Sunday, 22 May 2016


Bakreshwar (Birbhum- 230 km. from kolkata)

Bakreshwar is a town in the Suri Sadar subdivision of Birbhum district in the Indian state of West Bengal. Bakreshwar Thermal Power Station of West Bengal Power Development Corporation Limited is located some distance away from the town.

Shrouded with sheer serenity, the main attraction of this place is the famous hot spring, which is a must visit for all. You can find a number of hot springs in the region, the temperature of which varies from 42 degree to 65 degree. Each hot spring is bestowed with individual names. You will also find a temple of Lord Shiva, located just beside the hot spring. You can locate some other temples as well in the area.

Nearby attractions: You can also visit Massanjore if you can afford some extra time, as the distance between Shiuri and Massanjore is 40 km. Bus services and rented cars are also available to facilitate the tourist in reaching Massanjore and Bakreshwar Dam.

Best visit time: Though Bakreshwar invites tourists all through the year, but the ideal seasons for visiting the place are monsoon, winter and spring.

Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary (Birbhum- 172 km. from kolkata) 

Ballabhpur Wildlife Sanctuary (popular as Deer Park) was established in 1977. This wooded area is located near Santiniketan in Bolpur subdivision of Birbhum District in the Indian state of West Bengal.

Birdwatching and wildlife watching is the major activity at Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary. You can take long walks in the well laid out jungle paths and watch the blackbucks and spotted deer in their natural habitat. You can spend some time in the early hours of the day in the watch towers near the tanks (Jheels) and enjoy birdwatching. The Sanctuary is a great place to take a nature walk. There are few tribal villages in the eastern fringes of the sanctuary where you can explore village life. Sightseeing in other popular destinations around Bolpur like Shantiniketan, Kopai, Khowai, Sonajhuri and Kankalitala can also be enjoyed.

Nearby attractions:The main attractions of this sanctuary are the blackbuck deer and spotted deer. There is also a huge tract of wetland created by the three water bodies (Jheel) which hosts thousands of migratory birds in winter like Lesser Whistlings, Pintails, Teals, etc. The sanctuary is also home to a healthy population of resident birds like Black Hooded Orioles, White Bellied Treepies, Commorants, Hoppoes, Egrets and others.

Best visit time: The whole sanctuary is drenched in greenery during the rainy season when the new leaves come out from every branch. The deer seem to enjoy the rains most and spend their days soaking. The winter sees thousands of migratory birds nesting in the water bodies and marshlands of the Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary.

Beloon Eco Village (Burdwan- 175 km. from kolkata)

Beloon Eco Village is located in Bardhaman District just 175 kms from Kolkata.

While in Beloon Eco Village, you can take a walk on the lush grasslands, alongside River Shibai and watch migratory and local birds frolicking the whole day. You can take a bullock cart ride to roam around the entire village and pluck some garden fresh vegetables and fruits from the farm and enjoy them. But the best thing to do in Beloon Eco Village is to sit idle and watch the boats crossing the Shibai River.

Nearby attractions:Beloon Eco Village is very near to Choto Pukur, which is a wetland, where animals and migratory birds like White-throated Kingfisher, Bramhiny Duck, Ruddy Shelduck and Wooly-necked stork frequent in thousands every year. Just 15 km from Beloon Eco Village is Attahas which is famous for being one of the "Satipith" pilgrimages of Hindus.

Nayachar, some 20 km from Beloon Eco Village, is an island on the River Ganges, where many wildlife species and migratory birds inhabit. There is a village named Musharu, which is popular for being the home of the venomous cobras, who are worshipped here as deities. Hence this village is also called Snake Village.

Best visit time:
Depending on the activities that the tourists are interested in, Beloon can be visited all throughout the year.

