department of tourism

government of west bengal

MALDA

The gateway to North Bengal, Malda, with its rich history and heritage, is one of the most famous tourist destinations of West Bengal, nestled at the confluence of the Mahananda and Kalindi rivers. Malda town, with all its grace, adds to the beauty of Bengal.
Malda was previously known as English Bazaar. It got that name from the English factory that was established here in 1771. From Malda, you can visit Gaur and Pandua. Gaur was the capital of three dynasties of ancient Bengal - the Buddhist Palas, the Hindu Senas and the Muslim Nawabs. Pandua, once the alternate seat of power to Gaur, has the third largest concentration of Muslim monuments in Bengal. Historical monuments include the mosque Jami Masjid (1566) and the landmark Nimasari tower across the river. The Malda Museum has a great collection of the region's architectural and anthropological specimens.
During the 18th century, Malda was the seat of prosperous cotton and silk industries. The area grows rice, jute, legumes and oilseeds. Malda is also famous for its mangoes and mulberries.
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    Food and Drink
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    Food and Drink

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    Gour is famous as it is a delightful and nicest place in India. In 2013, Maldah had a record production of 3.5 lakhs metric tonnes. Fazli mango is large and late maturing mango. Its flavour is pleasant and pulp is sweet and fibreless. Golap Khas has a rosy flavour. Langra is firm and lemon yellow in colour. There are also other types of mangoes like Kshirsapati, Mohonbhog, Dudhkumar, Begambahar, Nababpasin, Dudhiya etc.

    By products: Chutney, jam, jelly, aachar (pickle), aamswatta, aam (mango) sherbet. All these are available throughout the district.

    Gurh (Molasses)
    Prepared from sugarcane, the best varieties are available in Manikchwak, Baishnabgarh and Kaliachawk areas.

    Jaggery
    The liquid palm jaggery or Tal gurh is another delicacy of this region. Prepared from the extract of the palm fruits, this product is a delight for the taste buds.

    Haati Paawa Luchi
    Available in most fairs and haats, the oversized Haati Paawa luchi is similar to the size of the feet of an elephant. Shadullahpur is famous for this delicacy.

    Khaja
    A delicacy available in parts of Kaliachak

    Rasakadamba, Makhana
    Harishchandrapur is famous for Makhana, however both these delicacies are available all over the district.

    Fish
    Hilsa, in the Ganga basin at Khehejuria and Manikchawk. 74 other varieties of sweet-water fish is available.

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    Art & Handicrafts

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    Silk produced (garments) in Malda is exported globally (from the ancient days) and is highly appreciated throughout the world. Local artisans also make Garlands, Picture Collage etc from the Silk Cocoon. Varieties of Cloths are stitched together to form a winter garment known as Kantha. Usually, women of the household are involved in this type of handicraft work. Designs are normally based on local folk tales or ballads.

    Dhokra and Shika are forms of handicraft art based on eco-friendly jute products. Dhokra form include jute based Small Carpets, Bags, Floor Mat etc and Shika form usually mean exclusive jute based hanging decorative items. Wooden mask, associated with 1500 year old Gambhira Festival is one of the unique art forms observed in this region. These days the wooden masks are often replaced by papermade masks for ease of use. Clay-made masks are also seen in the English Bazaar area.

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    Culture and Festivals
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    Culture and Festivals

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    Cultural activities popular in and around Malda include Gombhira, Alkap, and Kavigan. This kind of music is very much popular in Malda. It is performed with a particularly distinctive rhythm and dance with two performers, always personifying a man and his maternal grandfather, discussing a topic to raise social awareness. Various masks are curved out from wooden pieces and the dancers wear the masks while performing the Gombhira dance.

    Some of the mostly reputed cultural fairs of the district are: Ramkeli Fair, Gazole Utsab, Kartik puja Fair, Charu Babu Mela, Charak Fair, Piran-e-Pir fair, Chobbish (24) Prahor at Shingabad and Rishipur.

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    MANGO CULTIVATION
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    MANGO CULTIVATION

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    Malda Mango that is quite popular due to its warm sweet taste, is stored in safe and clean conditions. Our mango pulp assures no contamination and is widely demanded in the market due to its longer shelf life. Our clients can avail from us Malda Variety Mango Pulp and fresh mango that is processed in our own processing unit. Naturally ripened and then sorted such that only the fruit with optimal maturity reaches the production process. The Indian Mango Pulp offered by us is processed from fresh quality mangoes, without using taste and color additives.

