Relax Amid Old World Charm At Balakhana Villa In West Bengal

The 18th-century villa in Maheshganj, Nadia, is a picturesque summer retreat away from Kolkata's busy city life

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Driving from Kolkata to Maheshgunj, I measure the time in the nostalgia of idyllic days filled with blue skies and high piled clouds, white feather fronds growing in the fields now greener than ever with the monsoon rains. Maheshganj's reputation, though, rests on the exploits of the owners of the 200-year-old Palladian mansion, Balakhana, a neelkothi as the bungalow was called. It housed the 18th-century indigo planters with more comforts than Europe could ever provide.