Top 10 Rajbari near Kolkata-Zamindar Houses in Bengal-Heritage Home Stay-Dayout Plan-Weekend Tour

 

Top 10 Rajbari near Kolkata-Zamindar Houses in Bengal-Heritage Home Stay-Dayout Plan-Weekend Tour

I am history lover. My passion and love towards those heritage buildings attracts me always and insists me to write down this blog for all of you. In this Blog I will share my experience with all of you who wants to visit Rajbari or Zamindar’s House in and around Kolkata where you can feel the Royal Heritage Stay of that time and taste the Zamindari Thali in your lunch or dinner. Despite the British architectural models available during the colonial period, the Great Houses feature hybrid designs and eclectic architectural forms will attract you. I will take you 10 of them with all details so that you can plan your visit soon over there. You will get detailed informative video against each of them.

Zamindari History of Bengal :

The Zamindars of Bengal were the ruling class, in the Bengal region, in the eastern part of the Indian subcontinent, which consists of territories East Bengal which is now Bangladesh and West Bengal. The Nawabs of Bengal ruled the area under the Mughal Empire from 1717 to 1880.

The Zamindars dominated most of the villages in Bengal. Zamindars were the rulers of demarcated areas, responsible for collecting revenue for the monarchy and rose into prominence during the British colonial era, owing to the opportunity availed by the British in India. The Zamindars are mostly credited with cultural, architectural, educational, economical development and urbanisation of Calcutta and discredited for the exploitation of rural Bengal.

The landowners or Zamindars existed as a class even before the Mughals and Sultanate took Bengal and Islam started penetrating these lands. But this changed under British East India Company. The concept of Zamindar had evoked a new dimension by the ‘Permanent Settlement Act-1793’, which for the first time confirmed the ownership of land by Zamindars in the Colonial Period.

জমিদার বাড়ি হোক বা রাজবাড়ি,কালের স্রোতে আজ তারা বড্ড একা অতীতের স্মৃতি নিয়ে ভারাক্রান্ত।কাছে দূরে ছড়িয়ে থাকা বেশিরভাগই তাদের পুরোনো জৌলুস হয়তো ধরে রাখতে পারেনি ঠিকই তবে আভিজাত্য তার স্থাপত্যশৈলীতে, বিশালত্বে,ইতিহাস তার রন্ধ্রে রন্ধ্রে।এই বিশালত্ব যেমন আমাদের মুগ্ধ করে একদিকে,আবার অন্য দিকে এই বিশাল বাড়িগুলিতে পরিচর্যার অভাব ও অজস্র শরীকী ভাগে বিভক্ত।ফলে দিনে দিনে হারিয়ে যাচ্ছে অজস্র স্থাপত্য, কোথাও মানুষের অভাবে আজ অশ্বত্থ, বটের শিকড় বাড়িগুলোর বুক চিড়ে বেরোচ্ছে আবার কোথাও এত মানুষ যে পুরোনো স্থাপত্যই ঢাকা পড়ে যায়।তার মধ্যেও বাংলায় বেশ কিছু বাড়ি আজও নিজেদের অতীতকে ধরে রেখেছেন সে নিজেরা থেকেই হোক বা নিজেদের বাড়ির কিছু অংশে হেরিটেজ  হোম স্টে চালু করার মাধ্যমেই হোক।নিজেদের  বিশাল প্রপার্টিকে হেরিটেজস্টে করায় রক্ষণাবেক্ষণের আংশিক ব্যয়ভার যেমন উঠে আসছে তেমনই হেরিটেজপ্রেমী মানুষরাও এক দুদিনের জন্য হলেও সেই অতীত দিনগুলোকে চাক্ষুষ করার সুযোগ পাচ্ছে।কালের গর্ভে হারিয়ে যাওয়া অতীতের থেকে আমার মতে এই প্রচেষ্টা ঢের গুন ভালো।

আজ আমার দেখা ১০টি এমন জমিদার বাড়ির কথা বলব যেখানে আছে হেরিটেজ হোমস্টের ব্যাবস্থা।যার কোনটি অত্যন্ত বিলাসবহুল,কোনটি বা বনেদি,কোনোটিতে মাটির গন্ধ তো কোনোটিতে ব্রিটিশদের অত্যাচারের ইতিহাস লুকিয়ে আছে।রইলো ১০টি রাজবাড়ির বুকিং নম্বর সহ যাবতীয় তথ্য নিয়ে ভিডিওটি।এবার আপনাদের দেখার পালা... ✍️অনন্যা