Bhalki Machan (Burdwan- 135 km. from kolkata)

 The main attraction of Bhalki Machan is a huge man made lake amidst dense vegetation. While visiting the place you will feel excited to learn that the very site was the game reserve of the erstwhile Zamindars. They used to build watchtowers (machan) at one side of the water body and hunted wild animals using bows, arrows and guns. This has given the place its name Bhalki Machan.

While walking through the forest path, you will also find the remains of an age old watchtower, which is believed to be build by the ancient Zamindars. It is also said that there was a far-reaching tunnel built beneath this watchtower. It may be true for you can locate a partly filled hole at the site, though nothing can be concluded firmly. However, it can be said that these enchanting stories will surely enrich your holiday experience in Bhalki Machan.

Nearby attractions:Shantiniketan, Bolpur, Deul, Durgapur and Bardhaman are the nearby attractions of Bhalki Machan.

Best visit time: The site invites the tourist throughout the year.

Bubahat Neelkuthi (Birbhum- 290 km. from kolkata) 

Bubahat Neelkuthi, Birbhum DistrictBubahat Neelkuthi is the mystic and picturesque parish resort amidst the serene landscape what would have tempted W. B. Yeats to confer the term, "Land of Hearts Desire" in the village core that is the archetypal site to indulge in a mirthful exploitation of holidays. The rustic ambience of this village resort has a tattooed lure of alluring unconventional beauty of its own and thereby offers an ideal weekend escape for the tourists from the existential crisis of the mundane mortal life.

Amazement only becomes an epithet as the door to the other is opened and a breathtaking compilation of wide array of budding flowers and orchid is observed along the area. The nearby rustic streets which pave the way to village alleys and unheard of, unidentified destinations are only a minute's walk. Even the sunrise and sunset is an image to behold before the eyes especially on the side of Ajoy River and the popular Lakshmi Shayar Lake.

Nearby attractions: Bolpur, Shantiniketan, Durgapur, Deul and Bhalki Machan are some of the nearby attractions which you can visit within a couple of hours driving.

Best visit time:This village resort at Bubahat Neelkuthi welcomes tourist throughout the year. 

Deul Park (Burdwan - 165 km. from kolkata)

Nestled in the bank of River Ajoy, the Deul Park is highly famed as the treasured asset of the famous Gopraj Ishwar Ghosh, locally called Ichai Ghosh. The site boasts of its scenic landscape, offering the perfect ambience for enjoying a weekend tour beside Ajoy River.

The thick Garh forest in Durgapur presents a perfect backdrop for the winding Ajoy River, offering a visual splendor to the tourists. The area is also frequented by herds of elephants from Birbhum located nearby. The site of Kenduli Mela where hundreds of Bauls visit during the fair is situated on the opposite side of the river. Kenduli is the birthplace of the famous poet Jaidev and home to a number of age-old terracotta temples of Radha Madhav. You can also explore the Garh jungle and the historical site, where Icchai Ghosh was defeated in a war by Lausen. A visit to a huge tower made from bricks and a dilapidated temple will add a hint of adventure to your trip.

From Deul Park, you can visit the nearby Maa Shyamarupa mandir 4 km from Deul Park and 3.5 km from Muchipara-Shibpur Road. This terracotta temple houses 10 armed idol of Shyamarupa made of Marble stone, and was built more than 1000 years ago. 

Nearby attractions: You can also visit Shantiniketan, Bhalki Machan, Bolpur within a couple of hours from Deul Park by car.

Best visit time: Deul Park is suitable to visit all the year round, though it is better to avoid the monsoon. 

