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hajar duari murshidabad - Building

Ref : TOUR-7/ Murshidabad / W.B

Once, an important trading town between inland India and the port of
Kolkata, this was also the capital of Bengal Newabs and, according to Clive,
rivalled London.

Situated 209km north of Kolkata. It has a tradition of handicrafts in silk, ivory carvings and bell metal-ware.

Standing right beside Bhagirathi is Nizamatkila-an Italian style palace built by the Britishers for their pet Nawab Mirjafar.

Across the river among places to visit are Khusbag, the garden where
Nawabs were buried. Opposite to it is the Moti Jhil or Pearl Lake.

And there is Hazarduari-the mansion of thousand doors. It’s now a museum
of the Nawab dynasty’s belongings.

Great Imambara, Moti Jhil (pearl lake) and the impressive ruins of Katra
Mosque, built in 1723, and Medina mosque. The Jain Parasnath Temple is at Kathgola. Another interesting palace is Wasif Manzil with its unique
collection of curios, paintings, arms and costumes.


The Char Bangla Temple in Baranagar is quite famous. It was built in the
18th century by Rani Bhavani and is the finest specimen of Bengal’s
terracotta temples. The Bhavaniswar Temple, too, is one of the finest
examples of terracotta sculpture in West Bengal

Besides the crumbling mansions and cemeteries of the English and Dutch
settlements, Behrampore is famous for raw silk (tussar) production. The
Government Silk Research Centre is located here.


Connected directly by rail and road with Kolkata.

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