|Baghrolbasa is a unique heritage property in the village of Amta, Howrah. This homestay is an old 17th-century house which was once owned by a rich local Zamindar or landlord. Once called ‘GhoshBari’ the property is now renamed as Baghrolbasa and offers insights into the real life of local Jamindars and their old, unchanged culture. It was restored to its old glory using traditional restoration techniques. Along with homely comfort, one can also enjoy the natural pools of water, engage in fishing and experience the rural Bengal. The property offers resident guests authentic Bengali recipes that the chefs painstakingly recreate. In this area, flooding is a common phenomenon and how this property survived natures wrath remains a mystery. The property houses two suites complete with all the modern amenities, attached western toilets, air conditioners, balcony, running hot &cold water facility, mini library, dining area. There are open freshwater ponds in the property premises which are used for fishing for personal consumption and the enthusiasts can swim in it too! The heritage property also has gardens where the vegetables and fruits are grown for in house consumption and they are a haven for different types butterflies and moths. Thus almosteverything that you consume during your stay here is farm fresh and organicby default. Local art and crafts, music have always been a part of Baghrolbasa and you will get to see the local artists perform and presenttheir culture in the most unique ways. The whole property is a living museum with so much history and wildlife.
Baghrol means Fishing Cat and Basa means house or nest in Bengali. This place is famous for the threatened and elusive Fishing Cat, the state animal of West Bengal. It was set up as part of a collaborative project which involved the local villagers in all its activities; from looking after the guests to upkeep and maintenance of the property to unique night safaris. The villagers are also direct financial stake holders of this project. They have been educated and taught about the importance of the local environment and the wildlife it sustains.
Lose yourself in the natural surroundings of the floodplains of Bengal ,enclosed by the nature all around; delve into the traditional and authentic Bengali cuisine; experience the unique night safari by battery operated rickshaws in search of the mystical fishing catand other nocturnal wildlife. Be prepared for a bit of walking and sitting in hides too.
This densely populated floodplains of Southern West Bengal is not only a unique place for the fishing cat where they have learned to coexist with people , but also quite amazingly is a home to many other species of animals thatinclude jungle cat, black or melanistic jackal, Bengal fox, Indian wolf, Himalayan crestless porcupine, Indian porcupine, Indian pangolin, Asian palm civet, small Indian civet. Reptiles include water monitor lizard, Bengal Monitor Lizard, Golden Monitor Lizard, Spectacled Cobra, Monocled Cobra, Common Krait, Russells Viper, Green Vine Snake, Ornate Flying Snake, Yellow-spectacled wolf snake, Buff-striped keelback, etc. Over 300 species of birds are found here and some of these are, Chestnut-capped babbler, striated babbler, Siberian ruby throat, blue throat, hooded pitta, Indian Pitta, large-tailed nightjar, Slaty-legged crake, Stork-billed Kingfisher, rufous woodpecker, Fulvous-breasted woodpecker, streaked-throated woodpecker, black-hooded oriole, golden oriole, lineated barbet, blue-throated barbet, coppersmith barbet, great tit, Asian paradise flycatcher, black-naped monarch, blue-throated blue flycatcher, Tiga flycatcher, Asian brown flycatcher, Common Hawk Cuckoo, Yellow-footed Green Pigeon, Sikra, crested-Serpent Eagle, Oriental Honey Buzzard and many more.