Purbasthali (Burdwan - 120 km. from kolkata)

Purbasthali is a village with a police station in Kalna subdivision of Bardhaman district. It is located 120 km north from Kolkata. Also known as Chupi Char, it lies on the banks of a large oxbow lake created by the Ganges river and is only 8 km from the old and holy town of Nabadwip. The 2–3 km long lake attracts migrants and water birds. The Purbasthali area has a fairly high level of arsenic in the ground water.

urbasthali lies close on the Tropic of Cancer. Purbasthali is a large block with a number of villages adjoining a large oxbow lake, created by the river Ganga, on its Western bank, in Burdwan district of West Bengal. It is 120 km north from Calcutta. On the Eastern bank of the river lies the old and holy town of Nabadwip. The entire Gangetic Isle complex of Purbasthali extends between the geographical coordinates from 88* 19' 45" to 88* 22' E longitude 23* 26' to 23* 26'45" N latitude.

Nearby attractions: There are some places of attractions like Nabadwip, Krishnanagar and Mayapur located nearby.

Best visit time:
The best time to visit the place is during the winter months of October to February.

Rasulpur (Burdwan - 96 km. from kolkata)

Rasulpur Park is only 90 minutes by car from Kolkata. Here nature-loving travellers can spend their weekends in one of the six cottages or deluxe rooms amidst greenery overlooking the largest lake of the park. The Nature Park itself is the main attraction of the area. It has seven lakes scattered all around. It has gardens, picnic zones, food courts, cultural performance area and children's park.

Nearby attractions: The most popular nearby attraction is Amadhpur. It is renowned for the fabulous Zamindar House, its adjacent lake (Dighi), the Thakur Dalan where Durga Puja is held every year, the terracotta temples, few ashrams with 300-year old Banyan trees.

Best visit time: You can visit the place at any time of the year. 


Sabuj Bon (Birbhum - 220 km. from kolkata)

Sabuj Bon is not located very close to Vishwa Bharati. You need to travel from Bolpur (Shantiniketan) station towards Vishwa Bharati by car. Take the first right turn and after crossing the railway track, drive for 12.5 kilometers to locate Sabuj Bon.

The Ajoy river offers a delightful backdrop to this Sabuj Bon, admired with amazing greeneries. You can explore this whole region of undulating landscape. Try to recognize the huge varieties of trees and flower in the region. Some notable trees are Nolinas, Cycus, Edenium, Mili, Obesum, Bogenvelia and Panthapadap.

Nearby attractions: If you have some extra time, pay a visit to Shantiniketan to enrich your travel experience.

Best visit time:
The best time to visit is the rainy season.  

  Shantiniketan (Birbhum - 212 km. from kolkata)

Shantiniketan is a small town near Bolpur in the Birbhum district of West Bengal, India, approximately 160 kilometres north of Kolkata (formerly Calcutta).

Shantiniketan was earlier called Bhubandanga (named after Bhuban Dakat, a local dacoit), and was owned by the Tagore family. In 1862, Maharshi Devendranath Tagore, while on a boat journey to Raipur, came across a landscape with red soil and meadows of lush green paddy fields. Rows of chhatim trees and date palms charmed him. He stopped to look, decided to plant more saplings and built a small house. He called his home Shantiniketan (abode of peace). Shantiniketan became a spiritual centre where people from all religions were invited to join for meditation and prayers. He founded an 'Ashram' here in 1863 and became the initiator of the Brahmo Samaj.

Here Rabindranath Tagore started Patha Bhavana, the school of his ideals, whose central premise was that learning in a natural environment would be more enjoyable and fruitful. After he received the Nobel Prize (1913), the school was expanded into a university in 1921. By 1951, it had become one of India's central universities.  

Nearby attractions: Kankalitala, just 9 km from Santiniketan is a temple popular as a Satipeeth. Surul, located near Sriniketan, features temples decorated with terracotta carvings. You can also visit another Satipeeth at Labhpur-Fullara, just 30 km. from Santiniketan. Tourists also visit Nanoor, famous as the birthplace of the Sanskrit poet of the 14th century – Chandidas. Kendubillo is another destination, popular as the hometown of another renowned Sanskrit poet, Jaidev.

Best visit time:
You can visit Santiniketan at any time of the year.

