Rashtrapati Bhavan is a splendid classical structure artifice of British imperialism with gigantic columns, verandahs, balconies integrated with distinctive Indian motifs for example Buddhist railings, chhatris (umbrella type structures that adorn roof tops), jalis (perforated stone screens with complicated designs) and chhajjas (stone slabs set below the roof ) amid. Besides the wide-ranging use of elephant motifs in the massive cast iron gate, pillars and basement, Indian temple bells are as well incorporated in its pillars. The most noticeable Indian feature is the colossal dome. On the whole the building portrays as a masterpiece of evenness, authority, profile and harmony.
Visitors necessitate special permission from Government of India Tourist Office to go into Rastrapathi Bhavan. The Mughal garden is open to the public just in the month of February when the flowers are splendidly in bloom. The timings are from 9.30 A.M. to 2.30 P.M. on all days apart from Mondays. Every Saturday at 10.30 am, mounted and un-mounted troops parade in complete uniform, at the facade of the gates of the Secretariat and the Rashtrapathi Bhavan which is worth of attendance.
History of Rashtrapati Bhawan