5 Interesting Facts About Hotel Peterhoff in Shimla

Today Hotel Peterhof is a mid range heritage hotel run by Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) but this building has a very interesting history. It is located between the State Museum and the Viceregal Lodge of the IIAS in the Chaura Maidan area of Shimla.

This is a charming location from where the Dauladhars and Churdhar range can be seen.

Peterhoff in Shimla | Image: Indiamike.com
Peterhoff in Shimla | Image: Indiamike.com

Being close to the railway station and easy access by road makes it a prime location in Shimla.

Here are 5 interesting facts about The Peterhoff.

1. It was built in the 1800’s

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to house the Viceroys of India.

The first Viceroy to occupy Peterhoff was James Bruce, the Earl of Elgin, in 1862. Since then several Viceroys and Governor Generals of India have made this heritage building their home.

This is the guy –

The Earl of Elgin | Viceroy of India In office 21 March 1862 – 20 November 1863
The Earl of Elgin | Viceroy of India ( In office 21 March 1862 – 20 November 1863)

2. Nathuram Godse’s trial took place in Peterhoff in 1948-49.

The building was being used as the Punjab High Court at that time.

Nathuram Godse at his trial for the murder of Mahatma Gandhi
Nathuram Godse at his trial for the murder of Mahatma Gandhi

3. Peterhoff was turned into Raj Bhavan in 1971.

It was done so after the separation of Himachal Pradesh from Punjab. It remained as the residence for the Governor of Himachal till 1981.

Peterhoff was turned into Raj Bhavan in 1971
Peterhoff was turned into Raj Bhavan in 1971

4. A fire damaged the building on the night of 12 January 1981.

The building was rebuilt as a hotel in 1991.

Peterhoff Burning (Fake)
Okay, it’s not Peterhoff Building and the Fire wasn’t This bad. This pic is here to keep the symmetry.

5. The origin of the name of Peterhoff is not known.

But chances are that it was named after the Peterhof Palace in Russia, built by Peter the Great.

Peterhof Palace in Russia
Peterhof Palace in Russia

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Aditya Thakur is an ex marine engineer who quit his sailing career to pursue his dreams of being a writer. Now he freelances, blogs and writes short stories all day long.

By: Aditya Thakur on Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Author: Aditya Thakur

Aditya Thakur is an ex marine engineer who quit his sailing career to pursue his dreams of being a writer. Now he freelances, blogs and writes short stories all day long.