Also called Rashtrapati Niwas, the Viceregal Lodge was built in 1888 as the residence of the British Viceroy Lord Dufferin and is the second-highest point of Shimla after Jakhoo hill. It has been the host of several events and conferences including the Shimla agreement in 1947. The Viceregal Lodge is quite famous among science buffs and history lovers.
This place is located in the Observatory hills and is surrounded by gorgeous well-maintained gardens and lawns. Constructed in the Jacobethan style, this building draws influences from the English Renaissance period which is reflected in the use of grey stones.
This place is now converted into an Indian Institute of Advanced Studies and students come here for higher studies. It is indeed one of the major attractions in Shimla. This marvelous building is one of India’s best and most well-maintained British-era buildings. The tourists are allowed to visit only a few rooms inside the building as part of a brief paid tour. During the tour, one is briefed about the history of the place as one can see rare photographs that have been exhibited.
One may find a beautiful drawing room, a dining hall, and a gorgeous ballroom in the interiors and the architecture will leave you spellbound. One may find washrooms built within the monument, locker facility is also available to store your belongings before entering. Spend some time in the beautiful gardens and lawns around the area of the premises that are loaded with lush greenery.
Entry fee- Rs 40 per person for Indians and Rs85 per person for foreign tourists and 20 rs for a garden visit.
Timings- 10 am to 5 pm all day expect Monday
Nearby attractions- Shimla Heritage Walk, Andrew’s Church, Manorville Mansion, Kamna Devi Temple, Kalka-Shimla railway, and Annandale.