Among the most fascinating, historic parts of the Governor’s House is its Dining Room. Built on the first floor of the ancient Mughal Period tomb, the dining room has provided a festive and spectacular dining experience to generations of occupants and guests. The enormous square room adorned with cusped-arch niches and deep-set doorways with its magnificent proportions provides dining experience fit for a king.
The most visible expression of the grandeur of Governor’s House is a winding double staircase leading up to Gol Kamra from Palladian portico. Built after the First War of Independence (1857) it symbolized the need for the British Empire to reassert itself on the populace. The addition of the portico, the grand staircase and the extended drawing room with it vast semi-circular west end referred to as the Gol Kamra, were completed at this juncture.
The Talwar or Sword Room is the first room that is encountered when guests arrive on the first floor after climbing the graceful ceremonial staircase. The Talwar Room is so called because it is the resplendent with a collection of guns and swords. The arrangement of swords in an interesting radiating circular form, the centers emphasized by hunting trophies or shields presents the pastimes of its inmates of earlier times.
The ivory room or Gray room as it was earlier known, is accessed through the stately Talwar Room. It is a serene place which has been furnished with a view to entertaining guests, and is not necessarily for the use of the family. Its walls are damask lined, with valuable carpets as hangings, while chandelier and bric-a-brac give it a relaxed yet sumptuous air.
The V.V.I.P Suite also known as the Prince Wing is located in the Neo-Gothic Wing and is among the oldest residential suites that has survived. As the name indicates that first floor suite provides the most highly-rated accommodation and has had the privilege of housing the royalty, presidents and prime ministers.
The Governor’s own office is situated on the ground floor of the Sullivan West Wing, a large establishment including other key offices. A high standard of furnishing and finishing has been maintained in all the offices, although comparatively simple in its treatment, exudes dignity and impressive ambience.
The chamber loaded with historic ambiance, located towards the north of Dining Room is the Durbar Hall. This hall straddles the earlier British additions and Sullivan’s 20th century extension. Today the hall is the venue for many activities including state banquets and swearing-in ceremonies.