Sonajhuri (Birbhum, santiniketan - 165 km. from kolkata)

The area is between the Shyambati Canal and the Sonajhuri jungle. With plenty of greenery along with Santhali settlements, and the famous Khoai region (canyon created by water and wind erosion) this is an idle place to look out for peace that you otherwise miss in the busy city life.

The main attraction here is the Sonajhuri jungle that offers a serene atmosphere and is the perfect place to take a leisure walk. This is probably the cleanest forest area on earth. You can even let your kids stroll around safely. The Khowai region – canyons created by wind and water is worth experiencing here. The hanging trees and the view of the roots at the edges of these rifts within the forest area will make you fall in love with the region.

Nearby attractions: Shantiniketan – Rabindranath Tagore's "Abode of Peace" is just a kilometer from here where you can indulge in a whole lot of sightseeing options. Some of the places you shouldn't miss out during your trip are the University campus of Vishwa Bharati, Kala Bhawan, Uttarayan, Geetanjali Theatre, Chatimtala, Shantiniketan House, Bichitra Bhawan or Rabindra Museum and others. There is also the Ballavpur Abhayaranya or the Deer Park set on a total area of 700 acres with a variety of trees, animals and birds. You will also find a watch tower here to view the surrounding landscape from top of it. Located some 3 kms from Shantiniketan is the Vishwa Bharti's Rural Art Centre, which is a great place to collect some local artifacts. You can also visit Sriniketan if you want to buy handicrafts. There is also a brick kiln of 7 lakh bricks nearby.

Best visit time:
You can visit Sonajhuri during any time of the year. But if you want to attend the Basanta Utsav and Poush Mela at Shantineketan, then you must visit Sonajhuri during the months of March and December respectively. Poush Mela is from 7th Poush to 10th Poush (according to Bengali Calendar) and Basanta Utsav is held on the day of Holi.

Supur (Birbhum - 191 km. from kolkata)

Supur, located at a distance of 14 km from Bolpur, is an ideal weekend getaway, which upholds the perfect blend of history and art.

Supur can well be termed as a temple town, as you can savor some impressive temple sites. The twin temple of Lalbazar area in Supur is truly noteworthy. These two magnificent temples located inside a walled complex offers visual ecstasy by its exotic architectural style, featuring the 'Rekh deul' style of Architecture belonging to the art school of Orissa. One of the temples is octagonal in shape, while the other is patterned in circlular fashion.

The octagonal shrine, especially features some extraordinary terracotta panels, on all the eight sides. Most of the panels depict some impressive carvings. For example, the most noteworthy carving is found above the main entrance, depicting Radha and Krishna. The panels are designed intricately attracting the visitors' eyesight. One of the panels depict an interesting feature of a man riding a lion. There is also a huge panel of goddess Durga with her family at the rear side of the temple.

You can also visit the ruins of the Suratheshwar Shiva temple, where you can find some ruined deities, pillars and couple of archaeological samples. 

Nearby attractions: You can y organize a tour to Shantiniketan, while making a trip to Supur from Bolpur. Shantiniketan is located at a very close distance from Bolpur. So you can easily hire a car to visit Shantiniketan.

Best visit time: You can visit Supur any time of the year.

Tarapith (Birbhum - 294 km. from kolkata)

Tarapith is a small temple town near Rampurhat in Birbhum district of the Indian state of West Bengal, known for its Tantric temple and its adjoining cremation (Maha Smashan) grounds where sādhanā (tantric rituals)are performed. The Tantric Hindu temple is dedicated to the goddess Tara, a fearsome Tantric aspect of the Devi, the chief temples of Shaktism. Tarapith derives its name from its association as the most important centre of Tara worship and her cult.

Tarapith is also famous for Sadhak Bamakhepa, known as the avadhuta or "mad saint", who worshipped in the temple and resided in the cremation grounds as a mendicant and practised and perfected yoga and the tantric arts under the tutelage of another famous saint, the Kailashpathi Baba. Bamakhepa dedicated his entire life to the worship of Tara Maa. His ashram is also located close to the temple.

