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Gorton Castle, Shimla Overview

Gorton Castle is a heritage monument located in Shimla which is over a century old and was built during the Colonial era. Today, the castle is used as the office of the Accountant General of Himachal Pradesh. It is a perfect illustration of the rich history and heritage of India during the colonial era. The monument is built according to the Neo-Gothic type of architecture and exudes the vibe of a fairy tale with its characteristic features. The Gorton Castle is located on a hilltop and is surrounded by tall lush green Deodar trees. The scenic beauty of the location makes it look incredibly majestic.

Gorton Castle was built in 1904 and was designed by Sir Winton Jacob who was considered as one of the best British architects during the time. Many people say that the castle has a magical vibe with its stone structure and glass windows that take visitors back to the bygone era. Located in the Shimla Heritage Zone, Gorton Castle is included in the Heritage walks held by several organisers in the city.

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Architecture of Gorton Castle

Gorton Castle is a three storey building built according to the Neo-Gothic type of architecture. Set over an area of 40,000 square feet, it is located on a hilltop amidst thick Deodar and Rosewood Trees. The opulent castle has 125 rooms and is built of grey coloured stones sourced from Sanjauli in Himachal Pradesh. The structure has tall towers, beautiful windows, large doors and a roof that was initially made of tiles but is now replaced with galvanised iron sheets. The regal building has balconies which are adorned with traditional Rajasthani Jali/ Jari work, and the entire building is surrounded by shrubs and trees that make the heritage monument a sight to remember for tourists.

History of Gorton Castle

Gorton Castle was built by a well known British Architect, Sir Winton Jacob in 1904 who was famous for beautifully merging Hindu, Islamic and Western forms of architecture. Sir Winton Jacob designed the building in such a way that the structure complemented the natural landscape of the region. Lord Curzon, who had appointed Sir Winton Jacob, loved the design the moment he saw it and allowed him to proceed with the construction. The land which is now occupied by the castle belonged to Mr Gorton, who sold it to Sir James Walker. Sir James had donated it to build a hospital. Therefore, another piece of land was given to build a hospital and this piece was brought to establish the Government Secretariat.

Best Time to Visit

Gorton Castle is best explored in the winter season i.e. between October and February as the region receives snowfall and the natural landscape around the castle are beautifully covered in snow.


1. Washrooms are available to use inside the building.
2. Photography is allowed.
3. Wear appropriate clothing and shoes when exploring on foot.

How To Reach Gorton Castle

Tourists will find the Gorton Castle while walking from the Cart Road (near the railway station) towards the Mall Road.

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