Britons, who used to rule over Nainital, have left their artistic imprint upon landscapes in palaces, churches and public places. One such place that is a fantastic reminiscent of the British era is the Governors house, officially called Raj Mahal. Built in 1990 in "the early domestic Gothic style", the house used to serve as a residence for the governor of the north-eastern province and later the united province. The unique architecture of the Governors house, known for its ages old charming architecture and quirky looks, was designed by F.O. Oertel and H.S. Wildeblood. It’s a place that fills one with old charm and architecture marvel dating back to colonial times. This magnificent house has been designed on the model of Buckingham Palace, featuring majestic rooms, golf courses, and manicured gardens that speak about British royalty and ebullience. Various hidden tunnels connect this 220-acre property, which was used by Sultana Daku, the Robin Hood of India as a hideout.
Governor’s house indoor 18-hole golf course is one of its biggest attractions. Spread over an area of 50 acres land, the golf course is a unique masterpiece which has been designed and constructed by the British army engineers. In the year 1926, the golf course was commissioned by Lord Malcolm Hailey, the then governor general of United Provinces. Later in 1995, the golf course opened it doors for public viewing. According to the golfers, it is one of the most challenging courses in the world. Furnished with the state-of-the-art facilities like an underground tunnel which helps in draining out the stagnant water, the golf course also hosts many golf championships.
The Governor's house is located at Tallital, around 3 km away from the mall road. One can reach here easily by walking or rickshaw from the main bus stand.
Raj Bhawan, Nainital, India
March to April - 08:00 AM to 05:00 PM
May to August - 08:00 AM to 06:00 PM
September to October - 08:00 AM to 05:00 PM
November to December - 08:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Note: Closed on Sunday & all Gazetted holidays.