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Visit Rashtrapati Bhavan for Rs 25

Last updated on: August 02, 2013 12:23 IST

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You can now use the e-payment gateway to book your tour of the Presidential Palace.

Among the highlights of President Pranab Mukherjee's first year in office was the opening up the Rashtrapati Bhavan to the public.

On August 1, Omita Paul, Secretary to the President launched a system for online collection of registration charges for booking of Rashtrapati Bhavan tours.

(Who is Omita Paul? Read here!)

According to a press statement released by the Rashtrapati Bhavan, charges for the tour will be Rs 25 per visitor per visit while visitors in a group of 30 persons will be charged Rs 600 per visit.

Those travelling in groups of more than 30 persons will be charged Rs 600 for 30 visitors and Rs 25 per visitor per visit for additional persons. Children below the age of 12 years will be exempt from registration charges, the release said.

The charges will go towards the upkeep of the Rashtrapati Bhavan as well as the services of newly-appointed guides who will take you through India's most recognisable landmarks.


Image: A silhouette of the iconic dome of the Rashtrapati Bhavan and the Jaipur Column
Photographs: Sid Rauniar/Wikimedia Creative Commons

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According to the statement, the online booking system for tours of Rashtrapati Bhavan was started on January 1 this year. Since then, over 47,000 persons have visited the Presidential Palace using the system.

Visitors are required to book for tours are one month in advance and bookings for September 2013 are currently open.

These charges are aimed at maintaining the Palace and improving its services to public and can be paid at the reception prior to the tour.

Last year, the 'Change of Guard' ceremony was opened to visitors as part of a series of initiatives to allow public greater access to what is inarguably the most recognisable building in India.


Image: A view of India's presidential palace Rashtrapati Bhawan is seen during the evening in New Delhi.
Photographs: B Mathur/Reuters

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Earlier, the Presidential Palace was open for tours on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. However the schedule has now been changed to Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays as part of a move to make the exclusive resident more accessible to the public. The timings of too have been extended from two hours in the morning and evening to a blanket 9am to 4pm.

Besides opening more areas to the public such as the erstwhile Vice-Regal Lodge, parts of the estate have been restored and the library has recently been renovated.


Image: India's tricolour flutters on top of the Rashtrapati Bhavan that stands against a cloudy sky.
Photographs: Ashish Bhatnagar/Reuters

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The 340-room main building that houses the President's official residence, halls, guest rooms and offices is located in a 320-acre President Estate that dwarfs America's White House that is spread over a mere 18 acres.

Construction on the palace designed by architect Edwin Lutyens started in 1912 and was completed in 1929.


Image: The Rashtrapati Bhavan belongs to the Delhi Order school of architecture, one that was invented by Architect Edwin Lutyens who also designed the iconic structure.
Photographs: Priyanka/Wikimedia Creative Commons

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