Recommended destination for a 1 day trip
on Jun 20, 2017
Nicely maintained old palace with all the old furnitures. Rooms are large and have nice ambience. Food available only on demand and pre order but I loved the homely food. Communication is a little bit troublesome. Winter is the best time to visit. No nearby places to visit. Rajbari or the palace is the main attraction.
on May 6, 2017
Six of us went to Itachuna Rajbari and had a marvellous stay. Large rooms with antique furniture. Excellent food and tasty. We were well looked after by the staff. Perhaps will go there again! The guided tour was good too and we went up and down the rambling property. Loved the gardens. It was easy to climb the stairs, thankfully.
on Apr 30, 2017
We went to the Itachuna rajbari just after Holi for a day and stayed in the beautifully decorated cottages amidst the bounties of nature. The food is very good and served in big "kashar thaal" (brass utensils) with lots of love and care. The guided tour of the rajbari was also very informative and interesting. All the staff were very nice and friendly and overall we had a great time !!
Excelent Food and hospitality but...
on Apr 19, 2017
If you love Bengali food then go and stay at Ita Chuna. You will get elaborate lunch and dinner - veg, egg, chicken, fish, mutton and prawn - as you desire. At very reasonable rates. The b/f is free if you take lunch and dinner. Bread is not available but you can get roti, luchi and paratha. Eggs to order at only Rs. 20 per pc. The food comes with old-age hospitality - people serving and repeating any item you want.
Hospitality offered by all staff is superlative.
But the house badly requires maintenance to make it worth the price. Housekeeping though is very good - towels changed every day, clean sheets and bathroom quality is pretty good with soaps and shampoo provided.
But it does not look like a '; rajbari' - a bit dilapidated and not that grand looking. The a/c running is limited to specified hours. The rooms are not given individual a/c remote control and so you cannot control temperature. We faced water supply problem in some rooms - but understand they are working on it on urgent basis.
All in all - good place for a night's spend. ( we stayed 2 nights) - though value for money is a bit on the lower side - though somewhat made up by relatively low cost food.
Where silence rules
on Apr 4, 2017
The bougainvillea is the star, falling like Rapunzel's locks from the top, trying to catch attention as we walked in through the gates. Used as we are to stay confined in flats measuring in barely hundreds of Sq ft, a zamindar's mansion standing over 20 Acres of land inspired an awe and prompted us to plan a visit to this place. The zamindars of Itachuna built this place way back in 1700 after having probably had enough of the marauding lifestyle and intending to settle down to a life of regulated income flowing from agricultural taxes imposed on villagers. The mansion has all that is associated with houses of rich zamindars and Kings of yore; an imposing structure with the inner living areas separated from the outer areas, the naach ghar and the offices, the stables and the kitchens and the mandir with the courtyard that was the stage for many a performance in times of festivals. The palace itself is set on sprawling acres of land replete with ponds, used by the Zenana in the past to bathe, horse stables and areas to store and process mounds of grain. The old has long been smothered by silence and time has lost its way within the sprawling acres and the warren of rooms of the mansion. The new today is trying to take baby steps and reach out to the world from underneath the shroud of silence. Silence does strike back sometimes and during your stay at the mansion it might confront you from darkened nooks and half opened wooden window shutters. It tries to communicate through portraits of the house's inhabitants, adorning the walls, as you stand in its presence in moments of solitude.
But I loved Itachuna Rajbari. Loved the way the person in the office stood up with folded hands to welcome us when we walked in, loved the antique furniture in the room that once housed Chhoto Pishi, loved the thought that had gone in to provide a fan inside the bathroom that was devoid of a window, loved the touch of bangaaliana in the kaanshaar thaala-baati and the sukto and begun bhaajas served during meals, loved the warmth in the way someone told us "aabar aashben" as we were leaving the place. For those who are inclined to being close to nature, itachuna strives to please all such by dishing out mellifluous array of bird's twitter and laying out dirt tracks meandering through rice fields.
As I watched the sun set in the distant horizon from the roof top and witnessed the darkness take possession of the corners of the rooftop, a poem began to swirl inside my head. I would love to go back to itachuna once again, to free the poem trapped inside my head.