|PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY:
Predecessor state of Garhwal, was founded in 823AD and
lasted till 1804, when the Gurkhas invaded the area,
remaining in control until 1815. Rulers were...
- Raja SUDARSHAN SHAH (Photo),
1st Raja of Tehri-Garhwal 1815/1859, born 1784, he
built the Puranadarbar Palace in 1815, the first after
the Gurkha invasion; married (amongst others), (a), a
daughter of Raja Karam Prakash II, Raja of Sirmur, married (b), a
daughter of Raja Sansar Chand II of Kangra, married (c),
another daughter of Raja Sansar Chand II of Kangra, and had issue.
He died 7th June 1859.
- Rajkumar Surjan Shah, died young.
- Raja Bhawani Shah (qv)
Raja BHAWANI SHAH (Photo), 2nd
Raja of Tehri-Garhwal 1859/1871, married (amongst
others), the daughter of Mian Udai Singh of Mandi, and
had issue. He died December 1871.
Raja PRATAP SHAH, 3rd Raja of
Tehri-Garhwal 1871/1887, born 1850, founder of the
township of Pratap Nagar, married (amongst others)
Rani Guleriya, a daughter of Raja Jai Singh of Guler, she was Regent of
Tehri-Garhwal 1886/1892, and had issue. He died in
- HH Swasti Sir Raja Kirti Shah (qv)
- Rajkumar Surendra Shah, married and had issue.
- Kunwar Dev Indra Shah, died 1908 in a hunting
- Rajkumar Vichatra Shah (Photo),
he was granted the Puranadarbar Palace and a jagir
consisting of the lands of Uttarkash, Dhanolti,
Chamba and Gansali in 1893, he married and had
- Capt. Rao Shoor Beer Singhji (Photo), served as
Magistrate within the state, and, after the merger
in 1949, he served as an I.A.S. Officer in the
United Provinces; he married and had issue.
- Rao Samar Beer Singhji (Photo),
I.P.S., D.G. of Police, Rajasthan, served in the
Royal Garhwal Rifles with the rank of Captain,
married Rani Preeti Kumari, daughter of Thakur
Umaid Singh of Peelwa
Pana 2, and had issue. He died 1999.
- Rao Kirti Pratap Singhji (Photo)
- Thakur Bhawani Pratap Singhji B.A. (Photo), born 13th
June 1977, educated at Rajasthan Universirty
(B.A.); with his brother, he is a hotelier in
Uttarakhand and co-owner of the Puranadarbar
Palace; married 6th February 2006 in Udaipur,
Thakurani Neha Singh of Thikana Thana in
Mewar, and has issue.
- Kanwar Nilay Pratap Singh Panwar
- Kumari (name unknown), married Raja Baldev
Singh of Guler, and
Swasti Sir Raja KIRTI SHAH, 4th Raja of
Tehri-Garhwal 1887/1913, born 19th January 1874,
married (amongst others), HH Rani Nepaliya, daughter
of Cdg. Gen. Maharajkumar Padma Jung Bahadur Rana (see
and Kaski), and had issue. He died 25th April
- Lt.Col. HH Sir Maharaja Narendra Shah Sahib
- HH Maharani Rukmini Devi, married 1907, HH
Sawai Maharaja Punya Pratap Singhji of Ajaigarh, son of
HH Sawai Maharaja Bhopal Singhji, and his wife, HH
Kunwar, and had issue.
- HH Maharani Shri Tej Kunwar, married 1916, HH
Maharajadhiraj Shri Himmat Singhji Saheb of Idar, son of Lt.Col.
HH Maharaja Sir Daulat Singhji Sahib of Idar,
and had issue.
- Raj Kumari Sashi Prabha Kumari [Rani Sashi
Prabha Kumari of Baghat] (by HH Rani Nepaliya),
born 1905, married 28th November 1917, Raja
Durga Singh of Baghat.
She died spm in April 1947.
