The Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS) is a research institute based in Shimla, India. It was set up by the Ministry of Education, Government of India in 1964 and it started functioning from 20 October 1965.
The building that houses the institute was originally built as a home for Lord Dufferin, Viceroy of India from 1884–1888 and was called the Viceregal Lodge. It housed all the subsequent viceroys and governors general of India. It occupied Observatory Hill, one of the seven hills that Shimla is built upon.The building is designed in Indo-Gothic style.
The building was designed by Henry Irwin, an architect in the Public Works Department. The Viceregal Lodge had electricity as early as 1888, much before the rest of the town of Shimla. The building also was equipped with a sophisticated firefighting mechanism through wax-tipped water ducts.
Many historic decisions have been taken in the building during the Indian independence movement. The Simla Conference was held here in 1945. The decision to carve out Pakistan and East Pakistan from India was also taken here in 1947.
It is situated at a distance of 3 kilometers from Mall road. You need to pay a small entry fees to explore this site. Charges are Rs 30/- for Indians and Rs 65/- for foreigners. This is a must have in your itinerary and would require at least 2 hours to visit here.
A bell made of eight metals which was presented by the king of Nepal was available to be admired by tourists till April 2010.
How to Reach:
Vice regal Lodge is at a distance of 3 kilometers walking distance from Mall road via Chaura Maidan in partially restricted road reason being HRTC Taxi service are also there to reach Vice regal Lodge (IIAS). Another option is to take a bus from bus stand to Boileauganj from where you have to walk a liitle to reach IIAS.