Category Archives: History

Freedom Struggle and Regional Movements in Himachal Pradesh

By | January 29, 2018

Events before 1857 A.D. From the treaty of the Lahore, the Rajas of Hill states became disillusioned with the British because the British did not give them their old estates as per the promise. In the second British-Sikh war (1848 A.D.), the principalities of Kangra hills, accompanied Sikh against the British. The hill principalities of… Read More »

What is Sanad?

By | January 29, 2018

What is Sanad? Sanad or सनद (deed or patent) in British India, a deed granted to the native princely state rulers confirming them in their states, in return of their allegiance. Under the Sanad, the hill chiefs were put under certain obligations in return of their protection. Those obligations were: Hill chiefs were to allow… Read More »

Constitutional History of Himachal Pradesh

By | June 29, 2017

Himachal Pradesh came into being as a centrally administered Chief Commissioner’s Province on April 15, 1948. It was made integrating 26 Shimla hill States and 4 Punjab hill states (a total of 30 erstwhile Princely States) with it’s headquarter in the historic building of British India Foreign Office at Shimla. At that time there were… Read More »

British and Hill States

By | June 29, 2017

During the war with Gurkhas, British had promised to give full independence to Hill states after the war is over. But after the war, British didn’t fulfilled their promises completely. Although they gave back the thrones of States to their respective Kings, they also kept many strategically important places under their occupation. British also took… Read More »

British and Gurkhas

By | June 29, 2017

British & Gurkhas: Gurkhas together with Raja of Kahlur (Bilaspur) defeated Sansar Chand in 1806 A.D. In 1809 A.D. Amar Singh Thapa drove out Rana of Bhagal State (Presently in Solan District) and captured Arki. Amar Singh Thapa sent his son Ranzor Singh to attack Sirmaur. Raja Karam Prakash of Sirmaur had to run away… Read More »

Mughals and Chamba State

By | November 20, 2016

Akbar send his very able finance minister Todar Mal to build imperial demense in Kangra and adjoining areas of Chamba. In this process Chamba lost Rihlu, Chari and Gharoh Raja Pratap Singh Verman was the contemporary of Mughal Emperor Akbar. He was loyal to the Mughals. When Raja Surajmal of Nurpur took refugee in the… Read More »

Modern History of Himachal Pradesh

By | November 11, 2016

Sikhs: Guru Nanak visited Kangra, Jawalamukhi, Kullu, Sirmaur, Kullu and Lahaul-Spiti. Fifth Sikh Guru Arjun Dev sent Bhai Kaliana to hill states to collect charity for the construction of Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple). Sixth Sikh Guru Hargovind Singh started the construction of Kiratpur on the land given gifted to him by the Raja of Kehlur… Read More »

इतिहास कमलाह फोर्ट (History of Kamlahgarh Fort)

By | November 7, 2016

इतिहास कमलाह फोर्ट (History of Kamlahgarh Fort): जिला मंडी के सरकाघाट उपमण्डल में स्थित कमलाह गढ़ रियासत का सबसे मजबूत अजय गढ़ है।  यह किला मंडी से 101 किलोमीटर की दूरी पर स्थित है।  किले की ऊंचाई लगभग 4500 फुट है तथा किले के ऊपरी भाग में कमलाहिया बाबा का मंदिर है।