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    Gour
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    Gour

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    12 km south of Malda, right on the Indo-Bangladesh border, is one of the most important historical places of 14th and 15th century Bemgal. It has immense value from the archeological point of view. The relics that are particularly worthseeing are the Bara Sona Mosque aka Boro Sona Mosque aka Baro Duari Mosque, Dakhil Darwaja aka Salami Darwaja (built in 1425), Qadam Rasul Mosque and the ruins of the extensive fortification. There are colorful enamelled tiles on the Gomti Gate and Firoz Minar.

    How to Reach: Malda is well-connected by both rail and road. It is the Divisional Headquarter of Eastern Railways Malda Division. The town is located on National Highway 34, the North-South arterial road of West Bengal, at a distance about 347 km north of Kolkata and 256 km south of Siliiguri.

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    Gumti Darwaza
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    Gumti Darwaza

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    Standing to the north­east of the Chika Mosque, the Gumti Darwaza was built in 1512 by Allauddin Hussein Shah. Made of brick and terracotta, the once brilliant colours woven into the artwork are still partly visible. It is said that real gold was used in the decorations.

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    Ramkeli Mela
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    Ramkeli Mela

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    A small temple constructed under the Kadam tree contains Sri Chaitanya's footprints on stone. Every year, on the Jaishthya Sankranti (14-15 June), celebrations are held here to commemorate the arrival of Sri Chaitanya. A week-long fair also starts on this day. Vaishnav devotees from all over India gather here at this time where ritualistic songs are performed. A village fair, with local produces, is held for three days which continues for a couple of days more after the celebrations are completed. The local feel of rural Bengal is abundant and thrilling.

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    Dakhil Darwaja
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    Dakhil Darwaja

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    Dakhil Darwaza, an impressive gateway built in 1425 A.D., is an important Muslim monument. Salutes fired from it also gave it the name of Salami Darwaza. Made of small red bricks and terracotta work, this dominating structure is more than 21 m. high and 34.5 m. wide. It’s four corners are topped with five-storey high towers. Once the main gateway to a fort, it opens through the embankments surrounding it. In the south-east corner of the fort, a 20-m. high wall encloses the ruins of an old palace.

    How to Reach :
    The nearest railway station to Dakhil Darwaza is malda town railway station Junction which is 17 kms away from Dakhil Darwaza . Malda railway station is also well connected by trains from Sealdah and Howrah. Bus service are available from Kolkata (Esplanade).

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    Chika Mosque
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    Chika Mosque

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    Chika Mosque was built under the patronage of Sultan Yusuf Shah in 1475. The mosque was named Chika because it was a guarded refuge of bats, locally called Chikas. The mosque features a single-domed edifice, which has almost been turned into ruins.
    However, the tourists can view the carvings on the walls and the figures of the Hindu deities on the stonework of doors and lintels, which are partly visible. The structure is unique as it also has traces of the architectural style of the Hindu Temples.

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    Firoz Minar
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    Firoz Minar

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    Located a kilometre away from the Dakhil Darwaza, the Firoze Minar, was built by Sultan Saifuddin Firoze Shah during 1485-89. This five-storey tower, resembling the Qutb Minar, is 26 m. high and 19 m. in circumference. Built in the Tughlaqi style of architecture, the walls of Firoze Minar are covered with intricate terracotta carvings.

    How to Reach: The nearest railway station to Firoz Minar is Malda Town Railway Station which is 17 km away from Firoz Minar.
    The nearest airport to Firoz Minar is Rajshahi airport, Rajshahi which is 63 km away from Firoz Minar.

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    Kadam Rasul Mosque
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    Kadam Rasul Mosque

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    Half a kilometre away from the Feroze Minar, built in 1530. Kadam Rasool means 'Footprints of the Prophet'. The mosque contains the footprints of Hazrat Muhammad on stone. On the four corners there are four towers made of black marble.

    Opposite the Kadam Rasool Mosque stands the 17th century tomb of Fateh Khan, a commander of Aurangzeb's army. This interesting structure was built in the Hindu aat chala style.

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    Adina Mosque

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    Adina Mosque, built in 1369 by Sultan Sikander Shah, is one of the largest mosques in India. It also typifies the most developed mosque architecture of the period, the orthodox design being based on the great 8th century mosque of Damascus. Carved basalt masonry is used to support the 88 brick arches and 378 identical small domes.

    How to Reach: Adina Mosque is 19 km away from Malda town railway station. Malda railway station is also well connected by trains from Sealdah and Howrah. Bus services are available from Kolkata (Esplanade). Adina Mosque is 3-4 km away from the road of Pandua village (bus stop).

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    Lattan Mosque
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    Lattan Mosque

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    Legend attributes the building of this mosque to a dancing girl of the royal court. It was built in 1475. Traces of intricate 'mina' work in blue, green, yellow, violet and white on the enamelled bricks lining the outer and inner walls are still visible. The splendour of colours has also led to the Mosque being called the Painted Mosque. Another interesting feature of this mosque is its arched roof, supported by octagonal pillars.

