Past and Present of Jubbal: Former Princely State


Jubbal is a town and a nagar panchayat in Shimla district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.  Located at an elevation of 1901 meters, the town of Jubbal is a beautiful retreat engulfed in plush greenery and dense deodars. The crystalline stream of the Pabbar River running along the town’s side only but adds to its already omnipresent sheen. The land of the royal family of Jubbal, the town is virtually unexplored and hardly ever crowded, making it an ideal spot for your much needed break from the routine.


The history of Jubbal State goes back to 12th century. Among the 18 Thakuries located in the valleys of Sutlej, Pabbar and Giri river, this Thakurrai was of considerable importance. Rulers of Jubbal belong to the Rathore clan.

During 12th century The Ugar Chand, The Raja of Sirmaur State, had a summer palace in Soonpur, The modern Hatkoti, which is overlooked by the plateau of Sonnpur, on the right bank of the pabbar river. While he was having pleasant company with his family he had to go back to Sirmaur leaving royal family behind. Due to heavy rainfall river Giri got flooded and capital of the state was swept away and the royal family lost its ancestral possessions the Sirmaur State forever to a prince of Jaisalmer.

The princely state of Jubbal was founded in 1800. It was occupied by Nepal from 1803 to 1815 and by the British from

to 1840. The rulers who belonged to the Rathore clan took the title of Rana. The last ruler Rana Bhagat Chandra took the title of Raja in 1918.


Present Day Jubbal

Today, Jubbal is reputed for its apple orchards which provide its residents their main source of income. Jubbal has also given the state of Himachal Pradesh a Chief Minister. He was the late Thakur Ram Lal who was the Chief Minister from 1975 to 1977 and again from 1980 to 1982. He also served as Governor of State of Andhra Pradesh.

The town is also known statewide for the beauty in terms of looks of the residents and Bollywood actress Priety Zinta is a proof of it.

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