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    Get Downtown Abbey Feels At The 200-Year-Old Neel Kothi Near Kolkata

    Anuradha posted on 13 October

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    Take a weekend break at this splendid estate which used to be a part of an indigo plantation in the Raj era. The antique furniture, Lazarus snooker table, the antlers on the wall, and the vast columns will give you major Downtown Abbey feels.

    What Makes It Awesome

    Neel Kothi or Indigo House is a heritage home stay in a 200-year-old mansion in the middle of what used to be indigo plantations with 16-acres of orchards and farmlands. Neel Kothi was built when indigo was one of the main sources of income for the East India Company and the British empire. People were forced to plant and farm indigo – instead of food crops – and this eventually lead to the indigo uprising in 1859. It is located in Nabadwip in Nadia district of West Bengal.

    Just to hang out at this 18th century mansion that’s like Bengal’s own Downton Abbey. Mull on life and enjoy the breeze on the vast 2000 square feet columned verandah overlooking the driveway and the grounds. Or go for leisurely walks on the estate’s orchards full of mango, lichee and guava trees. Indulge your latent brown sahib and play some snooker or billiards on the vintage table made by Lazarus & Company, or try your hand at darts, ping pong or carrom.

    You also just settle down with a book {they have a library} on a deckchair in the vast gardens with flowering trees as old as the house itself. Or take an early morning cruise on the River Jalangi.

    The details around the house will remind you of a colonial, landed gentry past, from the antlers on the walls of the snooker room, to the marble-topped tables, antique recliners and the vintage snooker table made by Lazarus & Company.

    Rooms are INR 3,500 to INR 4,500. {per night for double occupancy, including breakfast}. Their food is something special – they have English breakfasts, Bengali lunches, and Continental or Indian dinners. Most ingredients – fruits, vegetables and milk – are sourced from the estate.

     

    Pro-Tip

    You can drive down via the Kona Expressway/ Golden Quadrilateral or you can take the Jessore Road, when you hit NH 34. Another option is to take the Hazarduari Express or Bhagirathi Express which have AC chair cars. Or a local from Sealdah to Krishnagar.

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    Maheshganj Estate Balakhana

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    Balakhana, P. O. Maheshganj, Nabadwip Ghat Road, Distt. Nadia, West Bengal

      Homestays

      Maheshganj Estate Balakhana

      locationNadia