It is situated on the “Observatory hill” which is one of the seven hills of Shimla. One can stride through the lane to the left of the State Museum entry that leads there in five minutes by means of Hotel Peterhoff. The structure was construct as a occupant place for Lord Dufferin, the then Viceroy of India (1884-1888). The structural design was intended in the popular Jacobethan style depict the English Renaissance revival, resembles the imaginary Hogwarts School of Harry Potter.
After that it came to be known as Rashtrapati Niwas as it serve as the summer move away of the President of India. In the early 60’s the President “Dr. S. Radhakrishnan”, the Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru determined to make it a scholars’ abode. That’s when the research centre IIAS moved into the lodge in 1965. The investigate subject comprises Indian religion, culture, humanities & social and natural sciences. The drawing room, ballroom and dining room was rehabilitated into a library, the Viceroy’s office become IIAS Director’s office, the meeting entry became the seminar room for investigate scholar.
There is a museum situated inside the organization that houses the photograph, the texts from the era of the British regal rule. One of the popluar alumni of this institute is Burmese Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi who stay here as a investigate fellow for approximately two years from 1987-1989.
On the Observatory Hills is situated the “Viceregal Lodge”. Also called as Rashtrapati Niwas, it was previously the house of the British Viceroy Lord Dufferin, was the place for major decisions, which distorted the destiny of the sub-continent. It is fairly befittingly the only structure in Shimla that occupy a hill by itself. This confused Scottish grand edifice was intended by “Henry Irvine”, designer to the Public Works Department of the regal administration in India. The south facing entry portico sees the people into the welcome hall. The hall is noticeable by a grand stairway which spring from the correct and spirals awake three full floor.
How to reach Rashtrapati Niwas
By Air : Jubarhati, which is about 23 kms away from the town, is the closest airport. There are daily flights going from Jubbarhatti to Delhi and Chandigarh. You can easily get a taxi from the airport to get to Rashtrapati Niwas.
By Train : The small railway station is in Shimla which is just 1 km away from the centre of the town, is connected to Kalka by a narrow gauge rail track. Kalka in turn is the closest rail head, which is linked to Chandigarh and Delhi by daily trains. You can take a taxi or hire a cab to reach Rashtrapati Niwas.
By Road : If you are driving from Delhi, you will have to obtain the outer Ring Road towards GT Karnal Road and then turn right on NH 1. After you arrive at Ambala, leave NH 1, move on to NH 22 towards Kalka. Keep going on highway towards Solan, then on to Shimla where the Rashtrapati Niwas loacted. The journey usually takes about 7-8 hours depending on traffic.