The architecture of the Government House (Raj Nivas) is a harmonious blend of French and Indian styles. The architecture is representative of the various historical events carried out in Pondicherry out of this very location. The building was been home to the powerful and ruling class and the centre of power since the 18th century starting from the time when it was called the Hotel de la Compagnie of the French trading company to hosting Dupleix and his successors. It is now the Lieutenant Governor's residence.

Two imposing statues of guards beside the gate, the carefully manicured garden, monolithic pillars from Gingee, and the sprawling building come together in a regal ensemble befitting the authority and power of the building houses.

Raj Nivas is open to the general public except on national holidays such as Republic Day on 26th January, when it is elaborately decorated with lights.

Raj Nivas


White Town, Puducherry, 605001, India


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