Raj Bhawan, Nainital
The residence of the Governor of Uttarakhand, the Raj Bhawan is a British-era building in Nainital. The architecture of the building is stunning, and tourists pay a special visit to the building to admire its magnificence. This is one of the few Governor houses that are open to the visitors in India.
Some people also call this building a replica of Buckingham Palace. This is because it is built in the Gothic style architecture. It was built in the year 1897-1900. The building was used as the summer residence of the British Governors before independence. The guests of the British Governors used to stay in this building when they visited India. It is spread over a large area and covers a beautiful landscape. The building now houses a Golf Course, a garden, a swimming pool, and other amenities. You can even play golf here by paying a small fee.
The two-story building has 113 rooms, but today, visitors are only allowed to access the lawns and the exterior areas of the building.
Timings: The Raj Bhawan is open during the day at different timings on different days of the week. It remains closed on national holidays and Sundays.
Entry Fee: Entry to the building isn’t entirely free. You need to pay a minimal fee for entry into the premises.
Entry fee for regular people: Rs.50 per head
Entry fee for Golf: Rs. 450 per head
How to reach: The building is located in the Nainital district, very close to the Tallital area. You can take an auto from the Nainital bus stand to reach the Raj Bhawan. Kathgodam Railway Station is the nearest railway station to reach Nainital. You can also take a taxi from Delhi.
If you are in Nainital, you should not miss the opportunity to visit the Raj Bhawan and admire its architecture and beauty.