A 300 hundred-year-old architectural splendour that reflects the glorious pasts of the Zamindars of the Bengal. This antique palace or Rajbari exudes luxury and elegance. The moment you enter the sprawling 4-acre traditional rajbari, you will feel that you are transported back in time. You will be wreathed in royalty. Rajbari Bawali showcases the extravagant lifestyle along with the antiquity and opulence that once flowed through this epitome of beauty. This masterpiece is infused with old-world charm. The Nawabs, Zamindars, Thakurs of Bengal lived a life full of lavishness and richness not only in wealth but also in art, culture, and the finest things in life.
The palace or the Rajbari belongs to the Mondals. Akbar the Great gifted them 3, 00,000 acres of land. A little of fast forward and it brings us to the post-independence days. The Zamindars could not hold on to their wealth and the palace started to deteriorate. Many of the family members left the Rajbari and went on to build their own abodes. But few of them stayed behind. They rented the palace for movie-making to raise money. It was also used as a movie hall. Until recently the owners salvaged the portions building and totally transformed it into an exotic, heritage hotel. They reinstated this mansion into an exquisite boutique hotel that became the talk of the town overnight.
The Rajbari Bawali is situated in South 24 Parganas. Visiting the Rajbari will be a trip back in time. You will get a vibe of the Zamindari lifestyle during your stay in the Rajbari. The Rajbari now has 30 eloquently designed rooms and suites. This grandiose structure is restored with great attention to detail. Very carefully and precisely it has been redone with family heirlooms, original teak wood, and other items of grand stature. The building has been meticulously redefined with hand-printed cotton and linens and handcrafted wooden beds. Every nook and corner of this luxurious Rajbari is intricately decorated with the choicest of beautiful showpieces that adorn the entire property.
The rooms of Rajbari Bawali are tastefully designed to blend the essence of the bygone era with modern facilities. Rajbari Bawali is holding strong to the golden divinities of the past and trying hard to revive it. Description of the rooms will prove that. Classic Heritage is one of the types of rooms in Rajbari Bawali. This signature room provides unlimited contentment and luxury. The size of the room is 250 square feet. It has all present-day facilities along with a huge carpet area, poster beds, and bookshelves. Another type of room is Notun Bari. This is a pond-facing room. The room is marvelously designed with a fine blend of old and new. Coming to suites, we will first talk about the Zamindari Suite. This 300 square feet suite provides high-end lodging facilities. You will also be provided with complimentary breakfast, in-room safe, wardrobe, tea-coffee maker, and other usual items. If you want a royal treatment, you are advised to book the Royal Suite. The room extends over 400 square feet. It also has a separate living area. Besides air-conditioner, tea-coffee maker, complimentary breakfast, and others, the best part is that you will get to live life Zamindar Size during your stay. Dak Bungalow is the highlight of Rajbari Bawali. The Bungalow is situated on the grounds of Rajbari Bawali itself. The Dak Bungalow has ample space with two bedrooms and its size is over 900 square feet. This spectacular bungalow is ornamented with first-rate furnishings and sophisticated interiors. It is ideal for families as six people can stay here.
Events at Rajbari Bawali
Rajbari Bawali celebrates a lot of events. Holi, Easter, Independence Day, Durga Puja, Diwali, X-mas, and New Year are all celebrated with lots of joy and happiness. Corporate events are also arranged here. Food also played a vital role in the rebirth of this building. The Piano Room is where you can satiate and fill your hunger with an array of different delicious cuisines. Not only you will get original Bengal food, but you will also be treated with Thai, Indian, Oriental, and Continental. They use all the fresh produce from the nearby villages. Rajbari Bawali also gives you the scope of cooking sessions on authentic Bengali cookery. This lavish palace gives you an opportunity to explore and experience different beautiful things. You can go on cycle rides on the banks of River Hooghly and can find out the little special nuances of village life. The enchanting Sandhya Aarti, a ritual that takes place in every other home holds a special meaning here. The atmosphere fills with the sweet fragrance of incense sticks, the hymns of shlokas, lighted diyas, soft drumbeats, etc. This episode happens every evening and at that time, the Rajbari comes alive with a distinguished fervor. You can watch the sun go down while taking a boat ride on the river. The best way to experience and explore the place is by walking. Wake up early morning and roam freely around the areas of the Rajbari. It is so wonderful and enriching to see the morning routine of the villagers. Capture this moment in the wonderful setting.
The Rajbari has a fusion of traditional and modern activities. Some modern amenities include a swimming pool, spa, sun terrace, billiards room, along with a timeless activity; the library. This magnificent dwelling is quite near to Kolkata. It is approximately 37 kilometers from Howrah Junction.
This is the ideal place to get as close as possible to spend a day like a Zamindar. This spectacular edifice is a treat to your senses and travels back in time. As the master masons re-laid every layer with shovels, Rajbari Bawali regained all the layers of the lost essence and cultural tapestry to allure visitors to witness Bengal’s lost history in a new way.