Nearby attractions: The temple town of Tarapith is surrounded by many ancient shrines of Bengal which are equally significant and prominent for their historical and mythical past like Shaktipith in Nalhati and the birthplace of Byamakhapa in Atla village and nearby Gonpur forest.

Best visit time: The temple can always be visited throughout the year

Tumbani (Birbhum - 260 km. from kolkata)

Tumbani is another great place for spending the weekend, located in the border area of Jharkhand, near Rampurhat. Patalpahari village of Jharkhand and the Kalipahar forest on the other sides. And in the middle is the beautiful small Tumbani.

The perfect ambience of Tumbani located in the middle with the Kalipahar forest, Patalpahari village of Jharkhand and the Narayanpur Brahmani River surrounding it gives you the perfect setting for relaxation. You can also take a stroll along the banks of the river.

Nearby attractions: You can visit the holy place of Moluti, which is although located in a different state, is quite nearby.

Best visit time:
Throughout the year. 

108 Shiv Mandir Kalna (Burdwan)

A major attraction is the Nava Kailash or 108 Shiv Mandirs. Built in 1809, the temples are constructed in two circles. One consists of 74 temples while the other circle has 34. The former has white marble and black stone shivlingas, while the latter has only white marble ones. Due to its ingenious planning, all the shivlingas can be seen from the centre of the temple complex.

The most attractive temple in Kalna is the 108 Shiva Temple Complex. It was built by Maharaja Teja Chandra Bahadhur in 1809 to celebrate the transfer and ownership of the royal estate of Bishnupur. An architectural marvel, the temple structure is a combination of two concentric circles, each of which has small temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. These represent beads in a rosary and its walls depict episodes of Ramayana and Mahabharata and even hunting scenes.

The outer circle has seventy-four temples and the inner one has thirty-four temples, decided mythologically with auspicious considerations. It is also called the Nava Kailasha temple and each of these 108 temples has a Shiva linga. The lingas in the inner circle are all white (symbolizing good deeds), while half of those in the outer circle are black It is always preached that a human with his faith can connect to the Almighty through his sincere prayers and meditation. To attain solace, one needs to come over all worldly interests and wholly and solely dedicate his life towards the attainment of God. The same concept is being advocated through this, one of its kind, temple structure. The outer circle portrays the world we live in while the inner circle symbolizes the world with pure thoughts, attained by offering prayers to Lord Shiva.

Sarbamangala Mandir (Burdwan)  

The Sarbamangala Temple with Tarakeswar, Rameswar, Kamalaswar, Chandreswar and Mitraswar Shib Temples situated at D.N. Sarkar Road, Burdwan is an old religious institution which has been built by Maharaja Kirtichand in the year 1702 A.D. and since then the temple has become a holy place to the people of Burdwan as well as nearly Districts and States. Be it mentioned that the celebrated temple and the deity has same importance and popularity as like as Kalighat, Dakshineswar and Tarapith. Hundreds of devotees feel pride on taking the blessing of Mata Sarbamangala everyday.

