Badi kothi was built near the bank of River Ganga, earlier more than 400 years ago. Peru mal was a zamindar and a banker who used to live in kothi. Whoever didn’t pay tax or loan, he used to put the defaulters in jail which is in the property.
It is said that Mirabai stayed here as she visited daraganj because of Veni Madhav Temple. She also devoted a poem “chalo man Ganga Yamuna teer.” Peru Mal’s descendants, Rai Amarnath was active in India’s freedom movement. In 1936, he was president of zamindar association and also the member of first Raj Sabha when it was established. He was also a mentor and friend of India’s second Prime Minister- Lal Bahadur Shastri. He stayed for long period of time and his room is built on terrace which has river ganga view. Elites like Mahatma Gandhi, Indira Gandhi, Jawahar Lal Nehru, Raj Kapoor and Harivansh Rai Bachan, Suryakant Tripathi (nirala), Mahadevi Verma are amongst the names who visited this Kothi during that era and also there was a printing press in kothi. Printing press was used for writing articles about the Independence of India.
The facade of the kothi is made of sandstone, intricately carved by craftsman of Rajasthan. Steps lead up to the raised ground room where a fountain stands and to the left large hall which acted as an office for tax collection. Collectors sat at Gaddis at the window while tax payers stood down below, out on the road. A small chamber opening off the hall, acted as a prison for defaulters. A strong heavy iron safe also found rear at the house. There are many iron safe you will see in this kothi. One such large safe is now the reception desk.
With its proximity to the Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati and a rich cultural history, Badi Kothi is home to heritage experiences amalgamated with leisure. It offers a Unique Heritage Experience to the visitors as well as to those who want to feel the Royal Zamindars Culture and their way of Life. The Heritage Hotel offers a complete Package of Old World Charm, spiritually, with Modern & Luxurious interiors, with many rich features. Most of the common areas has the beautiful view of River Ganga.