Rashtrapati Bhavan Changing of Guard and Museum Entry Independent Tour

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Rashtrapati Bhavan Changing of Guard and Museum Entry Independent Tour
from AUD $71.90
Admire the stately Changing of Guard ceremony within the gates of Rashtrapati Bhavan on Saturday morning, before visiting one of two museums for a self-guided tour. Watch the President’s Body Guard – a military regiment of the Indian Army – and their cavalry horses perform ceremonial duties in full regalia. Then, head to either the National Museum or the National Rail Museum to view fascinating exhibits on India’s art or rail history – depending on which option you choose. On Sundays, it will be the other way around – visit either the National or Rail Museum first, and then head for the Change of Guard ceremony, that takes place in the evening on Sundays. Your half-day tour includes transportation by private air-conditioned vehicle with a professional driver, entrance ticket to either one museum.
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In Brief

New Delhi, India
3 to 4 hours
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Rashtrapati Bhavan, Rajpath, New Delhi 110004 India

After pickup from your hotel in Delhi by private vehicle, your driver will take you to the gates of Rashtrapati Bhavan – the presidential residence -- to watch the 30-minute Changing of Guard ceremony on Saturday morning. When you arrive, show your photo ID at the entrance to the estate’s forecourt, and view the President’s Body Guard (PBG) and their equestrian display amid a public audience of up to 200.

The PBG soldiers, established in 1773, belong to the Senior Regiment of the Indian Army, whose cavalry carry out ceremonial duties for the president. Watch the military guards, adorned in full regalia, as they advance from behind the Jaipur column astride their stallions. Consider the physical prowess of these elite troops as they perform exacting maneuvers, carrying lance and saber in tune to the music of the Army Brass Band.

As you observe this British-influenced military tradition, you’ll see the elite infantry regiments of the Army Guard Battalion march in and replace the old guard. The morning ceremony ends with another equestrian display by the PBG before they ride away toward Rashtrapati Bhavan while the brass band plays the National Anthem.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: National Museum, New Delhi, Janpath Rd, Rajpath Area, Central Secretariat, New Delhi, Delhi 110011, India

The National MuseumAt the National Museum, one of India’s largest museums, admire a range of Indian artifacts from prehistoric times to the modern era. This collection was permanently established at the National Museum after it was viewed at the Royal Academy in London, followed by an exhibit at Rashtrapati Bhavan in the mid-1940s.

Altogether, the museum has 200,000 works of art, both of Indian and foreign origin, covering a span of more than 5,000 years. With the aid of an audio tour and informative panels about the displays, walk through the museum and enjoy exhibits that include jewelry, paintings, manuscripts and armor, as well as a Buddhist art section renowned for its sacred relics.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: National Rail Museum, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110002 India

The National Rail MuseumSet amid 10 acres of sprawling park, the National Rail Museum isn’t just for train buffs! Head indoors for an informative display of fascinating objects, including signaling equipment, antique train furniture and historical photographs of the Indian Railway. Read the displays' accompanying annotations and learn about India’s rail heritage as you admire the line-up of 19th-century steam engines parked outside.

See the Prince of Wales Saloon, built in 1875 for the prince’s visit, and peer through the windows of the Maharaja of Mysore's Saloon for a look at the brocade-covered chairs and elegant rosewood bed. Don’t miss the well-preserved steam locomotive, the Fairy Queen, or the 1914 fire engine.

Duration: 2 hours


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by private, air-conditioned vehicle
  • Professional English-speaking driver
  • Audio tour (if National Museum selected)
  • Joy train ride - one ride (if Rail Museum selected)
  • Entry/Admission - National Museum, New Delhi
  • Entry/Admission - National Rail Museum


  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick from all hotels in Delhi

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Child rate applies to a maximum of 2 children; in case of 3rd child or more, please book them as adults
  • Please note that you must provide your hotel details at time of booking. If you have not finalized your accommodation prior to booking the tour, you must contact the local tour operator at least 24 hours prior to tour departure to provide these details
  • No child seats or baby capsules are provided; infants must be seated on the lap of an adult. If you would like a child booster seat, please contact local tour operator to arrange this (booster seat will be US$15 per child)
  • No guide is included as part of the tour. In National Museum an audio guide machine is provided.
  • The Change of Guard ceremony is held in open-air, so please dress according to weather
  • Entry to Change of Guard ceremony usually opens 30 minutes prior to Ceremony and closes 15 minutes prior to commencement of Ceremony.
  • Both museums have cafes where you may purchase snacks and drinks
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Change of Guard ceremony timings Saturdays (Morning) 15th March to 14th November: 8:00 AM to 8:40 AM 15th November to 14th March: 10:00 AM to 10:40 AM Sundays (Evening) 15th March to 14th November: 5:30 PM to 6:10 PM 15th November to 14th March: 4:30 PM to 5:10 PM
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.25 out of 5 based on the last 4 recent reviews

Fantastic exhibition of a polished performance by the Guards. The horses were absolutely fabulous, turned out an immaculate display. Not to be missed!
• Submitted 29 Jun 2017
We could not attend the changing of the guard owing to security restrictions before the Republic Day Parade but went to The National Museum in its place. That museum is absolutely wonderful and is close to central New Delhi. We also attended The National Rail Museum as planned in the morning and had a marvellous time there which included a trip in a quaint toy train around the fascinating old railway engines and carriages - many were classic very large steam engines - many beautifully dressed and well behaved school children were on the little train. The rail museum is a must for children to visit! There is also an indoor museum, which is beautifully set up, and also a fascinating souvenir shop with everything a child or a railways buff could ever wish for and purchase. Our guide was wonderful. Ross and Margaret Paterson
• Submitted 29 Jan 2017
Excellent. Not a large crowd. I recommend standing at the back rather than sitting in the allocated chairs.
• Submitted 19 Mar 2016
The National Museum was wonderful--self guided, but the Change of the Guard was cancelled. The Tour Company took us, with our consent, to the Rail Museum--self guided, in compensation for the Change of the Guard that was cancelled. The Rail Museum was so, so...Don't need a Tour company for this Tour, they only service they provided was the transportation. Much cheaper to catch a taxi and pay for the entrance fees at the door.
• Submitted 27 Dec 2017

In Brief

New Delhi, India
3 to 4 hours

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