Local Sight Seeing in Shimla

Local Sight Seeing in Shimla


The Mall & Ridge

There is a lift available to take tourist to the Mall. From ISBT shared vehicles are available to drop you at Mall for Rs 10/- per seat. It will be a 15 to 30 minutes climb by steps to reach Mall from the main road. The narrow lanes with steps have shops, temples, restaurants etc in both sides. Mall is the main shopping center of Shimla and best place to hang around. This place became crowded in tourist seasons. Christ Church: Situated on the Ridge, Christ Church is the second oldest church in Northern India. It has a very majestic appearance and inside there are stained glass windows which represent faith, hope, charity, fortitude, patience and humility.

Vice Regal Lodge complex (Known as Indian Institute of Advanced studies)

This is one of the main attractions of Shimla town. This old building has witnessed many historical events. India Pakistan partition was finalized here. Note that lunch time is 1.00 PM to 2.00 PM.

A guide will take you inside in a group to explain. Tourist can access the ground floor only. Entry fee is Rs 20 per person and separate ticket of Rs 10/ is to be purchased for using any still or video camera. Children between 5 to 12 years are charged Rs 10/ .Foreign tourists are charged Rs 50/-. Visiting hours are 9.15 AM to 5.00 PM. During the period May – July it is open up to 7.00 PM. Vehicles are not allowed to park near the main building so your vehicle can drop you at building and wait outside the main campus. You can call it again for picking you after the visit is over. So two time vehicle entry fee of Rs 10 / – is to be paid.

This beautiful building is 30 minutes walk from Mall road ( 3 KM ) and shared taxies are available to take you there for Rs 10/-

History of IIAS

The Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS) is a prestigious research institute based in Shimla, India. It was set up by the Ministry of Education, Government of India in 1964 and it started functioning from October 20, 1965.

The building that houses the Institute was originally built as a home for Lord Dufferin,Viceroy of India from 1884–1888 and was called the Vice regal Lodge. It housed all the subsequent viceroys and governors general of India. It occupied the Observatory Hill, one of the seven hills that Shimla is built upon. The whole ambiance is Royal and extravagant

The building was designed byHenry Irwin, an architect in the Public Works Department at that time. The Vice regal Lodge had electricity as far back as 1888, much before the rest of the town of Shimla. The building also was equipped with a sophisticated fire fighting mechanism through wax tipped water ducts. Many historic decisions have been taken in the building during the Indian independence movement. The Simla Conference was held here in 1945. The decision to carve out Pakistan and East Pakistan from India was also taken here in 1947.

After India gained independence, the building was renamed Rashtrapati Niwas and was used as a summer retreat for the President of India. However, due to its neglect, Dr. S Radhakrishnan decided to turn it into a centre of higher learning. The summer retreat of President was shifted from here to a building known as “The Retreat” situated in Chharabra, on outskirts of Shimla.

The Indian Institute of Advanced Study was first created as a society on 6 October 1964. The institute was formally inaugurated by Prof. S.Radhakrishnan on 20 October 1965.

Around 2004, a rare Stricke court was discovered on the grounds of the Vice regal Lodge complex. A Bell made of eight metals which was presented by the king of Nepal was available to be admired by tourists till April, 2010.



TaraDevi Temple
Tara Devi Temple

This temple is located at a distance of 25 KM and it comes under Special tour and can be added with other areas like Institute of Advance studies, prospect hill, Sankat Mochan temple and Shiv Cave.