For the first time, citizens will get to explore the grandeur and architectural beauty of Raj Bhavan, the official residence of the Karnataka governor, this month. Governor Vajubhai Vala has decided to throw its doors open to the general public during Independence Day celebrations.
Raj Bhavan will be open from August 16 to 30, including public holidays, between 4 pm and 6.30 pm for the general public. There will be five tour guides, appointed by the Bhavan administration, who will take the visitors in groups and introduce them to places like the glass house, royal ballroom, lounge and interiors of Raj Bhavan.
Raj Bhavan, formerly known during British India as the Bangalore Residency, was built by Sir Mark Cubbon, who was the commissioner of Mysuru territory of the British empire between 1840 and 1842. The Raj Bhavan reflects the British era, traverses through the rule of Maharajas of Mysore with an intermission of administration directly by the British through the Commissioners, witnesses India’s independence and culminates in the Indian Republic.
How to Avail Passes?
Those who want to visit Raj Bhavan have to obtain online registration through the link available on the home page of its website http://rajbhavan.kar.nic.in. The online request has to be made at least five days prior to the date of visit.
The online booking is subject to final confirmation through e-mail or SMS sent from the competent authority. The visitors will have to show the confirmation mail or SMS to the security personnel at the gate along with the valid government-issued identity proof. The tour will be free of cost and take around 20 minutes. Thirty visitors will be allowed in each batch. Entry will be through the main gate and visitors have to report there 15 minutes before the given time slot. Visitors can come individually or in a group of up to five persons. Handbags, mobile phones, and cameras will not be allowed inside.