List of Princely States of India

By Definition, a Princely State is an independent entity in terms of internal administration but in the physical limits of British India. All foreign aspects – army, international relationships and whatever are managed by the British Governemnt of India and anything internal like administration of justice etc were managed by the head of the administration(a king/ a Thakur whatever) albeit with some strings based on his capacity in serving the British and the historic relationship they had with the British. Some had formal pacts with the British, some were just recognized, some became Princely States just because they were there. Some of them like Kashmir or Hyderabad were huger than most of the European nations of today while some like Vij-o-ness or Piplianagar are but a fraction of a square mile. Some of them are kingdoms with their names etched in generations of history and originated in antiquity like Mewar or Tehri or Orchha, some of them, due to the political changes like Baroda or Gwalior or Hyderabad, some were bought as estates to be managed like Kashmir, some were just petty landholders upgraded to the rank of a princeley state just because the central authority above them, the Mughals crumbled, the best example being Kathiawar and the last set were plunderers who were given lands to placate or calm them just like that of Garrauli or Tonk. Some Princely states were annexed by the British according to their whims and fancies like Tanjore or Nagpur, some lapsed due to the lack of heirs, some due to rebellion. Some were demoted like that of Ramanad and some were upgraded like that of Patiala for being in the right or wrong graces at the required time. I don’t know what defines classification into a Zamindari or a Princeley State, but there are many Princeley States which are much smaller than Zamindaris like Ramanad and Darbhanga.

Based on the information I was able to gather, below is the list of Princely States which joined the Dominion of India(not Pakistan or the Gulf). The attachment, though not complete, gives considerable details regarding them. With the resources I have got, I’ll never be able to complete this sheet. Any inputs to complete this sheet or any corrections are always welcome.

Princeley States

Update: Got hold of a Government Gazette of Bombay Presidency which gives a list of Gujarat Princeley States, the biggest troublemakers in making a final list. Even the states mentioned in this doesn’t add up to 228 of Kathiawar which signed a pact with India.

And a map of Kathiawar. The chaos in the map itself is a simple reason why neither Junagadh nor Baroda nor the British preferred a status quo.

