travel Discover the other facade of Rajbari Bawali
I have always looked at images of The Rajbari Bawali on social media platforms with a certain fear in my eyes. The 300 year old heritage boutique hotel, about 90 minutes from the city, has always impressed me with its old world charm, white facade, courtyard with stairs and Bengali zamindari food images. So when I got the chance to tour the gorgeous property, I was not only thrilled, but almost had a list of things I would do once there, which I had seen a lot of. others do when they visit. I had no idea that I would not only end up making them, but also discover so much more that the property offers.
Besides the different categories of suites that overlook the courtyard, there is also Dak Bungalow which is tucked away in a corner of the estate, surrounded by trees, the pond and closer to nature.
It took seven years of restoration to make the Rajbari what it is now. Ajay Rawla, owner of the property and man of impeccable taste, brought in masons from Murshidabad, sourced Burmese teak from old colonial houses for floors, castings from northern Calcutta, etc. “I came across the Rajbari Bawali while exploring the nearby temples nine years ago. It was in a state of ruin and was uninteresting from the outside. The Rajbari had a similar appearance to that of Angkor Wat. Banyans had seized the building in many sections and destroyed the roof and walls of several wings. Despite the damage caused by time and neglect, there was a haunting romance about the place I fell in love with. When I look back now I have a smile on my face as I have now been able to showcase and share the wonders of our beautiful Bengal. The Rajbari Bawali has now become a destination not only for weekend getaways, but also for weddings, shoots, stays and more, ”said Rawla.
It was raining constantly the days I was there; you might think it ruined my stay but trust me enjoying a rainy day sitting at Rajbari Bawali has a different romance.
Start your day with a unique experience of a fabulous breakfast installed in the swimming pool! How cool is that! The breakfast is impressive and if you want something specific to eat, the chefs and courteous staff will be happy to help.
Soak up the rich culture and tradition of Bengal and other parts of the country with fascinating performances by various artists. From sandhya aarti to bauls songs, they offer unique and different experiences.
Accepted animals ! Yes, you read that right. Rajbari Bawali offers what many star properties do not yet: allow your pets to accompany you on a stay. After all, how many times have we left our furbaby behind because they aren’t allowed in most hotels and resorts in town? Now you can enjoy your getaway with your super friends for a minimal fee.
Are you looking for a safe and outdoor place to celebrate your parents’ 50th birthday? Rajbari Bawali offers you a tailor-made dining experience right next to the beautiful pond that combines luxury and nature. You can organize a menu and a desired theme after discussion with the staff of the establishment.
A trip to the property is incomplete if you don’t dig into their famous Zamindari Thali. But did you know that they also have a delicious Asian and Continental menu? We settled into The Piano Room, but if you fancy a private meal with a group of 10, the Thakurdalan will charm you with its brick walls, dark lighting and good food.
Rajbari Bawali and weddings go hand in hand. The Lotus Pavilion is a large staging area ideal for weddings and large gatherings in the winter, while there are other great pockets on the property for intimate weddings as well. The old boutique hotel built in the Greco-Roman style is also an ideal location for pre-wedding photoshoots.
Raise your hand if you are a working couple and have been caught up in the mad rush that life has to offer, leaving yourself with no time to spend with your partner. At The Dungeon, you can just take a break and let a romantic evening with exotic appetizers and cocktails amplify the chemistry between you and your partner. The atmosphere, the lighting, the music … everything will calm you down.
The pandemic has made us fall in love with the outdoors like never before. And if you love the outdoors like me, you’ll love the Rooftop Cafe. Watch the sun go down or just enjoy a cup of tea with a book on the terrace full of greenery – bougainvillea, frangipani, different kinds of lilies and more.
One of our favorite F&B outlets on the property is The Verandah. With one side of huge bay windows, it offers a bird’s eye view of the staircase and the courtyard. The other strong point? They have live acoustic group performances every night, which you can also enjoy from The Verandah. Dim lights and great music make for a memorable experience.
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