Adding to the charm of the ‘Queen of Hills’ is the highly popular Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex, one of the top tourist attractions in Shimla. Located right in the middle of the bustling Mall Road which is the most popular tourist spot in Shmla, Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex is a Gothic Victorian style theatre designed by renowned architect Henry Irwin which also happens to be the oldest cultural complexes in the state of Himachal Pradesh.Over the decades, the complex has been subjected to renovation at different stages. This culminated in the partial demolition of the original structure, but the Gaiety theatre remained untouched. Once inside the heritage complex, visitors are likely to come across various sections such as Art Gallery, Multipurpose theatre, Ampitheatre, City Museum and Conference Hall.
Best Time to Visit
Best Time to Visit in Sepetember to June.
Ridge, Middle Bazar, The Mall, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171001
Depends on your itinerary and choice of hours or 2-3 hours.
Open and Closing Time
9 am - 5 pm from Monday to Friday.
Entrance Fee: INR 10 for Indians; INR 25 for foreign nationals.
Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex is a historical and cultural monument built in the Gothic or Victorian type of architecture. When it was built in the 19th century, the complex had a ballroom, a theatre, an office, galleries, an armoury and bars. Most of these structures were found to be extremely unstable after about two decades of building it, and hence, most of the complex was demolished. The theatre and the exhibition hall, multi-purpose hall, the art gallery and the museum were renovated. It is used as a venue for performing arts even today and displaying ancient or historical art. The structure has large Victorian style doors and glass windows. The passages inside the complex are spacious and well maintained. Most of these passages are lined with white coloured pillars that support the arches on the ceiling. The space is cleverly utilised to display paintings and sculptures.
Near By Attraction
Kali Bari Temple
At a distance of 1.5 km from Shimla Railway Station and 1 km from Shimla Old Bus Stand, Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex is situated on Mall road, Shimla. The Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex is a heritage building and was a centre for all the theatrical, cultural and literary events of the British. The complex is a Government building currently and renovated recently to conserve the building and protect its beauty.
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Interesting facts about the Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex
Most of the shows are scheduled during the daytime. One can visit Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex in the morning to get a tour through the complex and then catch a show in the afternoon or evening.Visitors are prohibited from carrying eatables inside the complex. Drinking and smoking are not allowed on the premises.Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex is easily accessible by road from any part of Shimla. Since it is located barely 5 minutes away from Mall road, you can walk up to here.Initially, it was a five-story building with a theatre, ballroom, armoury, police office, bar and galleries. After nearly two decades from its date of establishment, it was found that the building was structurally unsafe. It was partially demolished but the Gaiety theatre remained untouched.
The most popular attraction in this complex is the Victorian theatre where legends like Rudyard Kipling, Prithvi Raj Kapoor, Baten Powel, K. L. Sehgal and others have performed. The attractions inside the complex are Art gallery exhibiting contemporary and traditional arts and the City Museum displaying historical arts and crafts of the Himalayan province. There is an Amphitheatre for hosting cultural performances. The multi-purpose theatre also features a conference hall along with the old theatre for theatrical and classical events.
The Art Gallery at Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex is where art and craft worthy of being in an exhibition are displayed. The art gallery works in association with Lalit Kala Academy in New Delhi. Several National and International art exhibitions are held here to view the art created by present-day artists. Tourists will find captivating paintings and sculptures created by local, national and international artists put on display for art lovers.PREFFERED BY-History Buffs ,Connoisseurs ,Experience Seekers.