It was Kirtichand Roy who build the main SARBAMANGALA TEMPLE with nine spires (NABARATNAS) sometimes around the first decade of EIGHTEENTH CENTURY. The main temple is nearly 300 years old. The stone idol inside the "NABARATNA TEMPLE" is "MAHIS MARDINI" (Buffello killer) with "EIGHTEEN HANDS" (nine on each side) sited on a lion (SINGHABAHINI) in black granaite stone. As per the local myth, the idol was first observed by lime-makers inside a lime kiln. Having heard its sudden appearance of the idol antique-look the then raja ordered his men to bring the idol from the kiln and place it on a suitable site. Finally the deity was installed on a mound just on the bank of "BANKA RIVER", a tributory of river Damodar. At that time Banka was navigable with large tract of land on both sides. Subsequently the raja build a temple with nine well decorated spires. It is actually a two storied temple with horizontal cornices.Temples with horizontal cornices are not very common. Most temples have arch like bent cornices.First story has four spires and the second story with smaller base area has five spires. The main temple is South facing over-looking the Banka river. As it was a Durga idol with some antique values and revered by the rajas, the common people of Burdwan town and adjoining districts residents of raja the then "RAJBARI" (adjoining the Lakshminarayanji Temple). Within the Sarbamangala complex there are also two large Shiva temples (Chandaneswar and Indreswar) with terracota panel decoration. Raja Chitrasain had no issue, so after his death his two queens actually constructed these two large temple facing the Banka river. One of the temples have a very nice and large size Durga image on terracota panel set just above the entrance to this Shiva temple. As Chitrasain had no issue Trilokchand (the cousin of Kirtichand) became a successor of Chitrasain. A Shiva temple with Orrissan style five pinnacles is known as MITRASWAR and stands just opposite to the main Sarbamangala Temple and facing the idol of Sarbamangala. Mitrasain was the younger brother of Kirtichand. Trilokchand was Mitrasain's son. Two other Shiva temples, just facing the main Sarbamangala Temple was constructed by Tejchand, son of Trilokchand, in the 2nd decade of nineteenth century. It may be noted that Shivlingas are of white marbles as not as usual black stones.Just in front of the main temple of Sarbamangala there stands a specious square shapped "NAT MANDIR" . The main entrance of the temple complex is a two storied long structure with a big arch gateway facing East ward.

Burdwan University Golapbag Campus (Burdwan)

The Golap Bag, or the Garden of Rose, of Bardhaman, is a favourite tourist haunt. It is the Botanical and Zoological garden eastablished by the King Bijoy Chand Mahatab in 1884. Famous botanist Dalton Hooker came here and listed 128 types of trees. At present there are numerous mango, casuarina, eucalyptus, jaam and shimul trees in the garden. The University of Bardhaman also takes classes in the complex. Distance from railway station is about two and half km. A place of major tourist attraction situated at Golapbag. 
Burdwan Deer Park (Burdwan)

The Deer Park in Burdwan is a forest reserve that is noted for the number of deer housed in the park. Other attractions are tigers and a variety of colourful birds that add to the charm of the place. The end of the reserve forest is also the resting place of King Bijoy Chand Mahatab who founded the Garden of Rose or Golapbag. A guest house within the precincts offers visitors a comfortable overnight stay upon prior arrangement. 

Burdwan Meghanath Saha Planetarium (Burdwan)

The Meghnad Saha Planetarium was constructed by the famous Japanese Goto, an optical manufacturing company. It was built on 5.1 acres of land offered by Burdwan University and with the help of the Government of India and Japan as well as common people. The planetarium displays shows on the revolution of earth, the solar system and others in automatic exhibition. It was opened in 1994. Regular shows are conducted here.

Bardhaman have a planetarium named after India's scientist Meghnad Saha. It is the second planetarium of the state after Kolkata's "Birla planetarium".  

Burdwan Science City (Burdwan)

The Science Center is situated at Golapbag Road near Burdwan University. It has a science museum and a park. It offers insight into the animal kingdom, the environment, etc.

The Science Centre of Burdwan provides a lot of information on science. The game of moving balloons, balls, the magic of chemistry, the secret behind flying objects and others are displayed here.

In addition, discussion sessions and computer trainings are also organised. The Science Centre is a product of the joint effort by the Central Government, Government of West Bengal and the University of Burdwan.  

Krishna Sayar Park Burdwan (Burdwan)

Krishnasayar was built as a big lake in 1691 by the then king of Bardhaman, covering a total area of 33 acres. Earlier, there was a big bank surrounding the lake which is now present in bits and pieces. Krishnasayar has now been developed into a park and is very popular for boating and sightseeing.

