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The Shumshere was built in the early part of the 1900s during the construction phase of the stunning Forest Research Institute in Dehradun, one of the largest exposed brick buildings in Asia, at the foothills of the Himalayas. During its construction (1906 to 1929), its builder Rai Bahadur Narain Singh - contracted by the British Raj - also made a home for his family in the lovely valley town of Dehradun. While the Forest Research Institute was constructed in the Greco-Roman style, planned by the architect C.G. Bloomfield, The Shumshere followed an architectural style being experimented with by the Indian gentry at that time. The architecture follows principles of the Anglo-Saracen style, with pointed arches, verandahs and castle- like turrets.


The Shumshere, Dehradun

The family lived there until Rai Bahadur shifted to New Delhi, where another mega project was being undertaken by the British Raj - that of building their "Crown Jewel’s" new capital. Among the works undertaken by him in New Delhi, The Imperial Hotel, the Western and Eastern Courts, Connaught Place, the foundations for the Viceregal Lodge (now Rashtrapati Bhavan) and the Lady Hardinge College stand out among his several achievements. With seven stately suites, a living area and dining room, a courtyard and gardens, The Shumshere has been lovingly restored and is now open to welcome guests who would like to experience a bit of the Raj legacy. A stay here will transport you to another time with unique antique furniture, tapestries and textiles. The food is curated from old family recipes and from Raj-era Anglo-Indian cuisine. Apart from spending time at the guest house, visitors have the opportunity to visit various cultural, historical and natural wonders of the area - the Rajaji National Park for tiger, elephant and birding safaris; Rishikesh for an Aarti by the Ganges; the temple town of Haridwar - all about an hour and a half drive from the guesthouse; and within Dehradun: The Forest Research Institute, Jhandewalan and Paltan Bazaar, the Ashoka edicts at Kalsi, and the sikh temple of Guru Ram Rai, the founder of Dehradun.

The Shumshere

3 Chander Road, Dallanwalla Dehra Dun, India