Residency House, c. 1892,Photo: Lala Deen Dayal
Rashtrapati Nilayam (literally the "President's House") originally known as Residency House is the official retreat of the President of India. where President stays for at least once a year and conducts official business. It is also used as a guest house for visiting dignitaries. It is located in Bolarum, Secunderabad. It was thrown open for public viewing from 1 January 2010 to 10 January 2010, with entry being free.
Originally the Residency House, was constructed in 1860 by Nizam Nazir-ud-Dowla. It became the country house of the British Resident at Secunderabad. After the Hyderabad state's annexation in 1948, became President's retreat and used as Southern Sojourn.
The 16-room estate is spread over an area of 90 acres (360,000 m2), consisting of single storied building besides visitors' quarters that can accommodate 150 people. It has a Dining Hall, Darbar Hall, Morning room, Cinema Hall etc.
The retreat's premises comprises landscaped garden, seasonal flowering plants and display of potted plants around the main building, natural cascading water falls and seven different types of nutrition gardens of Mango, Sapota, Pomegranate, Guava, Amla, Coconut and Cheeku.
The Herbal Garden, inaugurated in December 2009, of medicinal and aromatic plants is spread over 7,000 sq metres, has about 116 species of medicinal and aromatic plants including sarpagandha, kalabandha, citronella, lemon grass, khus, geranium, coriander, sandalwood, tuber rose, jasmine, kalmegh, tulsi etc. The garden was built by CPWD and the AP State Medicinal Plants Board, while Rashtrapati Bhavan and National Medicinal Plants Board funded the project.
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