On replacement of the institution of Rajpramukh by the Governor in 1956, two Kothis, namely Civil Lines No. 9 and 10 were earmarked for Raj Bhawan. These together constitute the Raj Bhawan which is spread over a wide area with beautiful landscaping and lush green environ surrounding its buildings.
There are three gates in the front, the Central gate, known as Singh Dwar, being the main entrance. The other gates are used for entry into the Governor’s Secretariat and for ceremonial occasions.
From the Singh Dwar, a Jet Fountain – its base enveloped by flower beds -- presents a delightful sight. To the right is the Raj Niwas, the residence of the Governor, atop which flies the National Flag.
The Raj Niwas has a neat appearance, characteristic of the architectural style of the Kothis in Jaipur. In keeping with the architectural tradition of the pink city, it is painted pink. Arriving in the white marble pillared porch of the Raj Niwas, one is struck by engraved floral designs on the four pillars. The Raj Niwas faces a lush green lawn with landscaped edges and a string of canopies that house small statuettes
The Porch opens into an entrance-cum-stair hall which leads to a drawing room. The drawing room - where H.E. grants audience to the visitors -- offers a sweeping view of the back lawns surrounded by tall trees. Its walls are adorned by traditional Rajasthan miniature paintings, some of which date back to 18th/19th century, as also paintings of the great warrior Maharana Pratap and renowned devotional poet Meera by artist A.H.Mullar.
Next to the drawing room is a multipurpose sitting room that extends into the Banquet Hall. The walls of the Banquet Hall are adorned with Belgian glass mirrors in wooden frames carved in oriental style. It has ten chandeliers of Belgian cut glass lighting and decorating the coffered ceiling. The Banquet Hall is used for official functions, cultural events and formal lunches and dinners.
On entering from the Singh Dwar, to the left is the elegantly designed Guest House. Distinguished guests who have stayed here include, besides the Presidents and the Prime Ministers of India, Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan who was known as Simant Gandhi or Frontier Gandhi. The well kept green lawn in front of the Guest House and the tall trees beyond the lawn add to the beauty of the Guest House
Further up, to the left, is the Governor’s Secretariat. Recent additions to the Raj Bhawan include an elegant Conference Hall and a new building for the Tribal Welfare Cell.
As with institutions with a history, the Raj Bhawan in Jaipur bears the stamp of its distinguished residents. Late Dr. Sampurnanand, the second Governor of Rajasthan, had the suites in the Guest House named after the erstwhile princely states. The present resident, Her Excellency Smt. Margaret Alva has enhanced elements of Rajasthani architecture and design at the Raj Niwas. At her instance, a wooden door, carved in elegant Jodhpur style, has been installed as the main entrance on the ground floor and Haveli style parapets have been added to the first floor terrace.
The elegance of the Raj Bhawan has been enhanced, thanks to the face lift of the buildings, refurbishment of their interiors and restoration of antique furniture and old paintings.
Luxurious vegetation of the Raj Bhawan naturally attracts birds. Flocks of Mynah arrive to roost from all directions at dusk singing loudly and incessantly. Rose-ringed Parakeets with long tail and red bill (popularly called parrot) with Black and pink ring around their necks abound in thick tall trees. The over 300 peacocks are a common sight in the Raj Bhawan. During the rainy season, the dancing peacocks are a sight to behold.