Rashtrapathi Bhavan, the President’s House will be opened for public viewing on Sundays and for increased hours from the new year.
In yet another effort by President Pranab Mukherjee to make Rashtrapati Bhavan accessible to common people, an online system of booking for tours of Rashtrapati Bhavan was launched. Interested persons can log on to website www.presidentofindia.nic.in and register themselves in the ‘online booking’ system for visits post-Jan 1, 2013.
Beginning next year, Rashtrapati Bhavan will be opened for public viewing on Sundays too and for increased hours from 9 am to 4 pm without any lunch break. Presently, it is open on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Entry is free. Two routes for such visits have been created and visitors can choose between them.
The first route will cover Forecourt, Reception, Lutyens’ Gallery, Marble Hall, Kitchen Museum, Children’s Gallery, Gift Museum, Durbar Hall, Library, Long Drawing Room, North Drawing Room, Ashoka Hall, Loggia and Banquet Hall. Brief details of each of these places are on the Rashtrapati Bhavan website.The second will include all the above-mentioned places and the Mughal Gardens.President House will provide guides.