I have a rather peculiar preference of travelling to places (be it a long holiday or a weekend getaway) which are not conventionally explored by travellers. This fairly unshared trait of mine reaped quite fruitful results for me during the pandemic period. We, two friends, decided to spent an idle Sunday in a place near to our home (Kolkata) where there won't be much crowd so that we can follow the social distancing guidelines, on the other hand, we wanted to explore a place which is not mainstream as far as popular weekend getaways are concerned. So, after a brief but extensive screening process, we decided to go to "MAHISHADAL RAJBARI" in Tamluk block of East Medinipur.
We hopped into our car and drove straight to Mahishadal, taking breakfast on the way. You will reach Mahishadal from Kolkata within 2:30 hours in a fine Sunday morning. Route is: Kolkata-Kona Expressway- NH 116 through Dhulagarh, Bagnan and Kolaghat - then turn left to take Haldia road upto Nandakumar- From there 10 kms inside the main road and the destination is there.
The Rajbari is a grand two-storeyed building with a central dome and two long pillars in periphery and surrounded by a large moat on three sides. It looks very royal from outside. There is a small cannon placed outside which was used by the monarchs. At about 5 mins from the frontside of the Rajbari, there's a pond called 'Sahebdighi' which used to be leisure garden for the kings and British officers.