Koolwal Kothi-Hemrajji Kothi

 

The “Koolwal Kothi” is a huge Heritage bungalow which belonged to my ancestors. It stands opposite our Haveli, which is older of the two.

This has been now restored and converted to a lovely Hotel with the Welcome-Heritage Group. It would be the only place to have a comfortable stay when in Nawalgarh. In fact, this could be kept as base for touring the rest of the Shekavati area.

This Kothi was built by my Great Grandfather, late Shri Anandilal Hemraj Koolwal about a hundred years ago. The legacy of Anandilal Hemraji lives on inside the exquisitely designed Haveli and Kothis. He not only made these Havelis but also constructed Dharamshalas Hospitals, Rest houses for the needy and also donated a lot of wealth for charity You will find the Kothi filled with antique furniture. The hotel is a heritage building. It has a magnificent frontage with stucco decorative colonnades and a series of rooms organized around a central hall. It deviates from the traditional courtyard house planning of the region. Stylistically too, it has more stucco work with very few external fresco paintings, which are otherwise typical to this region. It is very unique in this respect.The main building is a two– storied structure with frontal triple arch veranda openings and crowning parapets with decorative urns.

Few pictures from my last visit here:

 

The restored Kothi, being run as a welcome group heritage hotel. This is a view from the terrace of our Haveli

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Numerous peacocks fly around this area

 

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Close up of the front Verandah, which has maintained the Heritage look. Note the two ‘stands’ on either side of the entrance door. They were stands for keeping umbrellas and taking off shoes before you entered inside the house. also for maybe a quick look at yourself in the mirror before you left the house!

 

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Its lovely staying amidst the modern amenities in a very old culture. This is the annex to the main Kothi. Though built recently, it has maintained the original look

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Our old Hall, with my Mum on a very ancient sofa, My Great Grandmother, smt Lada Devi is in the background picture painting, which is nearly 150 years old

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The Koolwal Kothi, earlier also known as Hemrajji Kothi, named after my Great Great Grandfather, is an impressive heritage building in Nawalgarh.

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Peacocks abound here, as construction has not invaded enough to destroy the natural habitats. Thank God! I captured this shot as the peacock flew on our Kothi. It is a place for peacock viewing in a natural environment

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Our ancestral great grandfather who is the founder of these properties. Kothi was built by the late Shri Anandilal Hemraj Koolwal in the year 1934. The legacy of Anandilal Hemraji lives on inside the exquisitely designed Haveli and Kothis.

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It has a magnificent frontage with stucco decorative colonnades and a series of rooms organized around a central hall. It deviates from the traditional courtyard house planning of the region. Stylistically too, it has more stucco work with very few external fresco paintings, which are otherwise typical to this region. It is very unique in this respect.

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This is a tree with round green fruits called as lehsua in hindi. the flowers are very fragrant and there are numerous bees around them always. A

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This is a recently constructed swimming pool, designed to make it a comfortable stay for the guests

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The main building is a two– storied structure with frontal triple arch veranda openings and crowning parapets with decorative urns.

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An ancient gate

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A spectacular view of the Kothi from the terrace of our Haveli right opposite. It is older of the two. Wearing a saafa is a part of dressing

 

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An old fresco which runs on all the wall

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Thank you

Jai Shreeji!

Some more pictures on:  www.abhashahra.org

 

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