The Heritage Bengal
on Nov 27, 2019
We have visited this royal mansion on the eve of our parent’s 40th wedding anniversary. Located right on Polba – Khanyan road, at the first appearance the façade of the palace doesn’t look so impressive. As it has not been renovated. But once you enter the palace…. it’s grand ! The royal palace of Maratha landlords who settled there and became Bengali.
The major architectural attraction of this palace is the “Naat Mandir” which is the temple of the palace. Every evening they perform “Aarti” which is a must visit experience. Once you enter, they first let you sit in a room which was the kitchen of widows of the palace. I liked this tradition to mark them respect, who were neglected during their lifetime. After the check-in formalities, they will guide you to your room. We have booked the rooms in upper floor, for better experience. From the Palanko (Royal bed) to the Deraj (Table) they have decorated all the rooms of upper floor in a perfect manner of 19th century.
Meals are served in their dinning room, in a traditional manner, in Kansar Thala (Bronze plates). A complete traditional Bengali cuisine, which is delicious. You can pick and choose from the menu and order as per your choice and your budget. The only condition is you need to order the traditional Bengali items 2 days prior, when they call you for taking order of food. Since the location of the palace is in a village with limited accessibility to all things.
They arrange a walking tour of the entire palace premise in the afternoon to describe the history of the palace and that’s pretty interesting. There is an option of village walk as well, depending on weather condition.
In the evening we had a small program within our family to mark the special day of our parent’s life. They have decorated the Cha Ghar (Tea shed for evening Tea) in the garden place and arranged everything we have requested for. The arrangement was better than expectation. The present owner of the hotel, came to the place to wish my parents, which we appreciated very much.
The Palace and the stay can compete with any mid-level Heritage hotel stay of Rajasthan.
I highly recommend you to visit this palace for a combined experience of Bengali heritage as well as Tradition.
The only suggestion to this palace is, for guests who don’t understand Bengali, please appoint guide / staffs who are fluent in Hindi and English. This will also help you to get more clients.
Oneday Trip to Itachuna Rajbari,Hooghly
on Oct 26, 2019
I had a one day trip to Itachuna Rajbari with one night stay. I would recommend this place for any couple/family to spend some time away from the city life. The area is good and well-maintained. The hospitality is very good. Food is also awesome(bengali food only veg/non-veg). I stayed in a mudhut which was also very clean and comfortable. They try to provide a village type ambience, with a lot of trees, pond etc. You can find insects and rats which is expected I guess. They have a disclaimer stating that they do pest control twice a month, but still if anybody is bitten by snake, or anything else, the authority cannot be held responsible. But, I did not find any snake there. Winter would be a good time to visit here.
on Oct 6, 2019
We were a group of 7 ladies who went on this visit. This heritage home has been maintained in excellent condition. We were made to feel welcome with a delicious welcome drink before being shown to our rooms. Lunch and dinner was of excellent quality with lots of traditional Bengali dishes being served. In the evening we had a guided tour of the place followed by evening Aarti. The lady of the house interacted with us multi times and made us feel welcome. All in all would recommend it for a short trip from Kolkata, specially for those who love to immerse themselves occasionally in tradition
Experience the richness of Bengal
on Sep 23, 2019
I have had heard about this place a lot from people all this while and even read in the print form. I could only experience it this time and its really worth every penny. Right from the hospitality, food , ambience, maintenance of this place is impeccable.
We traveled from our ancestral house in howrah , to this place, by car in 2 hours time. They have even thought and have arrangements for drivers accompanying you.
The prices are displayed in their official website. They also do due diligence (multiple times) to check food preferences , etc.
The old place has been refurbished and made commensurate for modern day requirements (including the attached bathrooms).
The crew is very polite and well trained. They do their best to make the guests feel at home and treat them like a "guest" !
My only suggestion would be if at least one of the familiy members come and interact with the guests, it will really help the guests to feel better .
There is a guided tour of the place in the evening. However, this could be made much more informative.
Need to put in watch list. Service is bad
on Aug 12, 2019
Some of the rooms are good but few of them , are real bad. Check before booking.
A C gets turned off in the evening and in the morning after 8 am when they want you to be kicked out for next guests.
Behaviour of the servers in the restaurant is horrible. Real bad experience with rude staff.
Rest are ok and passable.