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Visit Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex

At the heart of Shimla lies the Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex, testimony to Victorian-architectural excellence. This 122-years old theatre-complex takes you back to the late 19th-century to one of the oldest-surviving British structures of present-India. It holds footprints of some of the greatest legends namely Rudyard Kipling, Prithviraj Kapoor, Baten Powel and K.L. Sehgal, among others who have immortalised its physical entity.  

At the heart of Shimla lies the Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex, testimony to Victorian-architectural excellence. This 122-years old theatre-complex takes you back to the late 19th-century to one of the oldest-surviving British structures of present-India. It holds footprints of some of the greatest legends namely Rudyard Kipling, Prithviraj Kapoor, Baten Powel and K.L. Sehgal, among others who have immortalised its physical entity.

Theatre was just one sparkling side of this multi-faceted complex. Ballroom, armoury, galleries, bars and police office were its other social inclusions. Though most parts of the complex was demolished due to its structural instability, yet the Gothic-styled theatre was kept intact. Renovation has added an exhibition hall, art gallery, museum, multi-purpose hall and an amphitheatre to the existent old theatre. This heritage building is now venue to numerous performing arts and cultural programmes in the city along with artistic and historical displays.

Known and unknown facts:

  • The building was envisaged and designed by Henry Irwin on 30th May 1887.
  • Gaiety Theatre along with the Town Hall, known as the Municipal Corporation today, were planned and constructed together.
  • The first drama to be recorded here was on 9th June 1838.
  • The Amateur Dramatic Club was founded in the year 1887.
  • Visiting hours: 09:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m.
  • Entry Fee: Indians- Rs. 10, Foreigners- Rs.25




 

Timing

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

PREFFERED BY

History Buffs ,Connoisseurs ,Experience Seekers

TIME SPENT

2 hours

ENTRY FEE

Rs 10 per person for Indians Rs 25 per person for foreign tourists

Quick Info

  • Attractions

    Hill Station
  • Altitude

    2205 m
  • STD Code

    0177
  • Best Season

    Sep - June
  • State/Code

    /171001
  • LANGUAGES

    Hindi