shikwa haveli, baghpat

When something stands for centuries, bearing mute testament to the metamorphosis of a place, a people, the very fibre of life and being of a populace, it then ceases to be a mere structure. The hands of man might have once given it shape and strength, but over time it assumes a permanence contrary to natural law, an invisible cloak of transcendence. 

The Shikwa Haveli stands as such. And has done so for the last 700 years. It has towered through times of grandeur, crawled through periods of obscurity, gasped through near ruination and re-emerged as a beacon of hope for the local population, the pride of a distinguished family and a comforting continuity of a bygone way of life. It is home to the ex-UN diplomat husband-writer journalist wife-student son trio of Shariq, Alka and Sahil, who have doggedly and painstakingly restored, recreated and resuscitated this, their ancestral legacy.  A mere hour and a bit’s drive from the howling chaos of the capital city, on the banks of the ‘Blue Yamuna’, through a steep, winding and narrow road in the village of Katha right off the Delhi-Saharanpur highway, a large arched doorway will open for you to step back into time and into a warm welcome by the hosts. And thus begins your Gold Class, heritage luxury homestay.

It is as much the charm and old-world warmth of the hosts, the comfortable luxury and undertones of grandeur as it is the whispers of antiquity wisping through the walls and all they enclose that makes your time at Shikwa a memorable experience. The rooms and suites, the lovely gardens, the sprawling rooftop, the various interestingly named lounges and private areas,  Shariq’s engrossing history lessons and Alka’s industrious endeavours with the entire village’s eco-system, all come together to define the commitment and heritage that Shikwa stands for. It is not just a heritage luxury homestay experience, it is an immersive journey of history marching through the present, onto a wholesome future.

Red Coral welcomes you to the Shikwa Haveli homestay experience.

Location

  • Nearest Railway Stn – New Delhi ,40 Kms, 1 hr drive
  • Nearest Airport -New Delhi ,40 Kms ,  1.5 hrs drive
  • Red Fort Old Delhi, 30 Kms, 50 min drive
  • Central Delhi, 35 Kms, 1.5 hrs drove

 

Accommodation

  • Hunter’s Room
  • Rider’s Room
  • Pearl Room
  • Peacock Room
  • Judge’s Room
  • Princess Room

Experiences

Heritage tour of the Haveli

Traditional cuisines of Delhi Sultanet

Day visit to Begum Sumru’s Church

Jaggery Making

Reviews

 

“…A taste of history in the lap of a restored Haveli”

An evening in 700 years old Haveli exposed me to a treasure preserved and reconstructed by its owners. Mr. Shariq Bin Raza a career diplomat, after serving in various countries decided to come back to his own roots and put his life’s earnings and dozen of years in restoring his ancestral haveli. And finally he created a masterpiece of his life…”shikwa”. There are so many interesting stories to hear from owner. I loved staying for a night in this beautiful Haveli.


“…Relax at Shikwa”

If you want to relax for a day or night listening to interesting stories in a homely set up with delicious homestyle food, Shikwa Haveli is the place for you. Enjoy the lovingly restored magnificent home which reminds of Mughal era with its stone jalis, rich interiors, stone arches and baradari style sitting area on the roof. There are two lawns for the guests to spend time in. The central courtyard with seating arrangement gives a café like feel.
Total six rooms are available for guests each decorated beautifully and named differently.
Food is homestyle fresh and authentic.  Hosts are worldly wise and very courteous….

Shoma A (Tripadvisor.in)


“…Yamuna view like no other”

There’s so much to marvel at this 700-year-old Haveli that has been painstakingly restored and reconstructed to its former glory. Home to a former diplomat and his dignified wife, a former journalist, Shikwa Haveli is strictly reserved to a well-meaning guest list. There are loads of stories to be heard and so much to see within its walls. It has the perfect setting for an idyllic weekend for the soulful sort.

Suzzanna Stephens (Tripadvisor.in)

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