H.H The Rajmata of Kangra,
Shailerdra Kumari was born the princess of Tehri Garhwal. She is one of
the few personalities in India who have actually see the Raj period and
had seen her husband rule a state. She is a very religious person and
resides at the Kangra Mandir [ haveli ] in Haridwar, a religious Hindu
center in India.
Maharaja Aditya Katoch, is the 488th Raja of Kangra [ in leniel desent ].
He is the head of the Katoch clan, " the Katoch clan is considered to be
the purest amoungst the pure Rajput clan's in India. Many Rajput clan's
claim desent from the Katoch clan. The head of the Katoch clan is lso
considered the head of the Chandervanshi and Bhumivanshi Rajputs [ The
Katoch clan Goter is " Kashyap " ].
Maharaja Aditya Katoch, who is fondly called Raja Sahib by the people of
Kangra, he is actively involved in the up liftment of the region of Kangra
and its people. He had contested elections for the member of the Himachal
Legislative assembly in 1990. Raja Sahib is currently involved in looking
after the family owned orchard's [ mango and leeche plantation's ] and
commercial forests [ bamboo and katha plantation's ] in Maharaj Nagar. He
has also successfully converted his hobby " jewellery" into a business. In
1989 he converted his summer home clouds end villa in Dharamsala [ head
quaters of H.H The Dalai Lama ] into a heritage hotel.
Maharani Chandresh Kumari, born the eldest daughter of the house of
Jodhpur . She is a graduate from the Jodhpur University. She joined active politcs in 1972, as an elected member of the Himachal legislative
1977 :- Appointed Deputy Minister for Tourism and Public Relations in the
Government of Himachal Pradesh.
1980 :- Appointed as member of the All India Congress Committee.
1982 :- Re-elected as a member of the Himachal Legislative Assembly.
Appointed Minister of State for Tourism, PWD, Youth Welfare and Sports,
1984 :- Elected as Member of Parliament [ Lok Sabha ] from the Kangra-Chamba
1985 :- Appointed as Joint Secretary of the All India Congress Committee.
1986 :- Appointed as General Secratary All India Mahila Congress.
1996 :- Elected as Member of Parliament [ Rajya Sabha ].
Apointed as Member of All India Animal Welfare Board.
1998 :- Appointed Deputy Chief Whip of Rajya Sabha.
1999 :- Appointed President All India Mahila Congress.
2003 :- Elected as Member of the Himachal Legislative Assembly.
Appointed as Cabinet Minister for Health and Family Welfare in the
Government of Himachal Pradesh [ till July 2004 ].
2004 :- Currently Member of the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly.
Maharani Chandresh Kumari has also held the Chairmanship of Royal
Expeditions Pvt.Ltd [ since 1992 ].
She is very fond of animals and has successfully run a dog kennel and a
Their son Tikaraj Aishwarya Katoch born 16\01\1970, is also actively
involved with politics, social welfare, and the various family
businesses. He completed his primary education from Modern School Delhi and
secondary education from Mayo College, Ajmer. In school he was appointed
College Monitor and Atheletics Captain [ for his house ]. He also played
District level football and recieved prize's in Arts. He also won the All
Round Improvement Prize [ the Carlyel Cup ] in 1988.
In 1992 he completed his graduation in Business Administration,
Merchandise and Fashion from the American College for Applied Arts in
London, U.K. While in England Tikaraj [ along with his studies ] worked as
Assistant Merchandiser for :-
* Coach Leatherware Men's accessories.
* Hermes, Silk and Parfume Department.
Assistant Buyer :-
* Harrod's [ men's wear ].
On his return to India he worked with :-
* Francis Wacziarg buying house as Merchandiser [ new products ].
* Manager Salora Garments Export Division.
After gaining enough work experience Tikaraj started his own business, in
the corporate world Tikaraj holds the positions of :-
IndiaBulls Securities Ltd. [ www.indiabulls.com ], a listed company which
presently has 71 offices in India and a staff of 1200 + .
Royal Expeditions Pvt.Ltd. [ www.royalexpeditions.com ], a travel
Kangra Hotels Pvt.Ltd. [ www.royalkangra.com ], a company specialising in
S & S, Technocrats, a construction company.
Golden Botteling Pvt.Ltd, a liquore botteling unit.
Kangra Mineral Water.
Heritage Mineral Water.
In Government Tikaraj hold the office of,
Wild Life [ Himachal Forest Ministry ].
Youth and Sports [ Minstry of Sports Himachal ].
Member of the 20 point development program Himachal Government.
Member Grevience Committee Himachal Government.
In the Congress party Tikaraj Aishwarya Katoch is a General Secretary
Himachal Pradesh Youth Congress. In 1998 he contested the elections for
the Himachal Legislative Assembly.
In the field of sports Tikaraj is :-
President for the Board of Control of Martial Arts in India. [
Vice Persident of the Kangra Cricket Association, he also sponsers the
Maharaja Jai Chand Memorial Cricket Shield [ a yearly event ].
Social Services :-
Tikaraj is the Founder of the Kangra Gramin Vikas Committee an NGO,
working in the villages of twords the upliftment of quality of life in the
villages of Kangra.
He is Patron of the Desert Vikas Samity.
Member on the board of Trinity Wisdom Educational Welfare and Cultural
Member of the All India Rajput Samaj.
Tikarani Shailja Kumari, born the eldest daughter of the house of Sailana.
She is a Graduate in Econonic Honors from St.Xavers Ahmedabad. She is a
Director of Kangra Hotels Pvt.Ltd and also runs a Primary School in
Dharamsala " Happy Hours Public School ". She also started an educational
program where volenteers from U.K come to the villages in Kangra and teach
English and related subjects to the children studing in the under
previleged school's for free [
They have a son
Tika Ambikeshwar [ born 22\12\1998 ]. He is currently
studing in DPS International, New Delhi. Tika Ambikeshwar has already
passed his Green Belt in Taekwondo. He is also taking professional
coaching in Horse Riding, Tennis, Swimming, Skating, Dance, Cricket,
Billiards, 10 pin bowling and Computer Sciences.