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Murshidabad Travel Guide

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The Hazarduari Palace, Nasipur Palace, Motijheel, Kath-gola
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Murshidabad Information

Location: Located 182 Km from Kolkata and 11 Km from Behrampore.
Tourist Attractions: Hazarduari, Bara Imambara, Kathgola, Nasipur palace, Jafraganj Cemetry, Topkhana, Motijheel, Syedabad, Wasif Manzil, Bhavaniswar Temple, Jain Parashnath Temples.
Best Buys: Silk textiles, Baluchari sari, Ivory carvings and handicrafts.
Best Hangouts: Spend a day at Nizamat Quila (popularly called as Hazarduari), an Italian style palace built by the British for Nawab Mirjafar.
Best Activities: Enjoy a boat ride across river Ganges (also called here as Bhagirathi).
Nearest Tourist Destinations: Behrampore, Kolkata.
When to Visit: One should come to the city during October to April as the whether is very pleasant.
Festivals: Muharram is one of the most celebrated festivals. During September, Bera-bhasan is celebrated on Ganga.

Kath gola - Murshidabad About Murshidabad
A city of Nawabs and there splendours, Murshidabad, is situated on the banks of the river Bhagirathi. The city is a witness to those events which have changed the course of Indian history. The city is close to Plassey, a historic battleground. Named after Nawab Murshid Quli Khan, the city is home to some of the best works which depicts the medieval period of Indian history. The British established a military barrack here in 1767. In 1857, Sepoy Mutiny had taken birth in these Barrack grounds. A memorial has also been erected on 15th August 1957 in the ground. The old houses of the British army, have now been converted into hospitals and govt. offices, courts. The Circuit House here was once used by Robert Clive and Warren Hastings. The city is also famous for its raw silk and silk products. Ivory products and handicrafts are also a good buy here.

Major Tourist Attractions in Murshidabad
The Hazarduari Palace
Spread in 41 acres, the Hazarduari Palace, (palace with thousand doors) is a chief tourist attraction of Murshidabad. The palace was constructed by Duncan Macleod in 1837. The palace was built in typicaI European style of architecture. The palace has been converted to a museum, which holds a collection of armoury, paintings, portraits of the Nawabs, Ivory works of China and many other valuables. There are also the vintage cars, used by the Nawabs, in the museum.

Nasipur Palace
The palace was built by King Kirtichand Bahadur in late 19th century. Within the palace compound are temples: the Ramachandra temple and the Lakshmi-Narayana temple. Closely situated is the Ashram of Mohandas and Jafraganj Deuri. The two cannons present here are said to be gifted to Mir Jafar by Clive.

Motijheel
Motijheel is a lake, located 3 km from Hazarduari. The lake stands in front of a beautiful three-storeyed palace, built by Nawab Naoajes Mohammad Khan. People say, treasures of the Nawab are still buried in the lake. This place was also called 'Company Bagh' as it was occupied by the East India company.

Kath-gola
Kath-gola is palace built by a Jain businessman. The palace is surrounded by beautiful gardens. The palace has some of the rarest collections of the luxurious western items of that age. In 1873, the famous Adinath Temple was built by Harreck Chand. The temple has beautifully designed walls. The temple is also a major tourist attraction.

Getting There
Adinath Swami Temple - MurshidabadAir: The nearest airport is NSC Airport, Kolkata. Murshidabad is around 182 Km from Kolkata.
Rail: Berhampore Court is the nearest station and is well connected Kolkata. Kolkata in also very well connected to the rest of India. It takes
around 6 hours from Kolkata to Berhampore via rail route.
Road: Berhampore and Kolkata are very well connected to the rest of India via roadways network. Buses ply frequently from Kolkata to Murshidabad and Behrampore.

Accommodation
A number of options for stay are available in Murshidabad, Berhampore and Lalbagh. These include luxury, budget and government owned hotels. Lodges, guest house are also available in these areas.
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