Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex in Shimla

The halls are a must-see

The halls are a must-see

Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex Overview

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Located in the heart of Shimla, on Mall Road, Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex is a significant tourist hot spot. Opened on the 30th of May in 1887, this historic cultural centre was designed by Henry Irwin. The building's exquisite Gothic style of architecture is a true manifestation of Victorian artistry.

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. More than a century-old symbol of art and culture – the Gaiety is primarily known for its social club.

With an array of venues, including exhibition hall, art gallery, multi-purpose hall, amphitheatre and old theatre hall, this is the hub of performing arts in the state. The complex witnesses a huge influx of visitors year-round due to its cultural prominence.

  • Opening Closing Time 09:00 am – 05:00 pm. Monday – Friday

  • Photo Opp

    Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex is an ideal place for people who are interested in art. The antique Gothic architecture of this cultural edifice is worth capturing.
  • Entrance Fee Rs. 10 for Indians<br /> Rs. 25 for Foreigners<br />

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Location

The Mall, Shimla, 171001, Himachal Pradesh