Over time the business centre moved from Murshibadad to Kolkata, so the families followed. By the mid 1900’s, many Sheherwali families had left their palatial homes in Murshidabad and moved, with the business, to Calcutta (modern day Kolkata). As with many other family homes in Murshibadad, Bari Kothi was left empty and unoccupied, slowly falling into ruin over a period of more than 50years until in 2015, Darshan and his sister Lipika took it upon themselves to revive the grandeur of their family home to pass it on to the next generation.
The 15 suites in this beautiful home are decorated with original antique pieces and art, sharing with guests the sense of very much staying in a well-loved and seasoned grand family home. The property houses 3 beautifully kept gardens, 7 courtyards, terraces, a library, a music room, lounge, a riverside café and a wonderful restaurant where the predominantly vegetarian local cuisine is prepared with farm to table locally grown vegetables, fruit, herbs and spices. There is so much to see and do in this region which is famed for its cuisines, traditional arts and crafts, time served silk-textile industry, and the wonderful architecture that tell the story of this region in its rich heritage of carved stone and stucco palaces, temples and mosques. Working closely with the local community the team at Bari Kothi have created a variety of experiences, more than 35 in fact, that provide guests with a unique opportunity to experience this richly historical and culturally significant region. Be as active or as inactive as suits you, the experiences include heritage walks, culinary classes, traditional pottery making, bird watching, story-telling that brings Bari Kothi’s long history to life, cultural evenings and sunset dining on or beside the river. A stay at Bari Kothi truly is an immersive experience one that will share with you the history, the culture, the flavour and the beauty of life in this fascinating region of West Bengal.
Mr Darshan Dudhoria
Your Host and The Team
Heritage Suites (6 units)Every room at Bari Kothi has its own unique character and story to tell. The Heritage Rooms are all named after a precious stone which has been inspired by the coloured light from the chandelier hanging in each of the suites. Diamond, ruby and emerald sharing white, pink tinged and green tinged light respectively. Individually decorated with original antique furniture and grand four-poster beds the suites are at once opulent and comfortable. Each suite has a private en-suite bathroom.
Royal Heritage Suites (6 units)The high ceilings, antique furniture and rich, decorative fabrics that decorate these suites all contribute to creating a wonderfully royal atmosphere that reflects the heritage of the grand family that built Bari Kothi. With private en-suite bathrooms and wonderful hard-wood four-poster beds the Royal Suites are both elegant and refined.
Maharaja Heritage Suites (3 units)Steeped in elegant old-world charm the Maharaja Heritage Suites are the grandest of the 3 classes of suites at Bari Kothi. With high ceilings and decorated with locally carved wooden archways, traditional furniture, and antique pieces each of the 3 Maharaja Heritage Suites has its own unique character. The Maharaja Suites have private en-suite bathrooms with one set with a sunken bathtub.
GENERALTotal number of rooms: 15
Time zone: (GMT+05:30) New Delhi
Currency accepted: INR
Credit cards accepted: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners
Electricity voltage: 220V
Electricity plug type:
CONTACTJain Patty, PO : Azimganj, Murshidabad 742122 , India
ACCESSBari Kothi is located in Azimganj, Murshibadad, approximately a 5hour drive from Kolkata.
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i) the restoration would be completed in a sustainable manner
ii) the project and the resulting hotel should support the local community
“We don’t simply sell rooms, we create experiences”. While it may seem that the guest benefits most from this wonderful arrangement as they enjoy a first-hand experience of the local culture and the stories that surround them, our goal was always to ensure that each visiting guest gave back as much to the local community through their visit as the guest takes away with them. This is the principle that underpins all the Bari Kothi experiences.
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