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bishboshbash wrote a review 9 May
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We had a great time when we stayed at Gajlaxmi palace! I would say that it was one of the highlights of my 3 weeks there. Treated like family, taken for lovely walks on the estate and the food was absolute deliciousness! We would love to come back here and can’t recommend this place highly enough.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Taxi / rickshaw drivers get confused getting here but the place does exist at the end of the road!
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moumita2410 wrote a review Apr 2021
Kolkata, India44 contributions20 helpful votes
I visited Gajalaxmi Palace with my 4 year old son, husband and sister in the month of April'21 and I must admit that I have never before stayed in a palace so beautifully located. In the night the view from the rooftop is just amazing with Eastern Ghats on one side and wilderness all around, the feeling was magical. We were offered the suite room on the ground floor and even in the infamous heat of Odisha we didn't feel any problem with no air conditioning as the room has high ceiling. The room had no television and was devoid of any luxuries though we didn't feel any need of it. The hospitality and warmth shown by the owners of the palace is also noteworthy. Food tasted delicious though we were not given any choice and as it was not a hotel rather a homestay we accepted the same graciously. The entire stay was quite satisfactory except for intermittent power cuts which was quite disturbing at times and on the flip side I would like to point out the absence of room service or shortage of man power made our stay with a child a little difficult. I am an avid traveller and I have stayed in other palaces of our country but I found this place is little overpriced. But I would definitely recommend this place to my fellow travellers for the sheer beauty of the location of the palace and to take the Royal feel. To the authorities my request would be to see if the service can be made better as when a person is shelling out that much he would obviously want better service. The place is ideal for one time and one night visit.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Navneeta Singhdeo, General Manager at Gajlaxmi Palace
Responded 3 weeks ago
Hi Moumita, Thanks for the review. We had already informed you regarding the Non AC rooms and the TV, as we are completely with nature and therefore we do not indulge in this concept. Furthermore, since it's a homestay, we don't provide room service but we have efficient and sufficient staff. And about the meals, we serve quality, organic freshly cooked food which is palatable to every taste and we don't have ala card system. But, if one has any preference, one can surely suggest their choice. About the power cut, you didn't mention the heavy storm we faced that night. Otherwise we don't have any electricity issuĺes. We always give our best but it's upto the individual's opinion. Also, without our knowledge, you took so many bags of mangoes which didn't seem very decent on your part. Adding on, getting the driver for each of the meals in the palace dining room was not appreciated. Maybe for you one night and one time, but we've had repeated guests from India and Abroad.
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kuntal_paul wrote a review Apr 2021
Bhubaneswar, India28 contributions4 helpful votes
I have been trying to visit this place since 2016, finally I could make it in March'21. Thanks to travel restrictions due to COVID-19, this was the only place that came to my mind other than frequently visited places like Puri and Gopalpur for a weekend trip. Gajlaxmi Palace, is around 85 Km drive from Bhubaneswar along the highway (60 km if you drive through Barang, Athagada). Details about the palace can be found at their website. Liked the accomodation, we got a family suit at the ground floor large enough to accomodate 4 of us - me, my wife and two kids. Rooms had all modern amenities except a TV and A/C. But frankly speaking we didn't repent for it. High ceiling rooms were cold enough (even during the scorching summer), at night we had to switch off the ceiling fans, there is ample scope of enjoying the nature and spend your time at leisure enjoying the beauty of the place, kids never missed their favorite TV shows. Do not expect any room service, Guests are served food at the Royal Dining Hall under personal supervision of Kumar Saheb Jitendra Pratap Singhdeo (JP) and his wife Navneeta. Food was excellent. You will get simple homecooked food with Odia and Rajasthani flavor (due to Navneeta's Rajasthan connection), all ingredients were sourced from local farms, hence fresh. The best experience was to be part of the royal family, experiencing the same warmth like family members. This was our best home stay experiences and we would like to back again very soon
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Room Tip: Opt for a room at the ground floor if you are visiting during summer
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Response from Navneeta Singhdeo, General Manager at Gajlaxmi Palace
Responded 13 Apr 2021
Dear Mr Paul, Thank you so much for your wonderful review. I really appreciate your description on Gajlaxmi palace. You are most welcome to Gajlaxmipalace as and when you feel like. There is little correction of the route. Highway NH 55 is 65 kms from Bhuvneshwar and if you take Athgarh route,then it comes to 80 kms. Regards JP and Navneeta
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Kaushik D wrote a review Mar 2021
