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Murshidabad


With its profusion of medieval architecture in the form of palaces, mosques, tombs and gardens, Murshidabad, a district in West Bengal, is a place where the past is very much a living part of the present. Once the seat of power of the Nawabs of Bengal in the 18th century, it is intimately related to events that ultimately changed the history of India. The Nawab Siraj-ud-daula lost the Battle of Plassey in 1757 against Clive, the architect of the British Empire in India and gradually power passed on to the hands of the British. Situated on the banks of the Bhagirathi, Murshidabad is also famous for its silk.

Fast Facts
Temperature : Summer: 38.8 - 23.8°C
Winter: 24.8 - 10.3°C
Season : October to March
Clothing : Summer - Light Cottons
Winter - Woollen
Languages Spoken : Bengali, Hindi, English
STD Code : 03482

Tourism Office: Tourist Lodge, Baharampur, Telephone: 03482-250439

Getting There

Air
Kolkata is the nearest airport connected with flights with major cities in India and abroad.

Rail
Murshidabad and Baharampur Court are the two nearest railway stations.

Road
Murshidabad is well-connected by good motorable road with different places and cities in India.
Murshidabad is: 

  • 43 km from Palashi
  • 219 km from Kolkata
  • 134 km from Bardhaman
  • 487 km from Patna
  • 158 km from Dumka
  • 418 km from Jalpaiguri
  • 135 km from Malda
  • 243 km from Bhagalpur
Where to stay

Baharampore Lodge Pvt. Ltd.
Mayur
Tel: 252893

White House

Hotel Manjusha

Near Hazarduary Palace
Lalbagh, Murshidabad- 742 149

Ideal Lodge,
Baharampur

Modern Hotel

Hotel Samrat,

Royal Hotel
Pilkahana Road, Berhampore, Murshidabad.
Tel: 03482-251721

Tourist Lodge
Baharampur
Tel: 03482-250439/259711
Reservation: Manager or West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation, 3/2 B.B.D.Bag Calcutta-700 001, Tel: 22488271/5917.

Circuit House
Baharampur
Tel: 252713/256010. Reservation Authority: The District Magistrate,
Baharampur, Mursidabad.

Dak Bunglow
Baharampur,

Things to Do

Nizam Kila or Hazar Duari
The Hazarduari Palace or the palace with a thousand doors is the chief tourist attraction of Murshidabad. This three-storey palace was built in 1837 by Duncan McLeod for the Nawab Najim Humaun Jah, descendent of Mir Zafar. It has thousand doors and 114 rooms and 8 galleries, built in European architectural style. The total area of Hazarduari Palace is 41 acres.

Jafraganj Deorhi
Known as Traitors Gate, it was residence of Mir Jafar and later of Miran. Nawab Siraj-ud-daula is said to have been murdered here by Miran.

Katgola
It was the god own House of a rich Jain merchant containing a collection of rare curious.

Palace of Jagat Seth
It was the residence of Jagat Seth, one the richest bankers and financiers of the 18th century.

Katra Mosque
Built by Murshid Quli Khan on the model of the Mosque at Mecca, it contains the grave of the builder under the staircase.

Top-Khana or the Great Gun
Measuring about 17.1/2 feet in length, the gun was made in Dacca during 1637 and has been placed on a platform.

Moti Jheel
Moti Jheel or Pearl Lake palace was the residence of Ghasiti Begum, daughter of Nawab Alivardi Khan. Here one can see a big mosque also.

Khush Bagh
Located across the river from Lalbagh , it contains the cemeteries of Nawab Siraj-ud- Duala, Begum Lutfunessa and Alivardi Khan.

Excursions

Cossimbazar (5 km)
The place is famous for the palace of Maharaja of Cossimbazar.

Bahrampore Court (11 km)
The place is known for the house of Maharaja Nanda Kumar.

Baranagar (25 km)
Baranagar is famous for Rani Bhawani Temple which is an excellent example of terracotta art. The place can be approached by rail or bus from Baharampur.