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About Viceregal Lodge

Nothing less than an architectural marvel, The Viceregal Lodge is known to be the official summer residence of the British viceroys and was built in the year 1888. Till World War II, the Indian subcontinent was ruled from here for every half year. Surrounded by lush greens on three sides, The Lodge, known as the 'Rashtrapati Niwas' now houses the Indian Institute of Advanced Study and was primarily used as a study center by Professor S.Radhakrishnan- the first vice-president of India, for academic purposes. Tourists can enjoy a panoramic view of the Himachal peaks and stroll through the opulent gardens of the building. A fully operational museum is also a part of the Lodge, which provides significant insights into the history and evolution of India from the time of British Raj to now.

Historical Context: Lord Dufferin, the British Viceroy of India got the Viceregal Lodge construcyed in 1888. His residence, the spot where Hotel Peterhoff stands now, wasn't grand enough. When the Lodge was built, ,Maples of London supplied the furnishings. After Independence, the Lodge became the President's summer home. In 1965, it was turned into Institute of Advanced Study.
Pro Tip: Taxi charges a return fare of approximately Rs. 320 between the Lift and the Lodge.

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  • Best Time to Visit Morning, Evening
  • Facilities Washrooms
  • Recommended Hours Min. 1 hour
  • Best Visited With Group, Solo, Couple, Family
  • Not Allowed Not Allowed
  • Entry Fee Adult : INR 20
  • Allowed Footwear, Camera, Video

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