Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Just how many Princely States are there? ANSWER: According to a Government of India survey, there were 562 Princely States in 1947 (though a different survey, identified over 600), this is comprised of 327 estates, 127 states who are members of the Chamber of Princes, and 108 states who are represented by an elected group of 12 Princes.

QUESTION: What was the smallest Princely State
at the time of Independence (and the largest)
ANSWER: Vejanoness (0.76 km2 in area and a population of 206) has the distinction of being the smallest and Hyderabad (213,190 km2) was the largest.