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List of Princeley States
Agar
Agori Barhar (Mirzapur)
Agra Barkhera
Ajaigarh
Ajraoda
Akadia
Akalkot
Alampur
Alipura
Alirajpur
Alwa
Alwar
Amala
Amilyara
Amraji-na-Muwara
Amrapur
Amrapur
Amwi
Anandpur
Anghad
Anguthala
Ankevalia
Argal(Fatehpur)
Asothar (Fatehpur)
Athgarh
Athmallik
Aundh
Avachar
Awa (Agra)
Azamgarh)
Babra
Badlapur (Jaunpur)
Bagasra
Baghal
Baghat
Bagli
Bajana
Bakhtgarh
Balasinor
Balsan or Ghodna
Bamanbore
Bamra
Banganapalli
Banka-Pahari
Bansda
Bansi (Basti)
Banswara
Bantva Gidad
Bantva Manavadar
Baoni
Baramba
Baraundha
Bardia or Barra
Bardoli
Bariya
Barkhera Deo Dungri
Barkhera Panth
Barmunada
Baroda
Barwani
Bashahr
Basoda
Basonda
Bastar
Basti
Baudh
Beja
Benares
Benares
Beona (Jalaun)
Beri
Bhadanra
Bhadarva
Bhadawar (Agra)
Bhadli
Bhadva
Bhadvana
Bhaisaundha
Bhajji
Bhalala
Bhalgam Baldhoi
Bhalgamda
Bhalusna
Bhandaria
Bharatpur
Bhareh (Etawa)
Bharejda
Bharudpura
Bhatan
Bhatkheri
Bhaunagar
Bhilodia – Chhatarsinghji
Bhilodia – Motisinghji
Bhimora
Bhoika
Bhojakheri
Bhojavadar
Bhopal
Bhor
Bhowal
Bichraud I
Bichraud II
Bihat
Bihora
Bijaigarh (Mirzapur)
Bijawar
Bijna
Bikaner
Bilaspur or Kahlur
Bilaud
Bilbari
Bildi
Boda-no-nes
Bolundra
Bonai
Borkhera
Bundi
Cambay
Chachana
Chamardi
Chamba
Chandap
Changbhakar
Charkha
Charkhari
Cherra
Chhadala
Chhaliar
Chhatarpur
Chhuikhadan
Chiktiabar
Chinchli-Gadad
Chiroda
Chitravav
Chobari
Chohey jagirs
Chok
Chorangla
Chota Barkhera
Chota Udaipur
Chotila
Chuda
Chudesar
Cochin
Cutch
Dabha
Dabhoda
Dabri
Dadhalia
Dahida
Dana
Danta
Daphlapur
Daria Kheri
Darkoti
Darod
Dasada
Daspalla
Datana
Datawad – 1
Datawad – 2
Datha
Datia
Debhravti
Dedan
Dedarda
Dedhrota
Delath
Deloli
Derdi-Janbai
Derol
Devlia
Dewas Jr
Dewas Sr
Dhabla Dhir
Dhabla Ghosi
Dhadi
Dhami
Dhar
Dharampur
Dhari
Dharnaoda
Dhasa
Dhenkanal
Dhola
Dholarva
Dholpur
Dhotria or Bhaisola
Dhrangadhra
Dhrol
Dhulatia
Dhurwai
Diodar Jr
Diodar Sr
Dorka
Drafa
Dudhpar
Dudhrej
Dugri
Dujana
Dungarpur
Dwara Nongtynmen
Eka (Mainpuri)
Faridkot
Farukhabad
Fatehpur
Gabat
Gad Boriad
Gadchola
Gadhali
Gadhia
Gadhka
Gadhwana
Gajipur
Gandhol
Gangpur
Garha
Garhi or Bhaisakho
Garmali Moti
Garmali Nani
Garrauli
Garvi
Garwhal(Tehri)
Gaurihar
Gavridad
Gedi
Ghorasar
Ghund
Gigasaran
Gokalpura
Gondal
Gopalpur (Gorakhpur)
Gotardi
Gundiali
Gwalior
Hadala
Hadol
Haiderabad
Halaria
Haldarwas
Haldi (Ghazipur)
Hapa
Harakji-na-Muwara
Hardui (Jalaun)
Harsoli
Hathasni
Hindol
Hirapur
Husht Bhya Jagirs
Hyderabad
Iavej
Idar
Ijpura
Ilol
Indore
Itaria
Itwad
Jabria Bhil
Jafarabad
“Jagamanpur (Jalaun)
laun)”
Jaipur or Amber or Dhudar
Jaisalmer
Jakhan
Jalia Amaraji
Jalia Devani
Jalia Manaji
Jamar
Jamka
Jamkhandi
Jamnia
Janjira
Jaora
Jasdan
Jashpur
Jaso
Jath
Jawasia
Jawhar
Jesar
Jetpur
Jhabua
Jhalawar
Jhalera
Jhampodad
Jher
Jhinjhuvada(including Rozva)
Jigni
Jind
Jinjira
Jiral Kamsoli
Jirang
Jobat
Jowai
Jubbal
Jumkha
Juna Padar
Junagadh
Kachhi-Baroda
Kadana
