varieties of roses like Black Rose, Ashwini, Green Roses and more. After spending a while in these gardens, it was time to explore the museum.
Located in circuit 2 of the Bhawan, the museum complex is a must-visit for everyone. Before turning into a museum in 2016, it used to be a stable and a garage. It was inaugurated by our Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This museum was established to represent our history, heritage and culture. Every gift received by all the presidents ever since 1950 has been placed inside this museum.
A modern and digital space, this museum was a delight in every way. This museum also showcases a Mercedes car that served 5 presidents of India from 1990 to 2012. Recently, it has been replaced by Limousine s600 guard.
The museum also has an artistic representation of all the landmarks of the Indian freedom struggle. This representation includes the Partition of Bengal, the Swadeshi Movement, the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre and more.
Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it? Get your registration done today and visit Bhawan!
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