Ten-Second Takeaway

Raj Bhavan, the official residence of the Governor of Maharashtra is open to the public and here’s why seekers of silence – and those looking for a spectacular view – should give it a try.

The Sounds of Silence

Located atop Malabar Hill, Raj Bhavan is touted as the queen of other Raj Bhavans in the country. It’s surrounded by the sea and is home to a sunrise point, a temple and a long history of heritage. Formerly known as the Government House, it has been the place of residence of the British Governors since 1885.

Our visit includes a tour, which starts at 6:15am. The tour guide takes one through the 50-acre campus to visit two points – the Sunrise Point Yoga Gallery and the Devi Mandir. We’re splanning to soak in the history, admire the architecture {they’ve maintained the original architecture, which we love}, see the sunrise, and try some asanas, stretch or just soak in some quiet time.

Need To Know

The timings are strict and they expect people to be on time. The tour happens in a group of ten. Only 10 people are allowed per day. The registration and ticket sale happens on the website. You’ll have to carry your ID proof and they make arrangements for the specially-abled on prior request.

The bookings need to be done a month in advance-they generally do not have spots readily available, so plan accordingly.

#LBBTip: Raj Bhavan has a post office inside and has a PIN code of its own.

When: Opens on September 1 {It’s closed during monsoons}

Timings: Tuesday to Sunday, 6:15am to 8:00am

Ticket INR 25, available here.

Feature photo courtesy: Tosha Jagad 

Photos and Video courtesy: Raj Bhavan