Regarded as one of the most visited tourist destinations of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla, previously called ‘Simla’, which is the largest city and the capital of this mountainous Indian state, is home to several points of interest perfect for visiting during the tour. The Rashtrapati Niwas / Indian Institute of Advanced Study is the main of them.
Rashtrapati Niwas / Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS)
Previously called the ‘Viceregal Lodge’ because of having been the residence of the British Viceroy of India from 1888 A.D. to 1947 A.D., the Rashtrapati Niwas, which is situated on the Observatory Hill, one of the seven hills to have formed up Shimla, owns some of the oldest photographs and articles focusing back to the times of the British reign in India.
Constructed in the Jacobethan or Indo-Gothic style of architecture between 1884 A.D. and 1888 A.D., this charming building, which was designed by British architect Henry Irwin, is counted among the most visited tourist attractions in Shimla. This beautiful edifice, which has played the role of Rashtrapati Niwas as a summer retreat from 1947 A.D. to 1965 A.D., has been converted into a research institute, i.e. the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), set up in 1964 A.D. and begun in 1965 A.D. by the Ministry of Education, Government of India. The areas of academics in this research institute are Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural and Life Sciences.
Major Attractions in Rashtrapati Niwas
During the visit of the Rashtrapati Niwas, you can find the major attractions, including Wood Panelling, Wooden Main Hall, Historical Seminar Room, and Photographic Museum (Historical). In the historical photographic museum, you can get the golden chance of viewing some of the most ancient photographs and articles peeping back to the times of the British rule in British India. The well kept lawn and rich greenhouse in the complex of this charming edifice, which are used by the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), are also counted among the major points of interest on it. Up to April 2010 A.D., tourists have got the availability of taking the fine glimpse of a bell made of eight metals which was offered by the king of Nepal.
The entry fee for this charming edifice is INR 20/- for an adult, INR 5/- for a child and INR 50/- for a foreign national. Guided tour in this charming historical building is also conducted after every half an hour.
On the basis of the things mentioned above, it can be surely said that the Rashtrapati Niwas / Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS) is the main one of the points of interest in Shimla. If you also have the desire for taking a stroll at this charming historical building, you can book Himachal Tour Packages from Mumbai. All of Shimla Holiday Packages, which are affordable to the budget for all types of people, can also be customized as per the demand of the clients.