Kadoli
Kaksis (Jalaun)
Kalahandi (Karond)
Kalat
Kali Baori
Kalianjina Muwara
Kalsia
Kalukhera
Kamadhia
Kamalpur
Kamalpur
Kamta-Rajaula
Kaner
Kanjarda
Kanker
Kanksiali
Kanora
Kanpar Ishwaria
Kantharia
Kantit (Mirzapur)
Kaprupur
Kapurthala
Karaudia
Karauli
Kariana
Karmad
Karnal
Karol
Karwai
Kasalpura
Kashipur (Tarai)
Kashmir
Kasla Paginu Muwadu
Kathaun
Kathiwara
Kathoria
Kathrota
Katodia
Katosan
Kawardha
Keonjhar
Keonthal
Kesria
Khadal
Khairgarh
Khairpur
Khajuri
Khambhlav
Khandia
Khandpara
Khaneti
Khaniadana
Khaniadhana
Khanpur
Kharond
Kharsawan
Kharsi
Kherali
Kheravada
Kheri Rajapur
Kherwasa
Khiaoda
Khijadia
Khijadia Dosaji
Khijadia Najani
Khilchipur
Khirasra
Khojankhera
Khyrium
Kirli
Kishangarh
Koch Behar
Kolhapur or Karavira
Kondka
Kondka
Korda Sangani
Koriya (Korea)
Korwai
Kotah
Kotda Nayani
Kotharia
Kotharna
Kothi
Kothideh
Koti
Kotra Pitha
Kuba
Kumharsain
Kunhiar
Kurandvad Jr
Kurandvad Sr
Kurjodra
Kuthar
Lakadong
Lakhapadar
Lakhtar
Lalgarh
Laliyad
Langrin
Lathi
Lawa
Lawar
Lihota
Likhi
Limbda
Limbdi
Litter Gothda
Lodhika
Loharu
Lugasi
Lunavada
Lyniong
Madhan
Magori
Maguna
Mahisa
Mahlog
Maihar
Mainpuri
Maisur
“Majhauli (Gorakh-
pur)”
Makaram
Makrai
Makrai
Maksudhangarh
Malai Sohmat
Maler Kotla
Malia
Malpur
Manali (Basti)
Manavav
“Mandha (Allaha
bad)”
Mandi
Mandwa
Mangal
Mansa
Marwar (Jodhpur)
Mathwar
Matra Timba
Mawasynram
Mawdon
Mawlong
Mawphlang
Mawrang
Mayurbhanj
Memadpura
Mengni
Mevali
Mevasa
Mewar (Udaipur)
Miraj Jr
Miraj Sr
Mobosohphoh
Mohanpur
Mohur
Mokha Pagina Muvada
Monvel
Morchopna
Morvi
Mota Barkhera
Mota Kotama
Mowa
Mudhol
Muhammadgarh
Muli
Mulila Deri
Mulji-na-pura
Multhan
Munjpur
Mursan(Aligarh)
Mylliem
Mynso
Myriam
Nabha
Nagod
Naigawan-Rebai
Nalagarh or Hindur
Nalia
Nandgaon
Nangam
Nara
Narsinghgarh
Narsingpur
Nartiang
Narukot
Narwar
Naswadi
Naugaon
Navanagar
Nayagarh
Nilgiri
Nimkhera or Tirla
Nirmali
Nivaln
Noghanvadar
Nongbah
Nongjngi
Nongkhlaw
Nonglwai
Nongphyllut
Nongspung
Nongstein
Nongtallang
Orchha
Pachhegam
Pah
Pahara
Pal
Pal Lahara
Palali
Palanpur
Palasni
Palasvihir
Paldeo
Palej
Palitana
Paliyad
Palundra
Pamsanugut
Panchavada
Pandu
Panna
Panth Pipolda
Pantlavdi – Akbar Khan
Pantlavdi – Kesar Khan
Paron
Partabgarh
Pataudi
Patdi
Pathari
Pathari
Patharia
Patiala
Patna (Balangir)
“Pawayan (Shahje
hanpur)”
Pertapner (Etawa)
Pethapur
Phaltan
Pimpladevi
Pimpri
Piplava Vithalgarh
Piplia
Piplianagar
Pipolda
Poicha
Pol
Porbandar
Porda
Posina
Prempur
Pudukkotta
Punadra
Radhanpur
Raghugarh
Raigarh
Raika
Rairakhol
Rai-Sankli
Rajabazar (Jaunpur)
Rajaur (Etah)
Rajgarh
Rajgarh
Rajkot
Rajpara
Rajpara
Rajpipla
Rajpur
Rajpur
Raliang
Ramanka
Ramas
Rambrai
Ramdurg
Ramgarh
Ramparda
Rampur
Rampur (Etah)
Rampur (Jalaun)
Rampura
Rampura
Ranasan
Randhia
Ranigam
Ranipura
Ranparda
Ranpur
Rasnal
Ratanmal
Ratanpur Dhamanka
Ratesh
Ratlam
Rawain or Raingarh
Regan
Rewa
Rohisala
Rukhial
Rupal
Rura (Etawa)
Sachin
Sadakheri or Sheogarh
Sadankheri
