Viceregal Lodge

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Viceregal Lodge information

Shimla , India
Indian/foreigner ₹30/65, cameras ₹20
Opening hours
9.15am-1pm & 2-5pm, to 7pm May-Jul, tours every 30min from 10.15am
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Built as an official residence in 1888 for the British viceroys, the Viceregal Lodge looks like a cross between Harry Potter’s Hogwarts School and the Tower of London. Every brick used in its construction was hauled up here by mule. Today it houses the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, but you can take a guided tour of the buildings. The easily missed photo gallery behind the ticket office is worth a visit.

Opposite the lodge entrance is the glum Himalayan Bird Park , where you can see the iridescent monal pheasant, Himachal’s state bird, among others.

The lodge is a 4.5km walk west from Scandal Point along the Mall; the path to the left of the Himachal State Museum entrance leads there in five minutes via Peterhof Hotel (itself a former viceregal residence).