Though it is five years since Rashtrapati Nilayam is open to public for a week, immediately after the sojourn of the President, we could go there only today, Saturday, 18th July 2015. We heard and read about it many times before and today we could witness it in its entire splendor and enjoyed our trip as you can see in the above video.
The President normally visits this residence in winter and conducts official business from here. But this year he has come in July. This is his Southern sojourn, a 98 acre estate, with well furnished rooms and buildings, beautiful landscaping, ornamental lawns, floral gardens, fountains, plenty of wild and fruit bearing trees, a herbal garden and now a Nakshatra Vatika. In the main single storeyed President’s Wing, where the President resides there is a grand Darbar Hall, Morning room, Cinema Hall, Dining room, Dining Hall and another seven living rooms/suites, all connected by a grand corridor which you can see in the above video. The adjacent buildings are the Family Wing and the ADC Wing. The dining hall in the President’s wing is connected to a distantly located Kitchen through an underground tunnel!
These buildings and the estate was constructed by Nizam Nazir-ud-Dowla, the ruler of Hyderabad in 1860 for his recreation. It was later, on the request of the British Army handed over to the British Resident and began to be called as Residency House. After the annexation of Hyderabad State in 1948 by the Indian Government, this estate was bought by the Central Government and it began to serve as the President’s annual retreat in the South.
It is definitely a place to see, more as a lovely, huge and interesting garden and of course as it is a residence of our President. Tomorrow is the last day for visiting, if you cannot make it this time, watch out and don’t miss the next time it is open.