A Leader’s Legacy Heritage Homestay-Kolkata

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Kolkata is the largest city in India after Mumbai located on the eastern bank of the Hooghly River. It is celebrated for its grand colonial architecture, rich cultural heritage and unique character.  Long known as the cultural capital of India, Kolkata continues to spawn generations of poets, writers and film producers. It is also the primary business, commercial and financial hub of Eastern India and the main port of communication for North-East India.

This beautiful heritage bungalow is located in a quiet corner of the Kolkata city. Stuck in a time capsule, this hundred years old bungalow belongs to an era lost in sepia prints. For anyone who loves heritage and history, this is surely a place to live. Its repertoire of famous guests over the past century includes the likes of Mahatma Gandhi, Indira Gandhi and Ravi Shankar himself.

Built in 1900, it’s the residence of eminent Lawyer and former Chief Minister of West Bengal Mr. Siddhartha Shankar Ray.  He also has been Union Minister of Education, Governor of Punjab and Indian Ambassador to the United States. Ray’s famous library is full of law books along with hundreds of novels. Some of the records in the library date back to 16th century and are priceless. The law chamber has autographed frames of Indira Gandhi, Mujibur Rahman, Bill Clinton, Dalai Lama and many more. 

This tastefully done house is perfect for the travelers yearning for the vintage Kolkata experience. The old world charm of the place will inspire you to pick up that incomplete book and enjoy your sojourn in complete tranquility. There are 2 AC rooms for the guests. The rooms have vintage Burma Teak furniture that includes king size bed, wardrobe, writing desk, dressing mirror, laundry hamper with netting, rocking chair and recliner. All common areas are accessible at all times including the verandah, drawing room and the massive garden outside.

Location: It is conveniently located at 500 mtrs distance from Jatin Das Park Metro Station
Number of Rooms – 2; Total Capacity -6

How To Reach

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Intl. Airport at Dumdum is about 17 km from the heart of the city. There are two major railway stations in the city – one is Howrah and the other is Sealdah. 


Superior Room: 4200/-
Premium Room: 4950/-

Extra Person: 1800/-
Complimentary: Wifi, Breakfast, Tea/Coffee

Note: These tariffs do not apply during festivals and holidays

Child Policy
Upto 6 years: Complimentary (No Extra Bed)
7-12 years.: 50% (Extra bed provided)

What you pay for a homestay, brings a direct socio-economic benefit to locals. Be proud by not asking for a discount.


Food is a huge affair and is taken very seriously. Breakfast includes tea/coffee, eggs to order with toast and seasonal fruits. Traditional Bengali Thali meals are provided in lunch and dinner on prior order. It includes Chicken/ mutton/ fish/ prawn curry, seasonal vegetables, Dal, Fried potato, Rice, Luchi, Poppadum, Mango Chutney & Sweet Dish.


Bird Watching • Reading • Star Gazing • City Walk • Yoga and Meditation 


High speed Internet • Parking • Running Hot Water • Bonfire • Garden with Open Seating Areas • Toiletries • Library • LED Television with Cable Connection •  Smoking Allowed • Laundry (paid) • Pick and Drop Service (Paid)

Local Attractions

Kalighat Kali Temple (1km) • Kalighat Kali Temple, Birla mandir (1.5 km) • Birla mandir (2km) • Victoria Memorial (3km) • I Park Street (4km) • Indian /Museum (4km) • Esplanade (5km) • Eden Garden Ground (6km) • Eden Garden Cricket Ground(6 km) • Science City (7km) • Howrah Bridge (8km) • Marble Palace (9km) • Dakshineswar Kali Temple (18km)  • Belur Math (14km) • Howrah Railway Station (10km) • Sealdah Railway Station (6km) 


Kamakhya Mandir (33km) • Sunderban Tiger Reserve (93km) • Barrackpore (40km) • Piyali Island (67 km) • Bardhaman (109km) • Mayapur (134km) • Tajpur (53km) • Sunderban (93km)

Know your Host

You will be hosted by Ilina Chanda, Siddhartha Shankar Ray’s niece, who some time back opened the doors of this heritage house to travelers who wanted a taste of the old-world charm of Kolkata and could value the history attached to the place. Ilina Chanda is an English Literature graduate and is a passionate educationist, working with special needs children. She loves reading, watching films and hosting her guests. 

You may like to check more of our Homestays in West Bengal

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It was a super home stay. A huge amount of history in the property with interesting pictures and artefacts. My room was very comfortable and the food I took there was delicious. Communication was good and the owners very helpful.


Mary Hosty

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