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Governor House, Nainital - Travel Diary

Recently, I had the privilege of being invited to stay at The Raj Bhawan Governor House in Nainital, a stunning colonial-era building transformed into a summer retreat for the Governor of Uttarakhand. My stay at this majestic estate was nothing short of unforgettable. The lush green surroundings, the picturesque lake, and the awe-inspiring views of the Himalayas in the distance left me breathless. Playing golf amidst such pristine beauty was an added bonus. The luxurious rooms and impeccable service provided by the staff enhanced my experience, making my stay all the more enjoyable. Overall, my time at the Raj Bhawan Governor House was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I will cherish forever.

The Governor's House - Raj Bhawan area is 220 acres and was constructed in the line of Buckingham Palace London, having twice storied 113 rooms. State visitors and V.I.P. coming to Nainital use it for their stay. It's made up of a marvellous Garden, Golf Links, and Swimming Pool and enclosed with the verdant green part of Deodar and Oak trees. The base stone of the Nainital Government House, a structure after Buckingham Palace, was laid on April 27, 1897, and the building was done in March 1900.

Governor House's structural design has been expertly explained as "the early domestic Gothic style".

Teak wood was used in stairs, dining-room, doors, windows and floors in Governor House. The glass, tiles, brass fittings and iron pipes came from England. Agra masons did the ashlar stonework and carpenters from Punjab did the woodwork. Messrs Lazarus and Co. of Calcutta and Messrs Maple and Co. of London did most of the furnishing. The house stands upon a plateau at an altitude of 1932.37 meters above sea level with the rising ground behind it.

-Nainital Tourism Board

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