Sunday 12 April 2015

How to visit Rashtrapati Bhavan

Yes, you can visit Rashtrapati Bhavan. No, you cannot meet the President of India. You are only allowed access to some areas.

1.      Where is Rashtrapati Bhavan. It is New Delhi and is the official residence of the President of India.
2.      How do I go about it. Visit for details. You can make an online booking.

3.      When can I visit Rashtrapati Bhavan. Only on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays excluding public holidays and on days when there are functions and ceremonies. Entry is subject to approval.

4.      What do you need to provide. You need to provide proof of identity and residence. Carry originals at the time of visit.

5.      Can I take my car in. Yes, you can drive in through Gate No. 37 and park it in front of Gate No. 4. Pedestrians can walk in through Gate no. 2. At the time of entry please show your booking receipt and id. Please check map. .

6.      What do I do once I reach. There is a reception area where you will be welcomed. Your identities will be verified and you will be photographed. If visiting in a group, the leader will be photographed individually and then the entire group.

7.      Will there be a guide. Yes, an authorized guide will take you around. You don't have to pay him.

8.      Can I move around on my own. No, you can't. You will be taken in groups and you have to stick to your own group. Sufficient time will be given to view the exhibits and the various halls, and rooms.

9.      Is the experience friendly. Yes, very friendly. All your queries will be answered.

10.  What about security. It is a high security place. The guards are strict and stern. Do not fall out of line or attempt to stray. You may run the risk of being ejected. Security will always be trailing you and you will be watched at all times.

11.  Are there restrooms. Yes, access is allowed to restrooms. However please inform the nearest security guard of your intended visit to a restroom. If you do not then please refer to point 10 above.

12.  Can I take photographs. Yes, you can but only on the outside with permission.

13.  Are personal articles and bags allowed. No, they will have to be deposited in a designated area prior to start of the tour. Cameras, mobile phones, electronic keys, food, drink, tobacco products, bags etc have to be deposited and are not allowed within the premises.

14.  What if I am hungry and thirsty. There is shop selling limited beverages and pre-packed snacks outside and within the reception area.

15.  Can I buy souvenirs. Yes, souvenirs are available at the gift shop within the premises. You can buy T- Shirts, Caps, pens, key rings etc.

16.  How long does it take. About 1 1/2 hours from entry to exit.

17.  Do I get to see the Mughal Gardens. Yes, you are taken to see the Mughal Gardens before the tour ends. Please note that Mughal Gardens are usually open from 15 Feb to 15 March for public viewing independent of this tour.

18.  Anything else that can be done. You can visit the Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum independent of this visit. It's located in the President's Estate and entry is from Gate No. 30. Vehicles are not allowed inside the premises. The museum is housed in converted stables and coach garages and is worth a visit. You get to see some of the gifts the President has received from foreign heads of state and visiting dignitaries. Lutyen's desk and glasses are also kept here. Lutyen designed the place. Time take is approximately one hour from entry to exit. Again please note security is strict and personal belongings are not allowed inside. Visit for details

19.  Thank you.