Fantasizing an old-world charm is what you get at Gajlaxmi…
A shiver runs down the spine as you enter into the luxurious drawing room of Kumar Saheb Ranendra Pratap Singh Deo of Gajlaxmi Palace, Dhenkanal. From an ornate glass showcase the fearsome stare of the Naranpatna man eating tiger bears down on you. It’s piercing eyes and sharp rows of teeth was the scare of death to 76 people it had killed and eaten before being shot down by Kumar Saheb. Sandip Ray and his film shooting unit has set base at Kumar Saheb’s mansion to shoot Satyajit Ray’s Royal Bengal Rahasya.
The view from the Royal palace is incredible. It is teeming with wildlife – birds, elephants, deer, civet cats, monkeys and wild boars are in plenty.
Kumar Saheb’s son Jeetendra Pratap Singh Deo and daughter in law Navneeta have turned their age-old home into a Heritage Homestay and an offbeat destination to share their experience of mysticism of royalty set in the heart of nature.
The trill of being in the wild begins within the dwelling. There is veranda that is shrouded in an eerie quietness. But, to a keen ear the endless rustle of leaves and animal calls come from afar. An appropriate country side for nature admirers, situated amongst hills and wilderness, it brings harmony to each soul and every aspect of sojourning is accomplished through minute detailing of the destination.