The official residence of the President of India,can boast of having welcomed the most powerful men in history. The Rashtrapati Bhavan was designed by Edwin Lutyens and built in 1931, to be the central point of the British power in Delhi. Originally called the Viceroy's House, the Rashtrapati Bhavan has 340 rooms, 37 salons, 74 lobbies and loggias, 18 staircases and 37 fountains in New Delhi.
The most magnificent room in the Rashtrapati Bhavan is the Durbar Hall, which lies directly beneath the main dome. All important Indian State and Official ceremonies are held here. To the west, is the famous and beautifully landscaped Mughal Gardens, designed after the terraced gardens which the Mughals built in Kashmir. The garden is called the 'Butterfly Garden' as the numerous butterflies visit the varied flowers. It is open to the public only in February.
Change of Guard Ceremony:
April-October : 8:30 am
November-March: 10:35 am