You can see the detailed video of Top 10 Rajbari near Kolkata here -


Details of Top 10 Rajbari near Kolkata :

1. Itachuna Rajbari :

Itachuna Rajbari is a century old Rajbari and a perfect heritage resort in Hooghly district, about 2 hours drive from Kolkata. The place, a modern village offers a perfect blend of nature and modernity to unwind in a royal ambiance with it's royal lunch and dinner. 

Top 10 Rajbari near Kolkata-Zamindar Houses in Bengal-Heritage Home Stay-Dayout Plan-Weekend Tour

Top 10 Rajbari near Kolkata-Zamindar Houses in Bengal-Heritage Home Stay-Dayout Plan-Weekend Tour

 2. Mahishadal Rajbari :

Janardhan Upadhyaya is the founder of the Mahishadal dynasty. This dynasty built three palaces, the first of which is extinct. The second is the Rangibasan Palace, which was built during the Nawab's reign. The palace is also called the Lion's Palace because of the presence of two lions, symbols of the empire. And the third is the Phulbagh Palace which we know as Mahishadal Rajbari. It was built according to Satiprasad Garg's own plan during the British period, during his reign. Raja Satiprasad Garg got the title of Raja Bahadur from the British government.His idol is still present in the open courtyard of the palace. There is also Lalkuthi for summer residence, which is presently at the back of Phulbagh Palace. Phulbagh Palace, as the name implies. Satyajit Ray himself has fallen in love with the house, we will read it, not once, but again and again.

Top 10 Rajbari near Kolkata-Zamindar Houses in Bengal-Heritage Home Stay-Dayout Plan-Weekend Tour

Top 10 Rajbari near Kolkata-Zamindar Houses in Bengal-Heritage Home Stay-Dayout Plan-Weekend Tour

 3. The Rajbari Bawali :

Even after the end of the Zamindari system, its imprint remains clear. And there is luck so we can see the past in the present. I have loved these houses a little more since I was a child. The palace. What used to be yesterday's Mandal Mansion is today's Bawali Rajbari.This Bawali Rajbari is close to Budge Budge. In fact, it is a Zamindari house of the Mandals. There are different types of accommodations available in this house,like classic heritage,  Zamindari suite or Royal suite.The Royal Dining Room, Museum, Living Room, Piano Room, Library, Lotus Pavilion (now it is the Dining Area),old-fashioned furniture, telephones, gramophones across the stretched veranda that will take you back on foot in the Zamindari era.

Top 10 Rajbari near Kolkata-Zamindar Houses in Bengal-Heritage Home Stay-Dayout Plan-Weekend Tour


Top 10 Rajbari near Kolkata-Zamindar Houses in Bengal-Heritage Home Stay-Dayout Plan-Weekend Tour


Top 10 Rajbari near Kolkata-Zamindar Houses in Bengal-Heritage Home Stay-Dayout Plan-Weekend Tour

Top 10 Rajbari near Kolkata-Zamindar Houses in Bengal-Heritage Home Stay-Dayout Plan-Weekend Tour

 4. Bari Kothi Heritage Hotel :

Murshidabad, the last capital city of independent Bengal is situated on the banks of the Bhagirathi and is known for its rich culture and heritage. It was the Unknown Wealth Capital of the World.The region alone contributed 5% of the GDP of the World.

Both the Britishers and Jain merchants were earning great wealth and prosperity and so it lead to the construction of many palaces, temples and churches in the region. But then the sun had to set in Murshidabad and after the infamous Battle of Plassey (1757), the region of Murshidabad started losing its opulence and wealth. Soon the capital of Bengal shifted from Murshidabad to Calcutta and so did the economy eventually making the region entirely abandoned. Most of the Sheherwalis moved to Calcutta and abandoned their houses. The palaces were locked down and the beautiful temples and mosques were left in ruins for more than 50 years.

