Presidential Palace (Rashtrapati Bhavan) Tours

At the heart of New Delhi is one of its most remarkable buildings, the Presidential Palace (Rashtrapati Bhavan). The 320-acre (130-hectare) complex comprises a palatial 340-room main building and sprawling Mughal gardens. Many visitors come to witness the Changing of the Guard ceremony, complete with horses and a brass band.
 
The Basics
The palace was designed as a symbol of British colonial power and built in the early 20th century, after India’s capital was moved to Delhi from Calcutta. It became the president’s official residence shortly after independence. Until 2017, visitors were allowed inside only once or twice a year, though now the Bhavan is open to guests with prior registration. The Changing of the Guard is a regal affair worth witnessing.
 
Most half-day and full-day tours of Central Delhi at least stop for photos of the rectangular complex and its circular garden, and the Delhi hop-on hop-off bus allows for longer visits (which you book in advance). 
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • To visit the Rashtrapati Bhavan, you must reserve a spot online in advance. See the palace’s website for details, and for the Changing of the Guard schedule.
  • All visitors must bring a valid photo ID, such as a passport. 
  • Wear comfortable shoes, as the palace is large and requires a lot of walking. 
 
How to Get There
Rashtrapati Bhavan is located on the western end of Rajpath Marg, right in the heart of the leafy Lutyens’ Delhi neighborhood, where most of the city’s colonial-era buildings are situated. Directly opposite India Gate, it’s about a 25-minute walk (or a 7-minute drive) southwest of Connaught Place. The nearest Delhi Metro stop is Central Secretariat, which connects to both the Yellow and Violet Lines.
 
When to Get There
You can visit the palace throughout the year by booking in advance. If you’re coming for the Changing of the Guard ceremony, held on Saturday and Sunday, you may want to opt for a morning visit when temperatures are cooler—particularly if you’re in Delhi in the sweltering premonsoon season (roughly May and June).
 
Who Lives in Rashtrapati Bhavan?
India uses the parliamentary system of government, with a prime minister (who lives in a considerably humbler abode on nearby Race Course Road) as head of government. The president of India, who has lived at the Rashtrapati Bhavan since independence from Britain, has less power and clout than the PM, but is still the head of state and commander of the Indian military.
Location
Address: Rashtrapati Bhawan, Raisina Hills, New Delhi 110004, India
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Private Connaught Place Tour including Hanuman Temple, Bangla Sahib, India Gate

Kick off your half-day Connaught Place tour in the heart of Delhi, where you'll enjoy a South India-style lunch with your guide before visiting the iconic Hanuman temple and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. You'll explore the National Museum of Modern Art, where a collection of art and artifacts showcases the nation's cultural roots. Then follow your friendly professional guide along the Rashtrapati Bhawan and take in views of the iconic India Gate while you cool off with an ice cream cone.
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Private Day Trip from Old to New Delhi with Guide

Delhi is full of sights that are hard to leave off a successful itinerary, but visitors can find it challenging to travel from one part of the bustling city to another. On this Delhi tour, let a driver and guide do the legwork, taking you to explore Old and New Delhi attractions. See some of the city’s most popular historical, religious, and political landmarks, and stop for photos at India Gate. A rickshaw ride is included, and a buffet lunch is available with an upgrade.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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4-Night Private Golden Triangle Tour: Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur

Explore India’s Golden Triangle on this 4-day private tour through Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. Get an up-close look at India Gate and Raj Ghat as you discover the backstreets of Delhi with your guide. Then travel by private vehicle through the ruins of the Mughal Empire, visit UNESCO-listed sites like the Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri in Agra, and take a Jeep ride up to Amber Fort. Gain insider’s access to Jaipur’s royal history on a trip to the City Palace and enjoy 5-star accommodations including breakfast.
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Private Half-Day Delhi City Tour including Entrance Fees

Delhi has a dizzying concentration of cultural and historical attractions. But they’re spread throughout the city, making it difficult for first-time visitors to cover all the sights. During this convenient sightseeing jaunt through Old and New Delhi, you’ll tick off all the highlights in a short visit, giving you an introduction to the city without wearing you out. Choose between flexible tour times as you visit Qutub Minar, Lotus Temple, India Gate, and more.
  • Duration: 4 to 5 hrs
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Private Old and New Delhi City Tour (8-hours)

Navigate Delhi with ease on this private 8-hour tour. After convenient pick-up, hop in your air-conditioned car and see the sights of Old and New Delhi. Visit the Jama Masjid mosque, India Gate, Parliament House, the Red Fort, Lotus Temple, and more. Your English-speaking guide will provide context at each spot, and help you to shop for jewelry, art, clothing, or any souvenirs you desire.
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Delhi Sightseeing Full-Day Tour with Chauffeur and Guide

