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Murshidabad in Murshidabad district of West Bengal was once the capital of Bangla, Bihar and Odisha (formerly known as Orissa). The last capital city of independent Bengal was named after Nawab Murshid Quli Khan, the Dewan of Bengal, Bihar and Odisha. It is situated on the banks of the Bhagirathi. A city of splendors and famous for its silk, was made capital of Bengal in 1717. The British shifted the capital to Kolkata in 1773.Currently the city of Berhampore is its administrative headquarters.

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By train[edit]

Local and express trains are available from Sealdah and Kolkata Stations. It will be better to avail researved seats in trains that have this facility. Destination will be either Berhampore Court or Murshidabad.

The route is Sealdah/kolkata-Dum Dum Jn-Barrackpore-Naihati Jn-Kalyani-Ranaghat Jn-Krishnanagar City Jn-Berhampore Court-Murshidabad-Lalgola.

Advance Reservations in AC and NON AC Chair Cars are available in three pairs of express trains running on this route.They are: 13113/13114 Kolkata-Lalgola Hazarduari Express:

13113(Daily)---Kolkata 6:50AM,Barrackpore 7:20AM,Ranaghat 8:20AM,Krishnanagar 8:50AM,Berhampore 10:14AM,Murshidabad 10:27AM,Lalgola 11:20AM

13114(Daily)---Lalgola 4:20PM,Murshidabad 4:53PM,Berhampore 5:09PM,Krishnanagar 6:57PM,Ranaghat 7:37PM,Barrackpore 8:42PM,Kolkata 9:25PM

13117/13118 Kolkata-Lalgola Dhanodhanya Express:

13117(on Tue,Thu,Fri,Sun)---Kolkata 4:10PM,Naihati 4:56PM,Ranaghat 5:45PM,Krishnanagar 6:18PM,Berhampore 7:40PM,Murshidabad 7:53PM,Lalgola 8:45PM

13118(on Mon,Wed,Fri,Sat)---Lalgola 6:40AM,Murshidabad 7:10AM,Berhampore 7:26AM,Krishnanagar 9:16AM,Ranaghat 9:53AM,Naihati 10:30AM,Kolkata 11:20AM

13103/13104 Sealdah-Lalgola Bhagirathi Express

13103(Daily)---Sealdah 6:20PM,Ranaghat 7:53PM,Krishnanagar 8:22PM,Berhampore 9:49PM,Murshidabad 10:04PM,Lalgola 10:55PM

13104(Daily)---Lalgola 5:35AM,Murshidabad 6:08AM,Berhampore 6:27AM,Krishnanagar 8:13AM,Ranaghat 8:49AM,Sealdah 10:25AM

Apart from these there are many Passenger trains from Sealdah,EMU Locals from Sealdah/Ranaghat,MEMU from Sealdah in this route.

The other railway route is Howrah-Bandel-Katwa-Azimganj section where one needs to get into KhagraGhat Road railway station which is the other railway station in the city of Berhampore on the other bank of Ganges.

The main express trains pasing through this section are:

13141/13142 Sealdah-New AlipurDuar Teesta Torsa Expess

15959/15960 Howrah-Dibrugarh Kamrup Express

15643/15644 Kamakhya-Puri via Howrah Express

13465/13466 Howrah-Malda Town Intercity Express

13145/13146 Kolkata-Radhikapur Express

13163/13164 Sealdah-Saharsa Jn Hatey Bazare Express

15721/15722 New Jalpaiguri-Digha via Howrah Paharia Express

13421/13422 Malda Town-Nabadwip Dham Express

Regular long distance buses from Kolkata(Esplanade) to Berhampore are also available from Kolkata. And also any buses destined towards North Bengal from Kolkata that is buses travelling to Siliguri,Malda,Balurghat,Raiganj,Farakka halts at Berhampore.

From Berhampore take auto towards Murshidabad which will be 15minutes journey. Also many local vendors are available in Berhampore from whom cars can be rented.

One can also book Ola outstation to Berhampore from Kolkata (where one way fare is applicable currently)

Apart from these regular bus services are available from other parts of West Bengal too. They are Durgapur,Burdwan,Asansol,Kharagpur,Medinipur,Siuri,RampurHat,Tarapith,Kandi,Coochbehar,Alipurduar,Siliguri,Malda,Farakka

Get around[edit]

By auto rickshaw. Cars are also available for hire.

