Our stay at a live in museum #quirkystay

Tripoto
8th Oct 2018
Photo of Our stay at a live in museum #quirkystay by Sundeep & Bedabrata
Day 1

Shikwa Haveli is about 800 years old ancestral mansion. It is inhabited and revamped by a couple  and ex-diplomats. They are so passionate about the property that they spent almost 13 years revamping this property and converted it into a museum. They are now opening this up for guests.

Photo of Shikwa Haveli, Saharanpur - Delhi Road, NH57 Village, Katha, Uttar Pradesh, India by Sundeep & Bedabrata

Shikwa Haveli is basically a live in museum as the owners live here. Along with the maintenance of the museum cum haveli they are involved in a lot of social work. Only a part of the museum is being used as a homestay. The picture above is a tea room. 

Photo of Shikwa Haveli, Saharanpur - Delhi Road, NH57 Village, Katha, Uttar Pradesh, India by Sundeep & Bedabrata

You can’t not notice the doors of this mansion. All the doors, from the main gate our room, are so beautiful and well crafted that you want a few clicks even before plonking your luggage in the room. 

Photo of Shikwa Haveli, Saharanpur - Delhi Road, NH57 Village, Katha, Uttar Pradesh, India by Sundeep & Bedabrata

Antique looking wardrobe, beds, lamps on the bedside, sofas… collection of things from various parts of the world... everything transports you to an era that you have just seen recreated in films or heard in stories.

Photo of Shikwa Haveli, Saharanpur - Delhi Road, NH57 Village, Katha, Uttar Pradesh, India by Sundeep & Bedabrata

The Haveli cum museum is divided into lounges. Burma lounge displayed the stuff collected from Burma. Similarly the Africa Lounge is named so, because of the artifacts they collected from Africa. 

Photo of Shikwa Haveli, Saharanpur - Delhi Road, NH57 Village, Katha, Uttar Pradesh, India by Sundeep & Bedabrata

Time stands still at this museum cum haveli cum homestay.  But it was an experience like no other .

Photo of Shikwa Haveli, Saharanpur - Delhi Road, NH57 Village, Katha, Uttar Pradesh, India by Sundeep & Bedabrata
Day 2

We also visited a separate tea room and a beautiful garden called Baag-e-Bahisht. One look at the fancy hammocks and we knew that’s going to be our selfie zone. These hammocks are from Salvador... if you look at the picture closely, it's written on the border

Photo of Shikwa Haveli, Saharanpur - Delhi Road, NH57 Village, Katha, Uttar Pradesh, India by Sundeep & Bedabrata

Khao kabhi haveli pe... The food is home style - not just delicious but was easy on stomach and not even once we felt bloated after any meal. This is made in their own kitchen and we could taste a lot of local ingredients. 

Photo of Shikwa Haveli, Saharanpur - Delhi Road, NH57 Village, Katha, Uttar Pradesh, India by Sundeep & Bedabrata
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