Location: Beautifully located on the Observatory Hill, Viceregal Lodge is one of the best examples of Jacobethan style of architecture in Shimla. It is located at the western end of the Ridge road.
Description: Designed by a British Architect, Henry Erwin, Viceregal Lodge also renowned as Rashtrapati Niwas was formerly the residence of British Viceroy of India. During the regime of Lord Dufferin, the construction started and completed in the period from 1880-1880. Take a historical tour to the summer capital of British India and travel around the manicured gardens and rich glass houses of this royal lodge. You need around 1 hour to thoroughly explore the huge Viceregal Lodge. The lodge houses the famous Indian Institute of Advanced Studies. The most unique thing you can notice is the spiral staircase that goes till three floors of the hall. At the main entrance, you will come to see a fireplace. The scenic beauty of this magnificent edifice is a retreat for tourists and that’s what makes it immensely popular all over the world. You will surely have a wonderful experience wandering around the Viceregal Lodge.
Activities: Himachal State Museum is just 2 km in the west of the Viceregal Lodge, so during your trip you can also plan a visit to this museum.