Rampur Bushahr is a city and a municipal council in Shimla district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is 130 km from Shimla well connected with National Highway which passes through Narkanda (attitude 2708m).
The principality of Basher (also known as Bushahar, Bushahar, Bushahr) was once among the largest of the twenty-eight Shimla Hill States under the administration of the British Raj keen to invest on regional and transcontinental trade and exploit Himalayan resources. It bordered on the north with Spiti, on the east with Tibet, on the south with Garhwal, and on the west with Jubbal, Kotkhai, Kumharsain, Kotgarh, and Kulu. Caught in the machinations of the British imperial enterprise, it was subjected to political-cum-economic vicissitudes, acceding to the Indian Union in 1947. On the 8th March 1948, along with twenty other princely hill States of Punjab and Shimla, Bashahr signed an agreement which resulted in its inclusion in the Indian State of Himachal Pradesh.
History of Rampur Busher:-
One of the oldest Hill Place in Shimla (Himachal Pradesh), traditionally founded by Pradhuman, the son of Lord Krishna. According to C. F. Kennedy, it was founded by Rana Danbar Singh in 1412. Some rulers were….
1) Raja CHATAR SINGH, 110th Ruling Rajput of Bashahr State, brought the whole of the state under his power during his reign.
2) Raja KALYAN SINGH, 112th Ruler of Bashahr
3) Raja KEHRI SINGH, 113th Ruler of Bashahr.
4) Raja VIJAY SINGH -/1708, 114th Ruler of Bashahr.
5) Raja UDAI SINGH 1708/1725, 115th Ruler of Bashahr, married and had issue.
(a) Raja RAM SINGH (qv)
(b) Mian Pabar Singh, founder of the only legitimate collateral line of the royal family.
(c) Several generations
(d) Raja Narain Singh, present head (1910), jagirdar and lambardar of Kakrola in the Dassau pargana of Rampur tahsil.
6) Raja RAM SINGH 1725/1761, 116th Ruler of Bashahr, made Rampur his capital, lost much conquered land in wars with the Raja of Kullu. He died 1761.
7) Raja UDAR SINGH 1761/1785, married (amongst others), a daughter of Raja KIRAT PRAKASH of Sirmur, and had issue.
8) Raja UGAR SINGH 1785/1803, 118th Ruler of Bashahr, during his reign married and had issue. He died 1810.
(a) Raja Mahender Singh
9) Raja MAHENDRA SINGH 1815/1850 , born 1809, confirmed in his possessions by the sanad of 6th November 1815, married and had issue. He died 1850.
a) Raja SHAMSHER SINGH (qv)
b) Mian Fatteh Singh (natural son), died sp 1876.
10) Raja SHAMSHER SINGH 1850/1887 and 1898/1914, born 1838 (#1), abdicated in favour of his legitimate son in 1887, married and had issue, 1 son and 2 daughters. He died 5th August 1914.
a) Tikka Raghunath Singh, later Raja RAGHUNATH SINGH (qv)
b) Raja Sir PADAM SINGH (by a concubine)
11) Raja RAGHUNATH SINGH 1887/1898, C.I.E., married in a double ceremony in 1884, two daughters of Raja BIJAI SEN of Mandi, and had issue, 6 daughters and 1 son. He died February 1898.
a) Tikka Marender Singh, born 1886, died January 1899.
12) Raja PADAM SINGH 1914/1947, born 1873, succeeded 5th August 1914. Married 9 wives (4 from Kotkhai, one fom Mandi, one from Suket, one from Sangri), married 8thly, Rani Jwale Dei of Lambagraon, died 22nd July 1949, married 9thly, Rani Shanta Devi of Dhadi, late Rajmata of Bashahr, and had issue……
a) Devinder Singh, died young in 1922.
b) Ranbir Singh, died 1921.
c) Jagatjit Singh, born 4th November 1904, married 1929, Jai Devi of Karangla,. He died 1961.
i) Kanwar Raj Pal Singh, born 8th March 1947, married 25th November 1975, married with Kanwarani Romila Kumari of Kotkhai, and has issue.
(1) Ravija Kumari, born 12th October 1976 in Shimla, married 3rd May 1997, Tikka Danvender Singh of Kullu.