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    Jagjibanpur
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    Jagjibanpur

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    Jagjibanpur is situated about 30 km from Malda town, towards the south east of Habibpur ruin of a Buddhist Monastery (9th Century AD) exists there with copper plates with inscriptions. The plate contains inscription on both sides in Siddhamartika script. It has a royal seal attached to the top containing the dharmachakra flanked by two deer and an inscription in Sanskrit reading 'Srimahendrapaldevah'.

    Five mounds (locally called Bhita or Danga) were identified, which were the Tula Bhita or Salai Danga, Akhari Danga, Nim Danga, Mai Bhita and Laksmi Dhipi. Apart from these there were several other minor mounds.

    Public transport includes cycle rickshaws, auto-rickshaws, and local buses. There is no metered vehicular transport. Six-seat city autos/shuttle available in every town of Malda at a rate fixed by the municipal authorities.

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    Luko Churi Gate
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    Luko Churi Gate

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    The Lakhchhipi Darwaza or Lukochuri Gate is located to the south-east of the Kadam Rasool Mosque. Shah Shuja is said to have built it in 1655 in the Mughal architectural style. The name originated from the royal game of hide-and-seek that the Sultan used to play with his begums.

    According to another school of historians, it was built by Allauddin Hussein Shah in 1522. This double-storeyed Darwaza functionally acted as the main gateway to the palace.

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Air Service: Nearest airport to Malda is Bagdogra Airport.

Train Service: By rail, Malda is on the main line between Kolkata and New Jalpaiguri, served by numerous trains from the major cities of India.

Road Service: Malda is easily accessible by road from any part of the rest of the India. The National Highway 34 passes through the District. NBSTC, SBSTC, CSTC buses and many privately operated buses ply between Kolkata and Malda.
wbtourism Accommodation
  • WBTDC Malda Tourist Lodge

    Post Office & District: Malda, Pin: 732101
    Contact No.: (03512) 220911
    Mobile - 09733008792
    Email: tourismmalda@gmail.com

  • Continental Lodge

    22 / 21 K.J. Sanyal Road,
    Malda - 732101.
    Contact No.: (03512) 252388 / 253379 / 251505
    Fax - (03212) 251505
    Email: continentallodge@gmail.com
    Website: http://continentallodge.com/

  • Hotel Appayan

    Atul Market(1st & 3rd floor),Beside Public Bus Stand,
    Malda - 732101
    Contact No.: 919434817506 / 7029563747 .
    Email: appayan88@rediffmail.com
    Website: http://hotelappayanmalda.in/

  • Golden Park Hotel & Resort

    N.H. 34, Narayanpur, Behind BSF Camp,
    Malda - 732101.
    Contact No.: (3512) 262251 /262252 /262253
    Website: http://www.hotelgoldenpark.com/

  • Hotel Mallika

    Krishnakalitala, Mokdumpur
    Malda -732101
    Contact No.: (03512) 258345 / 220146
    Email: info@hotelmallika.com
    Website: http://www.hotelmallika.com/

  • Hotel Purbanchal

    New Banhbari, Post Jhaljhalia, N.H. 34,
    Malda - 732101
    Contact No.: 9434132516
    Email: hotelpurbanchal@gmail.com

  • Hotel Kalinga, Malda (2 Star Hotel)

    Ramkrishna Pally, N.H- 34,
    Malda - 732101
    Contact No.: (03512) 283567 / 2833558 / 283199
    Fax: (03512) 284503
    Email: hotelkalinga@gmail.com
    Website: http://www.hotelkalingamalda.com/

  • Hotel Royal Park

    NH-34,Near Ravindra Bhavan, Krishna Kalitala,
    Malda - 732103.
    Contact No.: 03512 - 645723 / 252178
    Fax - 03512-252178
    Email: enquiry@hotelroyalparkmalda.com
    Website: http://www.hotelroyalparkmalda.com/

  • Malda Youth Hostel

    Ramakrishna Mission Rd, Mokdumpur, Malda, West Bengal 732103.

    Nearest Railway Station : Malda Town
    Contact No.: 3322653231

  • New Circuit House

    Write/Fax to District Magistrate, Malda
    Contact No.: (03512) 252330
    Fax - (03512) 253092 / (03512) 253049

  • Zilla Parishad Athithi Niwas

    Write/Fax to AEO or Secretary Zilla Parishad, Malda
    Contact No.: (03512) 252423
    Fax - (03512) 258725

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
E-Mail : wbtourismpublicity1@gmail.com