He was received at the Kalyani helipad byHimachal chief minister Virbhadra Singh and the state governor Urmila Singh .
This is his first visit to the hill station as president .
Mukherjee will stay at the official summer residence of the president at ‘The Retreat’ near Wildflower Hall some 15 km beyond Shimla .
Apart from presiding over the golden jubilee celebrations of the Vidhan Sabha the president will also deliver a lecture at the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies .
President Mukherjee will also preside over the convocation function of the HP university in Shimla and will also inaugurate the Maharaja Agrasen University at Kalu Jhanda in Solan district .