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MURSHIDABAD

The last capital city of independent Bengal before British rule was named after Nawab Murshid Quli Khan, the Dewan of Bengal, Bihar and Odisha. Situated on the banks of the Bhagirathi, it is a city of splendour and is famous for its silk. It was made the capital of Bengal in 1717. The British shifted the capital to Kolkata in 1773. Plassey (Palashi), where the historic battle was fought in 1757 between Nawab Siraj-ud-Doula and Lord Clive of the East India Company, is only 40 km south of Murshidabad.
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    HAZARDUARI PALACE
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    HAZARDUARI PALACE

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    The palace with a thousand doors, is the chief tourist attraction of Murshidabad. Built in 1837 by Duncan McLeod for the Nawab Najim Humaun Jah, a descendant of Mir Zafar, it has a thousand doors (only 900 are real) and 114 rooms and 8 galleries. It is now a museum and has an exquisite collection of armour, splendid paintings, exhaustive portraits of the Nawabs, beautiful works of ivory from China and many other valuable works of art.

    How to Reach: Buses run frequently from Kolkata (i.e. from Sahid Minar, Ultadanga etc) to Berhampore. Berhampore is the main station which is connected with Sealdah Station. Khagraghat, the other station at the opposite bank of the river Bhagirathi is connected with the Howrah Station. Teesta Torsa, Kamrup, Hatey Bazare express have stoppage at Khagraghat Railway Station. The Khagraghat Railway station is also connected by local trains from Katwa, Salar, Bandel and Howrah, can also be reached Khagraghat Station from Howrah by Inttercity Express. Farakka is the most well connected railway station of this district. Farakka is 98 km by road from Berhampore. The following trains stop at new Farakka Junction. Also one can reach Berhampore from Azimganj. Teesta Torsa, Kamrup, Hatey Bazare, Kanchanjungha and Uttarbanga Express touch Azimganj Junction Railway Station. This place is well connected by bus from Berhampore.

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    NIZAMAT IMAMBARA
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    NIZAMAT IMAMBARA

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    It is stands parallel to the north face of the Hazarduari Palace. Built in 1847 AD by Nawab Nazim Mansoor Ali Khan Feradun Jah, it is the largest Imambara in Bengal and is perhaps the largest in India. Around the palace are other attractions such as the Wasef Manzil by the bank of the Ganga, Tripolia Gate, the Dakshin Darwaza, the Chak Darwaza, the Gharighar, the Bachchawali Tope (a cannon) and the Madina, the only surviving structure built by Siraj-ud-Doula.

    How to Reach:

    By Air: The closest airport to Imambara, Murshidabad is Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata.

    By Train: The closest junction to Imambara, Murshidabad is Murshidabad Railway Station.

    By Road: Imambara, Murshidabad is well-connected to all nearby foremost places within the state or to its neighbouring states via road network like Kolkata, Burdwan, Rampurhat, Suri, Bolpur, Malda, Krishnagar and Durgapur. West Bengal State Road Transport Corporation (WBSRTC) and some private travel services connects Imambara , Murshidabad with various parts of the state of West Bengal, and cities of nearby states.

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    Madina Masjid
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    Madina Masjid

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    In front of the palace, the Madina Masjid was built by Siraj with clay brought from Karbala, to fulfil his mother's will. The masjid is mono-domed. There is also high-powered Ghari Ghar (Clock Room). One could also mention the 18ft long cannon weighing 16880 pound, made in 1647 by Janardan Karmakar. According to the popular belief, once due to the terrible sound of the cannon a pregnant lady gave birth to a child and hence the cannon were named Bachhawali Kaman.

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    Jafraganj Cemetery
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    Jafraganj Cemetery

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    Opposite the Deuri, 1.5 km north of Hazarduari is the Zafraganj Cemetery. There are more than 1000 burial sites of Mir Zafar and his family here. Along the gate, third from the eastern end lay Mir Zafar. Mir Zafar's wives Mani Begum and Baboo Begum were also laid to rest in this graveyard.

