Annadale – Army Heritage Museum – Golf Course
Annadale Ground : No Other landmark in Simla can revive more pleasant memories than the famous playground and race-course by the name of Annadale, located in a deep wide valley in the suburban village of Kaithu, simla west. This playground rests on a small patch of table-land about a three-quarters of a mile in circumference. Annadale around 1895 The spur on which it stood was a sort of valley-flat which was greatly extended and improved. Now misnamed Annandale, the original name of this place was Annadale and this name is derived from a small story about it. The story is that Captain charles pratt Kennedy, one of the first incomers to this place, was so struck by the beauty of the valley that he saw, that be named after a young lady to whom he was so deeply attached in his young boyhood days. Her name was Anna and he combined it with the word ‘dale’ meaning a valley, thus calling the valley as Annadale. this spelling appears in the early lithographs of Simla done about the year 1840. Annandale, since its inception in the 1830s was the haunt of Anglo-Indian playful activities, amusements and entertainments. It was the favourite place for picnic parties, fetes and fancy-fairs, birthday-balls,flower and dog shows, army tatoos,races and gymkhanas,polo matches and other tournaments in 1888 which became a regular annual feature and which still bears his name although the venue of this tournament is now shifted to Calcutta.
Source : hpshimla.nic.in
Annandale is now used by the Indian Army. There is a heritage museum run by Indian army, where the arms and uniforms used in 1971 India –Pakistan war are displayed. The surrender letter that Pakistan signed during the 1971 war is exhibited here. A 9 hole golf course is also there.
Visiting hours : 10.00Am to 02.00PM and 03.00PM to 05.00PM
Closed on Monday and Public holidays