HH Sir Maharaja NARENDRA SHAH Sahib Bahadur, 5th
Maharaja of Tehri-Garhwal 1913/1946, born 3rd August
1898 and succeeded 25th April 1913 (#2),
created Maharaja in 1913, C.S.I. [cr.1.1.1922],
K.C.S.I. [cr.1.1.1932], LL.D. (Benares), educated at
Mayo College, Ajmer; abdicated 26th May 1946, but
allowed to retain the use of his title, His Highness,
entitled to a personal salute of 11 guns, founded the
new township of Narendra Nagar; married 1stly,
February 1916, Rajkumari Kamlendu Mati Devi [HH
Maharani Kamlendu Mati Devi Sahiba of Tehri-Garhwal],
born 20th March 1901, died 15th July 1999, daughter of
Raja Bijey Sen of Keonthal,
married 2ndly, February 1916, HH Maharani Indu Mati
Devi Sahiba, born 1902, died in an automobile accident
in 1932, daughter of Raja Bijey Sen of Keonthal, married
3rdly, Rani Gulbadan, married 4thly, Rani Krishna Devi
Bist, married 5thly, Rani Uma, and had issue, seven
sons and nine daughters. He died 22nd September 1950.
- Lt.-Col. HH Maharaja Manabendra Shah Sahib Bahadur
(by Maharani Indu Mati Devi) (qv)
- H.E. Lt.-Col. Maharajkumar Shardul Bikram Shah (by
Maharani Kamlendu Mati Devi) (Photo), born 29th May
1921, as a young Captain, he joined the armoured
Corps (Hodsons Horse and then the 19th Lancers), and
fought the Japanese in Burma during World War II;
later he was appointed Military Attache to General
Sir Roy Boucher, Commander-in-Chief of the Royal
Indian Army; joined the Indian Foreign Service in
1947 and served as Indian Ambassador to Ireland,
Laos, Ghana, Finland, Spain and Turkey, also served
as Chief of Protocol in New Delhi; married Rani Jaya
Rajya Lakshmi, daughter of General Shri Tunga
Shumshere Jung Bahadur Rana of Nepal,
and had issue, five sons. He died 2003.
- Rajkumar Sagar Bikram Shah, married December
1966 at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, Rajkumari
Mahima Kumari, daughter of Raja Saheb Maheshwari
Prasad Singh, Talukdar of Makrai in Uttar Pradesh,
and his wife, Rani Bimla Kumari, daughter of
Maharaja Bahadur Chandra Mouleshwar Prasad Singh
of Gidhaur in
Bihar, and has issue, one son and one daughter.
- Flt. Lt. Rajkumar
Samar Bikram Shah VrC., VM (IAF) Ret'd., B.Sc.
(Aero.), born 21st April 1945 in Mussoorie;
recipient of the Vayu Sena Medal in 1970; only
member of the Garhwal Royal family to be awarded
the Vir Chakra Medal in 1971 for having served in
two India-Pakistan wars and for downing an enemy
aircraft during the conflict; served as Staff
Officer to the Chief of Air Staff 1973; married
19th May 1967 in New Delhi, Mrs. Persis Shah, and
- Kanwar Shaurya Bikram Shah, Senior Constable
of Police with the South Australian Police Force
in South Australia; married Kanwarani Vicky Shah
(née Vicky Lester), and has issue.
- Kumari Kavita Bikram Shah, born 30th October
- Kanwar Navin Bikram Shah, born 23rd April
- Kanwar Nakul Bikram Shah
- Kumari Shalini Bikram Shah
- Rajkumar Sanat Bikram Shah, born 1948, educated
at Scindia School, Gwalior, M.P., graduated in
1969, from St. Stephen's College, Delhi
University, married Rajkumarani Meera (Shah), and
has issue, three daughters.
Kumari Sneh Shah, married and has issue,
two children living in Nepal.
Kumari Namrata Shah, married and has issue,
two children living in U.S.A.
Kumari Shreya Shah, married and has issue,
two children living in India.
- Rajkumar Vigyan Bikram Shah, born 8th February
1949 in New Delhi, educated at St. George's
College, Mussoorie, at Scindia School, Gwalior and
graduated in 1969 from Colegio San Juan,
Barcelona, Spain; undertook a Hotel Management
Course (three years) from Barcelona, Spain;
married 14th June 1990 in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand,
Kunwarani Anju Shah, and has issue, two children.
- Kumari Aakriti Shah, born 16th October 1992.
- Kanwar Vishal Bikram Shah, born 13th December
- Rajkumar Narvir Shah, born 1952, married and has
issue, a son and a daughter.
- Kumari Smriti Shah, born 31st March 1979,
married and has issue, two children.
- Kunwar Vivekraj Shah, born 27th January 1981,
married 4th December 2011 at Lucknow, Kunwarani
Charu Pratap of Rampur Mathura, U.P.
