Viceregal Lodge, Himachal Pradesh

The official summer residence of the British viceroys was completed in 1888 and the Indian subcontinent was ruled from here for half of every year from then till WWII. Henry Irwin’s grey-sandstone creation resembles a cross between Harry Potter’s Hogwarts and a Scottish baronial castle. Today it houses the Indian Institute of Advanced Study: you can take a half-hour tour of a few rooms with interesting photo exhibits, but the old ballroom and dining hall are now a library and closed to visitors. The handsome gardens still make an enjoyable stroll.

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