197 km north of Kolkata, Murshidabad is connected by railway and road.
Long distance bus services (from Kolkata to Malda and Siliguri) go through
Berhampore, 11 km south of Murshidabad. Berhampore is also linked by
railway service from Kolkata. A quiet town on the banks of the Bhagirathi
river, Murshidabad has stood witness to events that changed the course of
Indian history. Capital during the reign of Siraj-ud-daula, the Nawab of
Bengal, Murshidabad was also a flourishing trading town between inland
India and the port of Kolkata.
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There are many places of interest here :
Nimak Haram Deohri (Traitorís Gate)
is the place where Siraj-ud-daula was assassinated after the battle of
Khusbagh (Garden of Happiness) is a
boat ride across the river Ganga, where Siraj and his family members were
Hazarduari (Palace of a Thousand Doors)
is built in classical architectural style. Now a museum, the palace
houses, among other artifacts, the Nawab's silver throne, ivory sofa,
ivory palanquins, oil painting and numerous other artifacts.
Nizamatkila, an Italian style palace
of Nawab Mir Jafar, stands beside Bhagirathi river.
The Jain Parasnath Temple is at Kathgola.
Another interesting palace is Wasif
Manzil, with its unique collection of curios, paintings, arms and
The Char Bangla Temple at Baranagore
was built in the 18th century by Rani Bhavani.
The Bhavaniswar Temple, too, is one
of the finest examples of terracotta sculpture in West Bengal. It is
located 23 km from Murshidabad.
Other important landmarks are the Great
Imambara, Moti Jhil (Pearl Lake) and the impressive ruins of Katra
Mosque, built in 1723, and Medina Mosque.