(2) Vibha Kumari, born 5th December 1977 in Kotkhai, married 3rd August 2000, Kanwar Hiteshwar Singh of Kullu.
d) Tikka Virbhadra Singh (by Rani Shanta Devi)
e) Kumari (name unknown) (by Rani Jwale Devi)
f) Rajkumar Rajendra Singh (by Rani Jwale Devi), born 28th July 1935 at Sarahan, married 20th June 1957, Rajkumari Rajendra Kumari, daughter of HH Maharaja Sir BRIJNATH SINGH Ju Deo Bahadur of Maihar in M.P., born 5th November 1943 at Jabalpur in M.P., and had issue, 3 children. He died November 1997, and was cremated at the Royal Cemetary in Rampur Bushahr
i) Kanwar Rajeshwar Singh, born 31st May 1958 at Simla, Heir Apparent to the gaddi of Rampur Bushahr until 1989, married 1stly, 1984 (div. 1996), Miss Parminder Singh Oberoi, married 2ndly, 1st December 1997 at Simla, Rajkumari Shrikriti Kumari, born 10th May 1965 at New Delhi, daughter of Raja YOGENDRA CHAND of Jubbal, and has issue
(1) Prakram Singh (by 1st marriage), born 28th October 1984.
(2) Kumari Rajnandini Kumari (by 2nd marriage), born 30th April 2001 at Simla.
ii) Kumari Purnima Kumari, born 27th June 1961, married 27th April 1990 in Simla, Kunwar PRajay Singh, second son of Rawal Chakrapani Singh of Bissau, and has issue.
iii) Kumari Namrata Kumari, born 19th December 1963.
g) Kumari (name unknown), married the Raja of Manswal.
13) Raja VIRBHADRA SINGH Born 23rd June 1934 in Sarahan District Shimla. B.A. (Hons), M.A.; educated at Bishop Cotton School, Shimla and St. Stephen’s College, Delhi; Honorary Captain in the Indian Army; elected Member of the Lok Sabha in 1962, 1967, 1972 and in 1980; Member of Indian Delegation to the General Assembly of the United Nations, 1976, Deputy Minister, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Govt. of India, 1976/1977; Minister of State for Industries, Government of India, 1982/1983.
Associated with various Cultural and Social Organizations, remained President, Sanskrit Sahitya Sammelan and Friends of Soviet Union Society (H.P.State Branch); Elected twice to the Legislative Assembly from Jubbal-Kotkhai Constituency (first in 1983, in a by-election; and again in 1985 general elections), Chief Minister, Himachal Pradesh, 1983/1990 and again in 1993/1998. 6 times in total.
Elected from nearby Rohru Constituency in 1990 and 1993, Elected President State Congress Committee, 1992/1994; re-elected to State Assembly in 1998; Leader of the Congress Legislative Group in the Assembly, married 1stly, 28th May 1954, Rajkumari Rattan Kumari of Jubbal, born 16th August 1934 in Jubbal, died 27th September 1983 in Shimla, married 2ndly, 28th November 1985 at Junga, Rani Pratibha Kumari, born 16th June 1956, Member of the Lok Sabha, daughter of Raja HITENDRA SEN of Keonthal, and has issue, 4 daughters by 1st wife, and 1 son and 1 daughter by the 2nd wife.
i) Rajkumari Abhilasha Kumari, born 23rd February 1956, appointed a High Court Judge of the Gujarat High Court by the Government of India in May 2006; married 7th November 1979 in Simla, Kunwar Prithvindra Sinh Gohil of Darer in Gujarat, born 11th July 1950, and had issue.
ii) Raghavendra Sinh Gohil, born 11th July 1981 in New Delhi.
iii) Rajkumari Jyotsna Kumari, born 27th February 1958, married Rajkumar Rajiv Singh of Kashipur, and has issue.
iv) Rajkumari Anuradha Kumari, born 14th December 1960, died unmarried 4th May 1999.
v) Rajkumari Meenakshi Kumari, born 27th June 1966 at Simla, married November 1988 at Simla (div.), Yuvraj Jaideep Sinh Jhala of Limbdi, and has issue.
vi) Rajkumari Aprajita Kumari, born 6th December 1986 at Simla, educated at The Lawrence School, Sanawar, District Solan and at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, studying for her B.A. in Mathematics, from 2005.
vii) Tikka Vikram Aditya Singh, born 17th October 1989 at Simla, educated at Bishop Cotton School, Simla.