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Lenetjie von Wielligh wrote a review Mar 2022
Middelburg, South Africa2 contributions1 helpful vote
As you turn off the main road and enter the premises of Gajlaxmi Palace, the winding road underneath a leafy canopy transports you to another world. One with a majestic white palace on a hillside, complete with tall columns, arches, high ceilings, porticoes, terraces and astounding views. The building and surrounding forest and orchard may invoke a childlike curiosity to explore the property, but the owners are what made this a truly remarkable stay. It felt like visiting old friends, even though we've only met. From the care taken over every meal to the guided nature walks, the deeply routed honour of being custodians on this earth is evident in their every action. One of my most cherished memories of my time in India is sitting next to a bonfire under a starry sky, staring at the dancing flames, and yes, that was an elephant strolling past on his annual trek through the area... a truly unique experience at Gajlaxmi Palace, a little piece of paradise.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled
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Archisman G wrote a review Mar 2022
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I visited this place with my friends and family from 18-20 th March.2022. 1.It’s a huge serene location within jungle. If you feel to have a relaxing 2/3 days or a week with family and friends, it is place for you 2. You will learn about jungle , hunting, history and Odia cuisine from the Royal family themselves - the host 3. Mr Singhdeo and Mrs Singhdeo are too good to be any host - they care about every need you might have with all the freedom to go roof or backyards 4. This is a heritage property - you will find lots of royals weapons and stuffed kills 5. If you are a dog lover- Tabar the black Labrador puppy is there to greet you through out the day Please remember this is family hosted stay not a hotel
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled
Room Tip: Huge parking option, bonfire and self cook option as well( for long stay) Don’t go into jungle...
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Dr Jeevan B Rath wrote a review Feb 2022
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We visited Gajlaxmi Palace for the second time in January 2022 to celebrate my niece's birthday and had a wonderful time. Mr JP and family are very caring and excellent hosts who made all of us feel like home. Mr JP was kind enough to organise bonfires and barbecues as well as a night Safari of sorts around their property. Being this close to nature is a wonderful feeling as Gajlaxmi Palace is located away from urban limits yet it's still close to the town for any emergencies. Madame Singh Deo is a great hostess who made my niece's special day all the more special by organising a very nice birthday breakfast along with a beautiful cake and flowers. We all enjoyed our stay very much and look forward for more future trips.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled
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Arpita Bhattacharyya wrote a review Feb 2022
Knoxville, Tennessee1 contribution
Our family trip to Gajlaxmi Palace was a relaxing AND exciting long weekend. This elegant palace is perfectly situated for comfort and pleasure. Guests interested in rest and quiet can choose to relax indoors, from morning coffee on the veranda, delicious barbecue around the fire, to delicious home cooked meals in the traditional dining room. The rooms are large with tall ceilings, wood beams and beautiful furniture. For the the more adventurous, JP can arrange a jungle safari complete with herds of elephants. We did a bit of both! I’m so thankful for this wonderful experience
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled
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Sauris Nandi wrote a review Feb 2022
Kolkata (Calcutta), India1 contribution
We visited the Gajlaxmi palace at end of December last year. The place was recommended by my elder brother who was going to accompany us in the trip. Though we said yes, frankly I wasn't too excited about it and was thinking if we can go to couple of day trips to near by places like Puri as I literally knew nothing and didn't do much research. However, from the moment (30th December) we arrived there from Kolkata and the time we spent there it had been an awesome and wonderful feeling. No praise and appreciation is enough to describe the warmth and the affection shown by our wonderful host, Mrs. Navneeta and J.P. Singh Deo. Bei accommodation, food, amenities and arrangements everything was awesome and something I have never experienced and expected. The gajar ka halwa on first day -- I cna't simply forget it. How can I not tell about the beloved sweet pet Tabar (we have a dog at home and we were in 2 minds about all going also) and each moment we enjoyed with. The barbeques, the sunrise and sunsets from the palace, the jungle walks and night safari. We hadn't been to any jungle ever but the beauty of the nature and the calmness was something that kept me silently excited for every time we went out wishing for more. The trip on our penultimate day to the core forest area was the most memorable one. The moment we were around 200 meters away from the jeep and within the dense forest with just couple of guards and our mobile phones :-) I know I can't get that moment back but it still gives me goosebumps but what an experience I would urge anybody reading all the good/great reviews to don't think twice before going to Gajlaxmi Palace. It's an experience of a lifetime and you will be craving to go back there whenever any opportunity arises. It's a very convenient 10 hrs drive from Kolkata. In case you can go out of the palace (trust me it's so beautiful you won't feel like) there are many near by places (temple, zoo, handicrafts) worth a sneak-peak. Finally, I would like to thank Mr and Mrs Singh Deo once again for taking care of us so well and giving us all a feeling of "Home Away from Home". We are sure that we will come back. So, guys reading my reviews it's 100% recommended and Go for it!