The Bari Kothi was built in the late 1700s. The name of the house, Bari Kothi (literally meaning the Palace of the Elder), was coined in the late 1800s since it was the house of the elder (bari) brother, Rai Bahadur Budh Sing Dudhoria. Bari Kothi is known across Murshidabad as one of the most architecturally significant houses in the region showcasing Greek, Roman and French architecture. The Bari Kothi is spread across three-fourth acres of Land and houses a Sheesh Mahal, Library, Music Room, Durbar Hall, Janana Chowk, Gaddi Ghar, Halwai Khana, Gulabi Chawara amongst other parts of the house.It was only in the year 2015 when a Canadian Architect and restoration specialist was invited to Bari Kothi to bring the palace to its former glory and make it into the first self-sustaining rustic luxury heritage hotel and First Palace to be restored to its former glory. 

Top 10 Rajbari near Kolkata-Zamindar Houses in Bengal-Heritage Home Stay-Dayout Plan-Weekend Tour

Top 10 Rajbari near Kolkata-Zamindar Houses in Bengal-Heritage Home Stay-Dayout Plan-Weekend Tour

Top 10 Rajbari near Kolkata-Zamindar Houses in Bengal-Heritage Home Stay-Dayout Plan-Weekend Tour

Top 10 Rajbari near Kolkata-Zamindar Houses in Bengal-Heritage Home Stay-Dayout Plan-Weekend Tour

 5. Panchetgarh Rajbari Heritage Hotel :

Panchetgarh is a village full of temple. 350 years of history is associated with this house. At present, the members of the palace have given the opportunity to stay in this palace from June 2021. Although this house in Potashpur block is very close to Digha, the influence of Orissan culture is evident here. Murarimohan Das Mohapatra of the dynasty was a royal official under the Mughal rule on the border of Orissa. Panchetgarh in the past was given as a gift by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb for his hard work. There was a forest there then. Dense forests were cut down and settlements were established, average mansions surrounded by moats were built, temples were built. Paths began to flow from then. In 2018, Panchetgarh Rajbari was declared as Heritage Property by World Heritage Organization.

Top 10 Rajbari near Kolkata-Zamindar Houses in Bengal-Heritage Home Stay-Dayout Plan-Weekend Tour

Top 10 Rajbari near Kolkata-Zamindar Houses in Bengal-Heritage Home Stay-Dayout Plan-Weekend Tour

Top 10 Rajbari near Kolkata-Zamindar Houses in Bengal-Heritage Home Stay-Dayout Plan-Weekend Tour

 6. Amadpur Heritage Home Stay :

The Village of Amadpur, Railway station Memari, District Burdwan in rural Bengal. You will watch Ponds both large and small, palms both coconut and date, mango groves ,paddy fields. Typical rural Bengal situated about 90 kms from Kolkata, it is now a convenient and smooth drive of about 1.30 to 1.45 hours from the Kolkata, courtesy the Durgapur Expressway. There are off course local trains at regular and frequent intervals. One hops on at Howrah and hops off at Memari which is on the main line. Thereafter a 4 kms rickshaw or toto ride and into Amadpur. Experience a homestay so near in a heritage property taking you back on timeline of Zamindari.

Top 10 Rajbari near Kolkata-Zamindar Houses in Bengal-Heritage Home Stay-Dayout Plan-Weekend Tour

Top 10 Rajbari near Kolkata-Zamindar Houses in Bengal-Heritage Home Stay-Dayout Plan-Weekend Tour

Top 10 Rajbari near Kolkata-Zamindar Houses in Bengal-Heritage Home Stay-Dayout Plan-Weekend Tour

Top 10 Rajbari near Kolkata-Zamindar Houses in Bengal-Heritage Home Stay-Dayout Plan-Weekend Tour

Top 10 Rajbari near Kolkata-Zamindar Houses in Bengal-Heritage Home Stay-Dayout Plan-Weekend Tour

 7. Jhargram Rajbari Tourist Complex :

Jhargram Raj Bari, situated in Jhargram district, West Bengal is one of the the best place to stay if you want to feel the heritage home stay. Jhargram is a place which is rich in culture, tradition, heritage and natural beauty. It is one of the most preferred tourists spot in West Bengal. Staying in Jhargram you can explore sightseeing like Savitri Temple, Chilkigarh Raj Palace, Tribal Museum and Junglemahal Zoological Park.

