This beautiful Mansion was once an exclusive hunting resort of Raja Jyoti Prasad Singh Deo, King of Panchakote Raj (West Bengal) in the eastern part India. Now converted into a very beautiful, eco friendly heritage homestay by his descendents. This two-storied mansion is built in laterite stone, is situated close to the city of Cuttack in Odisha, near the forest and hills of Dalijoda range, which gives a scenic backdrop to the palace.
Two large water bodies in the foreground gives it a serene touch and tourists can enjoy an alfresco dinner next to the water on a moon-lit night, organized especially for you. This former hunting lodge is built like a chateaux inspired by European styles with its arched windows and doors fitted with multi-coloured glass.
Presently, this property is maintained by descendants of the erstwhile king. They have kept the property natural and wild, without disturbing its very essence and with great effort are renovating this mansion to its original glory.
Travelers are offered a real heritage home stay with delicious traditional, home-cooked food made by the members of the family. We organize a close look at Odisha's old temples, cult and culture, art & craft as well as serene tribal village life with their Haats or weekly markets and cock fights.
On request, we also organize trekking by foot or by cycle in the nearby forests and power boat ride on river Mahanadi. The place is a haven for anglers. Odisha's best locations for Angling and Sportfishing are located next to the property on the river Mahanadi famous for all types of exotic indian carps, snakeheads catfish, especially goonch, wallago attu, chitala, etc.
The area is a source of (email: hidden)raction for scholars who like to study many different species of moths & other insectivora during the monsoons season.
The House sleeps 5, but offer price set for 2 ( couple or twin sharing ) including breakfast. Other meals are optional on chargeable basis.
Choudwar is situated close to the ancient city of Cuttack as well as Bhubaneswar, which is the capital of Odisha. The place is surrounded by lovely forests and hills of Dalijoda on one side and serene rural villages on the other -- offering the traveler a multiplicity of choices to experience local culture as well as the tribal lifestyle of villagers, including ancient practices such as cock-fights and their own version of a farmer's market. To complement your stay in Choudwar at Kila Dalijoda you can expect healthy, clean and traditional Indian food cooked in an eco-friendly kitchen. From wild-life safaris, bird-watching, nature-walks you can walk through tiny hamlets and have a glimpse of local village life or even witness the making of hand-crafted utensils a speciality of the area.
The area also offers plenty of opportunity for bird watching, nature photography, boating in river Mahanadi. This place is excellent for those who are still chasing butterflies, literally! The area is packed with a variety of butterflies, moths and beetles.
Just an hour away from Choudwar is also the head-quarter of the Alekha Mahima Dharma, where semi-clad sadhus or monks practice a unique cult. The nearby forest and the hills offer plenty of exciting trekking routes and the rivers, its creeks and lakes offer an ideal destination for Anglers for sport-fishing. Trophy size fishes of many variety, like all major Indian carps, snakeheads, catfish, wallago attu, chitala, goonch etc abound in these waters.It is recommended that those who are in the field of research for moths and insects must visit this area, specially during the pre-monsoon and monsoon season ( June end - Sept end )