Gurkha Gate in ShimlaShimla was the summer capital of British era. So, it is natural that the city is dotted with the British era govt. buildings and other residential buildings. Shimla city also has the historic Visceral Lodge, which served as the residence of the Viceroy of the India. After briefly serving as the Rashrapati Bhavan, today it provides housing to the Indian Institute of Advanced Study. The Gurkhas or the Nepalis have also a place of honor in the British Indian Army, since the inception of the Shimla. Due to this, the British also created a separate regiment for them, which are known as the Gurkha Regiment.
The tradition is also continued till today in the Indian Army. In the British Era, the tribute to the Gurkha loyalty and bravery was given by constructing the Gurkha Gate at the Visceral Lodge.
About the Gurkha GateAfter consolidating their hold on the Himlayan region, the British rulers awarded their loyal allies, such as Gurkhas and govt. of Punjab in various types. The Gurkhas can be defined as the Nepalis soldiers who fought for British Empire’s safety. The then Viscerine, Lady Curzon ordered to build the Gurkha Gate, which was to serve as the main gateway for the Visceral Lodge. The Visceral Lodge served as the residence for the Viceroy of India.
The building of the Gurkha Gate was constructed to honor and as a tribute to the Gurkhas for their loyalty and bravery for safeguarding the British Empire. This building, which is also a memorial, is stone structure which offers an interesting view for the tourists and the visitors. The building also includes the residential houses which house the guards who are guarding the old Visceral Lodge and is made of timber frame. The main structure of the building is made from stones.