Bantony Estate is a castle of the British colonial era in Shimla!
This heritage site is a must-visit for anyone who loves history, architecture, and a good melancholic vibe.
The estate and the castle is undergoing some refurbishment and renovation, there are still parts in ruins that tourists can explore. You can’t help but feel a bit sentimental as you wander through the once-grand halls of the castle. But don’t worry, we promise it’s not all doom and gloom!
The Bantony Estate covers over 20,000 square metres of land and is a prime example of Tudor Revival architecture. The two-storey castle boasts towers, sloping roofs, and a chalet that will make you feel like you’re in a fairy tale. The front gate is made of cast iron and features the coat of arms belonging to the state of Sirmaur. We don’t know about you, but we feel pretty fancy just standing in front of it!
But the real fun begins inside the castle, where you’ll find a Heritage Museum filled with artifacts and items from the colonial era. It’s like stepping back in time! And when you’re done exploring, you can head to the restaurant or recreational park to unwind.
Believe it or not, the Bantony Estate has had quite the history. It was originally the Summer Palace of the Maharaja of Sirmaur and only had a cottage belonging to Captain A Gordon. Portions of the property were sold to locals, and an NRI once wanted to buy it and turn it into a hotel. But after the Indian government purchased the property for around INR 280 million, the estate was finally given the restoration it deserved.
So if you’re ever in Shimla, be sure to add the Bantony Estate to your itinerary. It’s easily accessible by road, and we promise the melancholic atmosphere is worth experiencing.