- Maharajkumar Balendu Shah (by Maharani Kamlendu
Mati Devi), born 1923, joined the French foreign
legion in 1946, served in Saigon and later joinedAir
India and was Regional Director in HongKong; a
versatile cricketer, he captained Uttar Pradesh in
the Ranji Trophy in 1954; married Rani Prabha Rajya
Laxmi of Nepal, and had issue. He died 1998.
- Rajkumar Jai Vikram Shah, born
1942 at Narendra Nagar Palace, Tehri-Garhwal in
Uttarakhand, educated at Welham Preparatory
School, Dehra Dun, at The Scindia School, Gwalior,
Madhya Pradesh, at St. Xaviers. College,
University of Bombay (B.Sc. (Hons.)) and at the
University of Liverpool, U.K.; employed with
Air-India International, Marketing Division
1967/1971; then General Manager for GULF AIR, for
India and S.E. Asia 1971/1981; Regional Manager
for ALITALIA for Western India 1981/1992; he was
Congress Candidate for M.L.A. Vidhan Sabha
Elections from Dev Prayag in 1994; he was elected
NCP President for Uttarakhand in the State's first
elections, and was Candidate for Narendra Nagar
Constituency from 2002 to the present time; he is
very active in the promotion of the well-being of
the residents of the Hill Area of Uttarakhand, as
well as in Environment and Social welfare; elected
to the Balloting and Disciplinary Committee of the
Willingdon Sports Club, Mumbai, India, for the
year 2010-2011; married Rajkumari Shrimant Ujjwala
Raje Bikram Shah (née Gaekwad), daughter of Major
Maharaj Udaysinghrao Shivajirao Gaekwad of Baroda, and his
wife, Ranisaheb Shrimant Sharda Raje Gaekwad (née
Patankar), and has issue, one son and two
- Kanwar Raviraj Vikram Shah, married Kanwarani
Smriti Kumari of Sailana,
and has issue, one son.
- Kumari Nayana Kumari Shah
- Kumari Menaka Kumari Shah, apppointed Country
Head-India,for Christies, the UK auctioneering
firm, from 1st of April 2009.
- Rajkumari Kumodini Shah, born 1945, married
Admiral (retd.) Thakur Manvendhra Singh of Chomu, and has issue.
- Rajkumar Abhaya Vikram Shah, married and has
- Rajkumar Nirbhey Shah, married 19th April 1980
(div.), Rajkumari Rajeshwari Kumari, born March
1959, daughter of Raja Saheb Shri Mahendra Palji
Bahadur of Kutlehar,
and his first wife, Rani Lalita Devi, and had
- Rajkumari Roopangana Shah, born 1982.
- Rajkumar Leeneshwar Vikram Shah, born 9th
- Thakur Kishore Singh (by Rani Gulbadan)
- Thakur Man Singh (by Rani Krishna Devi), born 6th
April 1935, educated at Welham School in Dehra Dun
1942/1946, then at St. Georges College, Mussoorie
1946/1952; he spent a brief year on the T.S.
Dufferin as an Officer cadet but was given a medical
discharge due to illness; he later joined the Travel
Trade in Delhi as Asst. Manager of Mercury Travels
then as General Manager of Indtravels; he emigrated
to the U.S.A. in 1970 and set up his own company in
1972, which became successful and was the winner of
several awards for promoting Tourism to India and
other Asian countries; married 1958, Smriti Bose
[Thakurani Dr. Smriti Singh], she died in April
2016, she had the distinction of being the only
person in the Tehri Family who has done her
Doctorate, and that too from a foreign university,
namely at Columbia University in New York where she
was teaching as a Professor retiring, and has issue.
- Kanwar Madhav Singh
- Kanwar Manoj Singh, married and has issue, one
son and one daughter.
- Bhanwar Manav S. Panwar, born 29th March 1992
in New Jersey, U.S.A.
- Kumari Manika Panwar, born 21st September 1995
in New Jersey, U.S.A.
- Thakur Yogendra Singh (by Rani Uma)
- Thakur Niranjan Singh (by Rani Uma), married
Thakurani Promila Singh-Panwar, and has issue, three
- Kumari Kartika Panwar
- Kunwar Samar Singh-Panwar, married Kunwarani
Sallie Panwar, and has issue, two sons.
- Bhanwar Jaidev Singh-Panwar
- Bhanwar Jatin Singh-Panwar
- Kunwar Dr. Rohan Singh-Panwar, married Kunwarani
Catherine Panwar, and has issue, one daughter.
