Itachuna Rajabari- and Mini Europe nearby
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“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I woke up and saw that life was service. ”I acted and behold, service was joy!”
– Rabindranath Tagore
History of Itachuna
Itachuna is a semi village town located near Pandua. A sleepy town and peaceful where nothing much happens. The peculiarity of this place is it was way advanced of other villages since 100 years ago. This place was called Bargee Danga”. The story starts with the Maratha. But these guys could not remain sleepy. Firstly they were in Hooghly , a name given the Portuguese and secondly near to various well known places.If you are wondering who are these guys? Well there a people from India who controlled the North. The Martha Empire was founded in 1667 in response to the misrule and chaos’. It might have been founded to fight the Mughals. These guys turned their attention to Bengal. Details here.
Relation to Itachuna Rajbari to Maratha Raiders
Well one of the raiders named Kundans wanted to stay in Bengal. They are supposed to have established this Rajabari ,now known as Itachuna Rajbari. Shri Safffalya Narayan Kundu is said to have established that in 1766. They later on made agreement with the British. The establishment was after the British defeated the Nawab of Bengal. Their descendants remain till this date Shri Dhrubu Naryan Kundu and Shri Rabindra Naryan Kundu. The term Shri is equivalent to the English Mr. or Sayyid in Arabic(not the family,the title). They had a share of torture of their subjects but they had achievements too.
The Rajbari which means in Bengali house belonging to Royalty. The word is associated with the king and power. The Kundu family were Zaminders and therefore nobility. Nobility in the sense . The zamindar class was title given to Indian people under British rule upon payment of tax. It was like the Zamindar had several acres like 500-600 acres. This would be several villages under jurisdiction of the Zamindar. They were the authority and looked after welfare of their subjects. The Zamindar had a manger who was very powerful too ,called Nayeb. Once this Nayeb was attending in the British times a situation in which a dropped bomb by the Japanese did not go off. The British soldiers were trying to detonate the bomb which got stuck in the mud. All present villagers were helping the soldiers except the Nayeb. He got butted by the British solider and reprimanded for not helping.
The Kundu family Achievements
How to Reach Itachuna Rajbari?
Well you have few choices 1. Take a Taxi. 2. Go to Howrah Train station but a plan is necessary. The distance from Howrah station to Khanyan is 55 KM and takes 45-50 minutes by train. By Taxi it takes about 1.5 hours from Airport. Most probably if you are a visitor to India, you would be staying in a lodge near New Market, Kolkata. Take a bus or other options to Howrah and then you can go from there.
The appearance is grand from the outside and striking. It reminds one of Lucknow. In the days of Raj, it was not just about buildings but style and architecture mattered. The Ottomans already had seta standard which Nawabs and Sultans were inspired by. The Rumi Darwaja is an example of it.
There are no hotels or inns to stay in Khanyan or Itachuna. You have to know people down there or you can stay in the Rajabari like a Royal Guest “. The cost being 50-90 US$ per day. The most probable area you can stay is near Pandua, Chandangore or Serampore. Rent is about 1000 Indian rupees or less. The Rajbari is divided into few categories . This include: AA,Maa, and huts . There is AC rooms with WIFI. It is a quick getaway for the weekend or visit. The food is vegetarian and supposed to be good. There are 3 categories and under each categories they have rooms.
- Boro Boudi
- Choto Boudi
- Boro Pishi
- Choto Pishi
They have another two categories with similar names. The names are given as family members in a joint family. The First one Boro Boudi ” is the wife of the eldest son. Boudi means wife of one’s brother’s wife from the perspective of the younger sister or brother. The Muslims will use the term Bhabi.
The food plan is mainly vegetarian upon request chicken, mutton are served. Muslim travelers have to request for halal menu.
Break Fast-Complimentary provided you take their Lunch and Dinner plan(night)-600 INR. That is 7.28 US$. This is per person and per day. The food is really delicious giving a taste of Bengali Food. They do how ever have meals for 300 INR which includes lunch and Tea for people who just one want to visit for the day and return back.
Itachuna and nearby stories
Story 1.There was a dedicated Principal Of Itachuna College who gave his life to save two brothers fighting on the train tracks. He was on his way to the College and saw two brothers fighting right on the track and mail train coming at 100 KM/Hour. (approx). The mail train do not stop unless select stops. He pushed the brothers but alas he died along with one the brothers. This was an example of dedication by the teacher.
Story 2. The great actor Uttam Kumar known as Mahanayak of Bengali Cinema stopped in the train station Khanyan. There was a local who was asked to serve tea to him. But he went to groom him self and they took some body else. Film :Nayak by Satayjit Ray
The Kundus were neighbors to the Mollas. A Muslim family living for centuries .This family was connected to Simlagarh’s Munshi Bari. This happened to be in laws of Sir Azizul Huq, who was the High commissioner to Britain.(1947)
Itachuna nearby attractions
There are more than just Rajbari to See. Go Visit below
1.Itachuna College 2. Itachuna Primary school.3. Itachuna TTI,a training school for teachers. 4. Sosti Pukur
There are other nearby towns to visit which are just within 10-15 km in distance. There is also a place Mahanad. This place has history from the Gupta Period according to the ASI. A distance of 7.9 km from Itachuna Rajabri. While out there also visit Pandua ,a place of Indian Islamic and Hindu history. Don’t miss out these attractions nearby. Specially visitors who are on transit in Kolkata or visit can avail this opportunity to getaway”. You can start in early morning from Kolkata and expect to return by evening to your hotel/inn in Kolkata. In case you needed Tour Plan and Guide.