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    KATRA MASJID
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    KATRA MASJID

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    Katra Masjid is situated about a mile in the north eastern side of Murshidabad town and is only 3 Kms from Murshidabad Railway Station. It was built by Nawab Murshid Quli Khan in 1137 A.H., 1723 A.D. The Mosque was built within 1 year by an architect named Murad Farash. Standing on a 54 mtrs high square plinth, this brick built Mosque is surrounded by a row of double storied domed cells which form a cloister to the spacious courtyard in its front. Four huge minars were built at four corners of this quadrangle of which one in the North West and the other in the south west are now surviving. Octagonal in shape the minars taper upwards. There is a winding staircase inside each minar which leads to the top. The Mosque is approachable by a flight of fourteen steps from the east. Below the steps of the Mosque Murshid Quli Khan's mortal remains lie buried from 1727 AD. The Mosque stands on a high platform within a square courtyard measuring 50.60 mtrs on each side. The Katra compound can accommodate 700 Koran readers. In the compound within the Mosque 2000 people can offer Namaz at the same time.

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    Moti Jheel
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    Moti Jheel

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    Also known as the Pearl Lake is located just three km. north of Hazarduari and one km. south of Lal Bagh on the Berhampur Road. The eldest son-in-law of Alivardi Khan Nawajes Mohammed Khan had built a three storied palace 'Sanghi-dalan' amidst these beautiful surroundings on the shore of the U-shaped Pearl Lake. After the death of Nawaje's Begum Mehurnnisa, Alivardi's eldest daughter made Moti Jheel her own abode. Pearls too were cultivated in the lake during the period from which the name was derived 'Moti'. Later, Nawab Siraj-ud-daulah imprisoned his aunt Mehrunnisa in connection with her affiliation to the British. The Sanghi-dalan palace was later converted into the English Residency soon after the downfall of Siraj and Lord Clive's coming to power in 1756. However to our ill fate such a historical palace does not exist today.

    The history of glorious Moti Jheel has altogether disappeared from the tourists map now instead the Moti Jheel Entertainment Park is a preferred tourists destination these days. There are toy trains, museums, boating facilities and a host of other amusement options available today in this long forgotten historical and nostalgic Moti Jheel of the yesteryears.

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    Nasipur Royal Palace
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    Nasipur Royal Palace

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    The miniature of the Hazarduari, the Nasipur Royal Palace is situated a little to the north of Akhra, very close to Jagat Seth's house. It was built in the 2nd half of the 19th century by Raja Kirtichand Bahadur who came from Panipath to do business and later who became famous during the devastating famine of 76 as a revenue collector of the British company. The palace is also known as the house of Debi Singha. Though the palace is in ruins now, numerous Gods and Goddesses of the Hindu Purana are still in existence. The Jhulan of Nasipur is also famous. A little distance away is the Akhra of Ramanuj sect - Mohandas Ashram.

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    KHOSH BAGH
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    KHOSH BAGH

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    Khosh Bagh lies on the opposite banks of Bhagirathi. The grave of Nawab Alivardi Khan, Alivardi's Mother, Siraj-ud-Doula and his wife Lutfannesha and other members of the Nawab family lived here. The Khosh Bagh cemetery is built over 7.65 acres of land.

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    Kashim Bazar
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    Kashim Bazar

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    It is ironical that the port town of Kashim Bazar also known as Masuma Bazar surrounded by the Padma, Bhagirathi and the Jalangi rivers in the past is grossly neglected by the tourists today. Kashim Bazar is situated in the middle of Berhampur and Murshidabad. The Royal Palace at Kashim Bazar of Maharaja Manindra Chandra Nandy has certain unique features. The Thakurdalan or the place of worship at the Kashim Bazar Royal Palace with the Lakshmi-Narayan Temple on the first floor are simply majestic with a balcony supported by 100 decorated pillars and 50 arches having terracotta and lotus designs which makes the whole ambience very beautiful. Further north is Kashim Bazar Chhoto Rajbari where you will find a mosque built in the style of Katra Masjid of the 18th century. You would also find ten Shiva temples near Katiganga, a shortest connecting canal dug in 1788. The flourishing trade of the past and the prosperous silk business can be seen no more. It is interesting to note that in 1658 Job Charnock worked as the Vice Principal in the Kashim Bazar Kuthi at a salary of Rs 300. In 1756, Kashim Bazar was conquered by Siraj. Another spot worth seeing is the Neminath Jain Temple of Mahajantuli with images of 24 Jain Tirthankaras with their foot marks. The beautifully engraved Neelkuthi or the indigo cultivating Sahibs' cottage houses the Zilla Parishad at Panchanantala today. One can have a look at the Berhampur College built in 1845 as the replica of Oxford University by the British. In 1902 the name of the college was changed after the leader of Renaissance and journalist Krishnanath Nandy. One can even stroll along the Lai Bandh on the bank of the Bhagirathi during morning and evening time.

