About Viceregal Lodge & Botanical Gardens

The Rashtrapati Niwas, also known as Viceregal Lodge, is located on the Observatory Hills of Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India. It was formerly the residence of the British Viceroy of India. It houses some of the most ancient articles and photographs going back to the times of the British rule in India. The Viceregal Lodge was designed by British architect Henry Irwin and built in the Jacobethan style during Lord Dufferin’s tenure as Viceroy. Its construction started in 1880 and was completed in 1888. Lord Dufferin occupied the lodge on 23 July 1888.

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Timings 10:30 AM - 05:00 PM

Visit Duration: 30 Minutes

Address: Rashtrapati Nivas, Observatory Hill, Near Summer Hill Railway Station, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171005, India


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