Located in the historically and artistically rich town of Churu, Malji Ka Kamra is a 100-year-old haveli (mansion) that has been charmingly restored with modern amenities. It was originally used as a guest house for the King of Bikaner, created by Malji Kothari, and was an entertainment house for visiting dignitaries and artists. The haveli is an architectural wonder with a gorgeous turquoise blue structure, akin to a wedding cake, framing the exterior. Delightful fresco paintings of Shekhawati, Italian art influences, European pillared architecture and arches typical of the Mughal era form a part of the interiors.
Located on the edge of the Shekhawati region in Rajasthan, the property is an art lover’s haven. It serves as the gateway to Shekhawati’s “open art gallery”. The town of Churu is steeped in beautiful historical stories and moments, and guests can discover the various wonders of this town at their own pace and time or through a guided heritage walk organised by the hotel.
Rooms have ceilings covered with original frescoes and the furniture is reminiscent of the bygone ages. Each bed is king-sized and handmade. Located on the first floor, The Family Suite is one of the most meticulously painted rooms in the haveli that also serves as a family room for four. It includes a separate living area and two double beds in the bedroom. The Heritage room is the most elaborately painted in the entire haveli. It was once the abode of the King of Bikaner – Ganga Singh Ji – during the times he visited Churu. The Haveli Rooms, located on the first and second floor are spacious and comfortable, with five of them having direct access to the balconies that overlook the garden, giving guests a view to the surrounding havelis.
Serving typical, yet deliciously homecooked marwadi food, Malji Ka Kamra is a food lover’s delight. Meals are served in the main dining hall that was once used for dance and music performances in the olden days. Food is mainly vegetarian, with some non-vegetarian options also available. Ingredients are entirely fresh and garnered from the local market nearby.
In addition to the heritage walk, activities include interaction with artisans and farmers, jeep safaris into the desert, camel rides, folk music and dance performances, visit to the vegetable and spice market, visit to surrounding schools, visit to Ramgarh or Mahansar, and taking a trip to the Salasar Balaji Temple.
If you have time to venture off the main Rajasthan tourist circuit, Malji Ka Kamra is a great place to explore the famous frescoes and havelis of the Shekhawati region whilst staying in an authentic property oozing character and hospitality. The lovely staff are attentive and will ensure you are comfortable during your stay in this fascinating region. We loved everything about it and recommend highly.