Rashtrapati Niwas in Mashobra

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The Rashtrapati Niwas, Chharabra, Himachal Pradesh, 171012
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The Rashtrapati Niwas in Mashobra

 Himachal Pradesh, India, opened to the public in April. Constructed in 1850, it boasts European architecture and utilizes Himachal’s Dhajji wall construction for climate control. As one of four President's residences in India, it features a landscaped garden with rare flowers, trees, and a traditional sundial. The property includes a recently planted apple orchard and a century-old Copper Beech tree, planted by Lord Kitchener, known for designing Wildflower Hall. The trees in the garden exhibit leaves in two or three shades, changing colors with each season. With a stunning view of Shimla hills, including the scenic Shaily Peak, the Rashtrapati Niwas holds historical and natural significance.


It is situated in Chharabara, a mere 12 km from Shimla, the Retreat Building serves as the designated official retreat residence for the President of India.


  • 1860: British official William Hay leased the building from the Maharaja.
  • 1881: Sir Edward Charles Buck redesigned it as a double-storey structure.
  • 1895: The ninth Viceroy of Elgin purchased the building, naming it The Retreat, Mashobra.
  • British Lodge: Became a vacation lodge for British officials, with their main office at the Viceroy Regal Lodge.
  • 1947: The Last Viceroy, Lord Mountbatten, stayed here.
  • Post-Independence: Handed over to the Government of India, designated as Rashtrapati Niwas.
  • 1951: President Rajendra Prasad visited, marking the first Presidential visit.
  • Present Day: Presidents visit for about three to four days every summer, with the President's office relocating during this time.

Ways to Reach

  • Airport: Jubbarhatti Airport, 23 km away – taxis and private cars available.
  • Train: Nearest major station is Kalka Railway Station; connect to Shimla via toy train, then taxi or local bus to Mashobra.
  • Road: Drive from Shimla, following NH5, to reach Mashobra.


  • Public Tours: Book online or offline, 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM daily.
  • Last Entry: Until 03:00 PM, except Mondays and public holidays.

Security Measures:

  • Present valid government ID for ticket purchase.
  • Thorough screening and checks at the entrance.

Guided Tour

  • Local guide provides insights into the residence's history.
  • Explains various facets during the walkthrough.

Architectural Features

  • Brass elephants at the entrance, presented by Sirmur Estate in 1928.
  • Top floor with six private rooms and balconies for the President and family.
  • Ground floor accommodations for the VIP delegation, including an ADC room, drawing room, and hill-view study.
  • Large dining room with British-era furniture and antique switches, seating 22.

Historical Artifacts

  • Archival map of the Viceregal Estate from the 18th century.
  • Black-and-white archival photographs of the building.
  • Gallery featuring pictures of India’s 14 former Presidents.
  • Artifacts such as a black-and-white sketch of the Niwas and paintings depicting Himachal’s traditional dresses.

Facilities Available

  • Wheelchair Accessibility which ensures inclusivity for all visitors.
  • Well-maintained restrooms for convenience.
  • Convenient parking options available.
  • Access to necessary healthcare services.
  • Cloak Room is available for storage facilities for personal belongings.
  • Provision of clean and safe drinking water.

Other Information

  • Kalyani helipad is located outside for official landings and takeoffs.
  • Entry charge of INR 50 per person; foreign nationals will be required to pay INR 250 per person, which is worth for the rich history and heritage.
  • It remains closed during Monday and other national holidays.
  • Curio Shop is there for souvenir shopping along with a Cafe for a quick bite.
  • It takes around 30 mins to visit this mesmerizing beauty.

For More Information

Online Booking click Rashtrapati Niwas Mashobra

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