    Ritualistically on the last Thursday of the Bengali month of Bhadra, rafts made of banana-trunk dedicated to the Water-God Khoja and Khijir are floated in the holy water of Bhagirathi between 16-00 to 23-00 hours even today. Enthusiasts from far off places come to enjoy this colourful and gorgeous event of Khoja-Khijir or the Bera Festival. A lot of fireworks are displayed on the occasion. Though the pomp and grandeur of the initial days of Nawab Murshid Quli Khan (1704-1725) is no more but the festival is organized with sanctity by the Murshidabad Trustee even today. A fair is held in the courtyard of Nawab's Palace at Lal Bagh on the occasion and on Muharram too which is another important festival celebrated with favour in Murshidabad. The Nawabs started this tradition and it continues traditionally.

    Though horse driven tongas are available in Berhampur, rickshaws are certainly more accessible. One can make a complete tour around Behrampur / Murshidabad / Kashim Bazar, starting from morning (7-00 am to 17-00 pm). One can also complete the journey by hiring an auto for Rs. 300. Private cars without meter are also available for hire in Behrampur, these hired cars would enable you with added advantage to visit Dahaparal, Kiriteshwari and Burra Nagar. For further information about various package tours one may contact Murshidabad Heritage Travel.

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    Roshni Bagh
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    Roshni Bagh

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    This beautiful garden is decorated with fountains and light was built by Nawab Alivardi Khan together with a beautiful mosque in the premises in the year 1730. Numerous other members of the Nawab family also lie buried here beside the main tomb of Siraj-ud-Daulah. A little distance to the north is Farha Bagh or the Sukh-Kanan built by Shuja which no longer exists today but one can have sight of the ruins of the mint, the last testimony of capital Murshidabad. This mint was later shifted to Kolkata in 1799.

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    KATGOLA PALACE
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    KATGOLA PALACE

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    At Mahimapur, a few yards from the Nashipur Raj Bari, are visible the ruins and remnants of the old banking house of the Jagat Seths at Kathgola containing rare curios, whose history is connected with some of the most critical revolutions in Bengal. By Jagat Seth is meant "The bankers of the world and their transactions have been characterized to have been as extensive as those of the Bank of England". The name of Jagat Seth is known to every Indian as the one of the most famous names in the history of Bengal. By religion they were Jains and Marwari by caste. Originally, the Jagat Seth's came to prominence for the vast wealth he accumulated as the Nawab's banker. The Jagat Seth's made their original fortune in the Jade trade in those days green jade from Burma was highly valued by Mughal courtiers because of the belief that it would shatter or discolour if poisoned food was served on it. Emeralds were highly prized by Mughal rulers and their courtiers at that time.

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    JAHANKOSHA CANNON
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    JAHANKOSHA CANNON

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    A quarter of a mile to the south east of Katra Mosque is Tope Khana, the site of the Nawab's Artillery Park and the east entrance gate of the old capital, protected on the east, throughout the length of the eastern limits of the city, by Gobra Nala, known locally as the Katra Jheel. Here lies the great gun called the Jahan Kosha "destroyer of the world", which originally rested on a carriage with wheels, embedded in a peepal tree which had grown by its side and held it about four feet high from the ground lifting it up en masse. The wheels have disappeared. The iron work of the carriage and the trunnions are still visible. The cannon is made of a composition of eight metals, namely gold, silver, copper, lead, zinc, mercury, iron and tin. It is 17 ft and 6 inches long, with a girth of 5 ft at the touch hole end. The diameter of the touch hole is 1-1/2 inches, and that of the orifice is 6 inches. The cannon weighs about 7,900 kgs and 17 kgs gunpowder was required for a single shelling.

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    Motijheel Park
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    Motijheel Park

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    This tourist spot, however is a modern and contemporary one designed to satiate the diverse tastes and flavors of tourism, of the tourists at a very competitive and affordable cost. The exclusivity of Motijheel Park is in its unique blend of vividly green eco-friendly ambience with a fine flavor of Murshidabad’s Nawabi history and a smooth touch of amusement items like Boating, Toy-train, See-Saw, Swings.

