Who would not want to catch a glimpse of where and how the President of India lives?
The larger-than-life grandeur of the presidential house would undoubtedly attract one and all and that is what makes the Rastrapati Bhavan a major tourist attraction, apart from being the official seat of the President.
Even President Ram Nath Kovind has now invited all Indians to visit the presidential house or what he has called the ”embodiment of the Indian Republic.”
The official social-media page of the President of India recently shared a video that takes you on a virtual tour of the 340-room presidential mansion.
”I welcome you to visit Rashtrapati Bhavan, the embodiment of the Indian Republic. It belongs to all Indians. Do come and see it,” the post was captioned.
The 43-second video gives you a sneak-peek into various corners of the mansion, including Durbar Hall (where India’s first independent government was sworn in), a wonderfully decorated Ashoka Hall (where introductions for visiting foreign delegations by the Heads of Missions of foreign countries are held), the library, the state dining room, the south drawing room, thus leaving you awestruck with its sheer magnificence.
President Kovind had earlier extended a similar invitation to people, two months ago.
This isn’t the first time that the Rashtrapati Bhavan has been opened to tourists. What made the difference this time was President Kovind’s personal touch to the invitation.
Besides, the website, where people have to fix an appointment before visiting, has also been refurbished. A nominal registration charge of Rs 50 will have to be paid by visitors above the age of eight. Now, one can also purchase souvenirs from the government’s online store, reported NDTV.