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.
Summer: 38.8 - 23.8°C
Winter: 24.8 - 10.3°C
October to March
Summer - Light Cottons
Winter - Woollen
Bengali, Hindi, English
Tourism Office: Tourist Lodge, Baharampur, Telephone: 03482-250439
Kolkata is the nearest airport connected with flights with major cities in India
Murshidabad and Baharampur Court are the two nearest railway stations.
Murshidabad is well-connected by good motorable road with different places and cities
- 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.
Near Hazarduary Palace
Lalbagh, Murshidabad- 742 149
Pilkahana Road, Berhampore, Murshidabad.
Reservation: Manager or West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation, 3/2 B.B.D.Bag
Calcutta-700 001, Tel: 22488271/5917.
Tel: 252713/256010. Reservation Authority: The District Magistrate,
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.
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.
It was the god own House of a rich Jain merchant containing a collection of rare
Palace of Jagat Seth
It was the residence of Jagat Seth, one the richest bankers and financiers of the
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 or Pearl Lake palace was the residence of Ghasiti Begum, daughter of
Nawab Alivardi Khan. Here one can see a big mosque also.
Located across the river from Lalbagh , it contains the cemeteries of Nawab Siraj-ud-
Duala, Begum Lutfunessa and Alivardi Khan.
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.