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The earstwhile Viceregal Lodge in India's summer capital, Shimla, which is now converted into Indian Institute of Advanced Studies served as a summer retreat for India's Viceroys during the Raj. It was witness to the crucial India-Pakistan partition talks which were held here. Still, the summer residence of India's president, the 'Rashtrapati Niwas' is frequented by the president for about 10-20 days each year.
Its located at a distance of about 3 kms from Shimal's Mall Road, but you can walk till there, if youre used to walking. Apart from the majestic building, it has well maintianed lawns and a small cafetaria. Guided tours are also organised at an economical fee where you are given details of the architecture, the furniture and the history. Do look for a small map behind the building that tells about the places and peaks that are visible from that point on a clear day.