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Ancient temples, mosques, historic forts and magnificent handicrafts make Nadia District a great tourist destination. Nadia has gained as a tourist destination from the advent of the Bhakti movement and Sri Chaitanya.
Nabadwip, a town in Nadia district and the best town in West Bengal as well, was the capital of Bengal under Ballal Sen and later Lakshman Sen, kings of the Sena Empire, who ruled from 1159 to 1206. In 1202, Nabadwip was captured by Bakhtiyar Khilji. This victory paved the way for Muslim rule in Bengal. Nabadwip and some other places in Nadia were centres of learning and intellectual prowess. Chaitanyadeb (1486-1533) was born in Nabadwip.

Mayapur is located on the banks of the Ganges river, at the point of its confluence with the Jalangi, near Navadvip, 130 km north of Kolkata. The headquarters of ISKCON are situated in Mayapur and it is considered a holy place by a number of other traditions within Hinduism, but is of special significance to followers of Gaudiya Vaishnavism as the birthplace of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, regarded as a special incarnation of Krishna in the mood of Radha. It is visited by over a million pilgrims annually.

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How to reach

MAYAPUR

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 If tourists go by Rail, they have to reach Nabadwip or Krishnanagar first, then take the ferry service to cross the river and reach Mayapur. Even tourists can go via the package bus services from Kolkata to Iskcon or take a bus to Mayapur from Esplaned.

Nadia district has a phenomenal wealth of culture, religion and very rich in education. Krishnagar is an important centre for culture and literature. It boasts literary figures like Bharat Chandra, Dwijendra Lal Roy and Narayan Sanyal among others. There is a vibrant culture of literary exchange among small groups of writers and poets, and there is a strong tradition of stage acting.

In a locality of Krishnagar called Ghurni, there is a colony of artists who work with clay. These artists produce images of Hindu gods and goddesses for traditional worship throughout the year, as well as clay models of human figures and real life objects.

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Nadia

At a Glance

  • District Head Hq
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    ‎Krishnanagar

  • Total Area
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    3,927 Sq Kms

  • Population
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    46,04,827 (Ref: Census 2011)

  • Best time to visit
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    June to mid-September

  • Average Rainfall
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    11430 mm

  • Language
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    Bengali, English, French, Espérance, in Italian

  • Festivals
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    Rash Utsab

  • Places of Interest
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    Nabadwip
    Mayapur
    Krishnanagar Rajbari
    Bethuadahari Forest

  • Special Feature
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    ISKCON

  • Distance from Kolkata
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    117.5 KM

One of the oldest districts of West Bengal and the ancient Sanskrit learning centre. Nadia is an inseparable part of the religious and cultural history of the state. The traditional city of Krishnanagar is the headquarters of Nadia District. Apart from tourism, agriculture is another main source of revenue for the district.

Nabadwip
Nabadwip, originally Naodah city, a Municipality in Nadia district, on the western bank of the Bhagirathi river. The Bhagirathi River originally used to flow west of Nabadwip, forming a boundary between the districts of Bardhaman and Nadia. It has now shifted its course, cutting the city off from the rest of the Nadia district. Reputedly founded in 1063, the town served as the old capital of the Sena dynasty. It was a center of learning and philosophy in medieval India and is still noted for its traditional Sanskrit schools. The Navya Nyaya school of logic reached its peak under the philosophers of Nabadwip. The great Vaishnava saint, social reformer and an important figure of the Bhakti movement, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486-1533) was born here, making this place an important pilgrimage centre in Bengal. Many devotees from worldwide who adhere to Gaudiya Vaishnavism come to Nabadwip for pilgrimage on the auspicious occasion of the Birthday celebration of Shri Mahaprabhu on the Phalguni Purnima (i.e. on the Full moon day of the March every year), and for various festivals in relation to Leelas of Shri Mahaprabhu like Nabadwip-mandala Parikrama and other festivities like Dol yatra, Ras purnima Gaura-purnima.

Bethuadahari Wildlife Sanctuary
Bethuadahari Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the Nadia district, West Bengal, beside NH-34 (22 km north of Krishnanagar) has a large population of Spotted Deer, Jackal, Bengal fox, Porcupine, Common Langur. Other species includes Parakeets, Indian Cuckoo, Barbets and other smaller birds and Pythons. Many type of trees & small Crocodile, generally known as Gharials. It is located in the Nakashipara area. Spread over an area of 67 hectares. It was established in 1980.

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How to reach

BETHUADAHARI WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

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By Air: Nearest airport is at Kolkata (Kolkata Airport), which is airlinked with all major Indian and international cities. Bethuadahari is 155 kilometers by road from Netaji Subhas Bose International airport. From krishnanagar its one hour by road.