Sadra Bazar
Sahebji-na-Muwara
Sahuka
Sailana
Sakti
Samadhiala
Samadhiala(Chabaria)
Samadhiala(Charan)
Sametrai
Samla
Samthar
Sanala
Sanauda
Sandur
Sangli
Sangri
Sanjeli
Sanosra
Santalpur
Santhal
Sarangarh
Sarila
Sarwan
Sata-no-nes
Sathamba
Satlasna
Satodad-Vavdi
Savantvadi
Savanur
Sayla
Sejakpur
Seraikela
Shahpur
Shahpur
Shahpura
Shangpung
Shanor
Shelia Confederacy
Shevdivadar
Shivbara
Shujaota
Sidri
Sidwada
Sihora
Sikkim
Sikkim
Silana
Sindiapura
Singrauli (Mirzapur)
Sirmur or Nahan
Sirohi
Sirsi
Sirsi
Sisang Chandli
Sitamau
Sohawal
Sohiong
Sonepur
Songadh
Sudamda-Dhandalpur
Sudasna
Suket
Sulki
Sunth
Surgana
Surguja
Suthalia
Sutnga
Tajpuri
Tal
Talcher
Talsana
Tamkuhi (Gorakhpur
Tappa
Tarhoch
Taron
Tavi
Tejpura
Thakurs of Thara
Tharad and Merwada
Theog
Tigiria
Timba
Tirwa (Farukhabad)
Toda Todi
Tonk
Tori-Fatehpur
Travancor
Tripura
Uchad
Udaipur
Umeta
Umri
Umri
“Unaula (Gorakh-
pur)”
Uni
Untdi
Uparwara
Vadal
Vadali
Vadhyaman
Vadia Virampur
Vadod
Vadod
Vaghvadi
Vajira
Vakhtapur
Vakhtapur
Vala
Valasna
Vana
Vanala
Vangadhra
Vankia
Vanmala
Vanod
Varagam
Varnol Mal
Varnoli Moti
Varnoli Nani
Varsora
Vasan Sewada
Vasan Virpur
Vasavad
Vasna
Vasurna
Vavdi Dharvala
Vavdi Vachhani
Vekaria
Vija-no-nes
Vinchhavad
Vinchur
Virpur
Virsoda
Virvao
Vithalgadh
Vora
Wadhwan
Wankaner
Wao
Warahi – Sr and Jr
Warodra
Watwa
Zari Garkhadi

25 thoughts on “List of Princely States of India

  1. yours is the most in-depth blog on princely states. these were enlisted as per an act of British parliament with a list of anexure. If you could find it out and add, then the article would be more complete

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  5. Hai..
    I was searching for these maps for a long time..! Thank you..! Can you share the source of these maps? I am in search of the shapefile source used to create these maps, for customisation purpose. Can you share?

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    1. Most likely it isn’t available. The best list I could find is archived in the government’s website Abhilekh-Patal. Search for “List of States who has signed Instruments of Accession and Stand Still Agreement”.

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  6. Once again, great article. Very useful for my research. Thank you. On the princely states -while most sources seem to suggest there were 566, some say 565. There are other numbers floating around as well. Given you have studied this subject at some length, what is the exact no?

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    1. No one knows. It was more like a formality for some very small states and jagidars to join. So they didn’t make a checklist. Most accepted number of if such a lost would have exosted is 565.

      It was also a difficult task to determine if an area to be considered a princeley state or just zamindaari.

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