Rastrapati Bhawan

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For a similar structure in India, see Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Rashtrapati Bhavan
राष्ट्रपति भवन
Shital Nivas.jpg
General information
Architectural style Neoclassical architecture, Palladian architecture and European styles of architecture
Location Maharajgjung, Kathmandu,Nepal
Current tenants Bidhya Devi Bhandari, President of Nepal
Client Chandra Shumsher JBR
Technical details
Size 140 Ropani
Design and construction
Architect Kumar Narsingh Rana, Kishor Narsingh Rana

The Rashtrapati Bhavan About this sound pronunciation , "Presidential Residence")(Nepali: राष्ट्रपति भवन)is the official Residence of the President of Nepal, located in Kathmandu, Nepal. The main palace building was and still is known as Sital Niwas.It was built by Rana Prime Minister Chandra Shumsher JBR in 1923.[1]


The palace was built by Chandra Shumsher JBR for his youngest son Krishna Shumsher from his first wife Lokbhakta Lakshmi Devi in the year 1924.[2] Krishna Shamsher because of political pressure from his brothers handed over Sital Niwas to Government of Nepal in 1948 and later fled Kathmandu in 1961 for Bnaglore.After the fall of Rana regime Sital Niwas was used by Government of Nepal as Stately Guest House and later converted into Ministry of Foreign Affairs.[1]

Official Residence for President of Nepal[edit]

After the fall of Monarchy in Nepal The government of Nepal decided to make Shital Niwas the presidential residence at a cabinet meeting on July 4, 2008. Bidhya Devi Bhandari, the incumbent President of Nepal, currently resides in this palace.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Abiral, Krishna (2005). Raktakunda. Kathmandu: Sajha Prakashan. p. 12. 
  2. ^ JBR, PurushottamShamsher (2007). Ranakalin Pramukh Atihasik Darbarharu [Chief Historical Palaces of the Rana Era] (in Nepali). Vidarthi Pustak Bhandar. ISBN 978-9994611027. Retrieved 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ "Cabinet OKs 21 CA names, Shital Niwas for prez palace". The Kathmandu Post. 4 July 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2014.