Raj Niwas, literally translated as 'Government House' is a historic landmark building in Puducherry. This is where the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry officially resides. This house is located in White Town with a postal code of 605001. It is located well withing Puducherry city limits. The house is surrounded by many alternate tourist attractions such as the Promenade Beach and Sri Aurobindo Ashram.
In the year 1783, the French Governor laid down the first foundation of this historic building. Since then, it has been destroyed, demolished and raised to the grounds by many influential personnel. After several decades of modifications and additions, on the 1st May of 2017, the Raj Niwas has been made available to public visits. And ever since, it has been one of the prominent tourist attractions of Puducherry. The porticoes and outside of the Raj Niwas have been decorated with unique antique and vintage artefacts. Raj Niwas follows the typical architectural style of the historic buildings in Puducherry.
Since it is government house, there are strict rules and regulations to be followed in order to visit the Raj Niwas. Visitors must have registered online in advance and this is a mandatory procedure to gain entry permit. Children below the age of 5 are not permitted to enter the Raj Niwas. Domestic visitors must carry their photo ID cards that have been issued by the government whereas foreign visitors must carry their original passports. No gadgets, camera or eatables are allowed to be carried into the Raj Niwas on the guided tour.
The Raj Niwas is open for public visitors only during timings 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM on every day of the week except on Sundays and national holidays. Raj Niwas is a historic and architectural gem that deserves a visit.