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  • Hazar Duari Palace A palace of 1000 doors - real and fake. The palace was constructed by Duncan Macleod in 1837 on the orders of the Nawab. It has a typicaI European style of architecture. This has now been converted into a museum.
  • Bara Imambara The mosque is situated just opposite the palace. Both are on the side of the river Bhagirathi. There is a mosque inside Imambara called Madina. It was erected from original soil brought from Madina
  • 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.
  • Jafarganj Cemetery About half a mile from the Hazarduari Palace is Jafarganj the ruined palace of Mir Jafar. The Cemetery contains the tombs of the Nawab's Nazim, from Mir Jafar to Humayun Jah. Mir Jafar's father Syud Ahmed Nazafi, Alivardi Khan's sister, Shahkhanum, Mir Jafar's widows, Munni Begam and Babbu Begam, Mohamed Ali Khan, the brother and Ismail Ali Khan and Asraf Ali Khan, the sons-in-law of Mir Jafar, lie buried here. This cemetery was built by Mir Jafar, over an area of 3.51 acres.
  • Moti jheel This beautiful horseshoe shaped lake was excavated by Nawazesh Mohammad, the husband of the famous Ghasseti Begum. In the palace adjoining it (now in ruins) Lord Clive celebrated the acquisition of the Dewani of Sube Bangla (Bengal, Bihar & Odisha) in 1765. Moti Jheel was the home of Warren Hastings when he became the Political President at the Durbar of the Nawab Nazim ( 1771 - 73 AD ). Sir John Shore, afterwards Lord Teinmouth, also lived here. Moti Jheel is also known as the "Company Bagh", due to the fact of it having been in the occupation of the East India Company. The only old building existing is the Mosque of Shahamat Jang

  • Kath-gola The palace garden of Raja Dhanpat Singh Dugar and Lakshmipat Singh Dugar and their famous Adinath Temple were built in 1873, by Harreck Chand. The walls of this temple are also intricately designed. A typically Jain style of ornamentation lends a unique beauty to this Jain temple. It is about half a km South-East of Mahimapur. Though some of its glory has been lost, it still remains a major tourist attraction, chiefly because of the beautiful temple with an admirable work of stucco.

The above as well as many others e.g. Well maintained Katra Masjid built by Murshid Kuli Khan that has interesting past and recent history, Nasipur Akhra of Ramanuj followers, Radhamadhab Mandir on the eastern side of Motijheel, etc are scattered within 2 km radius of Murshidabad Station. There are many other items worth seeing in whole Murshidabad district, particularly for those who are interested in archeology, art and culture.

  • Khosh Bag. On the opposite side of river Bhagirathi, the garden Khosh Bag is the cemetery of Siraj-Ud-Daula and his other family members  edit
  • Jahan Kosha Cannon. Created by Bengali blacksmith Janardan, this was the biggest and strongest cannon of that time. Jahan Kosha means "Destroyer of the World"  edit

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Get an insight into the past history of Bengal and India.

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Baluchari Sarees - They are figured silk saree produced in the town of Baluchar in Murshidabad district. Baluchar sarees essentially have a silk base with silk brocaded designs with respect to their colours, where inspite of a rich composition, the Baluchar bootidars almost avoid strong contrasts. Each pattern is treated in a colour which harmonises with the ground on which it is laid. The most popular colours used are red, blue, yellow, green and scarlet. The Baluchari sarees have large floral motifs interspersed with flowering shrubs. Traditionally the Muslim community was also known to produce these Baluchars with figured patterns depicting court scenes, horse with a rider, women smoking hookah. The Kalka design or the cone motif is often surrounded with floral borders.

Most Baluchar artisans have long migrated to Bankura. Hence Murshidabad is no more famous for Baluchari Saree. Rather one can purchase Murshidabad Silk Kora Saree than particularly for different types of embroidery works in Kolkata. These thans are available in most Khadi shops in Berhampore and Khagra. But purchase it if they provide a rebate of 20% on its printed price. Most of them give it throughout the year even when Govt subsidy is not available. Other things include Shola art, brass, copper and Kansha items.

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Nothing special in Murshidabad particularly for Kolkatans. Nawabi Ghee-e bhaja chhanabora has been replaced by Dalda-bhaja one. Still Kolkatans can relish sweets and curd of Murshidabad because those are much cheaper here.

If you sit for lunch in a roadside ordinary hotel near Hazarduary, first ask whether the menu follows meal-system or a-la-carte and the rate. Else you may feel cheated after the lunch is over.

There are many good qualiy resturants in Berhampore since it is the administrative headquarters of Murshidabad district

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Remember that the ground water here is contaminated with arsenic. So better drink municipal supply of surface water or bottled drinking water of reputed company, not of ordinary company, here and there in Murshidabad district, even if those are cheaper by Rs.2 per litre.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Hotel Manjusha, (on the bank of Bhagirathi and very close to Hazarduary), 03482 - 270321. Rs. 350-500.  edit
  • Hotel Indrajit, +91 9836381994. AC & NON AC Rooms, Bar & Resturant  edit
  • Hotel Anwesha. Near Hazarduari, AC rooms around ₹1000  edit

There are many standard hotels in Berhampore.

Berhampore Lodge is government lodging which can be booked from westbengal tourism official site.

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