Shimla’s 173-Year-Old Rashtrapati Niwas Has Opened Its Doors To The Public

by Ankita Mazumdar
Shimla’s 173-Year-Old Rashtrapati Niwas Has Opened Its Doors To The Public

Did you know there is a niwas in Shimla that belongs to the President of India? Yes, you heard that right. It is rather their residence. Isn’t it fascinating to know how and where the president of India works? The nicely decked-up rooms with everything in place with no sign of dust particles look very appealing. Now you can have the experience of Shimla’s Rashtrapati Niwas at a very minimal cost. 

You Can Visit Shimla’s Rashtrapati Niwas Has Opened Its Doors To The Public

Rashtrapati Niwas
Image Credits: Website/Rashtrapati Niwas

Mashobra’s Rashtrapati Niwas is a 173-year-old heritage property that opened its doors to the public in April 2023. It is one of the four places that were constructed as the residences of India’s President by Maharaja of Koti in the year 1850 in the whole wide country. The architecture of the building is European and it is made as a single building structure. 

One crucial style that was imbibed to keep the interiors cool during summers and warm during winters is the Dhajji walls, they are timber frames. The views are immaculate and the building has a pretty front lawn with beautiful flowering plants and the place becomes such a vibe during sundowners.

The History Of One Of The Four Residences Of The President

Rashtrapati Niwas
Image Credits: Website/Rashtrapati Niwas

It was only post-independence that this heritage property was handed over to the government of India by the British. It went to the President of India and it was thus named Rashtrapati Niwas. During the independence of India, Rajendra Prasad was seated in the position of President of India. 

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In the year 1951, Rajendra Prasad was the first one to grace the heritage property. The legacy has continued and to date, every president stays over at Rashtrapati Niwas for a couple of dates during the summers and the work drives up to the hills with them. The President also gets to have a change of their work location to such pretty views of Himachal!

What To Expect At Rashtrapati Niwas?

Rashtrapati Niwas
Image Credits: Website/Rashtrapati Niwas
  • Carry your valid ID cards for evidence of identity while buying tickets.
  • There are private rooms, sundecks, proper rooms for meetings, and a study room with great Himachal hill views. The heritage property has retained its antique touch to its core.
  • There is a mesmerising sketch of the Niwas by the original creator. 
  • You may come across an ancient 18th-century chart of the Viceregal Estate and other black-and-white pictures of the property.
  • A photo album of India’s 14 former chairpersons and they all have stayed at Rashtrapati Niwas. Along with that, there is a huge picture of our current president, Shrimati Draupadi Murmu.

How To Reach?

Rashtrapati Niwas
Image Credits: Website/Rashtrapati Niwas

The nearest airport is just 23 kms away and it is Shimla or Jubbarhatti Airport. The nearest train station is Kalka Railway Station and then a small toy train ride to Shimla. If you plan to travel by road then take the route straight to Shimla and then take NH5 to reach Mashobra.

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If you want to plan an excursion to this heritage property of Rashtrapati Niwas, then book your tickets here.

Where: Chharabra, 13 km from Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

When: 10 AM – 5 PM

Tickets Per Person: Indian – ₹50 and Foreigner – ₹250 

Cover Image Credits: Website/Rashtrapati Niwas

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