Raj Niwas is the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry. Raj Niwas, built during the 18th century is well-known as the “Palais du Government”. It is one of the most important buildings, which once served as a palace during French colonization and was the official residence of the French Governor Dupleix. It is a harmonious blend of French and Indian architecture.
The monolithic pillars, brought from Gingee Fort after it was seized in 1751 is one of the major attractions of Raj Niwas. Well-maintained garden with attractive water monument placed inside the complex is the another attraction. Two canons are exhibited on either side of the main gates.
First floor terrace are decorated with stonework of European design and skilfully carved wooden pillars surround the courtyard. Raj Niwas is not open to public except on few national holidays like Republic Day.