The Rajbari Bawali
Bawali, Calcutta and northeast India, India
At a Glance
Just 30 rooms and suites make for an intimate stay
Located just over an hour from Calcutta, this is a peaceful retreat
Mixing old world charm and opulence with all the modern conveniences you'd expect from a luxury hotel
Enjoy the authentic Bengali cuisine here and local traditions
Pamper yourself with a treatment at the Mantra Spa or explore Bawali village and countryside beyond
Best time to Visit
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Calcutta and much of Northeast India has three main seasons: Summer, Monsoon, and Winter. The best time to visit Calcutta is between October until March when the weather is very pleasant. Summer, during March until May, is best avoided with soaring temperatures and high levels of humidity. The monsoon starts in June and lasts till September/ October with the wettest month in August.
To start planning your vacation to The Rajbari Bawali
The Rajbari Bawali is a beautiful heritage hotel set in the outskirts of Calcutta. Teeming with old world charm and dating back 250 years, this chic Indian hotel has been lovingly restored. With just 30 rooms, guests can enjoy the tranquil setting here.
The Rajbari Bawali is a haven of neo-classical design, just over an hour from Calcutta. Guests will transported back in time surrounded by antiques and rustic furnishings. This Mondal mansion was once home to the Zaminders of Bengal, and over the years has been used as a backdrop for the silver screen. Now, guests can also enjoy the grandeur of the palatial home.
Discover Bengali traditions and the rural village of Bawali during your stay at The Rajbari Bawali. Local businessman Ajay Rawla spent time in the painstaking transformation of this dilapidated old mansion. Today The Rajbari Bawali retains its character; a mix of ornate design and rustic furnishings. And with just 30 rooms and suites, it makes for a quiet, romantic retreat.
The main feature of each room is the hand-crafted four-poster bed. Like much of the furnishings found in the hotel, it has been crafted in a traditional Bengali style. There are different rooms and suites to choose from, but the Zamindari Junior Suite is a good option for couples wanting a little more space.
Dining at The Rajbari Bawali is very relaxed and no visit to Calcutta is complete without a taste of some traditional Bengali cuisine which influences date back to the time of the Mughals. At lunch we recommend you try Bengali Thali, a wonderful mix of flavors. Every evening, after the oil lamps are lit, experience the evening puja performed by the hotel's staff. This is a spiritual ceremony of Sanskrit prayers which are offered over the house and Bawali village. Later enjoy drinks before dinner under the frangipani trees.
Around the hotel, guests can enjoy the large pool as well as the tranquil Mantra Spa. If wellness is something you are looking for, there are a range of therapies to choose from including learning about the art of detox as well as emotional wellbeing packages. The Rajbari Bawali is an ideal place to end a trip through Calcutta and northeast India; rural retreat with so much history waiting to be discovered.
There are just 30 rooms and suites at The Rajbari Bawali. Each features a regal four-poster bed and elegant furnishings teamed with modern day conveniences and other luxuries. The Dak Bungalow is perfect for families with its two bedrooms, whilst the Chhoto Bari has four rooms in a separate building overlooking the pool.
Children are welcome at The Rajbari Bawali but this heritage property is more suited to older guests.
The Rajbari Bawali features beautiful courtyard where guests can enjoy drinks. In the evening in the Durbar Hall dining room guests can sample the best of Bengali cuisine or choose from some international cuisine.
Guests can relax at the hotel by the pool or enjoying a pampering at the spa. For those wishing to explore Bawali, try the 2-hour village walk or a cylce ride around the local area. There are also culinary demonstrations for foodies who would like to learn the secrets of Bengali cooking. In the evening, there are often musical performances by local musicians.
The Rajbari Bawali - Cycle Ride
Explore the small village of Bawali and the surrounding countryside on a cycle ride during your stay at The Rajbari Bawali. There's even the option to enjoy a riverside picnic before heading back to the hotel.
The Rajbari Bawali - Village Walk
During your stay at The Rajbari Bawali, get a taste of local life on this two hour walk. Located in the outskirts of Calcutta, you are surrounded by beautiful countryside and a slow pace of life.