Indian Institute of Advanced Study

Indian Institute of Advanced Study

Indian Institute of Advanced Study
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  • Aimless Vagabonds
    Gurugram (Gurgaon), India71 contributions
    Significant structure in Indian history, the gardens could've been better. The tickets seem a bit overpriced too.
    Let's forget about everything else, the architechture, the beautiful campus, the fact that you don't have access beyond a few rooms. I think one should definitely visit the Viceregal lodge for a number of reasons. The first is that this is the closest you'll ever get to see grand buildings of India like the Rashtrapati bhavan from inside. The fact that big decisions around our independence were taken in this building makes it even more of a spectacle in my opinion. Secondly, the history of Shimla portrayed in this building will help you get a perspective on the evolution of Shimla as a city. Disappointments: The ticket price seemed a bit overpriced (more so when the guides tell you that the materials used in the construction were of such great quality that they don't have to maintain/polish it ever). Well if the money isn't going in the maintanence of the building, may be the gardens around it would be a marvel! The answer is NO! The gardens around the building could've have been better maintained. Yes there are many flowering plants here and there but it is just not match up with the beauty of the structure it surrounds.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 16 March 2023
  • harleen s
    New Delhi, India1,222 contributions
    Must visit in Shimla
    Was worth visiting. Took a nice walk in the gardens while we were waiting for our guided tour. The place is very well maintained. It was amazing to be inside this heritage building. This was the first building to have electrical engineering and fire emergency systems. Amazing woodwork and architecture. The guide was well informed and kids really enjoyed. Would highly recommend to visit when in Shimla
    Visited April 2023
    Written 11 April 2023
  • ⭐️Ranchit Angroola⭐️
    Amritsar, India10 contributions
    AN ANTIQUE ARCHITECTURE MARVEL
    The building that houses the institute was originally built as a home for Lord Dufferin, viceroy of India from 1884 to 1888, and was called the Viceregal Lodge. the building had electricity back then in 1888 generated by a steam generator from London. There in in 1912 a hydro project was constructed to provide electricity near tatta pani. this place houses beautiful architecture dating back from 1884 like apricot wood ceiling, Burmese teak work construction and wax-based fire fighting systems. Now this place is known as IIAS a research center of humanities and sociology. The place is a must-visit one when one comes to Shimla to get an insight into the history of the partition of India and how the ruling was done by the British back in slavery days.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 October 2023
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⭐️Ranchit Angroola⭐️
Amritsar, India10 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
The building that houses the institute was originally built as a home for Lord Dufferin, viceroy of India from 1884 to 1888, and was called the Viceregal Lodge. the building had electricity back then in 1888 generated by a steam generator from London. There in in 1912 a hydro project was constructed to provide electricity near tatta pani. this place houses beautiful architecture dating back from 1884 like apricot wood ceiling, Burmese teak work construction and wax-based fire fighting systems. Now this place is known as IIAS a research center of humanities and sociology. The place is a must-visit one when one comes to Shimla to get an insight into the history of the partition of India and how the ruling was done by the British back in slavery days.
Written 29 October 2023
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Indian Ghummakad
Himachal Pradesh, India935 contributions
Sept 2023 • Friends
Historic Building made in Pre-British era not only building only but the location and the built of Location is an excellent must visit place.

It should be a must in your bucket list whenever you are visiting Shimla .
Written 10 September 2023
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Devraj B
Chandigarh, India33 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
No Doubt Indian Institute of advance study is one of the best place in shimla. I always feel very nice to take round in IIAS. It's very educational to your children. Ek Number 👌
Written 30 July 2023
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Rahul Sinha
3 contributions
May 2023
The view, the feel and the vibe is truly one of a kind. The tickets are of two kinds:
1. Outside in the lawn
2. Guided tour (40 mins)

As we had limited time we could not do a guided tour and were travelling out in the lawn, and its beautiful. Its hard not to fall in love with the place. The view is just what you need on a morning.
Written 8 May 2023
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harleen s
New Delhi, India1,222 contributions
Apr 2023
Was worth visiting. Took a nice walk in the gardens while we were waiting for our guided tour. The place is very well maintained. It was amazing to be inside this heritage building. This was the first building to have electrical engineering and fire emergency systems. Amazing woodwork and architecture. The guide was well informed and kids really enjoyed. Would highly recommend to visit when in Shimla
Written 11 April 2023
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Aimless Vagabonds
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India71 contributions
Mar 2023
Let's forget about everything else, the architechture, the beautiful campus, the fact that you don't have access beyond a few rooms. I think one should definitely visit the Viceregal lodge for a number of reasons.

The first is that this is the closest you'll ever get to see grand buildings of India like the Rashtrapati bhavan from inside. The fact that big decisions around our independence were taken in this building makes it even more of a spectacle in my opinion. Secondly, the history of Shimla portrayed in this building will help you get a perspective on the evolution of Shimla as a city.

Disappointments: The ticket price seemed a bit overpriced (more so when the guides tell you that the materials used in the construction were of such great quality that they don't have to maintain/polish it ever). Well if the money isn't going in the maintanence of the building, may be the gardens around it would be a marvel! The answer is NO! The gardens around the building could've have been better maintained. Yes there are many flowering plants here and there but it is just not match up with the beauty of the structure it surrounds.
Written 17 March 2023
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Deepanshu Pahuja
New Delhi, India21 contributions
Feb 2023
You travel long distance to be told you can only see 2 rooms after paying 200 Rs per person. and rest of area is cordened off.
Written 19 February 2023
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Tushita
New Delhi, India78 contributions
Apr 2022
The Indian Institute of Advanced Study in Shimla is a must-visit for history and architecture lovers. The Victorian-style building is a former Viceregal Lodge & houses a research center & library. It offers stunning views of the city & surrounding hills.
Written 29 January 2023
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Dhaval M
1 contribution
Jan 2023
I would prefer to go here without a guide. The one who was there didn't add much that the photographs didn't already provide.

A great place to explore Indian academia and Scottish architecture.

There are plenty of great spots to take photos of and the structure itself is the main attraction.

Once inside, you'll not be allowed to take any photographs, so that's a bummer. It's an average experience, but if you have some time to spend - I recommend strolling in the garden and browsing through some of the books.
Written 8 January 2023
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Apolonia70
adelaide1,574 contributions
Oct 2022
The grounds here are well maintained and great location for photos. The historic building has many unusual features and an impressive garden and views. No entrance into the building as it is an educational institution. Worth a visit.
Written 21 December 2022
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