Murshidabad Tourism & Travel Guide

One of the most important cities of North Bengal, Murshidabad comes with a rich history. Once a stunning example of grandeur, power, culture and beauty, the erstwhile centre of the nawabs was from where the revenue of the whole state of West Bengal went to the king in Delhi. Till date, Murshidabad and its historical monuments are a tourists' delight and the local communities welcome everyone with warmth. This place is also one of the most important Jain pilgrimages with the four most important jain temples of Bengal situated here. These are the Sri Chintamoni Parshwanath Bhagwan Temple in Azimganj, Shri Shambavnath Bhagwan Temple in Jiyaganj, Sree Adinath Bhagwan Temple in Katgola and other one is in Murshidabad itself. You can also visit Hazar Duari Palace, a palace with over 100 doors. Now a museum, the palace is definitely worth visiting. The intricate art work in the museum is a delight for art enthusiasts. Another lovely spot is Katra Masjid. Go during visiting hours for a memorable experience.
Best time to visit Murshidabad is from October to March

Trips and Itineraries for Murshidabad

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Top Places To Visit in Murshidabad 28 Spots

Hazarduari Palace, Murshidabad 742 160
Murshidabad was at one time the capital of the province of Bengal under the rule of the Sultans. The Hazarduari Palace was built during the rule of the Nawab Nasib Humayun Jah. It was built by a British architect in the Greek or Doric style. The museum inside this palce is known as the Hazarduari Palace Museum and is a very interesting place with over 20 galleries. There are over 1000 antiques and most of these focus on the history of Bengal and the royals of this region. There are also exhibits of weapons, clothings and other such things.
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On Baharampur-Lalgola State Highway, Murshidabad
This is one of the most important attractions of the Murshidabad town of the East Murshidabad District. It is like a weekend getaway from the metropolitan of Kolkata and is visited by tourists all round the year. The mosqe has lost much of its charm mainly due to the earthquake which took place in the year 1897. The mosque was built by Nawab Murshid Quli Khan between the years 1723 and 1724 and the tomb of the nawab is also over here. The design of the mosque was inspired from that of the Kartalab Mosque which is in the city of Dhaka in Bangladesh. The meaning of the word 'Katra' is a market. This is beacause initially the mosque was surrounded by a busy market. The mosque was once decorated with beautiful works of calligraphy, minarets, designed domes and lattice works. The presence of Persian inscriptions can also be found here. The open space right in front of the entrance of the Masjid is the place where devotees carry on the koran reading sessions. The place is so big that about 2000 people can accomodate themselves here at the same time over here.
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Hotels and Homestays in Murshidabad   5 Hotels

Weekend Getaways from Murshidabad  

Kolkata, or Calcutta (also Cal), is a kaleidoscopic melting pot of cultures and ethnicities. There's quite possibly no Indian festival that the city doesn't celebrate with glorious hoopla. Each month sees small festive marquees popping up at every corner of the street and come October, throngs of women enwrapped in silk sarees and red bindis convene around the city, undeterred by the ever-present rains. This celebration alone is reason enough to travel to Kolkata. From the glut of vibrant attractions, the city also holds a rich vehicular heritage ranging from the big yellow taxi that floods both parts of the city (Calcutta and Howrah) divided by the reticent river Hoogly, to the hand-pulled rickshaws and rickety trams meandering the roads. Tourists will hardly ever run out of things to do in Kolkata. Starting from Kumartuli, a traditional potters’ quarter, famed for its sculpted idols of gods and demons, to the architectural spectacle, that is the Howrah Bridge, Kolkata city will engulf you with its sights, sounds and scents. Calcutta’s biggest, most prismatic wholesale flower market on Mullick Ghat, Victoria Memorial, the old Chinatown Tiretta Bazaar, the magnificent Nakhoda Masjid and Jorasankho (Rabindranath Tagore’s ancestral home) are few of the most picturesque places to visit in Kolkata.


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