Delhi is jam-packed with stunning historical sights, but navigating the sprawling city—made up of eight historic capitals—takes serious planning. Skip the hassles of finding your own way with this exciting, all-inclusive adventure, which makes stops at all of the city’s top attractions. Travel between locations with your own private chauffeur and guide as you visit world-famous highlights like Humayun’s Tomb, Jama Masjid, India Gate, and more.
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Rashtrapati Bhavan Changing of Guard and Museum Entry Independent Tour

Witness the Changing of the Guard ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan presidential palace, one of India’s oldest military traditions, on this private 4-hour tour. Enjoy the memorable parade, with the elite President’s Body Guard on horseback and the Army Brass Band in full regalia. Then, head to either the National Museum or the National Rail Museum and explore the fascinating exhibitions independently, before being driven back to your hotel.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Delhi City Tour Including New Delhi and Old Delhi

Benefit from personalized attention and the ability to travel at your own pace on this private tour of both New and Old Delhi. This ambitious tour combines the highlights of both sections of the city, which you can easily cover in a private tour that allows you to travel efficiently. Landmarks include the Lotus Temple, Qutub Minar, the National Museum, Birla Mandir Temple, and others, accompanied by in-depth commentary from your guide.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Delhi Super Saver: Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Experience the sights, sounds and scents of one of India’s most diverse cities on this super saver hop-on hop-off bus tour. Travel the city at your own pace and choose from a 1- or 2-day pass that grants access to 22 key sites throughout Delhi. Listen to onboard commentary through the bus' speakers, then use the downloadable app when you hop off to explore points of interest. Shop for handmade items at the Central Cottage Industry Emporium or tour the National Gallery of Modern Art. Explore Embassy Lane, the Red Form or Humayun’s Tomb on this easy-to-customize tour that’s suitable for any type of traveler.
  • Duration: 2 days
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7-Day Private Golden Triangle Tour: Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Pushkar

Follow the popular Golden Triangle route between Delhi, Agra and Jaipur on this private 7-day tour of India’s headline acts, including 3-, 4-, or 5-star hotel accommodation. This jam-packed itinerary is full of highlights, from visiting the iconic Taj Mahal to exploring UNESCO sites like Humayun’s Tomb and Fatehpur Sikri. You'll also tour the magnificent Brahma Temple in Pushkar and browse the colorful stalls at Delhi’s Chandni Chowk Bazaar. Breakfast is complimentary, with optional upgrades to include lunch or dinner.
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Private Delhi Tour: Lotus Temple, Qutub Minar and Dilli Haat

Explore some of the city’s most noteworthy attractions on this private New Delhi sightseeing tour. Your expert guide will highlight aspects of the diverse culture and rich history on this full-day experience. Make stops at Bahai Temple (Known as the Lotus Temple by locals) and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Qutub Minar—two of Delhi’s most famous architectural wonders. Then wander through Dilli Haat, an eclectic bazaar that showcases Delhi’s savory cuisine and handicrafts.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Delhi Bike Tour Including Hotel Transfers

Pedal your way around Delhi’s historic landmarks, majestic mosques and lively bazaars on this 3.5-hour early-morning bike tour, including breakfast and a choice of two different itineraries. Navigate the maze-like streets of Old Delhi, stopping to snap photos of the UNESCO-listed Red Fort, peek into the Chandni Chowk bazaar and sip tea by the old city walls. Alternatively, glide past the colonial mansions of New Delhi, see the landmark India Gate and browse the stalls at Bengali Market.This small-group tour has a maximum of 10 people for a personalised experience.
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5-Day Excursion of India's Golden Triangle

Cover India’s Golden Triangle in just five days, and in greater depth than if you were exploring alone, on this tour from Delhi. Eliminate travel hassles with air-conditioned transport, and start with a Delhi city tour before continuing to Agra to see the Taj Mahal at sunrise before visiting Fatehpur Sikri and Jaipur. If required, upgrade to an all-inclusive option with four nights’ 3-star hotel accommodation, breakfast, and admissions included.
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5-Night Golden Triangle Private Tour from Delhi

Discover India’s spectacular Golden Triangle on a 5-night private tour of New Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra that explores local landmarks and breathtaking architecture. With a personal guide to take care of the details, you can immerse yourself in each experience, whether you’re at the Taj Mahal or browsing the colorful markets at Agra. This 5-night tour includes accommodations, breakfast and lunch, entrance fees, and all transport by private vehicle, plus pickup and drop-off at the New Delhi airport.
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PRIVATE: 6 DAYS GOLDEN TRIANGLE TOUR WITH AMRITSAR

