The mosque has a good setting placed in a small garden and burials in front. In front of all this is a huge lake excavated during the time of the Nawabs and provides a great setting all throughout the year. Unfortunately this is yet to be taken over by ASI and not maintained well. The Motijheel Mosque and cemetery has a very important place in the history of Murshidabad. Mawazesh Md. Khan, son-in-law of Nawab Ali Vardi Khan and subedar of then Bengal, Bihar and Odisha, and Ekramoddulla, younger brother of Nawab Sirajuddullah, are buried here. Motijheel is a horse-shoe shaped lake. And in a palace adjoining it, which now lie in ruins, was the home of Warren Hastings when he became the political president at the Durbar of the Nawab Nazim. The tombs lie to the east of the mosque.
Pray with monkeys at the Swayambhunath Monkey TempleThe legend of the Swayambhunath Temple goes back 1,500 years when Manjushree, the bodhisattva of wisdom, was raising the temple hill from ground and the lice from his hair transformed into monkeys. Now, this temple complex is home to hundreds of monkeys who are considered holy. Despite this peculiar feature, the temple is one of the greatest and holiest Hindu shrines in Nepal and has been a place of worship since 5th century BCE. To reach this iconic shrine of colourful prayer flags and playful monkeys, you will have to climb 366 stairs, so make sure you visit during either early morning or evening.Know before you go: The temple is a popular day visit from Kathmandu. You can reach the complex however it suits you, via bus, taxi, bike or even on foot.