Woodville Palace has a history dating back to 1866 when Sir William Mansfield, Commander-in-Chief of the imperial army became the first resident of the charming estate.
The palace was reconstructed in 1938 by the Rana of Jubbal when hundreds of expert artisans were brought from far and wide to ensure the highest quality of craftsmanship.
Kanwar Udai Singh opened a part of the mansion as a guest house in 1977 and today, the palace is one of the finest places to stay in Shimla.
In 1926, His Highness Maharaja Sir Bhagvat Singh of Gondal State in Western Indian purchased the property for his daughter, Princess Leila. In 1938, the old Victorian building was demolished by her husband, Raja Rana Sir Bhagat Chand, the ruler of Jubbal State. In its place the present magnificient summer palace was constructed at a cost of Rupees Five Hundred Thousand.
The Jubbal royal family belong to the Rathore clan of Chandravanshi Rajputs who were renowned for their chivalry and bravery and can trace their origins upto 300 years. Raja Bhagat Chand was one of the most enlightened rulers amongst the Shimla Hill States, and represented the Shimla Hill States in the Council of Princes from 1921-1924. He was made a C.S.I. (Companion of the Star of India) in 1928 and a K.C.S.I. (Knight Commander of the Star of India) in 1936 for meritorious services.
His youngest son, late Lt. Col. Raj Kumar Birender Singh, was one of the earliest commissioned officers of the British Indian Army who fought for his country overseas during the World War II. It was his son, Kanwar Uday Singh, who coverted Woodville Palace into a heritage hotel in 1977. At present, the first floor of the hotel is occupied by his family while the rest of the building is open to visitors.
Woodville Palace Hotel
Raj Bhawan Road
0177) 223919 / 224038