This Palace is the current residence of the Malla Dev Royal family having a structure combining the Italian and Islamic architecture model. About 10 rooms on the ground floor have been converted into a Heritage Hotel run by the family. The Palace was built in 1922 CE, during the reign of Raja Narasingha Malla Dev Bahadur. 

Top 10 Rajbari near Kolkata-Zamindar Houses in Bengal-Heritage Home Stay-Dayout Plan-Weekend Tour

Top 10 Rajbari near Kolkata-Zamindar Houses in Bengal-Heritage Home Stay-Dayout Plan-Weekend Tour

Top 10 Rajbari near Kolkata-Zamindar Houses in Bengal-Heritage Home Stay-Dayout Plan-Weekend Tour

Top 10 Rajbari near Kolkata-Zamindar Houses in Bengal-Heritage Home Stay-Dayout Plan-Weekend Tour

8. Maheshganj Estate Balakhana :

Three centuries of Bengal history involved in Balakhana.It was built in 1780 as a Neel Kothi or ‘Indigo House’ and remained so for three generations. Balakhana the residency and the factory at Maheshganj Estate became the center of indigo plantations surrounding it. Indigo was the prime colonial cash crop of the time, but its forced cultivation, which was the British practice, caused a peasants uprising in 1859. With force being banned by the British Government in 1863, indigo lost ground, as jute and tea became the new colonial cash crops. By the 1870s Balakhana was put up for sale by its then owner. This property was bought in 1882 by its present owners, the Palchoudhuris,wealthy traders of the 18th century. This is one of the best homestay in West Bengal specially in winter where you can feel that period with a cup of tea.

Top 10 Rajbari near Kolkata-Zamindar Houses in Bengal-Heritage Home Stay-Dayout Plan-Weekend Tour

Top 10 Rajbari near Kolkata-Zamindar Houses in Bengal-Heritage Home Stay-Dayout Plan-Weekend Tour

Top 10 Rajbari near Kolkata-Zamindar Houses in Bengal-Heritage Home Stay-Dayout Plan-Weekend Tour

 9. Cossimbazar Rajbari :

Cossimbazar Rajbari (palace) adjacent to the historical town of Murshidabad in West Bengal. Way back in time, when Murshidabad was the capital of the Nawabs of Bengal, Cossimbazar was a flourishing port on the Ganga, tucked inside a bend in the river. It was around 1700 when Ajodhya Ram Roy of Pirojpur village decided to settle down with his family. Ajodhya Ram Roy and his son Dinobandhu Roy traded in silk and built up a sizable business in silk export. But after the English East India Company defeated the Nawab of Murshidabad, Cossimbazar lost its strategic importance and dwindled away. 

Post renovation, the Roy family have converted some of the rooms into a walk-through museum and a few rooms of the palace into guest rooms where you can enjoy the old world charm and traditional hospitality. It can also be a base to explore the historic city of Murshidabad which is 240KM away from Kolkata which you can enjoy during Durga Puja or in winter.

Top 10 Rajbari near Kolkata-Zamindar Houses in Bengal-Heritage Home Stay-Dayout Plan-Weekend Tour

Top 10 Rajbari near Kolkata-Zamindar Houses in Bengal-Heritage Home Stay-Dayout Plan-Weekend Tour

Top 10 Rajbari near Kolkata-Zamindar Houses in Bengal-Heritage Home Stay-Dayout Plan-Weekend Tour

 10.The Belgadia Palace :

The Belgadia Palace is an 18th century victorian brick-built double-story structure offering 9 heritage bedrooms with modern amenities and comforts.This royal family of Mayurbhanj, invites guests to take a trip down memory lane and introduces the idea of purposeful travel by engaging with the local community to truly explore the state of Odisha,the soul of incredible India. Guests can roam around through 7 acres of mango orchards, outdoor patios and gardens enjoying the natural landscape.

Top 10 Rajbari near Kolkata-Zamindar Houses in Bengal-Heritage Home Stay-Dayout Plan-Weekend Tour


Credits : 

1) Bari Kothi Group for Cooperation
2) Mr. Falguni Dasmohapatra for Panchetgarh Rajbari
3) Mr. Shiladitya Chaudhuri for Amadpur Heritage Home Stay
4) Wikipedia and official websites for few history part

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