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Bawali Rajbari, Budge Budge, 24 Pargans (South)

Bawali ~ Revisited

Bawali Rajbari, Budge Budge, 24 Pargans (South)

See also: Bawali ~ Temples & Mansions

Bawali Rajbari Courtyard, Bawali, 24 Parganas (South)

Bawali Rajbari Courtyard, Bawali, 24 Parganas (South)

As I entered the courtyard of the Mondal mansion of the Bawali, it was a pleasant surprise for me. In the three years since my last visit the crumbling Mondal Mansion of Bawali have been given a face lift.

Breakfast, Bawali Rajbari Terrace

Breakfast, Bawali Rajbari Terrace

Bawali, a nondescript in the Budge Budge subdivision of 24 Parganas (South) can be reached from the Budge Budge. Bawali can also be reached from Amtala on the Diamond Harbour Road (DH rd).

History books tell us that the Mondals of Bawali were originally 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 was the senapati of the Raja of Hijli. Moved by his bravery, the raja offered him the ownership of 50 villages, which included Bowali and Budge Budge.

Corridor, Bawali Rajbari

Corridor, Bawali Rajbari

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.

The good old days of the Mondal family did not last long. The trade soon dwindled and so did the fortune of the Mondal family. The mansions and temple became a white elephant and with merger income their maintenance became impossible. Slowly the temples and the mansion started crumbling to dust.

Interior, Bawali Rajbari

Interior, Bawali Rajbari

Recently the magnificent but the crumbling Bawali Mansion have been taken over by Calcutta (Kolkata) based businessman Ajay Rawla, who has taken up the initiative of turning the ruined mansion into a heritage hotel.

Presently four rooms have been renovated and are opening to public. The open area consisting of a dinning hall and two drawing rooms have also been renovated but keeping the old rustic look alive.

The furniture and fixtures maintain the old look and the numerous photos of old Hollywood dot the walls along with beautifully decorated mirrors. Bone China vases with potted plants have added a new dimension to the mansion.

Bawali Rajbari Interior

Bawali Rajbari Interior

The courtyard, which doubles up as a open air theatre hall, has been decorated with potted plants and cast iron benches. Several dance and music performances have already been held at the courtyard, whcih once served as a tennis court.

The terrace above the courtyard has also been modified and is ideal for an open air breakfast, lunch or even a candle lit dinner.

Lighting arrangements have been made and the Bawali Rajbari along with the nine – pinnacled (naba ratna) Gopinath Temple is lit up during festivals and occasions, turning the once decapitated structure into a grand spectacle.

According to Rawla lot of works still need to be done, more rooms are coming up and a spa is also on the list.

Located at the very backyard of Calcutta (Kolkata) the once decapitated Mondal Mansion of Bawali is all set to turn into a heritage hotel.

Special Thanks:

  • Ajay Rawla, for the warm hospitality at the Bawali Rajbari, Heritage Hotel.
  • Manjit Singh Hoonjan and Goutam Shorff for accompanying me.

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  1. February 20, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Brilliant piece !!

  2. Prosenjit Das Gupta
    February 21, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    It is wonderful to know that Bwali rajbati has now got a new lease of life

    • March 24, 2013 at 8:49 AM

      Dear Prosenjit da thanks for your comment. More such initiative needs to be taken to promote tourism in the state.

  3. February 24, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Rangan – Really well written. in 2002 November I visited Bowali & later on wrote about it in The Hindustan Times.Please keep me posted from when the hotel is going to be operational.

    • March 24, 2013 at 8:51 AM

      Thanks Somen, I am aware your Bawali visit and the HT article. Four rooms of the hotel is already in operation.

  4. April 17, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Amazing Palace with magnificent courtyards

    Travel India

  5. aditya saha
    May 17, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Rangan Da. Big fan of yours, Is Bowali rajbari open to all. Does it need any special permission for entry?. If yes do you have the contact.

    • May 18, 2013 at 10:55 AM

      Dear Aditya, permission is needed. You can get the contact from the official website of Bawali Rajbari.

  6. shrabanti mitra
    January 5, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    is photography allowed there?can u plz post the proper adress from Budge budge to Bawali Rajbari?

    • February 14, 2014 at 3:01 PM

      Dear Srabanti, you need to take an auto for Budge Budge station. Autos are infrequent so it is best to book an auto for the round journey.

      For proper address plz check the official website.

      Photography is allowed subject to permission, do contact the number in the official website.

