Private Tour of Viceregal Lodge

Private Tour of Viceregal Lodge

Lady Duffrin wrote in her diary : ‘D and I visited the Observatory Hill which is the site Lord Lytton chose for the new Government house. At Calcutta, it was proposed that we should alter this cottage as into a fitting Viceregal Residence, but the moment we saw the proximity of our precipice and the smallness of the house we began to think that it would be a mistke to build here and now that we have seen the new sire we are convinced of it. There is a splendid view from it and a large space of vacant ground to build on and I should say it has every possible advantage over this’.

She liked it very much ad wanted to get into it as soon as possible so oth, Lady and Lord, made a visit every morning and evening to see the progress of work and ave various suggestions dueing the construction . Lady Duffrin wrote further,

  • The Viceregal odge in Shimla is one of the must visit places, if you are visiting the town. Its various architectural feature, its history and the ambience keeps you busy and compels you to make repeated visits to it. The need of the Viceragal Lodgge arose after Shimla was officially declared to be used as Summer Capital of British India. This remained the seat of the Imperial Government from 1888 to 1947 when the British left India and then the building was given to the President of India tobe used as his summer retreat. It remained so till 1965 when it was handed over to the Ministry of HRD (Human Resource Development) and converted into the Institute.

    The building hold much history in each of its brick. Most of the decisions of Indian Independence and as Indian Partition took place here. Simla Conference called by Lord Wavell, although failed but its failure led to the various further discussions about the Independence. Lord Mountbatten held meetings with Nehru, Jinnah and other Indian leaders of Indian Congress and Muslim League in this house.

    After the Independence the building came to the hands of Indian Government and was used as a Summer retreat for the president of India. In 1965 it was inaugurated as the Institute by the second president of India Sarwapalli Dr. Radha Krishanan

    Lady Dufferin, ‘we really inhabit the new Viceregal Lodge today (23rd July 1888). So I left the old home directly after breakfast, just returning there for an hour at lunch time and busied myself whole day arranging my room and my things and the furniture in the drawing room. Happily the weather was very tolerable and our beds got up here dry. D. and girls did not come near the place till dinner time, when everything was brilliantly lighted up by electric lights. ’

    Trip Category

    Walking Tour

    Number of Participants

    Minimum 02 and Maximum 08

    Trip Duration

    2 hours

    • Kindly book the tour in advance with us through email at
    • In case you are staying at some hotel away from Shimla and you need a car (On Extra Cost) to be brought to the starting point, kindly let us know.
    • In case you are staying at some hotel in Shimla then on the day of your tour kindly report at outside Hotel Cecil at 9.30 am
    • We start the tour with a brief history of Shimla and Hotel Cecil also.
    • Go to the hotel sot a short visit
    • After listening to the lovely past of the town proceed towards the Viceregal Lodge. It is nearly 2 kilometers from the Hotel
    • On the way there are lovely stories to he shared with you
    • The tour to the Viceregal Lodge takes about 30 minutes inside and same time outside.

  • Price for 1 – 4 people traveling together is INR 3500/- and for Extra Person INR 600/- per person

    Price for the Innova Car : Rs. 3000/-

    Kids below 10 yrs are not liable for any kind of charge

    The Above Cost includes

    • A well conversed English Speaking Guide who holds a good knowledge
    • A Mineral Water bottle for everyone in the group
    • Light snacks like Chocolates and Chips, Mineral water, Juice

    The Above Cost does not includes

    Entry fee to the any of the Heritage Buildings which includes
    Gaiety Theatre Rs. 10 (Indians), Rs. 25 (Foreigners) & Camera Fee Rs. 25

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    Shimla – 171001
    Himachal Pradesh

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