The Retreat Building
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The Retreat Building

The Retreat Building
General information
TypePalatial Retreat
Architectural styleEuropean
LocationShimla, India

The Retreat Building is the official Retreat Residence of the President of India at Chharabra, Shimla, in the state of Himachal Pradesh. The President stays at the building for at least two weeks during summer and conducts official business.[1] It is located 13 km away from downtown Shimla and is a thousand feet higher than the Shimla Ridge Top, which is part of the Himalayas.

The other presidential homes are Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi, and Rashtrapati Nilayam in Hyderabad, Telangana.


The Retreat Building was built in 1850 and it was a part of the Viceroy of India property. Located on the hilltop of the Mashobra, the building was taken over during 1895 by the Viceroy.


The architecture and the picturesque surrounding of the place make it a major tourist attraction in Shimla. The outstanding feature of this building is that it is purely a wooden structure with dhajji wall construction. This building has an area of 10,628 square feet (987.4 m2).

The Retreat

The President visits The Retreat at least once a year and the core office shifts to that place during his stay in The Retreat. A thousand feet higher than the Shimla Ridgetop, The Retreat is located in a picturesque surrounding. The architectural pattern and the natural beauty of the place have made The Retreat a tourist attraction in Shimla.


  1. ^ "Meghalaya proposes President's "third retreat"". Deccan Herald. 17 June 2019. Retrieved 2019.

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Coordinates: 31°06?50?N 77°14?52?E / 31.11389°N 77.24778°E / 31.11389; 77.24778

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