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Ref : TOUR-6/ Malda / W.B


340 km from Kolkata, Malda formerly called English Bazaar, a foreign
settlement dating from 1680 is known for its delectable mangoes and the
museum which houses the archaeological finds at GOUR and PANDUA. It
provides the base for tourists visiting the historic ruins.

GAUR, capital to three dynasties of ancient Bengal—the Buddhists Palas, the
Hindu Senas and the Muslim Nawabs has seen three distinct eras of glory.

Historical relics of the 14th and 15th century Bengal particularly worth
seeing are the Bara Sona Mosque, Dakhil Darwajah, Qadam Rasul Mosque,
Lattan Mosque and the ruins of the extensive fortification. There are colorful
enameled tiles on Gumti Gate and Firoz Minar.

PANDUA, 18 km from Malda is known for the third largest concentration of
Muslim monuments of Bengal. Adina Masjid, built in 1369 by Sikandar
Shah is one of the largest mosques in India. Nearby is the Eklakhi
Mausoleum, built at a princely cost of Rs one lakh.

HOW TO GO

Connected directly by rail and road with Kolkata and Siliguri, 340 km from
Kolkata.


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