Hey there, travel bugs! Are you ready to time travel to the era of British Raj in India? Well, if you are, then hop on as we take you on a tour of the iconic Viceregal Lodge in Shimla!
Built back in 1888, this six-story building is a beautiful masterpiece of Scottish Baronial style. Once the residence of Lord Dufferin, the British Viceroy of India, it is now popularly known as the Rashtrapati Niwas. This historical gem houses several articles and pictures of the British empire, making it a fascinating place for history buffs.
Surrounded by picturesque pine trees, well-maintained gardens and rose plants, Viceregal Lodge invites holidaymakers from all around the world to go back in time. It is a must-visit attraction in Shimla and a perfect destination for a good half-day excursion.
Not to mention, the building offers a panoramic view of the Shimla mountain ranges that is sure to leave you awestruck!
Did you know that it was built using imported woods from Burma and cost nearly INR 36 lakhs to construct? Interesting, isn’t it? And if that wasn’t enough, the building was once famous for organizing lavish parties and taking important decisions related to India’s partitioning and Independence.
Today, the Viceregal Lodge is a scholars’ abode and houses over 150,000 books and 40,000 bound volumes in various languages. You can enjoy a short stroll around the garden area or visit the cafeteria to satisfy your appetite with light bites. And if coffee is your thing, then don’t forget to drop by the coffee shop to chill out with your friends while enjoying a sip of your favorite coffee.
So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags, book your tickets and come visit this impressive heritage building in Shimla. But don’t forget to pay the entry fee of INR 20 per person if you’re an Indian or INR 50 per person if you’re a foreigner. And remember, it’s open from 10:00 AM to 5 PM, except on Mondays. Happy time traveling, folks!