Institute of Advanced Studies
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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 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. After India gained independence, the building was renamed Rashtrapati Niwas and was used as a summer retreat for the president of India. However, due to its neglect, Dr. S Radhakrishnan decided to turn it into a centre of higher learning. The summer retreat of the president was shifted from here to a building known as "The Retreat" situated in Chharabra, on the outskirts of Shimla.
Christ Church Shimla
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Christ Church, Shimla, is the second oldest church in North India, after St John's Church in Meerut. It is a parish in the Diocese of Amritsar in the Church of North India. Its current incumbent is The Rev. Mushtaq Achher Malk, B.D., M.Th., whose ecclesiastical designation is presbyter-in-charge. Worship is conducted in Hindi and English.
Built in the neo-Gothic style in 1857 to serve the largely Anglican British community in what was formerly called Simla, Christ Church is situated on The Ridge. It stands out as one of the prominent landmarks of Shimla and its silhouette is visible for kilometres around the vicinity of Shimla city. Christ Church is one of the enduring legacies of the British Raj. Christ Church was designed by Colonel J. T. Boileau in 1844, and the church was consecrated after 1857. The clock adorning Christ Church was donated by Colonel Dumbleton in 1860. The porch was added in 1873.
The Ridge, Shimla
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The Ridge road is a large open space, located in the heart of Shimla, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh, India. The Ridge is the hub of all cultural activities of Shimla. It is situated along the Mall Road, which is the famous shopping center of Shimla. Most major places of Shimla like Snowdon, Mall, Jakhoo hill, etc. are connected through the Ridge. It runs east to west alongside the Mall Road, and joins it at the Scandal Point on the west side. On the east side, The Ridge road leads to Lakkar Bazaar, a wooden crafts market. It's the major landmark and the most easily recognized face of the hill station. When winter sets in and when the country had its first major snowfall of the year, most news papers printed photos of the ridge submerged in clumps of fresh snow.
Prominent landmarks on the Ridge are a neo-Gothic structure of Church from 1844 and a tudorbethan styled library building built in 1910. There are three statues on the ridge; that of Mahatma Gandhi, Indira Gandhi, and Dr. Y.S. Parmar, the first chief minister of Himachal Pradesh. The biggest hillstation of the world, at one time the base ridge of Shimla had the thickest forest of the area, now the green slopes are covered with firs, pines, the Himalayan oak and carmine rhododendron trees, among which are dotted red-roofed chalets, half-timbered houses and Gothic Government buildings are visible from The Ridge.
Himalayan Bird Park
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Shimla, the capital city of the Himachal Pradesh State is gifted with many blissful things by the Mother Nature. Most of the places of this beautiful city offer amazing scenic beauty and ample chances of watching wildlife in their natural habitat. Shimla boasts many sanctuaries and nature parks and each one of them houses varieties of flora and fauna and many of them are of rare species.  The Himalayan Bird Park Shimla is a perfect treat for the bird lovers.

The huge collection of common and some of the rare species of birds have made this place one of the most sought after tourist spots of Shimla especially for the nature lovers.  Visitors could get to see some exclusive Himalayan birds that are not to be seen anywhere else.
This park is commonly known as the Himalayan Aviary. Being a famous aviary of India, having location at an altitude of 2000 m, this nature park is visited by thousands of visitors as well as locals. The park has numerous types of plants and trees and the entire atmosphere is very calm and soothing for the visitors of all types. Visitors mostly come here to look at the collection of pheasants, peacocks, peafowl etc. The Himalayan Monals found in this aviary is the main attraction for the visitors. The Himalayan Monal is the state bird of Himachal Pradesh.
Johnnie's Wax Museum
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A Gurgaon - based company 'BM Brothers' has brought new charm to the Queen of Hills as it opened Himachal's first Wax Museum at the historic Willow Banks estate in capital city Shimla. Johnnie's Wax Museum opened for public after Chief Minister Virbhadra Sin gh inaugurated it on May 11,2016. The museum feature life - size wax statues of popular personalities from various fields, such as Hollywood, Bollywood, Politicians, Sports etc, like Madame Tussauds, London – the most famous wax museum in the world.