History of MahendrapuraHistory

A small water fall inside the camp, an age-old amphitheatre, a shaded lounge under white fig (it is called “Pilkhan” in hindi) tree, a natural pool, scenic song river next to the camp, and musical sound of chirping & quavering birds creates a magnificent ambience for everyone.

Great cuisine prepared under hygienic conditions by our Chef is icing on the cake.

5-6 hours drive from NCR, Haryana and UP makes this camp a perfect weekend getaway from Delhi NCR, Chandigarh, Karnal, Sonipat, Panipat, Ambala, Merrut, Roorkie & Haridwar. Group sizes of up to 200 people can be accommodated in one go. It is a perfect destination for team-building programs, Corporate Events, Family Retreats and holidays..

Mahendrapur falls in Saklana Patti of Tehsil Dhanolti, District Tehri Garhwal. Song river flowing close by and being surrounded by green dense forests . This river also forms the boundary with district Dehradun. The main building was constructed in 1910 by then Muafidar Rai Mahendra Dutt Saklani, father of Lt.Col (Retd) P.C.Saklani, who is living there at present. From the time of its construction, Mahendrapur had become the winter location for administering the Saklana Muafi. It was granted as a jagir to one of the ancestors by the British for services rendered in the Anglo-Nepalese war which ended in 1816. It consisted of around 30 villages with second class magistrate powers being granted subsequently .The Muafi was inherited by the eldest son . Pujargaon in the valley of Upper Saklana and below the temple of Sarkanda Devi continued to remain the residence during summers.

Unique Court : The link to Dehradun was through a footpath and the one way journey itself took some three hours . Still Mahendrapur remained full of activities with upto 100 people moving around on peak days, having come from far and near to settle their disputes in the court. A unique tradition being followed was of the free morning meal being provided to these from the household. On their part, this gesture was reciprocated by each bringing along a wooden pot of curd or ghee.

Jail: The first floor was being used by the Muafidar family and the front portion of the ground floor for the court establishment .This included the jail. In this a person is said to have spent a day, who went on to become a minister in Prime Minister Nehru’s government. The remaining accommodation was being used as stores and for the servants.

The last muafidar was Col.Saklani’s eldest brother Rai Gajendra Dutt Saklani. He is attributed to have conducted the muafi affairs efficiently . The process for integration of states commenced soon after independence.

He had the foresight to see the winds of change blowing and surrendered his rights and territory. Elsewhere a great deal of bad blood may have resulted from such a transition. In 1948,the muafi alongwith the erstwhile Tehri Garhwal state was finally merged into UP, leaving the family with some personal properties of which Mahendrapur formed a part. Soon after the incumbent Muafidar died, ending the Muafi era.