Viceregal Lodge
Viceregal Lodge
4.5
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Madhulika L
    Noida, India6,211 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful heritage building set in stunning grounds
    One of Shimla’s grandest historic buildings, the grey stone Viceregal Lodge was built to house the Viceroy during his annual stay in Shimla, when this town was the summer capital of India. The building, in the Scottish Baronial style, was completed in 1888, when Lord Dufferin was Viceroy. After 1947 and Indian independence, it was renamed Rashtrapati Nivas; today, it houses the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, where scholars can come for advanced studies in the Humanities. The extensive gardens around the building, with lawns, flowerbeds, and interesting trees, make for a picturesque locale. The ground floor of the building is the only area open to casual visitors, and that too only as part of a guided tour. The tour begins every hour from the porch (you have to buy tickets in advance: Rs 100 per adult, Rs 50 per child), and is a half-hour long tour conducted primarily in Hindi but with some English thrown in. The guide, after telling us a bit about each chamber we were in, allowed the entire group some time to examine the old photos/artefacts there before moving on. These photos mostly cover the historic sessions leading up to the Shimla Agreement (by which India was partitioned); the artefacts include a wall clock from 1826, and the round table on which Nehru and Mountbatten discussed the draft for the Shimla Agreement. The beautiful Burma teak interiors of the building are especially stunning. Note that photography is not allowed inside the building. Public toilets, a book store (which mainly contains books by scholars at the Institute), and a small, very barebones eatery are part of the Fire Station building at the beginning of the premises. This is also where you buy your tickets for the tour.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 1 July 2023
  • Andythebaggie
    Birmingham, United Kingdom3,103 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fine historic building
    This spectacular building built in the Scottish baronial style was the HQ of the British Indian empire for the best part of 60 years. You only get to visit a handful of rooms which are filled with pictures. Tours must be booked. The first room was the most interesting to us, with pics of the Raj era. The second room has pics of the abortive conference which lead to partition and (allegedly) the table where the deals were signed, and a fine walnut ceiling. The main entrance hall is spectacular, made of teak and even had a fire sprinkler system installed in 1888! Bizarrely you are not allowed to take any pictures, and military style guards ensured this! The grounds are pleasing to walk around, with plenty of primates in attendance.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 September 2023
  • juliebarrett1964
    London, United Kingdom403 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    1 hour of colonial history, beautiful building, cafe and toilets
    Colonial history, can only be viewed with guide so check times and language. Cafe and toilets on site. Small garden area to wander if one has to wait. Worth seeing for beautiful architecture and historical aspect. Not expensive to visit
    Visited October 2023
    Written 24 November 2023
  • Sourath
    Bengaluru, India187 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit if you are in Shimla
    A place with a lot of history. A legacy of the British Raj is currently serving as an institute of higher studies. If you are in Shimla, it makes total sense to visit this place. There is something to learn about Indian history, especially the days of the freedom struggle - the 1945 Shimla conference was held here and all the prominent leaders of the Indian freedom struggle were there. The place is very well maintained and the same holds for the gardens. One can spend a lot of time sitting in the gardens itself.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 December 2023
  • Harvey4455
    Coventry, United Kingdom155 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A bit of the UK in India!!
    This historic site that is now an advanced learning institute was where Indian partition was discussed. The building itself is designed in the Scottish style and is impressive inside and out. The grounds make you feel as though you are in an English country garden. The tour itself is okay but nothing special.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 28 April 2024
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Geoff H
Sissinghurst, UK16,547 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Sitting on top of Observatory Hill, the Viceregal Lodge (now known as Rashtrapi Niwas, the 'President's Residency) was built during the late 1880s for the use of the Viceroy of India and, I suppose, that is why it looks, in part, a bit like a Scottish castle. It was in this building that, in 1945, a conference was held with the leaders of the Indian political parties to agree the future of India after the British had left. If you go on one of the set tours of the building (which is now used by the Indian Institute of Advanced Study) you will see some of the photographs (which are some of the extensive collection held in the building) taken at that conference. The tour, conducted by a knowledgeable volunteer, is well worth taking.
Written 5 June 2024
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
A place is good for who learn about history there lot of history you can learn about British and Indian history Small garden area to wander if one has to wait.
Written 29 May 2024
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Dinesh Srivastava
Meerut District, India27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Viceregal Lodge is historical place and a great example of architecture beautifully built in the British era set in stunning grounds
Written 25 May 2024
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Harvey4455
Coventry, UK155 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
This historic site that is now an advanced learning institute was where Indian partition was discussed. The building itself is designed in the Scottish style and is impressive inside and out. The grounds make you feel as though you are in an English country garden. The tour itself is okay but nothing special.
Written 28 April 2024
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ariv mehra
Jaipur, India3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
First visit to shimla ,good place to go in shimla
Hotels are nearby to stay. This lodge was 10 minutes away from our hotel.
Written 20 April 2024
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Valerie W
South Uist, UK33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Extremely busy waiting times for guided tours were in excess of 3 hours so we just took pics in the grounds as we had visited before many years zgo
Written 11 January 2024
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Sourath
Bengaluru, India187 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
A place with a lot of history. A legacy of the British Raj is currently serving as an institute of higher studies. If you are in Shimla, it makes total sense to visit this place. There is something to learn about Indian history, especially the days of the freedom struggle - the 1945 Shimla conference was held here and all the prominent leaders of the Indian freedom struggle were there.
The place is very well maintained and the same holds for the gardens. One can spend a lot of time sitting in the gardens itself.
Written 6 December 2023
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nevilledsouza25
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
great place to visit in shimla. One of the few things shimla has to offer .This is a heritage building that was constructed in British Rule around 135 years ago. A part of this building has been converted as museum and open for public. The rest of the area is being used for study and research by researchers working in the field of humanities. The institution is called as Indian Institute of Advanced Studies (IIAS). The area under IIAS cannot be visited by tourists. Many important historical events had been hosted in the past, couple of years ago when India got independence from the British rule. Great political leaders such as Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru etc. had paid visits for various national conferences. Later the building was made residence of the President of India and was also known as Rashtrapati Niwas, Shimla.
Written 30 November 2023
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juliebarrett1964
London, UK403 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023
Colonial history, can only be viewed with guide so check times and language. Cafe and toilets on site. Small garden area to wander if one has to wait. Worth seeing for beautiful architecture and historical aspect. Not expensive to visit
Written 24 November 2023
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Big Indian Tours
Kochi (Cochin), India619 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
The Viceregal Lodge in Shimla, also known as Rashtrapati Niwas. It was originally built as the summer residence of the British viceroys and was later used as the summer retreat for the President of India. Now, it serves as the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), a center for research and higher learning.

The Viceregal Lodge is renowned for its stunning British architectural design, combining both stone and wood elements. Its lush botanical gardens and picturesque surroundings make it one of the must-visit places in Shimla for tourists and history enthusiasts. There is a 30 minute guided tour inside the Lodge and each slot has limited quota with a maximum of 50 pax. Last slot is at 4.30PM as this place closes at 5PM. Guided tour along with access to outer area and botanical garden is charged 100/- for adults and 50/- for kids. If not interested in tour, visitors can pay 30/- for entrance. The entry fee for foreign visitors is Rs. 500 per person.

The best times to visit are from March to June and October to December when the weather is generally pleasant. The Lodge is closed on Mondays and other national holidays. Photography is not allowed inside the lodge, but visitors can capture the beauty of the exterior and the scenic surroundings.
Written 17 October 2023
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