Viceregal Lodge & Botanical Gardens

Price Range

20 - 50.00




If you are thinking to spend a short vacation, then wander through the glorified building of Viceregal Lodge, which is well-maintained and organized with beautiful gardens and lawns. This building was constructed as the residence of the British Viceroy Lord Dufferin and was completed in 1888. It has a fringed and scalloped tower made with grey limestone and sandstone.

The entrance of the building opens to a grand staircase and gallery. The Viceregal lodge is also known as the “Rashtrapati Niwas” or President’s House, located on the observatory hills and surrounded by lush green gardens and lawn, encircled with aesthetically pleasing pine trees and rose plants. This gorgeous building also offers students to opt for higher studies.



Viceregal Lodge and Botanical Garden

Viceregal Lodge and Botanical Garden are situated at a mountain top and the architecture of the building is inspired by the English renaissance style that attracts many tourists every year. The interiors of the building are made with woodwork and Burma teak. Despite its architectural design, it excites the travellers to roam around the beautiful lawn that is ringed with pine trees and plants. 

The Rashtrapati Niwas is now transformed into the Indian Institute of Advanced Study and students from all over the country come to this place for pursuing higher education. The enthralling and astonishing view from the hilltop is the main attraction point that counts for travelers to visit this place.

Viceregal Lodge & Botanical Gardens



Would you recommend a guide?

You can travel to Viceregal Lodge and Botanical Gardens without a guide as the site can be self-interpreted and you will be able to communicate with the locals easily. You can enjoy the positive experience of this place on your own. 



  • Sunday : 10:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Tuesday : 10:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Wednesday : 10:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Thursday : 10:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Friday : 10:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Saturday : 10:00 am to 05:00 pm

Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.


How to Reach

  • By Flight : The nearest airport to Viceregal Lodge in Shimla is Jubbarhatti Airport, which is 23 km from the city centre. You can either hire a private taxi or a shared cab to reach your destination.
  • By Road : Viceregal Lodge has great transport connectivity to Shimla by road. The lodge is only 3.5 km from the main square and 3.3 km away from the Mall Road. There are 3 types of buses that run on this route. As per your convenience, you can either take regular, air-conditioned, or public-owned luxury buses that connect Shimla road.
  • By Train : You can enjoy the convenience of the ride and scenic view of the mountains by train. Shimla Railway Station is the closest station to Viceregal Lodge which is just 7 minutes away. Once you reach Shimla, you can book a cab from rental companies or hire a local taxi to enjoy a hassle-free journey.


Ticket Pricing

  • For Indians : Rs. 20
  • For Foreigners : Rs. 50
  • For Government School Students : Free

Things To Do 

  • Walk to the building: Enjoy the panoramic view of the area lying at the top of the hill and explore the area of the building which is spread across 110 acres of land. You can glance through the architectural design made with pine and cedar woods, colonial interiors with its ancient structure.
  • History and style: History lovers can enjoy the historic moments by reading about the heritage building and would encounter rare photographs exhibited for tourist attraction. 
  • Galleries: For the readers, you will find a library with plenty of books in different languages.
  • Huge Garden: Spend some quality time in the garden with different fountains made in the centre and a variety of flora and fauna.
  • Visitor’s Lounge: Enjoy your time in the lounge that is decorated with walnut tree ceiling and has wall artworks. You will be mesmerized and admired to see the designs from Kashmir.
  • Cafeteria: Take a stroll to the cafeteria to satisfy your hunger with light snacks. Relax and sit calmly with your friends at the coffee shop nearby to sip a cup of coffee.   


Viceregal Lodge & Botanical Gardens, Observatory Hill, Boileauganj, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India

Rating & Reviews

Based on 5437 reviews
Very Good
Aparna Gupta
Aparna Gupta
08/17/2020 14:03
Originally made for the was originally built as a home for Lord Dufferin, Viceroy of India from 1884–1888, this building was acquired by the Ministry of Education, Government of India in 1964. It is a research Institute which is a home of various academic studies. It is a beautiful colonial building with a botanical garden right in front of it. It is peaceful, calm and serene. Must visit.
Amit Pandit
Amit Pandit
06/19/2020 13:31
Great place to be. It has a historic value as the British Vice Regal lodge used to come to this place before independence and operate from this place. Amazing architecture.
sa li
sa li
03/22/2020 10:30
It's such a beautiful place. Viceregal Lodge (aka Indian Institute of Advanced Studies), Henry Irwin's grand, grey sandstone creation resembles a cross between Harry Potter's Hogwarts and a Scottish baronial castle. Half-hour building tours visit three rooms with interesting photo exhibits (one was the billiards room) and the three-storey entrance hall that looks like an MC Escher design built in Burmese teak.Apart from this it has beautiful outdoor ground and picturesque view.
Paloji Sandeep
Paloji Sandeep
07/29/2020 23:21
Historic Buildings Rashtrapathi Niwas SHIMLA The Rashtrapati Niwas (literally the "President's Residence"), formerly 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 and then Persident's Summer Palace. It was constructed in 1888. It houses some of the most ancient articles and photographs going back to the times of the British rule in India. The building is of light blue-grey stone masonry with tiled pitch roofing. The interior of the main building is noted for elaborate woodwork which has stood the test of time. Teak was brought from Burma, and was supplemented by local cedar wood and walnut The Shimla conference convened by Lord Wavell in 1945 to approve the Wavell Plan for Indian Self Government was hosted at this estate. Mahatma Gandhi, Rajendra Prasad, Jinnah, C. Rajagopalachari and Maulana Azad participated in this historic Conference
Navjot Sidhu
Navjot Sidhu
07/04/2020 13:15
This is old building 1888, then they started Indian Institute of advance study experiment 1965 for students. Flowers and tree 🌲 four 🌕 for this..This is wonderful place.


Yes, it is open for everyone, however, entry fees to this place are INR 20 (per person) for Indians and INR 50 (per person) for Foreign Nationals.
Viceregal Lodge & Botanical Gardens closes on Monday. You can visit this place from 10 am to 1 pm then from 2 pm to 5 pm except for Mondays.
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