A Leader’s Legacy Heritage Homestay – Kolkata

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Kolkata

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.
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. 

The Homestay

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. Major road crossings i.e Bhowanipore, Hazra and Lansdowne Road are all within 400 mtr.
Number of Rooms – 2; Total Capacity -6

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. 

Food

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.

Activities

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

Facilities

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)

Tariff

Single Person: 3000/-
Superior Room: 3600/-
Premium Room: 4200/-

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

Child Policy
Upto 7 years: Complimentary (No Extra Bed)

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

Local Attractions

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

Important Facilities Nearby

Jatin Das Marg Metro station (500 mtr) •  Multiplex (1.5 km) •  Shopping Malls – (1.5 km) • Hospitals (250 mtr) • Theater Halls – Kala Mandir, Nandan, Academy of Fine Arts, Ravindra Sadan, ICCR: (within 3 km) • Howrah Railway Station (10 km) • Sealdah Railway Station – (6 km) • Hindustan Club, Bengal Rowing Club, Cosmo Club, Calcutta Club are all round the corner and conveniently accessible. 

Excursions

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

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