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Date with royalty: Rajbaris in and around Kolkata

Some of the surviving rajbaris, or old royal houses, are still inhabited, while others have been converted into heritage hotels, providing a glimpse into West Bengal's rich history. Let’s look at the beauty of the majestic rajbaris in and around Kolkata.

Sept 28: Despite the fact that there were countless Rajbaris in and around Kolkata, few have weathered the test of time due to rising upkeep costs and shifting family patterns.

Kolkata, which was previously the British capital of India, is now the capital of the state of West Bengal in the country’s east, and is home to a considerable number of such royal families. Some have lost their lustre, while others have been abandoned and deteriorated.

Popular Rajbaris in and around Kolkata

Here are a few of the surviving ones that are well worth a visit:-

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Itachuna Rajbari: Heritage hotel worth visiting  

The Itachuna Rajbari, also known as the Bargee Danga historic and cultural, is the most well-known rajbari that has been moulded into a heritage hotel and is located just two-and-a-half hours from Kolkata. It offers guided tours and daily evening aartis for those looking to enmesh themselves in the cultural magnificence of this palace-like home. The main building’s red and fading yellow colours, as well as the charming, newly erected mud houses, create a unique atmosphere. It may be a terrific day excursion from Kolkata, including investigations of the thakurdalan (ceremonial platform), the terrace, temple, and many other interesting things in and around the rajbari.

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Serampore Rajbari: Historically significant

The Goswami family’s Serampore Rajbari, which dates from the early 1800s, is located in Serampore, which was once a part of Danish India. The rajbari, a historic house with its own special beauty, is divided into two sections: north and south. In what was formerly a water tank, a chandni was transformed into a ceremonial area for observing festivals and hosting weddings. For those interested in architecture, the rajbari’s northern complex is a treat. The rajbari is a beautiful treat, with pillars and interiors influenced by numerous origins and a Radha-Madhav Jew temple within.

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Sovabazar Rajbari: Taste with royalty  

The Sovabazar Rajbari is a well-known destination for locals and visitors alike, and it is a spot where the British colonists would gather for cultural events. Sovabazar is well-known for its celebration of the Durga Puja festivities, which opens parts of the home to visitors. It is a rajbari with a long lineage that still works to preserve Bengal’s heritage. The Deb family founded the mansion in the 1700s, and it may now be visited in its current location on Naba Krishna Street in Kolkata to get a taste of it. The majesty of the architecture contributes to the appeal of this well-known rajbari in north Kolkata.

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Bawali Rajbari: One of the most well-known Rajbaris in and around Kolkata

The Rajbari Bawali, located in the outskirts of Kolkata in Budge Budge, is a historic hotel that goes back to the 1700s. A visit to the Rajbari Bawali might provide a sense of the royal, affluent life led by the compound’s original owners, with a magnificent courtyard where musical and cultural acts are hosted and a terrace above it where one can have a peaceful dinner. The building’s unique architecture, an outstanding dining room, and heritage pieces scattered throughout the courtyard only add to the sense of Bengal’s royal and luxurious past.

Written by: Sugyani Mohapatra

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