NEW DELHI: The prestigious Rashtrapati Bhavan is the home to the President of India and it will open its doors to tourists from today, December 1 according to a notification published by the President's Secretariat.
Visitors will be allowed on the premises for five days of the week, that is Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Visitors will not be allowed on Mondays, Tuesdays and all gazetted holidays on the official calendar of the country. Five time-slots have been allotted for these visits, each having a duration of an hour. The time slots are 10 AM to 11 AM, 11 AM to 12 PM and 12 PM to 1 PM before lunch and 2 PM to 3 PM and 3 PM to 4 PM after lunch.
Visitors on these tours will be accompanied by experienced guides on Circuit 1. The tour will include the following locations: Main Building, Forecourt, Reception, Navachara, Banquet Hall, Upper Loggia, Lutyens Grand Stairs, Guest Wing, Ashok Hall, North Drawing Room, Long Drawing Room, Library, Durbar Hall and Lord Buddha Statue
The Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum Complex however shall be open for six days every week and remain closed on Mondays and all gazetted holidays.
The Change of Guard will also be accessible from viewing by visitors on the morning of Saturdays, given that it does not fall on a gazetted holiday or notified from the office of the President. The timing for the same is 8 AM to 9 AM.
Willing visitors will need to book their slots beforehand from the online portal for the same.
The charge for individual visitors is Rs 30 per person. Children younger than eight years of age are exempted from this entry charge and groups of upto thirty people will have to pay Rs 1200. According to reports, this registration charge is not refundable or transferable.