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  Raj Niwas, The Governor's Mansion
by Donna_in_India

An interesting combination of Indian and French architecture, Raj Niwas, is the official residence of the Lieutenant Governors of Pondicherry. Completed around 1738, it is a beautiful "house".

Built in typical Indian fashion there is a courtyard on the ground floor of the house. Beautifully carved wooden pillars surround the courtyard. Decorated masonry columns of European design support a first floor terrace.

Outisde a water monument is placed in the middle of a well-maintained garden. The lawns are decorated with sculptures. Two canons sit on either side of the main gate. Unfortunately you will only get a glimpse of the elegant white mansion from outside the gates since it is not open to the public.

Address: Rue Ananda Rangapillai
Directions: Across from Bharathi Park. Corner of Rue St. Louis and Rue Ananda Rangapillai.

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  • Written Jan 5, 2010
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