CHENNAI: Public visit to high-profile Guindy Raj Bhavan, which was banned due to the Covid-imposed lockdown in 2020, is all set to return as authorities are planning to reopen the historical place for visitors. Raj Bhavan sources confirmed that the matter has been taken up with the Governor's office and Governor R N Ravi had instructed the Raj Bhavan officials to restart the programme, which was a hit among students and history lovers. However, the dates and schedules are yet to be finalised, sources said.
Earlier, public requests were allowed through the online booking system with the Raj Bhavan website. The serene Raj Bhavan, housing the official residence of the TN governor is situated inside the Guindy National Park (GNP). GNP is a home to Indian jackal, spotted deer, critically endangered Black Buck, peacocks, terrestrial birds and a range of serpents including Cobra.
The buildings of Raj Bhavan boast magnificent Indo saracenic architecture dating back to the colonial era. The visitors will have access to the reception lounge, Darbar Hall, presidential suite, main lawn – deer sight, viewing of forest up to polo ground, silver jubilee – diamond jubilee gardens and front view of Raj Bhavan.