The Story of the Vahalis

The Sardars of Vahali were a renowned family of Sikh landowners hailing from the Jhelum district of Punjab. The family traces its ancestry back to the Mughal era in 16th century Hindustan. Over the years, its members have served rulers from Shah Jahan to Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the Rajas of Poonch and Her Majesty Queen Victoria of the British Empire. The Wahali estate and village from which the family takes its name was the administrative center of the family's landholdings for several decades. It was also the family's last ancestral home before the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947.