By Rail: Krishnanagar local train is available from Sealdah Station (Kolkata). To reach this historic place other trains like Lalgola Passenger and Berhampore Passenger are also available. From krishnanagar its one hour by road or there is a railway link also.

By Road: Bethuadahari is on National Highway (NH 34). And is nearly 3 ½ hours drive. It has good bus connectivity to and from Kolkata, Malda, Siliguri, Berhampore, Jalpaiguri, Purulia, Mayapur etc. Private vehicle can also be hired.

One of the oldest districts of West Bengal and the ancient Sanskrit learning centre. Nadia is an inseparable part of the religious and cultural history of the state. The traditional city of Krishnanagar is the headquarters of Nadia District. Apart from tourism, agriculture is another main source of revenue for the district.

Mayapur
Mayapur is located on the banks of the Ganges river, at the point of its confluence with the Jalangi, near Navadvip, 130 km north of Kolkata. The headquarters of ISKCON are situated in Mayapur and it is considered a holy place by a number of other traditions within Hinduism, but is of special significance to followers of Gaudiya Vaishnavism as the birthplace of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, regarded as a special incarnation of Krishna in the mood of Radha. It is visited by over a million pilgrims annually.

Ballal Dhipi
Ballal Dhipi is located near Bamanpukur Bazar on way to Mayapur at a distance of about 25 K.M. from Krishnanagar. The excavation work was started here by the Archaeological Survey of India in the early 1980s, It revealed a unique structural complex covering nearly 13,000 Sq. meters. Centering around a mound (Dhipi) having a height of 9 meters. This complex identifies itself with the Vikramsila Vihar. Experts say that this side of Stupa (Vihar) of eighth / ninth century was perhaps a seat of learning and pilgrimage up to the eleventh century.

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How to reach

BALLAL DHIPI

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Ballal Dhipi, in Bamanpukur, is 13 km from Krishnagar, 100 km by train from Sealdah station. It takes two-and-a-half hours on a local train. By road, the distance is 125 km along National Highway 34 by bus or by hired car. There are decent eateries around. Nearby places like Shantipur and Diknagar can also be visited.

Art & Culture

In a locality of Krishnagar called Ghurni, there is a colony of artists who work with clay. These artists produce images of Hindu gods and goddesses for traditional worship throughout the year, as well as clay models of human figures and real life objects.
It is said that initially it was Raja Krishnachandra who settled a few families of talented clay artists in the area. Since then the colony has grown and flourished. Jagaddhatri Puja is celebrated with great grandeur at Krishnagar, when lightings from the town of Chandannagar are brought. A lot many expertised gems are to be found here in this heritage city.

Krishnanagar

The district headquarters of Nadia, Krishnanagar is a place ofhistorical interest. This legendary city has a mystical past. Legend goes that, in the past, the island had just begun to emerge from the Ganga and dwelling places were being built up. fai ascetic every day used to practice austere asceticism by lighting No diyas or nine lamps- In course of time this Na Diyas came to be known as Nadia, and Krishnanagar became its headquarters. Earlier, Krishnanagar was named as Reui. The founder of the dynasty was Bhabananda Mazumdar and the capital was at Matiyari. Though the capital had been shifted at the time of Bhabananda's grandson Raghab, it was Raghab's son Maharaj Rudra who renamed it as Krishnanagar. In those times the Gop sect devoted to Sree Krishna lived in Reui. However, during the period of Maharaja Krishnachandra, Nadia saw prime development. As a regard for having participated for Clive against Siraj in the battle of Plassey, Krisnachandra was awarded the title of Raj Rajendra Bahadur. Numerous cannons can be found in the premises of Royal palace which were given to him as mementos of the battle of Plassey. History apart, Krishnanagar is basically known for its clay modelling. It has become famous throughout the world. On the bank of the Jalangi river at Ghurni, the centre of clay modelling can be seen. Renowned artists are engaged in the work here. There are arrangements for sale also. The skill in making extremely proportionate human figures has world-wide fame.

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How to reach

KRISHNANAGAR

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Krishnanagar has its own Railway Station which is connected to the Sealdah. Near by Airport is Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Airport .Buses are also available from Kolkata.

How To Reach

By Air: The nearest airport to the city is the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport of Kolkata, which is about 110 kms away from Nadia.
By Train: The railhead of the city is known as Nabadwip Ghat station. Many local and express trains pass through the station. After You reach the Nabadwip Ghat station, You will have to cross over to Nabadwip by boat.
By Road: There is direct road connectivity to Nabadwip from Kolkata. Direct buses, private cabs and reserved cabs are available from the city. Special buses from Kolkata also take tourists directly to the Mayapur ISKCON in Nabadwip.

Department of Tourism
Government of West Bengal

New Secretariat Building
1, K. S. Roy Road, 3rd Floor,
Kolkata - 700001,
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