Himalayan Bird Park
Opposite the Viceregal lodge entrance is the Himalayan Bird Park , with a small collection of exotic pheasant, including the iridescent...
Himachal State Museum
About 2.5km west of Scandal Point and a stiff walk up to the telecommunications mast, the state museum is home to an impressive...
For a formal night out, look no further than the colonial-era elegance of the Cecil Restaurant at the Oberoi. The à la carte menu is...
Viceregal Lodge information
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).