The Rajbari Bawali 1/2 by Tripoto
Gautam Lahiri
We were thinking of visiting such a place and located one near Budge Budge. A city based entrepreneur, armed with resources and love for history turned the Rajbari (Bengali term for a king's palace ) which belonged to erstwhile Mondal family into a heritage resting place for the city burned travelers who would like to spend couple of hours or perhaps a day or two to stay within the confines of a palace and feel the hours glide in slow speed.The palace is called the Rajbari Bawali and we drove down to experience the forgotten atmosphere of the historical edifice and visit the nearby places around it. We drove about 32 kilometers through few of the busiest sections of Kolkata, like Rashbehari Avenue, Taratola, Thakurpukur, Bibirhat, Bakrahat and finally reached the palace compound. The approach roads from the main roads are very confusing to a motorist and we had to ask local people several times as there's a labyrinth of lanes and small roads. Parking poses a bit of an issue if there's a fair held right across the palace.The neighbors around the palace were not too friendly either and asked us to park the car either in front of the palace or drive away. We chose to stay and explore.