Agra, Delhi, and Jaipur are popular stops among travelers to India, but organizing accommodation and transportation to see the sites independently can be challenging. On this adventurous tour, reach UNESCO–listed attractions such as the Jantar Mantar Observatory, the Taj Mahal, and the Qutab Minar by private air-condition vehicle. Follow the famous golden triangle trail, and explore the roots of Sikhism with return flights to remote Amritsar also included.
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10-Day Golden Triangle and Holy City Tour from Delhi

Explore India's Golden Triangle and holy cities on an action-packed 10-day tour. Arranging this multi-day tour with tons of stops and activities on your own could be stressful; booking it with a guide means all you have to do is enjoy. All details—transportation, hotels, activities, tickets, and most meals—are arranged for you. Highlights include a visit to the Taj Mahal, an elephant ride, an overnight train trip, and more.
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Half-Day Private Tour of New Delhi

Although the chaos is undoubtedly part of its allure, the hustle and bustle of New Delhi can often prove overwhelming for first-time visitors. Orient yourself in India’s capital city with ease during a private, half-day tour of New Delhi, the ideal choice for visitors with limited time. Traveling in a private, air-conditioned vehicle, you’ll stay cool and travel between attractions such as India Gate, Birla Mandir Temple (Lakshmi Narayan), and the Qutub Minar without getting lost.
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Private Tour of Delhi City Departing from Delhi Airport

Explore Delhi with ease on this comprehensive 10-hour tour. Your English-speaking guide will meet you at the airport and take you to Old and New Delhi highlights like the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, India Gate, Lotus Temple, National Museum, and more. Enjoy a great overview of local history and culture before your tour concludes.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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4 Days:Golden Triangle Tour from Delhi

The golden triangle route links some of India’s most impressive UNESCO–listed treasures, but organizing accommodation and tickets to reach them independently is challenging. On this comprehensive tour, begin with pickup at your Delhi hotel and reach the sites by private air-conditioned vehicle. With overnight accommodation and skip-the-line entry included, visit top attractions including the Red Fort, the Taj Mahal, and Jaipur with your guide.
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Delhi Private Custom Sightseeing Day Tour

Create your own itinerary for a private full-day tour of Delhi led by your own local guide and driver. Travel in a private air-conditioned vehicleto take in the dynamic city, which is home to UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Jama Masjid and the Red Fort, along with crowded bazaars such as Chandni Chowk, and much more.
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Delhi: Full-Day Old & New Delhi Private City Tour

Delhi is packed with incredible sites, and while seeing them all in one day can seem difficult, it doesn't have to be. With this eight-hour private tour in an air-conditioned car, you'll visit hotspots such as Chandni Chowk, the Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque), and Connaught Place as well as all three of Delhi's UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Red Fort, Humayun's Tomb, and the Qutub Minar.
  • Duration: 5 to 8 hours
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TRIPADVISOR Exclusive Full day Old and New delhi private tour

“Travelling is the best gift one can give to themselves”We at Before Anywhere Else (BAE Travels) believes that the more you travel the more spiritual you become. To achieve the goal in providing the best experience of travelling to our clients we have a team of enthusiastic professionals who are masters of their trade and each of them brings with him/her a unique set of experience adding value to the traveler’s overall experience of the country.We look for the best value for money by sourcing the best materials at the best price. And we‘re always looking for ways to make our services work more efficiently and effectively.Experience Old and New Delhi like never before, in this tour you will explore the mesmerizing Old Delhi streets and totally fascinating views. Delhi city is more then 5000 years old and BAE Travels makes your trip truly memorable which you can cherish forever.
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Experience Delhi Agra and Jaipur on 3 Days Golden Triangle India Trip

This three-day Golden Triangle tour is an ideal trip for travellers short on time in India who don’t want to miss out on the highlights. Starting in Delhi, you’ll travel to Jaipur and Agra, visiting the historic temples, palaces, and iconic Taj Mahal on a fun-filled tour. As this is a private trip, you’ll receive personalized attention from your driver, and the full comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle to yourself.
  • Duration: 3 days
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Delhi-Agra-Jaipur Tour

The perfect introduction for first-time visitors to India, this classic Golden Triangle tour covers three of the country’s must-see attractions. Hop a rickshaw for a scenic ride through Delhi’s history-filled Old City, enjoy camera-ready views of the world-famous Taj Mahal, and visit opulent palaces and forts in the desert capital of Jaipur.
  • Duration: 5 days
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