The Rajbari Bawali, Kolkatta
Located around the periphery of Kolkata, forty minutes away from Alipore, Rajbari Bawali is a 300-year old palace and heritage property that belonged to the Zamindars. At this eclectic property, life is slow, and the surrounding area is verdant. It serves as a splendid outlet to escape from city life and revel in Zamindari traditions, cuisine and culture.
The Zamindars (traditional landowners) of Bengal lived in a different world from the rest. Their lives were spent amongst riches, splendour and grandiose. The Rajbari Family were one of the extremely wealthy Zamindars of that era with a 400-year ancestry. Rabari Bawali is located in 24 Parganas, a district of great cultural significance for Zamindars.
As the Zamindar era came to an end, the property started dilapidating. However, it was discovered by Ajay Rawla, the current owner, and was painstakingly restored to its former glory.
Rajbari is enveloped by beautiful ancient temples and pukurus or small fish ponds. Kolkata was once the capital of India during the British Raj and it is easy to spot these influences at Rajbari Bawali. The property provides an enriching experience as guests learn about Bengal’s history, culture, folklore and life outside the city.
This gorgeous heritage property has been refurbished with tender aesthetics, hosting rooms adorned with furniture that reflects the times. The rooms feature four-poster beds, marvellous local fabrics, restored antique furniture and high ceilings.
Classic rooms have spacious bathrooms, high ceilings, four-poster beds and one or two bookshelves.
Zamindari rooms are larger than Classic rooms, being Junior Suites, with additional space for stocked bookshelves and a separate seating area.
Royal Suites are similar in style to Zamindari and have a separate bathroom, living room and bedroom.
Perfect for a group stay, the Chotto Bari is adjacent to the pool. The building has four bedrooms and a private sit out along with two additional balconies.
The Ashram is located in the South West direction of the property and hosts four units with double occupancy. This property is quite ideal for couples who are planning a stay together.
Dak Bungalow is an elegantly furnished private bungalow with two rooms, and this is ideal for families or for those wishing to embark upon a writer’s retreat.
DINING & WELLNESS
Rabjari Bawali hosts many relaxing wellness programs and treatments at their spa, including Detox, Rejuvenation, Anti-ageing, Healing, Yoga, Weight Loss, and Ayurveda programs.
They also serve up a scrumptious Bengali cuisine to tantalize the taste buds of guests from around the world.
Other facilities include a pool, conference room, private dining rooms and a library.
- 40 km from Howrah Airport
- 50 km from Kolkata Railway Station : Kolkata – 50 km
‘MUST DO’ ACTIVITIES
Guests can take an inspiring walk around the village of the surrounding locality, where they can learn about the daily lives of the villagers. The whole experience takes around two hours. Guests can also further explore the surrounding countryside.
On the culinary front, West Bengal cuisine has been influenced by the Mughals, British Portugese, Armenians, Jews, Bangladeshis and more. Guests can learn how to cook unique dishes alongside a chef.