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MURSHIDABAD

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The last capital city of independent Bengal before British rule was named after Nawab Murshid Quli Khan, the Dewan of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa. Situated on the banks of the Bhagirathi, it is a city of splendours 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-Daulahand Lord Clive of the East India Company, is only 40 km south of Murshidabad.

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Murshidabad

At a Glance

  • District Head Hq
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    Baharampur

  • Total Area
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    5,324 Sq Kms

  • Population
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    71,04,000 (Ref: Census 2011)

  • Best time to visit
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    February and March, October, November, December

  • Average Rainfall
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    825 mm

  • Language
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    Bengali, English

  • Festivals
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    Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha
    Ramadan
    Durga Puja

  • Places of Interest
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    Gokarna Karnataka
    Lalgola
    Jahangirpur
    Beldanga
    Murshidabad
    Dhulian
    Suti

  • Special Feature
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    Hazarduari

  • Distance from Kolkata
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    176 KM

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The Hazarduari Palace
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

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How to reach

HAZARDUARI PALACE

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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 kms 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.

Nizamat Imambara
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.

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How to reach

Nizamat Imambara

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

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Jahankosha Cannon
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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How to reach

JAHANKOSHA CANNON

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By Air: Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Airport, situated in the state capital Kolkata, is the closest airdrome, situated at a separation of around 195 km from Berhampore, the headquarter town. There are standard flights that unite the air terminal to alternate urban communities in the nation and over the globe. After de-boarding from the air transporter, visitors can reach Murshidabad, with the assistance of roadways or rail lines.
By Rail: Berhampore Court is the primary station that joins the area of Murshidabad with Kolkata and alternate urban communities of West Bengal. There are consistent trains that join the station to the Sealdah station in Kolkata. It takes around 5 to 6 hours to cover the separation. There is another rail route station, called Khagraghat, adjacent. Situated at the inverse bank of stream Bhagirathi, it is very much associated with the Howrah Station in Kolkata. The station is additionally joined by nearby prepares from Katwa, Salar, Bandel and Howrah.
By Road: There are general transports that utilize to Berhampore (headquarter). There are tate claimed transports, which have an end at Berhampore, there are private transports also. Transports from the neighboring towns of Burdwan, Rampurhat, Suri, Bolpur, Malda, Krishnagar and Durgapur additionally utilize to Murshidabad routinely.

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Katra Masjid
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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How to reach

KATRA MASJID

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The nearest airport to Katra Masjid is Rajshahi Airport, rajshahi which is 34 km away from Katra Masjid.
The nearest railway station to katra masjid is Azimganj Railway Station which is 6 km away from Katra Masjid.

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Nasipur Palace
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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How to reach

NASIPUR PALACE

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Murshidabad Nasipur Palace is well connected with all types of transport like Airplane, bus or other road transport and also train.
By Air: Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Airport, situated in the state capital Kolkata, is the closest airdrome, situated at a separation of around 195 km from Berhampore, the headquarter town. There are standard flights that unite the air terminal to alternate urban communities in the nation and over the globe. After de-boarding from the air transporter, visitors can reach Murshidabad, with the assistance of roadways or rail lines.
By Rail: Berhampore Court is the primary station that joins the area of Murshidabad with Kolkata and alternate urban communities of West Bengal. There are consistent trains that join the station to the Sealdah station in Kolkata. It takes around 5 to 6 hours to cover the separation. There is another rail route station, called Khagraghat, adjacent. Situated at the inverse bank of stream Bhagirathi, it is very much associated with the Howrah Station in Kolkata. . The station is additionally joined by nearby prepares from Katwa, Salar, Bandel and Howrah.

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Khosh Bagh
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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How to reach

KHOSH BAGH

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By Air: The closest air terminal is at Kolkata, situated around 195 km from Murshidabad. The airplane terminal is very much joined by flights to Indian urban communities including Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Bengaluru. From the airplane terminal taxi administrations are accessible for Murshidabad.
By Train: Murshidabad rail route station is joined via trains to Howrah, Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmadabad and a few other Indian urban communities. Taxi administrations are accessible from the station.
By Road: Mushidabad is all around joined by street. State-run transports from Kolkata, Burdwan, Rampurhat, Suri, Bolpur, Malda, Krishnagar and Durgapur do employ frequently to Murshidabad. One can likewise contract a taxi to reach Murshidabad from the aforementioned spots.

How To Reach
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.

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