Mikhail Gorbachev, who visited Delhi in 1986, was among the last of foreign dignitaries to stay in the guest wing. Since then, this section was locked until Mukherjee decided to give the guest wing a new lease of life.
The designs in the rooms have been done in such a manner that it reflects contemporary Indian history. New names drawn from Indian rivers like Brahmaputra and Kaveri and mountain ranges like Vindhya and Shivalik have been used to identify the 14-room wing, with VVIP and VIP suites, deluxe rooms, rooms for ADCs and standard rooms. The two most elite suites have been named ‘Nalanda’ (for the Queen or the top female dignitary) and ‘Dwarka’.
The officials said the President himself chose the names for the rooms.
Special upholstery and furniture have been also placed in the VVIP rooms which have been beautified for the visiting dignitaries. A special team from the household staff of the Presidents House will service the guests round-the-clock. (PTI)