Peterhoff, Shimla

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Peterhoff, Shimla in 2010.jpg
The Peterhof in 2010
Peterhoff, Shimla is located in Himachal Pradesh
Peterhoff, Shimla
Location in Himachal Pradesh, India
Former namesRaj Bhavan, Shimla
Alternative namesThe Peterhof
General information
Town or cityShimla
Coordinates31°05′21″N 77°10′48″E / 31.089178°N 77.179886°E / 31.089178; 77.179886

The Peterhoff was a building in Shimla which has housed at least seven Viceroys and Governors General of India during the British Raj. It has been built in typical Tudor style - all wooden frames and shingled eaves.

Its first occupant was James Bruce, 8th Earl of Elgin, who moved into the building in 1863.[1]

After India's independence from the British Empire, the building served as the Punjab High Court. It was at Peterhoff where the trial of Nathuram Godse, who assassinated Mahatma Gandhi, took place in 1948-49.[2] In 1971, when Himachal Pradesh became a full-fledged state, Peterhoff served as the Raj Bhavan (the Governor's residence).[3]

The building was destroyed in a fire on the night of 12 January 1981.[3] Subsequently, the Raj Bhavan was shifted to the Barnes' Court building. The Peterhof was rebuilt to a new design as a luxury hotel in 1991. It has 34 suites.[4]


  1. ^ Indus Publishing Company (1 March 1998). Gazetteer Of the Simla District 1904. Indus Publishing. p. 120. ISBN 978-81-7387-068-2. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
  2. ^ Heritage holidays. Outlook. 2004. p. 62. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
  3. ^ a b Peterhoff (Old Raj Bhavan At Chauramaidan), Governor House, Himachal Pradesh
  4. ^ "Nathuram Godse was tried at Peterhoff Shimla in Gandhi Murder Case". IANS. Biharprabha News. Retrieved 30 January 2014.