Rashtrapati Niwas

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Rashtrapati Niwas
Rashtrapati Niwas, Shimla.jpg
Former namesViceregal Lodge
General information
Architectural styleJacobethan
LocationShimla, Himachal Pradesh
Current tenantsIndian Institute of Advanced Study
Design and construction
ArchitectHenry Irwin

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.[1]


Entrance porch of Rashtrapati Niwas, Shimla.
Dual price list for the Viceregal Lodge

The summer capital of British India was of little use to the President of India who visited it only for a few days in the year, if at all. Professor S.Radhakrishnan thought of putting it to academic use. The Rashtrapati Nivas Estate was transferred to the Ministry of Education to be handed over to the Indian Institute of Advanced Study. The C.P.W.D., the Himachal Pradesh High Court, and the Himachal Pradesh University were allowed in due course to use some of its buildings but the bulk of the Estate, including its well kept lawns and rich greenhouse, has remained in use for the Indian Institute of Advanced Study.[2]


  1. ^ A stitch in time: Rashtrapati Niwas in Shimla is being given a facelift by the ASI The Tribune, 24 July 2005. Retrieved on 2007-02-18.
  2. ^ IIAS Archived 2 February 2017 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2007-02-18.
Rashtrapati Niwas (formerly Viceregal Lodge) June 2011

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Coordinates: 31°06′13″N 77°08′31″E / 31.103730°N 77.141887°E / 31.103730; 77.141887