From luxury travellers to backpackers, Shimla has never failed to tempt travellers! Apart from its breathtaking landscapes, Shimla is home to some beautiful churches and chapels and the magnificent Viceregal Lodge. The Viceregal Lodge was the Viceroy’s home from 1888 to 1946. It is built on the Observatory Hill, the second highest point in Shimla. Over and above all of this, there is not only an indoor tennis court, there is also an enormous wine cellar and a room dedicated only to empty suitcases! The glum Himalayan Bird Park is located just opposite to the lodge gate. Here you can see the iridescent monal pheasant, Himachal’s former state bird.
Observatory hill at western end of the Shimla ridge