Visiting Mon-chasha was an impromptu decision we took to spend the weekend while on a business trip to Kolkata ( incidentally my family was with me). One decision that had brought me closest to the kind of abode i have always dreamt of.
Despite living an apartment of a high rise in a fast paced and chaotic city, my "wish" of a home has always been ' ...may I a small house and large garden have/ And a few friends, and many books, both true, Both wise, and both delightful too!...' And there I was in Mon-Chasha with family and friends in the luxury of huts, large courtyard, garden, a pond and a small rivulet flowing in the backyard....across the river green fields spread unto the horizon.
Supply of good things far exceeded the demand in Mon-Chasha.
The accommodation and facilities ware tidy and hygienic. Never felt the need of an AC with cool breeze flowing in trough the windows and walls... sleeping under a mosquito net was comforting and gave a secured feeling.
Food was very good but the way it was presented in bell metal dishes definitely scored better.
Load shedding ( for a short duration) in the evening was just perfect to read out ghost stories from a book I picked from the small library.
My 3 and half yr old son was prompt in picking up a old mandolin and his friend ( my friend's son) a drum from the collection of toys to form a band belting out popular hindi numbers...
On a serious note, Mon-Chasha to me is a brilliant effort to showcase the life of rural bengal...and I hope more Non-Bengalies visit this place to get a glimpse of that life....
The "grihastha" in me could not ask for more...
NB: I missed my glass of scotch and a soulful boatman singing at a distance.. well, that would be asking a bit too much I guess...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- “mon chasha” is a blend of authentic village culture, pure earthen tradition, the cultural heritage of a speed less rural life and a true sentiment of natural india. “mon chasha” is a journey, a theme of consciousness in the global tourism arena by creating a sustainable ecotourism module with social responsibility :: promote, inspire, develop, support and respect. explore rural bengal :: go green. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mon Chasha West Bengal, India - Midnapore