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Room Tip: Awesome scenic beauty, wonderful food and amenities. Not at all commercial. You can be on your own
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Dr Lopamudra Behera wrote a review Feb 2022
Bhubaneswar, India12 contributions
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It was our 11th Wedding Anniversary, We wanted to visit an exceptional and authentic place close to the nature. Gajalaxmi Palace was our right destination. We've been hunting for this homestay for year long, and to our surprise we finally got a chance to visit it on our 11th Anniversary. We booked it for a night. My two girls got wowed by the katcha roadway taking us into the dense forest and then a beautiful palace right in the middle . The huge open space full of greenery away from the chaos and crowd. The absorbing Megha ( Mountain ) was all that we need to see from rooftop. Sort of words for warm reception , friendliness we received from Jitendra Singh Deo and his wife Navneeta Singh Deo. Thank you for everything. Much love for "Tabar" Best part "Gajalaxmi Place is the pure amalgamation of nature and culture. I was so happy to show my kids about the history that speaks of Odisha Royals. A must visit place with your kids and family. Thank you
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Sujatakar wrote a review Jan 2022
Bhubaneswar, India4 contributions6 helpful votes
We stayed at Gajalaxmi palace for just one night , a girls group . Beautiful location in the middle of jungle with 360degree view of mountains and forests. Never expected so much view of sunset , calm and serenity. The best was the super hospitable host couple, who made our stay memorable. They missed no opportunity to look after our individual tastes and needs. Will go back to explore to many unexplored stuff nearby.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Room Tip: Top floor with balcony.
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Response from Navneeta Singhdeo, General Manager at Gajlaxmi Palace
Responded 29 Jan 2022
Dear Dr Sujata kar, Thank you so much for the wonderful review. It was lovely hosting the girl gang. Though 1 night is not enough for Gajlaxmi Palace. You all are most welcome to explore in and around Gajlaxmi. Looking forward to be with you all again. Thanks and Regards JP and Navneeta
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Meghna Mohanty wrote a review Jan 2022
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The amount of appreciation sung about the place could be insane.The nature walks, the accomodation, the excellent food, the lovely pup, the sunset, the piercing and calming sound of silence, truly refreshing. A must visit <3
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled
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kranganath wrote a review Jan 2022
Bengaluru, India133 contributions10 helpful votes
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I'm just back from a four day stay at Gajlaxmi Palace and I can't quite stop talking about it to anyone who cares to listen to me about my travel to Odisha. While I travel often to offbeat places with great views, Gajlaxmi Palace beats almost every place I have stayed for the warmth and hospitality I was bestowed with. JP and Navneeta run a fantastic homestay in a forest and made sure I was very well looked after. From fabulous location, great food, fine room, scenic drives, spectacular sunrises and sunsets from the terrace and superb walks inside the forests around, there are many things to enjoy. But beyond everything else, it is the infectious energy of JP and Navneeta that must take the icing on the cake. The couple seem to have hospitality in their blood. I found many things to keep my excitement up for a full four days and felt I wanted to linger on. There are birds to watch in plenty, the play of the sun to admire at dawn and dusk, several splendid drives to the forests and the tribal areas nearby to experience, the tasty food to relish, a cozy bed to rest and the conversations with JP to enjoy. JP promised me one of the best sunsets in Odisha and I couldn't agree with him more as we stood on the bunds of the Haripur dam watching the sun go down on the western horizon with the mountains of the eastern ghats admiring their reflections on the placid lake - an evening I'll remember forever. Go there once and I can safely bet you will think of when you want to return.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Winnie Acharya wrote a review Jan 2022
Bhubaneswar, India3 contributions
Words are not enough to express how much we all loved our stay at the Gajlaxmi palace. So peaceful and quiet, surrounding by dense forests on all sides, the palace is a wonderful place for a detox from all the stress of urban life, with treks through the jungle as well spotting of various wildlife like birds, butterflies, wild boars and occasionally elephants. The place is made more wonderful by the lovely host family, Mr. JP, Madam Navneeta, their daughter and their precious Tabor, who are gracious, charming and amazing people on the whole. What we liked also was the fact that they were very welcoming to travellers with pets. Our 8 year old husky also had a great time. Food was excellent home-made stuff with both Odia and Rajasthani dishes on the menu. We stayed only for 2 nights, with a promise to return again and again for longer stays in future. Gajlaxmi palace is truly a great place to relax and enjoy the slower pace of life.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled
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Frequently Asked Questions about Gajlaxmi Palace
Which popular attractions are close to Gajlaxmi Palace?
Nearby attractions include Kapilash Temple (3.5 km) and Sapua Project Dam (4.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Gajlaxmi Palace?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, free parking, and hiking.
What food & drink options are available at Gajlaxmi Palace?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Gajlaxmi Palace?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.