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Ellerslie Overview

Ranked 21 of 40 sightseeing in Shimla

Ellerslie is the Himachal Pradesh Secretariat, which is also known as Raj Bhawan. It hosts assemblies of Vidhan Sabha. The Ellerslie building was designed by Lt. Col. H.E.S. Abbott over hundreds of years ago during the British Empire.

The structure was constructed after dismantling an old building of the same name that housed the military department of the Punjab Government until 1886. Thereafter, the building is connected with Barnes Court where the interiors of the building feature brickwork of lime mortar cementing.

The building of Ellerslie was taken over by the Himachal Pradesh Secretariat in the summer’s assembly of 1967. In July 1972, the 'Summit Hall' hosted cabinet meetings and was named after the initial summit meeting for Shimla Agreement between India and Pakistan. The building has a sub-basement along with basement and three floors, which has 143 rooms and 31 public conveniences.

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Akshay Boisare

Akshay Boisare4.3/5

4 reviews

This is just awesome place to visit the history

This place is awesome, I loved it, the architecture, the way they had maintained it is just too good, staff is polite and nice place. You can spend few hours and revisit the history of it, definitely recommended.

Sdr Roy

Sdr Roy3.9/5

1 review

Awesome trip

It was a lifetime memorable trip. We came across this heavenly beauty and it was an awesome trip. Truly memorable. I want to go again to this place. For all those who are reading this, please visit during the January-February months.
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Nishitha K n

Nishitha K n3.6/5

522 reviews

Very beautiful place

Place is must visit place in shimla.Very beautiful place and it has a amazing view.Place is very well maintained and very clean. This very old heritage in himachal pradesh


A S3.6/5

453 reviews

Elegant Building!

It is the Raj Bhavan of Shimla. Shimla used to be summer capital of India during British times. Therefore you will find a lot of government buildings with British architecture here. Ellerslie is a huge palace like building with hundred of rooms.

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