The pride and joy of the village of Bawali is the grandiose 300 -year-old Bawali Rajbari. Established by the The Mondal family, who moved to Bengal from UP, at least five hundred years ago, They were originally known to be the Roys. Shovaram, the grandson of Basudev Roy (who lived between the end of 16th century and the early 17th century ), was awarded the title Mondal. Shovaram’s grandson Rajaram (Harananda Mondol) was the senapati of the Raja of Hijli he helped Akbar’s general Mann Singh subdue rebellions in the east, and was granted the title, along with several hundred thousand bighas of land in 24 Parganas. The Tollygunge market in South Kolkata, is housed on what used to be Mondol land. The family set up residence in Bawali. This marked the beginning of their dominance in the area, roughly around 1710. The family flourished under Rajaram’s grandson Haradhan, who enjoyed the patronage of East India Company. He built many temples and his seven sons followed in his footsteps, turning the nondescript village into a temple town.
Unfortunately the Mondal family was unable to sustain this life of opulence for very long. Trade soon dwindled, as did the fortune of the Mondal family. The mansions and temple became a white elephant,impossible to maintain with meager income. It was not long before the grandiose structures began to crumble to dust.
The Rajbari was built for personal use by very wealthy zamindars. This one is about 250 years old.. “The area around Bawali was then entirely swampland and forest, “Little rivers everywhere, and some isolated cottages of the Bauli people, known to be worshipers of the goddess Bonbibi. The restoration started in 2010. This was a delicate and complicated operation requiring a great deal of specialist knowledge, much of which is now rare. Masons had been brought from Murshidabad, where the art of working with chuna and surki are still alive. They also received training in restoration at the Aga Khan Foundation in Delhi. Shiraj-da is a master mason from Murshidabad, who leads the team of masons and oversees most of the restoration. He listed the varied ingredients that are once again being used to restore this magnificent structure to it’s original glory — “chuna, surki, khoa (ground brick), bel (fruit pulp, fermented), chitay gur (solid jaggery), sugarcane gur, supari and methi (both fermented), urad dal and mustard oil to finish.” This kind of masonry takes months to dry properly, but when it does, he says, “it is indestructible.”
Not one bit of the beautiful palace has been evaded as we have tried to restore every corner of The old Rajbari to preserve the essence of Royalty.
This Heritage mansion nestled in a remote town called Bawali near Kolkata. Located at Budge Budge, about 30km from the Diamond Harbour Road-Taratolla Road intersection in Kolkata.
This 300 year old heritage structure is built on 3 acres of land graced by lush gardens and two larges ponds. The royal courtyard is a permanent destination for cultural activities like musicals and theatre, the grand dining halls, decorated with crystals chandlers and antiques, host exquisite dinners and lunches.
Other common spaces include, the swimming pool area, the gym and the library.
The Dak bungalow translates to a travelers rest house in Bengali.
This bungalow has two bedrooms, a comfortable living room, a dining room area and a kitchen.
The first room is very well decorated, and has a perfect blend of modern and traditional furniture. The room features a four poster bed, two side tables, a wardrobe, and is fully air conditioned. The second bedroom is relatively smaller, it features a four poster bed, and a wardrobe.
Both the bedrooms have attached bathrooms.
The living room is extremely comfortable, it is equipped with a sofa set, AC and a dining table that easily accommodates 6 people.
The kitchen is a fully functional modular kitchen, equipped with a refrigerator, a gas stove, a microwave oven and all the necessary cutlery and crockery.
THE COMMON SPACES:
The common spaces that can be used by the guests:
1. The swimming pool.
2. The gym.
3. The library.
4. The living room.
5. The dining room.
6. The courtyard lawn.
7. The garden and the pond.
- Parking is available.
- We will provide complimentary breakfast. All other meals will be on a charge-able basis. Guest AccessYou have access to:
1. Your room
2. The courtyard
3. The restaurant
4. The dining room
5. Both the living rooms
6. The courtyard lawn
7. The gym
8. The swimming pool
9. The garden and pond area
10. The library Interaction with GuestsI will not be there in person to interact with you.
However, the property's manager will be there to assist you. Getting AroundDIRECTIONS TO THE RAJBARI FROM MAJERHAT FLYOVER:
Majerhat flyover- 25 mins- Thakurpukur Bazaar Station (Turn right)- 20 mins- Delhi Public School - Green Mall - 12 mins - Bakhrahat High School (Turn Right) - 9 mins - Trekker stand (Turn right) - 2 mins- The Rajbari Bawali.