Indian Institute of Advanced Study

Indian Institute of Advanced Study

Indian Institute of Advanced Study
4.5
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Revenue impacts the experiences featured on this page, learn more.

Top ways to experience Indian Institute of Advanced Study and nearby attractions

See what travellers are saying
  • ⭐️Ranchit Angroola⭐️
    Amritsar, India52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
  • harneet
    Patiala, India265 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historical affairs at delight
    This was my 2nd visit to this place and I love to experience this beautifully constructed palace . You can click pictures in the garden area only as photography is not allowed inside but you can go inside with 100rs ticket in a scheduled slot guided by the instructor where a guide gives a whole tour of inside premises that has all the infrastructures , letters , photographs from the British rule till our freedom . If you’re into history , you should definitely visit this place .
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 April 2024
  • Geoff H
    Sissinghurst, United Kingdom16,537 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tours guided by knowledgeable volunteers
    The building which is now known as the Indian Institute of Advanced Study was formerly known as Rastrapati Niwas (President's Residency) and, before that, Viceregal Lodge (in the time of British India) when it was the residence of the Viceroy. It was built in the late 1880s and has the hint of a look of a Scottish castle. It stands on Observatiory Hill in Shimla and the, mainly well-kept gardens, are home to Himalaya flora and fauna. Many important conferences were held in the building in the period up to Partition and the building houses a substantial archive of photographs and documents from that time. Some of these photographs are on display and you can see them when you tour the building. These tours, which are held at set times, are guided by knowledgeable volunteers and are well worth joining. Photography inside the building is not allowed. Car parking, toilet and refreshment facilities (Fire Station Cafe).
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 9 June 2024
These reviews are the subjective opinion of Tripadvisor members and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as waiting time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

We perform checks on reviews.
Tripadvisor’s approach to reviews
Before posting, each Tripadvisor review goes through an automated tracking system, which collects information, answering the following questions: how, what, where and when. If the system detects something that potentially contradicts our community guidelines, the review is not published.
When the system detects a problem, a review may be automatically rejected, sent to the reviewer for validation, or manually reviewed by our team of content specialists, who work 24/7 to maintain the quality of the reviews on our site.
Our team checks each review posted on the site disputed by our community as not meeting our community guidelines.
Learn more about our review moderation.
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles768 reviews
Excellent
456
Very good
240
Average
59
Poor
7
Terrible
6

Indian Ghummakad
Himachal Pradesh, India1,404 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Friends
Visit to Advance study Shimla - Himachal Pradesh. It was a dream comes true moment for me. From long I was planning and finally succeeded. It Just beautiful Haritage just 4 Kms from ridge and shimla mall road. Old monument is surrounded by lush green tree and Majestic Himalayas

Visiting inside was not allowed, Might be due to it was closed for the day  but the beauty all around was just awesome. Such peaceful lush green Deodar and Pine trees do add on on its beauty. Front Lawn was well maintained and have pure green grass no mark of dirt, Even we were stopped to walk upon. Initially we thought why  would they stop us for walking in the lawn but later we realise that it might be mandatory to save it's beauty

It is a Beautiful Combination of Ancient monument which located in mid of the Jungle. So Many specimen of old architecture, Building foundation, Ancient time tracking system with the help of sun rays. Perfect example of planing of a building which is suitable for hilly weather around the years

Suitable time for Visiting is Summer season when you can spend your entire day around. No Hurry carry your snacks but be careful and contribute to Bharat Swachta Abhyan other wise you will punished.

Wish you luck and for future visit.

#Traveling #AdvanceStudy #Shimla #HP
Written 27 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Dhaval M
4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Aimless Vagabonds
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India79 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Akshay Sharma
New Delhi, India11,101 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
This is an old building which has many historical events attached to it. It was build by Scottish architects and has some wonderful features which were quite modern in that era like electrical wiring, water sprinklers for fire fighting etc. The architecture is good. There is a guided tour available but the cost of ticket @ Rs.200/- is very high. One can take good snaps from outside the lawn.
Written 16 September 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Geoff H
Sissinghurst, UK16,537 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
The building which is now known as the Indian Institute of Advanced Study was formerly known as Rastrapati Niwas (President's Residency) and, before that, Viceregal Lodge (in the time of British India) when it was the residence of the Viceroy. It was built in the late 1880s and has the hint of a look of a Scottish castle. It stands on Observatiory Hill in Shimla and the, mainly well-kept gardens, are home to Himalaya flora and fauna. Many important conferences were held in the building in the period up to Partition and the building houses a substantial archive of photographs and documents from that time. Some of these photographs are on display and you can see them when you tour the building. These tours, which are held at set times, are guided by knowledgeable volunteers and are well worth joining. Photography inside the building is not allowed. Car parking, toilet and refreshment facilities (Fire Station Cafe).
Written 9 June 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

harneet
Patiala, India265 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
This was my 2nd visit to this place and I love to experience this beautifully constructed palace . You can click pictures in the garden area only as photography is not allowed inside but you can go inside with 100rs ticket in a scheduled slot guided by the instructor where a guide gives a whole tour of inside premises that has all the infrastructures , letters , photographs from the British rule till our freedom . If you’re into history , you should definitely visit this place .
Written 6 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

⭐️Ranchit Angroola⭐️
Amritsar, India52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

harleen s
New Delhi, India1,255 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Tushita
New Delhi, India78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Apolonia70
adelaide2,259 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 751
Revenue impacts the experiences featured on this page, learn more.
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

Indian Institute of Advanced Study - All You MUST Know Before You Go (2024)

All Shimla HotelsShimla Hotel DealsLast Minute Hotels in Shimla
All things to do in Shimla
Spas & Wellness in ShimlaAmusement Parks in ShimlaZoos & Aquariums in ShimlaDay Trips in Shimla
RestaurantsFlightsHoliday RentalsTravel StoriesCruisesRental Cars