A year after he was denied entry to presidential Retreat Building in Shimla, as he was yet to be appointed as the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind will now stay at the presidential estate during his visit to Himachal Pradesh from May 20 to 24.
On May 28, 2017, Kovind who was on an unofficial visit to Shimla, was denied entry to the Retreat, which is a high-security zone, as he did not have the required permission. During his stay in Shimla in 2017, the then Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind and his family maintained a low-profile.
The Retreat was made a part of the presidential estate after the Viceregal Lodge, which was turned into Rashtrapati Bhavan after Independence, was handed over to the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS).
The President visits the Retreat at least once a year and the core office shifts during his stay.
On 20 May, President Kovind will grace the 7th convocation of Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali, and on the same day he will attend a cultural programme and banquet hosted in his honour by Acharya Devvrat, Governor of Himachal Pradesh in Shimla.
On May 21, the President will address the 9th convocation of Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Solan as chief guest.
On May 22, President Kovind will attend and address a civic reception hosted by Government of Himachal Pradesh in his honour at Peterhoff, Shimla.
On May 23, Kovind will host a reception for senior dignitaries of the state, ministers, officials, journalists.