The Viceregal Lodge richly captures the colonial era of the British administrators. Built in the 1880s in a semi baroque style of architecture, the imposing structure gazes over the expanse of Summer Hill. A home to successive Viceroys who moved here from Calcutta and, later, Delhi, every summer with their entourage, the estate spreads over 100 acres or so with cottages dotting the slopes edged by pine and rhododendron forests. The Lodge has 5 levels with the entrance at a vast wood paneled lobby displaying an ancient chandelier. Burma teak of the best quality is used in the reception area and the balustrades to the staircases. A walnut carved ceiling dresses the interior where the Shimla pact was signed. The small museum has engaging photos of national leaders who negotiated the freedom of India. Every stone speaks of history and one can imagine that benign ghosts lurk in the dark hallways opening off.
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