In this world of technology and gadgets, what keep us connected to our roots are the age-old stories that were passed down from one generation to the other. Keeping this tradition of oral storytelling alive, Bari Kothi hosts a special session for our guests to connect with the intangible significance of the place, architecture and objects both emotionally and intellectually.
Sunset watching is considered romantic and calm but the experience enhances when you are waterside! At Bari Kothi, either leisurely stroll along the 100 feet long Ghat while sipping a cocktail and enjoying the soft pastel skies or go for a boat ride - laying on comfortable cushions and watching the sun dip in the river. Both being utterly Instagram-able!
Do you know the best way to fill the gap between lunch and dinner is a hot cup of tea served in our unique riverside seating! Bari Kothi offers its guests a selection of over 10 of the finest teas, and a delectable selection of traditional Sheherwali nibbles. The sound of flute in the background coupled with the visuals of hustle bustle of the local community in their everyday life just enhances the overall experience!
West Bengal is an abode of culture and folk heritage and to understand the society and its people, one must witness unique cultural evenings hosted at Bari Kothi. Performances such as Baul & Fakiri music (minstrels’ singing songs & poems about love and devotion), Raibeshe Dance (unique martial arts dance), etc. give a chance to the guests to mingle, converse, and enjoy music in a communal setting.
“Learning about the history and culture of a place makes us a more open-minded, tolerant and understanding individual” – anonymous. Following this belief, we host special guided sightseeing tour of Murshidabad region wherein a guest not only knows the historical significance of the place but also know some of the untold local stories behind it. From the 250-year old Charbangla terracotta temples, Palace of 1000 doors (Hazarduari) to the unfinished mosques and local markets; we cover everything!
For those looking for countryside boat excursions with lunch – this one’s for you! On your way back from sightseeing, enjoy a hot & scrumptious lunch on boat while discovering the beauty of river Ganges.
Bari Kothi hosts an early morning heritage walk session where you get to experience the best of Azimganj town on foot – walk up to the nearby palaces (Hazarduari, Imambara, etc), mosques (Footi Mosque & Katra Mosque) and temples rich in history and culture.
Murshidabad has always been world famous for its fine quality of silks and muslins. Since, textiles play an important role in history of Murshidabad, it is important to visit & interact with locals at Tantipara (weaver’s village) & Islampore (important area for sericulture). You also get a chance to weave your initials on a silk fabric you buy from them!
For food lovers, we host an exclusive culinary session. You begin with knowing the evolution of the cuisine and then start learning how the prepare some of the easiest Sheherwalis dishes. You also get a chance to take back home a secret tip or recipe from the family member!
Did you know Murshidabad once cultivated more than 200 varieties of mangoes? Today there may be about 75 odd varieties remaining but each has its own uniqueness. The months of May & June are the best to savor them and know their age old stories. We offer a number of fun dishes too! Hence it is rightly said, “Nobody in India is as mad about Mangoes as Sheherwalis.”
If you love Bird Watching, we have something for you, too!
Murshidabad is home to many avifauna species such as Red Avadavat, Barn swallow, Red turtle dove, Common tailorbird and many more. The diversity of fauna in this region is just awe inspiring & not much explored. Request for a binoculars from your host & look for our feathered friends!
Yoga is not just a practice for us, it is a lifestyle now! Post-lockdown it is even more important for us to add yoga and medidation in our daily life! Bari Kothi hosts early morning rejuvenating sessions for all our guests to have a healthy mind, body, and soul while they are vacationing. This 1 hour session, near the river side or in an open courtyard is hosted by expert yoga trainers.
Murshidabad is famous for its art and craft which is not widely known to many. Hence we thought of giving an opportunity to the local artists to share their expertise and an opportunity to our guests to learn & create something new and desi. Workshops such as pottery making, shola art, kantha stitching, and block printing are offered in-house.
Occurring in April & May, Kal Baisakhi are the local thunderstorms associated with torrential downpours. Though they bring some destruction along but people still celebrate as it helps harvest kharif crops like jute, paddy and a large number of vegetables and fruits.
Halt! thou thy prevailing rages hast shewn
I know; O Kalbaisakhi, now let's pull back thy jaws.
Lo! the beautified ornaments of beautiful earth are now prone-
Couldst thou not hast been ceased or give a little pause?
Loved the storytelling session. The insight into the past and how everything is slowly getting back on track was very interesting.
- Priya Jain (India)
Our walk to the temples was informative with a side trip to the English speaking class on the way and also a small visit inside the small dwelling where the friendly woman was cooking and her fuel was cow dung.
– Patty Harrison (U.K)
Watching the sunset from your boat on the river was a great experience.
- Veronique Goupy (France)