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I was apprehensive while booking this place as its difficult to maintain an old palace and that too in a jungle. It was a surprise trip I had planned for my family. After a long layover due to Covid our first trip. The experience after 2 nights of stay there - We all are waiting to go back there again. Hosting and service - Amazing is an understatement. Mr. and Mrs. Singhdeo from the Royal family of Dhenkanal had been our hosts. Mr. Singhdeo was there with the history of the place, minute details of the area, the flaura and fauna, arranging for our trips to nearby must visits and with his endless stories under clear starry nights. Mrs. Singhdeo had been a Royal hostess with her personalized take care to each of our need, her amazing recepies and elegance of her presence and smile. The place - the palace is situated at an enviable place at the foot hills of Megha (one of most beautiful hill of the Eastern Ghats). The rooms are royal and well maintained. Starting from the furniture/linen/cleanliness/amenities its perfect. If you are looking to spend time at a place away from the mobile (phone) life amidst nature, gazing stars, listing to chirping of birds, breathing fresh non polluted air, do nature walks with the possibility of elephant/deer sightings and still having a home away from home feeling then don't bother thinking. Just go for it. I recommend this place to be one of my best experiences as a traveller. Can't wait to be back.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Navneeta Singhdeo, General Manager at Gajlaxmi Palace
Responded 14 Mar 2021
Dear Mr Deb, Thank you so much for the wonderful review. Was lovely hosting you and your lovely family. Highly appreciate your kind words for us at Gajlaxmi palace.Hope to see you soon.Many thanks. Regards Navneeta and JP
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AmD wrote a review Feb 2021
Kolkata429 contributions54 helpful votes
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The last stop of our COVID expedition - ( 4 months on the road ... 10,000kms ... a self-drive expedition across hinterlands of India during COVID times). Since significant part of this trip involved exploring the Western Ghats, therefore my wife -Runa and I, planned our return journey, through the Eastern Ghats. To get a first hand feel of the differences. This trip took us through remote areas of Malkangiri, Koraput, Raygada, Phulbani and Dhenkanal .... lesser known secrets of Odisha. Having read about traveller's experience at Gajlaxmi Palace, it was a no brainer to choose Gajalxmi Palace as our last pit-stop before hitting home @ Kolkata. Being passionate about wildlife & photography I was quite excited at the trip reviews and photographs posted by other travellers on portals such as trip advisor, lonely planet, etc. Thus on 6th Feb 2021, after a 6 hour drive from Mandasaru, we arrived at the Gajlaxmi Palace situated amongst hills and wilderness. It is hard to believe, how the then Prince chose this place for a Royal Palace, and more importantly has preserved it until today. In most other places, this would have been run down into a concrete jungle devoid of any beauty. I therefore take this opportunity to salute the Royal family of Dhenkanal for having preserved this place in its originality and welcoming folks, like us, who love wilderness and nature. The Royal family, their hospitality and warmth is extraordinary. Its simply infectious! You easily feel as if you are a part of this family. One of the best homestay experiences I have had thus far. Every aspect of our stay was minutely detailed. The home cooked food, the nature walks, the history, the moonlit nights out in the open, the bonfire, and what not. The nature walks every day were a unique experience, led by Kunwar JP Singh Deo. I really liked the anecdotes he shared as we walked along the 5Km trail, through orchards, paddy field, along watering holes and wild forest patches. With fresh elephant droppings along the route, broken branches signifying their presence, and once in while glimpse off the barking deer it made the walks so refreshing and thrilling. The fresh fragrance of the mango flowers reminded one of the arrival of spring along with heightened activity of the birds. This time of the year with the onset of spring, wild elephants begin their migration towards watering-holes. And right behind the palace is a natural pond that holds water year round, and thereby attracts wild animals through the summer months. It was quite common to hear elephants trumpeting through the night and enjoying their plunge in the pond. Navneeta, informed us that at times, they walk right upto the palace kitchen in search of their favourite goodies. The surrounding forest is a great place for birding as well. We spotted some not so common birds such as Loten's sunbird, Common Iora apart from the usuals such as Black-hooded Oriole, Brown-headed Barbet, Rufous Treepie, Black Drongo, Rose-ringed Parakeet, Jungle Babblers, Brahminy Starlings, etc.. Gajlaxmi Palace is an ideal location for people who have interest in tribes, traditions and temples. There are fascinating locations such as the temple at Joranda Gadi dedicated to Shunya Brahma or the shapeless lord. This is supposedly the youngest religion in the world. Very interesting place indeed. In addition to numerous temples dotting the Palace, there is also the Dokra craftsmen .... The Bell Metal or Dokra art of Sadeibareni village. Their knowledge of traditional metallurgy is amazing. I don't know how time just flew by. We spent 3 nights at Gajlaxmi Palace, which seems too short for the beauty and stories that the place beholds. I have promised to be back as early as possible. There are far too many unfinished experiences, that I simply can't miss. Finally I bow in respect to Kunwar JP Singh Deo, the magnificent lady of the Palace Navneeta, their family and last but not the least not their support staff for the care and affection they bestowed on us. As we drove of headed homewards, Navneeta handed us packed brunch while Kunwar JP Singh Deo had ordered freshly baked Chhena Pora to be picked up on the way (Chhena pora, is a sweetened cheese dessert of Odisha.... means Baked Cheese). This was perhaps one of the best tasting Chena pora that we have had, loved the caramelised coating prepared in fresh sal leaves... it was simply awesome! That was indeed the sweetest of sendoffs. Finally ... an awesome place it has something unique for every travelling soul.
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Date of stay: February 2021
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Room Tip: The Deluxe Suites are spacious and give you a royal feel.
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Response from Navneeta Singhdeo, General Manager at Gajlaxmi Palace
Responded 27 Feb 2021
Dear Mr & MRS Dutta, Thank you so much for the wonderful review. Very happy to know that you loved our place . Thanks a ton for appreciating our hospitality and describing each and every moment of your stay at Gajlaxmipalace. Waiting to host you soon. Many thanks and Regards Navneeta and JP
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