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A few of the numerous temples that surround the main temple at Bakreshwar
Railway lines in pink, roads in ash

Birbhum-Murshidabad is a region in West Bengal consisting of the districts of Birbhum and Murshidabad. Birhum is famous for its folk culture, especially the itinerant singers known as bauls. The district is also known as "Ranga Matir desh" because of its reddish soil. Murshidabad was the historical centre of the last independent Bengal state.



It is basically an agricultural district. The people in and around Santiniketan and the temple towns and shakti peethas are used to the inflow of large number of tourists.


Bengali is the local language. There are Santhalis and other tribals in the area. Hindi and a little bit of English is understood in the towns.

Get in[edit]

  • By rail - It is well-connected with Kolkata.
  • By road - The Panagarh-Moregram Expressway linking Grand Trunk Road (NH 2) with NH 5 cuts across the district. There are several other entry points for the district.
  • By bus - the neighbouring districts are well connected with Birbhum by bus.

Get around[edit]

The towns of Birbhum ditrict are well connected by roads.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Tagore's university at Santiniketan
  • Shakti Peethas - temple towns
  • Hot spring at Bakreshwar
  • The Sarbamangala Temple at Kundola (a 300 yr old village once dominated by Zemindars{Mukherjee family})
  • The Nandeswari Temple at Sainthia
  • The Fullara Temple at Labpur
  • The Maa Tara Temple at Tarapith
  • The lush green natural beauty on the way to Massanjore from Seorakuri(Suri)
  • The Kongkalitala Temple near Bolpur
  • The Nalateswari Temple at Nalhati

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Go to Data Mahbub Shah (Rahmatullahe Alaihe) Majar (Tomb) at Pathor Chapuri

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Siuri is famous for a sweetmeat - morabba- and for pickles. Morabba is made of various vegetable/fruit items preserved in a sugar base - pataler motabba, beler motabba, chal kumror morabba (known as petha in Agra), sata mulir morabba, amlokir morabba and so on. These are available in the sweetmeat shops.

Drink[edit][add listing]

If you are the adventurous type try the fresh toddy juice as the tappers bring it down early in the morning beside highways in the rural areas. Warning: Once it is late fermentaion sets in. Avoid country liquor shops.

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