(, literally the "President's House") originally known as Residency House
is the official retreat of the President of India
. It is located in Bollarum
. It was thrown open for public viewing from 1 January 2010 and 10 January 2010, with entry being free.
Originally the Residency House, was constructed in 1860 as the country house of the British Resident
at Secunderabad. After the Hyderabad state
, became President's retreat and used as Southern Sojourn
The 16-room estate is spread over an area of , compromising of a single storied building besides visitors' quarters that can accommodate 150 people. It has a Dining Hall, Darbar Hall, Morning room, Cinema Hall etc. The President stays at the residence at least once a year and conducts official business. It was also used as a guest house for visiting dignitaries.
The Herbal Garden, inaugurated in December 2009, of medicinal and aromatic plants is spread over 7,000 sq metres, has about 116 species of medicinal and aromatic plants including sarpagandha, kalabandha, citronella , lemon grass, khus, geranium, coriander, sandalwood , tuber rose, jasmine, kalmegh, tulsi etc. The garden was built by CPWD and the AP State Medicinal Plants Board, while Rashtrapati Bhavan and National Medicinal Plants Board funded the project.