Malji Ka Kamra, Churu
Residing in the historically and artistically rich town of Churu, Malji Ka Kamra is a 100-year-old haveli (mansion) that has been charmingly restored with modern amenities. It was originally used as a guest house for the King of Bikaner, created by Malji Kothari, and was an entertainment house for visiting dignitaries and artists. The haveli is an architectural wonder with a gorgeous turquoise blue structure, akin to a wedding cake, framing the exterior. Delightful fresco paintings of Shekhawati, Italian art influences, European pillared architecture and arches typical of the Mughal era form a part of the interiors.
Located on the edge of the Shekhawati region in Rajasthan, the property is an art lover’s haven. It serves as the gateway to Shekhawati’s “open art gallery”. Malji Ka Kamra takes guests to another era of artistic and cultural beauty, with every corner telling a unique story.
The town of Churu is steeped in beautiful historical stories and moments, and guests can discover the various wonders of this town at their own pace and time.
The ceiling of every room is covered with original frescoes of the time, and the furniture is luxurious yet reminiscent of the olden ages. Each bed is king-sized and handmade.
Located on the first floor, The Family Suite is one of the most meticulously painted locations in the haveli that also serves as a family room for four. It includes a separate living area and two double beds in the bedroom.
The Heritage room is the most elaborately painted in the entire haveli. It was once the abode of the King of Bikaner – Ganga Singh Ji – during the moments he visited Churu.
The Haveli Rooms, located on the first and second floor are spacious and comfortable, with five of them having direct access to the balconies that overlook the garden, giving guests a view to the surrounding haveli.
DINING AND WELLNESS
Serving typical, yet deliciously home-cooked marwadi food, Malji Ka Kamra is a food lover’s delight. Meals are served in the main dining hall that was once used as the centre of all dance and music performances in the olden days. Food is mainly vegetarian, with non-vegetarian options available as well. Ingredients are entirely fresh and garnered from the local market nearby. The area includes several seating options, either overlooking the verdant garden or sitting cross-legged at the open-to-sky terraces and more.
By Rail – 4.5 hrs from Delhi, direct train connections to Jaipur and Jodhpur.
By Air – The nearest airport is Jaipur (210 Kms) while New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport is 270 Kms away.
‘MUST DO’ ACTIVITIES
There are several activities for guests inside and outside the lodge. They can partake in a heritage walk around Churu, interact with artisans and farmers, go on jeep safaris into the desert, enjoy a camel ride, enjoy folk music and dance, visit the vegetable and spice market, visit surrounding schools, visit Ramgarh or Mahansar, and take a trip to the Salasar Balaji Temple.
Other unique experiences include dinner or sunset at Johra, sunset on the dunes with drinks, taking a village lunch or a picnic and being part of a bonfire by the desert.