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Ref : TOUR-8/ Nadia & Krishnanagar / W.B

Connected by bus service form Krishnanagar and Kolkata and a ferry ride across the Bhagirathi river from Nabadwip, Mayapur is the headquarters of ISKCON.

The Chandroday Temple, set amidst a garden, is a picturesque sight. There
are quite a few big and small temples also.

Details are available from ISKCON, 3C Albert Road, Kolkata 700017.

Ph: 2247-6075.

139km from Kolkata. There is also a rail service from Kolkata.

Nabadwip, 19km from Krishnanagar and 120km north from Kolkata, stands
on the banks of the Bhagirathi river.

The great social reformer and saint Sri Chaitanya was born here in 1486.
Nabadwip is the seat of the Vaishnava culture in Bengal and an ancient
centre of Sanskrit studies.

Sonargouranga, the temple with the golden statue of Sri Chaitanya, is the
most important shrine here.

There is a profusion of temples, each one worth a visit. Nabadwip remains
an important pilgrimage centre in Bengal. Nabadwip is connected by bus
and rail service from Kolkata.

118km north from Kolkata, Krishnanagar on the banks of Jalangi river was
the residence of Maharaja Krishnachandra, a great patron of art and culture.

Places worth visiting are the Rajbari (Royal Palace) with a beautiful Durga
temple in the courtyard. Every year, the famous Jhulan Mela is celebrated
around the Rajbari in the July/August months and Baro Do/in March/April.

The Roman Catholic Church is famous for its architectural and sculptural
splendour. There are 27 oil paintings describing the life of Jesus Christ. Of special mention are the wooden sculptures by ltalian artists.

Others include the College Bhavan (1846), The Public Library (1856), the
Krishnanagar Academy and the Protestant Church.

The clay models/figurines crafted here are collectors’ items. Connected by
rail and road from Kolkata.

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