The West Bengal Government has already issued guidelines for the celebration of Kolkata’s biggest festival, the Durga Puja. However, since the coronavirus cases in the country are still on the rise, it is best not to step out for pandal hopping this year. Eating out isn’t very safe either, as we might come in contact with many strangers within the eatery. To avoid these risks, how about booking a stay in a heritage home within Kolkata to celebrate pujo in a socially-distanced way? At these mansions, you can stay amid luxury in pure Bengali style and also relish highly delectable traditional dishes from the Bengali cuisine. Sounds amazing? Here are 5 such distinguished properties in Kolkata where you can relax with your family and friends, skipping the Durga Pujo crowd:
1. LalBari, Kalighat
The century-old brick red bungalow will take you back to the old world of colonial India. LalBari had hosted personalities like Mahatma Gandhi, Indira Gandhi, Ravi Shankar and others in the past. Jawaharlal Nehru’s father, Motilal Nehru had also visited the place. The rooms have all the amenities like geyser, AC, LED TV and more. The Burma teak furnishings aggravate the antique aura of the rooms. Also, they welcome the guests with special LalBari’ postcards and bookmarks. Room rates at LalBari start at around
2. BhubanBari, Maniktala
BhubanBari Heritage Home Stay is nestled in North Kolkata’s Maniktala, where Durga Pujo takes place in a grandiose manner every year. The rooms here have kitchenettes too, where guests can prepare their own meals. So, by staying here, you can even avoid outside food if you want to. Rooms rates at this property start at around
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3. Calcutta Bungalow, Fariapukur
A timeworn edifice in Fariapukur near Shyambazar dating back to 1926 has been renovated and converted into a boutique bread and breakfast hotel. Calcutta Bungalow strikingly blends the extravaganza of traditional Bengal with all the modern amenities.
To unwind amid one of the lavish suites of Calcutta Bungalow is like living life king-size for some hours. Rates of the rooms here start at ₹4,658/ night, including breakfasts. The bungalow is a quaint masterpiece of the modern era.
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4. Raajkutir Swabhumi, Phool Bagan
Swabhumi was once a popular place for hangout in Kolkata, with a wide array of shops selling chic jewellery, unique artworks, ethnic costumes and loads more. Often, we used to take a walk around the magnificent compound after watching a movie at Inox Swabhumi, thanks to the exit gate leading to the Swabhumi complex. Raajkutir is not just one of the splendid hotels in Kolkata, it is kenned as one of the best luxury hotels in India too. Rooms start here at around ₹6000/night.
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5. The Rajbari Bawali, Nodakhali
The Rajbari Bawali is in Nodakhali, a couple of hours drive from Kolkata. It offers special day-out packages that include zamindari thali lunch, evening tea, breakfasts and more. With a pool and a spacious lawn, this heritage home near Kolkata boasts of a spellbinding aristocratic design. It is surrounded by lush greenery and the area around it is also popular among hikers and cyclists. Rooms per night at The Rajbari Bawali start at around ₹8000.
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So, ready to bring out the ultimate bangaliyana in you, Kolkatans? Meanwhile, here are three steps to get the perfect Bengali look this Durga Puja: