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About Gorton Castle

Constructed in the year 1904, Gorton Castle was designed to be the Civil Secretariat of the British government. It housed the Legislative, Home, Lands, Finance, Education and Health departments. It is a three-storey building having 125 rooms of varied sizes. Situated on the top of the hill, this castle is built over an area of 400 x 100 feet. The roof of the castle was originally adorned with red tiles which were later replaced with galvanized red sheets. Having bay windows on the sides and a chalet like entrance, it is one of the architectural masterpieces designed by Sir Swinton Jacob. The balconies of this castle were beautifully decorated with jaali work, taking inspiration from Rajasthan. It is still one of the main attractions for visitors in Shimla.

Historical Context: During the British Rule, when the need of a government Secretariat was felt by Lord Curzon in the summer capital of Shimla, he appointed Sir Swinton Jacob to do the job. The land on which the castle is built was earlier donated for building a hospital. A banker, Sir Jamers Walker purchased it for Rs. 80,000. When the site was taken for building Secretariat, the government officials persuaded Sir Walker and gave him a different property for constructing the hospital.

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  • Best Time to Visit Morning, Afternoon
  • Facilities Washrooms
  • Recommended Hours Min. 2 hours
  • Best Visited With Group, Solo, Couple, Family
  • Not Allowed Pets
  • Allowed Footwear, Camera, Video

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