Oakover is a historic building in Shimla, Himchal Pradesh, India. One of the earliest houses built in Shimla, it is the official residence of Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh.[1]


A British era building Oakover previously served as residence of Maharajas of former Patiala State.[2][3]

Oakover cemetery was opened in 1828 and is considered the oldest British era cemetery in Shimla. It was in use until 1841 and has since fallen into disrepair and neglect.[4][5]

In art and popular cultureEdit

British photographer Samuel Bourne travelled through India beginning in January 1863. He also visited Shimla and took photos featuring Oakover: Oakover, Simla[6] Simla, from Oakover[7] and Jakko, from Oakover.[8]


  1. ^ "'Oakover' receives CM". The Tribune. 1 January 2018. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Oakover Shimla – A Jinxed Building | Hill Post". hillpost.in. Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  3. ^ Chauhan, Baldev S. (31 December 2012). "Oakover, Himachal CM's abode, 'bodes ill for all'". Business Standard India. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  4. ^ "A requiem for dead at Himachal's cemeteries | Hill Post". hillpost.in. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  5. ^ "British organization offers help to restore cemeteries | UCAN India". india.ucanews.com. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Oakover, Simla | Bourne, Samuel | V&A Search the Collections". collections.vam.ac.uk. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Simla; From "Oakover" (Getty Museum)". The J. Paul Getty in Los Angeles. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Simla; Jakko, from "Oakover" (General View from the Tonga Road) (Getty Museum)". The J. Paul Getty in Los Angeles. Retrieved 9 April 2018.

Coordinates: 31°5′40.63″N 77°10′32.45″E / 31.0946194°N 77.1756806°E / 31.0946194; 77.1756806