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Raj Nivas is the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry. It is located in Puducherry's capital city of Pondicherry. The present lieutenant governor of Puducherry is Dr. Kiran Bedi. Once it was the official residence of the French Governors.
A Brief Story
Le Palais Du governor now called the Raj Nivas is situated surrounded by the Rue Jawaharlal Nehru on the North, Rue De Rangapoule on the South and Rue Saint Louis on the East and Rue Francois Martin on the West with access from the north and south. The Governor’s House has a history of its own. Pierre Benoît Dumas, the French Governor for Pondicherry, laid the foundation for a Governor’s palace in 1738 but the palace had to wait for the arrival of Joseph François Dupleix to see its completion. When Jean Law de Lauriston took over Pondicherry in 1765 the town was completely in ruins. Within a short span of three years a whole new town sprang up on the ruins of the old - the Governor’s Palace and the administration offices on the north, the warehouses on the south, the military barracks on the east and west.
Architecture
The new House of the Governor was built on the former site of the Hotel de la Compaigne which was the origin of the present Raj Nivas. Initially, the Governor's House was built in the French Baroque style but it was destroyed in the year 1761 by the British. Later, the building was rebuilt in the Rococo style from 1766 onwards. The Raj Nivas was a rectangular, single storied structure running east to west with porticoes on either side of the flanked by two other rectangular wings on the east and west. It was later converted into a double storied House.
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  • This was an old palace which has now been converted to residence of the governor. Currently, Kiran Bedi is residing there. The place is open for visitors (with prior appointments to be taken online). ...  more »
  • They want it all over India as RAJ NIVAS in all states. It has a Ball Dance Room and everything that the English Lord's had. I wanted to meet the Governor but I was not allowed to go near the Gate. Do...  more »
  • This palace is the seat of the governor, but you can see the façade from the gate, also beautiful, which is manned by the local police.
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  • It is one of the most important buildings, which once served as a palace during French colonization of the country.Currently, the Niwas is located in the Government Park and parts of it are opened for the public. The place is well known for its parks and gardens, along with sculptures from medieval and contemporary era, giving a keen insight into the culture and life of Pondicherry.
  • BOOK ONLINE BEFORE VISITING. THAT IS THE ONLY WAY. THEY DO NOT TAKE WALK IN. VISITING TIME IS ONLY FROM 12 PM TO 1:30PM. SO BETTER TO BE THERE BEFORE TIME
  • Welcome.Greetings of the day. visitors are allowed during Republic Day celebrations. Excellent French Architecture.
  • Very nice and nice clean Sorry for the photo error
  • Excellent view from the gallery. It really looks like the 'Niwas of Raja'. Most appreciable thing is the presence of greenery at the entrance.
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