British and Gurkhas – Himachal Pradesh General Studies

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 to ‘Bhuria’ (Ambala) to save his life.
  • Nahan and Jythak forts were under the control of Gurkhas now.
  • In 1810 A.D. areas of Hindur (Nalagarh), Jubbal and Pundar (both in Shimla) were also occupied by the Gurkhas.
  • Amar Singh Thapa now attacked Bushahar State in 1811 A.D.
  • He remained in Rampur up till 1813 A.D. and after that returned back to Arki.

In 1813 A.D. Amar Singh Thapa tried to capture 6 villages of Sirhind (in Punjab), among which 2 villages were under the control of British-Sikhs. This led to a dispute between Gurkhas & the British.

Conflict of Gurkha & British Interest:

  • Secondly, Gurkhas were coming in front of British commercial interests. Because Britishers had important trade ties with Tibet and Gurkhas had captured almost all passes & ways which connected British India to Tibet. So the Gurkha-British war was looking unavoidable now.
  • On 1 November, 1814 British declared war against Gurkhas.

Gurkha-British War:

  • Under the leadership of Major General David Ochterlony and Major General Rollo Gillespie British fought against Gurkhas.
  • With 4400 soldiers Major Gillespie defeated the Gurkha army in the fort of “Kalinga” which was being led by Bal Bhadra Thapa.
  • Ranzor Singh son of Amar Singh Thapa went from Nahan to Jythak fort and caused heavy damage to the British Army.
  • In the beginning Kahlur State (Bilaspur) was with Gurkhas due to which Gurkhas dealt heavy blows to British in many places.
  • Later British with the help of Sadder of Bilaspur constructed a road from Kanuri to Nahan.
  • On 16 January, 1815 British under the command of David Ochterlony, attacked Arki (in present day Solan).
  • After this Amar Singh Thapa went to Malaon fort, due to which the forts of ‘Taragarh’ and ‘Ramgarh’ were captured by the British.

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Defeat of Gurkhas:

  • On 12 March, 1815 at Jubbal State, British together with Dangi Wajir & Primu forced a hundred Gurkhas to surrender.
  • After winning Chaupal, British attacked “Rawingarh Fort” which was under the control of Ranzor Singh Thapa.
  • With the support of Tikam Das, Badri, Dangi Wazir and Army of Bushahr the British drove out Gurkhas from the “Rawingarh fort”.
  • In Rampur-Kotgarh the joint army of Bashahar and Kullu forced Gurkhas to surrender near ‘Saran Ka Tiba’.
  • Now together with the Raja of Hindur ‘Ram Sharan’ and Raja of Kahlur, the British made a joint front to attack Gurkhas.
  • Amar Singh Thapa had to run away from ‘Ramgarh’ and take asylum in the ‘Malaon fort’.
  • The death of Bhakti Thapa (Brave Sardar of Gurkhas) in ‘Malaon fort’ proved to be a big loss to the Gurkhas.
  • Also the defeat in Kumaon and unwillingness of his soldiers to fight more forced Amar Singh Thapa to surrender.

Treaty of Sugauli:

  • Amar Singh Thapa on 28 November, 1815 signed the “Sugauli Treaty” with British Major General David Ochterlony for respectable and safe return of himself and his son Ranzor Singh to Nepal, who was protecting the Jaythak fort.
  • According to this treaty Gurkhas were provided safe passage to go back to Nepal and were allowed to take away their own personal properties.
  • The British had given a 15 day ultimatum to Nepal to ratify a treaty but the points of the treaty were very difficult for Nepal to ratify quickly. The delay provided the excuse for the British to commence the second military campaign against Nepal.
  • Again on 2 December 1815 ‘treaty of Sugauli’ was signed and ratified on 4 March 1816, between the East India Company and King of Nepal following the Anglo-Nepalese War in the years 1814-16.
  • The signatory for Nepal was Raj Guru Gajraj Mishra aided by Chandra Sekher Upadhayaya and the signatory for the Company was Col. Paris Bradshaw.

Read also: District Wise History of Himachal Pradesh

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3 thoughts on “British and Gurkhas – Himachal Pradesh General Studies

  1. Govind Singh

    I have a confusion regarding Treaty of Sugauli occurance date, whether its on 28 nov 1815 or 2 Dec 1815 or 4 Mar 1816. And between whom it was signed (Ochterlony or Paris Bradshaw).
    Please Help..

    1. Ashima Pandit

      on 28 nov. 1815 the treaty was drafted… the presence of AST and David ochterlony.
      And, on 2 december 1815 it was formally signed.


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