  7. Ranish
    January 9, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Thanks Rangan… at least i know some recent update of Bawali

  8. Srirupa Mukherjee
    March 16, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    Hii..is the mansion open for a day’s visit???

    • March 16, 2014 at 10:02 PM

      Dear Srirupa Mukherjee, the mansion has a day package, including lunch. Please check the official website for the current rates.

  9. debabrata ray
    April 11, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    how to reach from sealdah

  10. May 2, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    Dear Debabrata, get down at Budge Budge Station, autos are available. You may require to reserve an auto.

  11. Avik Chakraborty
    July 13, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Hello Rangan : well written, and thanks a lot for posting this. Is there an opportunity to stay in this Rajbari for one night. Me and some my friends are planning to do so if there is an option.

    • July 16, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      Thanks Avik for the comment, Since Bawali Rajbari is a hotel you can stay there.

      Please check the rates from the official website of Bawali Rajbari

  12. August 15, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    Thanks for the info. We are going there this weekend and this info will come in very handy.

    • October 28, 2014 at 9:51 PM

      Thanks Abhimanyu, please do share your Bawali experience.

  13. krishnendu ray
    September 27, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    please give the offical website of rajbari bawali

  14. anuradha ghosh
    October 28, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    The website of Rajbari is not working? How will I make my booking. . Please suggest

    • October 28, 2014 at 9:48 PM

      Dear Anuradha Ghosh, just checked out, the official website of Bawali Rajbari is running. Please check.

  15. shail k shaw
    November 2, 2014 at 2:55 PM


    • November 2, 2014 at 5:11 PM

      Yes Shail. hope other investors also invests in heritage properties.

  16. Uttara Gangopadhyay
    November 4, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    ‘ঘর হতে শুধু দুই পা ফেলিয়া’ যে কতো মনি মানিক এখনো দেখা যায় সেটা জেনে খুব ভালো লাগছে

    November 27, 2014 at 3:49 PM


  18. Souvik Sarkar
    December 20, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Please share the contact no. of Bawali

  19. Drorima Chatterjee
    January 5, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    An amazing place, with some beautiful vintage interior. Visited the Rajbari yesterday itself, was there for the whole day.
    You clicked some mind blowing pictures Mr. Datta.

    • January 14, 2015 at 10:31 PM

      Thanks Dorima for visiting Bawali, hope you enjoyed it.

      Also thanks for appreciating my photos.

  20. January 6, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    Nice place. We went there 4 months back.

    • January 14, 2015 at 10:30 PM

      Dear Abhibishnu, thanks for visiting Bawali. Keep travelling.

  21. January 14, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    provide the contact no of rajbari heritage hotel.and want to know the cost of the room

    • January 14, 2015 at 10:29 PM

      Here is the contact No. 98303 83008

  22. Debabrata das
    January 22, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    its so good

    • February 7, 2015 at 11:48 AM

      Bit expensive but its worth a experience!!!! do visit Bawali Rajbari

  23. Rahul Mondal
    February 7, 2015 at 12:52 PM

    Oooohhhh it’s wanderful place

    • February 7, 2015 at 12:57 PM

      Yes Rahul. its indeed a wonderful place.

  24. Mr. Sukanta Banerjee
    April 13, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    Let me know the price of the hotel

    September 13, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    We visited the place in December 2013. Simply nostalgic memories of British Raj came floating before our eyes. The family is related to Rani Rashmoni. Would love to come and stay in the Raj Bari when the rooms are ready. The Bawali village is serene and quite. Winter will be the best time to visit. Very near to Kolkata. Painters and Artist’s paradise.

    • December 22, 2015 at 1:12 PM

      Thanks Sudhin for sharing your experience, I think the rooms are already ready.

  26. December 22, 2015 at 8:31 AM

    Hi Rangan, Loved your article 🙂 Would you know if this place can be rented for weddings by any chance ?

  27. A K Sen
    January 13, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    Where can we have a good lunch only at bawali , No package for the whole day ?

    January 16, 2016 at 3:45 PM

    how we go? pls give direction

  29. Saumitra Basu
    June 22, 2016 at 1:39 PM

    Interested to visit, pl send contact no n rate chart

  30. Ashok Tomar
    August 16, 2016 at 4:27 PM

    Dear Ranganji,
    I must say that you have done great service by writing this article. I assure you after reading your article I will definitely visit the Rajbari.Once again Thank you very much for this article.

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