The Nainital Governor House , Nainital

  • Spend Time

    4 hour

  • Best Time To Visit

    12 month

  • Timings

    9:00 am - 06:00 pm



The Nainital Governor House is known as the Raj Bhawan, and it is a symbol of British legacy in the town. This British-era mansion, which was previously the summer residence of British Governors, is now the Governor residence of Uttarakhand.

When was Built

Was laid on 27th April 1897

Who is the founder

It is built on European pattern and based on Gothic Architecture.

Raj Bhawan's architectural style

The Raj Bhawan was purposefully built around the gorgeous topography, spanning 205 acres and including a 45-acre golf course. There is a swimming pool and a garden on the castle grounds. This Scottish-style castle took two years to build during the pre-independence era in 1897. The castle's architecture is Gothic and European in style. It was given the name Raj Bhawan after independence.

The Raj Bhawan is a two-story building with 113 rooms that is popular with British tourists during the summer. During their tour to Nainital, the majority of British VIPs and guests stayed in the Raj Bhawan.

Following independence, Sarojini Naidu was the first Governor of Uttar Pradesh (now Uttarakhand) to live at this historic place. Lush green gardens, Deodar and Oak trees enhance the appeal of this location and draw a large number of tourists.

The Raj Bhawan has a golf course.

The Raj Bhawan Golf Course is one of the oldest and most historic golf courses in India. It was built in 1926 and belongs to the Indian Golf Union. This golf course was the sole property of the erstwhile United Province, subsequently known as Uttar Pradesh. It first became accessible to the public in 1994. This 18-hole golf course is nestled among the lush greens of the mountainous countryside and is a must-play for golf enthusiasts.

Entry Fee and Raj Bhawan Fee Timings

The entrance charge to Raj Bhawan is Rs. 50 per person. The Golf Course is an additional Rs. 450 per person.

The optimum time to visit Raj Bhawan is determined by the season.

Timings: The best time to visit Raj Bhawan depends on the season.

From March to April


8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m


From May to August


8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m


From September to October


8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


From November to December

8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Remember that the Raj Bhawan is closed on Sundays and other national holidays.

Things to remember when visiting Raj Bhawan

Because the golf course spans 45 acres and is set in a pristine mixed forest that is home to many endangered and other wildlife species, visitors should use caution when interacting with animals.

Woollens should always be carried because evenings in Nainital can be cold.

Interesting Raj Bhawan facts

1. The Raj Bhawan's architecture is similar to that of Buckingham Palace.

2. The Raj Bhawan Golf Course was opened to the public in order to promote golf as a sport.

3. Beginning in 2009, just 'Permission to Play' is offered to golfers; no membership is permitted.

List Places to Visit around Raj Bhawan


Visiting Places


Open/Closed  Day



Nainital Lake

06:00 Am To 06:00 Pm

All Day open

7 min (1.7 km) via Thandi Rd


Naina Peak

24 Hour

All Day open

26 min (8.7 km) via Kilbury Rd


Pt. G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo

10:00 Am To 04:30 Pm

All Day open

14 min (4.0 km) via NH109


Naina Devi Temple

6:00 am to 10:00 pm.

All Day open

6 min (2.1 km) via DSB Rd


The Raj Bhawan is a lovely spot to visit in Nainital. Inside the Raj Bhawan, guided tours are also available. Take a walk around the golf course, which provides a beautiful perspective of the Kumaoni environment.


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