- Maharani Girija Kumari (by Maharani Indu Mati
Devi), born 1920, married Maharaj Bahadur Chandra
Chur Singh of Gidhaur,
and had issue. She died 2002.
- Shrimati Rani Neelima Kumari (by Maharani Indu
Mati Devi), married Raja Dinesh Singh of Kalakankar.
- Shrimati Rani Shailendra Kumari (by Maharani
Kamlendu Mati Devi), married Raja Dhruv Dev Chand of
and has issue.
- Kumari Masanti Devi (by Rani Gulbadan) [Shrimati
Kanwarani Shanta Devi of Sirmur], married Kanwar
Jitendra Singh of Sirmur, and had issue.
- Kumari Rameshwari Devi (by Rani Gulbadan)
- Kumari Hari Devi (by Rani Gulbadan)
- Shrimati Rani Padma Devi (by Rani Krishna Devi),
born 2nd August 1933, married Rao Raja Devi Singh of
Idar, and has issue.
- Shrimati Rani Sudha Devi (by Rani Krishna Devi),
born 15th June 1936 in Narendra Nagar,
Tehri-Garhwal, married 1947 in Narendra Nagar, Rao
Raja V. B. Rathore, and has issue, one son and five
- Kumari Usha Devi (by Rani Uma)
MANABENDRA SHAH Sahib Bahadur, 6th Maharaja of
Tehri-Garhwal 1946/2007, born 26th May 1921 in
Pratapnagar, Tehri-Garhwal District, Uttar Pradesh and
succeeded 1946 on his fathers abdication; educated at
Government College, Lahore (now in Pakistan) and
I.C.S. Camp, Dehradun, Uttar Pradesh; he served as an
Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Bengal Engineer
Group (formerly, the King George Vs Own Bengal Sappers
and Miners Group, Royal Indian Engineers, and prior to
that, the 1st Prince of Wales Own Bengal
Sappers and Miners); Member of the 2nd, 3rd, 4th,
10th, 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th Lok Sabha. Chairman of
the Committee on Health and Drinking Water for the
Hills, member of the Committee on Estimates; and
Chairman of its Sub-Committee on Estimates, member of
the Committee on Finance 1991/93 and 1995/96, member
of the Consultative Committee, Ministry of Surface
Transport 1991/96, Member of the Committee on Public
Undertakings and Committee on External Affairs and
Consultative Committee, Ministry of Power 1996/97,
Chairman of the Committee on Public Undertakings and
member of the General Purposes Committee and the
Committee on Transport and Tourism and the
Consultative Committee, Ministry of Defence 1998/99,
member of the Committee of Home Affairs 1999/2004.
Ambassador to Ireland 1980-83, Patron of the
Badri-Kedar Shrines, President of the Temple Board of
Management, Tehri Garhwal. Trustee of the Maharaja
Narendra Shah Trust and the Maharaja Kirti Shah Trust.
Interests include reading, photography and travelling,
member of the following sports clubs.. Cricket Club;
Gymkhana Club; Golf Club; Army Golf Club; National
Sports Club; Royal Western India Turf Club; and Rotary
Club. Married 4th February 1937, HH Maharani Suraj
Kanwar, daughter of HH Sri Raj-i-Rajan Maharawal Sir
Prithvi Singhji Bahadur of Banswara, and had
issue, one son and three daughters. He died 5th
January 2007 in New Delhi after a long illness, and
was accorded a state funeral at Narendranagar,
Tehri-Garhwal on the 7th January 2007.
- HH Maharaja Manujendra Shah Sahib Bahadur (qv)
- Maharajkumari Anupama Kumari, born 1939, married
1963, Maharajkumar Jai Singh of Dungarpur.
- HH Maharani Nirupama Kumari, married HH 108 Sri
Maharaj Adhiraj Raj Rajeshwar Ravi Kula Bushana-Mahi
Mahindra Yavadarya Kula Kamaldhivakara Chattis
Rajkul Singar Maharana Shri Mahendra Singhji Bahadur
Hindua Suraj Hindupati of Udaipur, and has
- HH Maharani Swarupa Kumari, married 4th April 1968
at New Delhi, HH Maharaja Rana Shri Indrajit Singhji
of Jhalwar, and
HH Maharaja MANUJENDRA SHAH Sahib Bahadur,
7th Maharaja of Tehri-Garhwal (see above)
- Yuvrani Bhuvaneshwari Devi, married 13th October
1910, Yuvraj Man Singh of Pratapgarh. She
died 9th August 1913.