    An initiative by a group of Wanderlust Travel Professionals, Designed by Bengal Tourism, an easy Tour and Memorable Holiday option to offer you well planned all-inclusive budget holiday packages to explore and experience the Sea and Beaches, the Mountains and Hills, the Jungles and Forests, the Heritages, the Villages, the rich Cultures and Rituals, the famed Bengal Cuisine that are to be found only in Bengal.

    Come visit and explore Bengal, the most Culturally and Ethnically diverse, the first Capital in the State of India, the land of the erstwhile Zamindars and Nawabs! The region with the most listed and recorded Heritage buildings but still creating space for Modern architecture wonders. Where Rustic village life co-exists besides Modern metropolis high rises.

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    THE BATTLEFIELD OF PLASSEY
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    THE BATTLEFIELD OF PLASSEY

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    The Battle of Plassey was a decisive victory of the British East India Company over the Nawab of Bengal on 23 June 1757. The battle established the Company rule in Bengal which expanded over much of India for the next hundred years. The battle took place at Plassey on the banks of the Bhagirathi River. The belligerents were Nawab Siraj-ud-Daulah, the last independent Nawab of Bengal, and the British East India Company. When Alivardhi Khan died in 1756, Siraj-ud-Daulah became the Nawab of Bengal. He orderd the English to stop the extension of their fortification. Robert Clive bribed Mir Jafar, the commander in chief of the Nawab's army, and attacked Calcutta. He defeated the Nawab at Plassey in 1757 and captured Calcutta. The British East India Company made the war memorial in the same year and the statue of Mirza Muhammad Siraj-ud-Daulah was founded by the Government of West Bengal few years back from now.

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    Kathgola
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    Kathgola

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    A little distance away from Kuthibari, is Kathgola. In 1873 the billionaires Dhanpat Sing Dugar and Laxmipat Sing Dugar of Jiaganj along with the beautiful palace also built the Adinath Temple. Entering through an impressive portal and along the garden going towards east amidst beautiful Nandankanan like garden is the 4-storey palace. Numerous luxury articles of the western style make this place more luxurious. Just as beautiful is the beautifully decorated and engraved Adinath Maharaj marble temple built in 1780.

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    Kiriteshwari
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    Kiriteshwari

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    Kiriteshwari Temple is the oldest temple of Murshidabad district. This temple is situated five km away from the Dahapara Railway Station. Sati's Kirit, i.e., crown fell here, hence, this place is renowned as a Sati Pith and also popular as an Upapith. The Goddess here is supposed to be very importent and Kiriteshwari is supposed to be one of the very holy Hindu Pilgrim centre. In the past it was known as Kiritkana and 172 separate Shiva temples were developed at that time, the main temple was destroyed in 1405 but the beautifully engraved stone-altar is still there. The present temple was built by Darpanarayan, the ruler of Bengal in the 18th century. There is no image of the Goddess in the temple only her crown or (Kirit) is worshipped here. However, the crown has been shifted to Gupta Math, built by Rani Bhavani just opposite to the road. Thousands of pilgrims throng the temple every Tuesday in the month of Poush. No kind of accommodation is available at the Kiriteshwari Temple or in the adjacent area, so plan your trip accordingly.

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By Air: The nearest airport is NSC Bose Airport, Kolkata to Murshidabad.

By Train: Berhampur Court is the nearest station and is well connected to Kolkata.

By Road: Berhampur and Kolkata are very well-connected to the rest of India via country's road network. Buses ply frequently from Kolkata to Murshidabad and Berhampur.
wbtourism Accommodation
  • WBTDC Baharampur Tourist Lodge

    Post Office: Baharampur, District: Murshidabad
    Contact No.: (03482) 259711
    Mobile - 9732510031
    Email: berhampore12@gmail.com

  • Lalbagh Youth Hostel

    Lalbagh, Murshidabad, Pin-742149.

    Nearest Railway Station : Berhampur
    Contact No.: 03482270044

Department of Tourism
Government of West Bengal

New Secretariat Building
1, K. S. Roy Road, 3rd Floor,
Kolkata - 700001,
Phone : 033-2225 4723/4724/4725/4565
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