Some places you go. While some, beckon you.
How would you react when you sense that you’re being pulled by something that’s only an illusion, but still exists? Would you run? Or would you embrace your powerlessness? Isn’t life all about treading the unknown? So why wouldn’t you be powerful enough to choose powerlessness? I chose the latter.
That’s the kind of impact some places have on you. An influence so strong that you can almost see the past rush by right in front of your eyes and hear the music that’s never being played. Where imagination meets reality, past meets present - that’s the Rajbari of Bawali, for you.
The Rajbari Bawali is situated around 2 hours from Kolkata, off Budge Budge. The booking process is easy and after a couple of emails exchanged about a week earlier, me and my companions - my parents :-) soon got into the long drive mode one bright Sunday morning. The route instructions were clear but thanks to the explorer in us, we preferred to follow Google Maps and reached the Rajbari. The narrow approach to the palatial mansion deceives the eye because I was expecting large gates and driveways outside! No wonder, after all the mansion is situated inside a sleepy village called Bawali.
Bawali Rajbari is a 300 year old mansion that once belonged to the Mandal family, who used to be Zamindars (landlords) of the village.