The park also hosts a state level dance festival during the time of Holi and a fair that displays local handicrafts, that takes place from 1st January and continues for ten days. During this time only, an art exhibition, flower exhibition, poetry and story reading competition and folk song competition take place. The park also has an aquarium.

Eco Park located in Krishnasayar, Burdwan is one of the most popular parks with the best scenic view. At the centre of the park lies a huge lake that's surrounded by trees which is a charm in itself and the best spot from where one can take in the spectacular vista with the cool breeze from the lake engulfing you. The park which is open from morning till evening entails an entry ticket and is a refreshing place to be for adults and children alike. 

Siddheswar Temple Katwa (Burdwan)

Temple no.5 (Siddheshvara Temple) at Barakar, Burdwan district taken by J.D.Beglar in 1872-73. Beglar wrote, "Barakar…contains several very interesting ancient remains, in excellent preservation". Temple number 5, "...consists of a cell and an antarala, or vestibule. It does not appear to have ever had a mahamandapa in front. The object of worship is a lingam, placed in a great argha, 4 feet 7 inches in diameter. Besides this there are lying, in and out, statues and fragments, among which may be reckoned, Ganeca, a 4-armed female, a 4-armed male holding a sword and a trident in two hands, and some nondescript fragments.

Ichai Ghosh Temple Katwa (Burdwan)

This monument, although called 'The temple of Ichhai Ghosh' or 'Ichhai Ghosher Deul' in local language (Bengali), bears no mark of any deity placed there. This ancient brick built monument was built by the river Ajay in present Bardhaman district of West Bengal, probably during 7th century AD by Ichhai Ghosh, a fierce leader and a real hero of the local milkman community, who even challenged the then king of Gour (Bengal) and defeated him in battle and proclaimed himself as the king of the local area of 'Trishasthi' or 'Dhekur' within the state of Gour. This monument was probably built to commemorate his win over the king of Gour or may be it was built as a temple of the goddess 'Mother Shyamarupa'. Ichhai was dedicated to the deity, though no sign remained afterwards. This is a part of history also described in the 'History of Bengali Literature' epic 'Dharmamangal'.

Thursday, 19 May 2016


Baharampur (Murshidabad- 200 km. from kolkata)

Baharampur is a city in the state of West Bengal, India. As of the 2011 census, it was the seventh largest city in West Bengal (after Kolkata, Asansol, Siliguri, Durgapur, Bardhaman and English Bazar/Malda) and is situated in the central part of West Bengal. In 2011, Baharampur was nominated to become a municipal corporation. In earlier days it was known as Brahmapur because many of the Brahmin families settled here. Baharampur is the administrative headquarters of the Murshidabad district. It is located about 200 km (124 mi) from Kolkata, the state capital.

One of the popular things to do while in Baharampur is to attend its many festivals. These occasions are celebrated with a lot of pomp and pelf. The festivals are a riot of color and sounds and play an integral role in fostering communal harmony in the area. Durga Puja, which is celebrated zealously throughout West Bengal is also one of Baharampur's most anticipated festivals. Charak Puja is another such occasion that induces the locals into a spirit of revelry and excitement. It commemorates the passing of the year, whilst ushering a new prosperous one for the celebrants.
Nearby attractions: Being the erstwhile stomping grounds of Bengal's former colonial powers, Baharampur is steeped in a rich cultural and historic tapestry. Even today, spectacular architectural remnants of colonial buildings and tenements that were built during the Raj era continue to stand tall amidst the city skyline. Some of the notable places to visit around Baharampur are – Hazarduari Palace, Katra Masjid, Barrack Square, British Town Hall, Nizamat Imambara, old British Barracks, British Administrative houses, Central Jail, Krishnath College, British Town Hall, Saidabad Palace, Old Cossimbazar Palace, New Cossimbazar Palace, Nashipur Palace, Home of Jagat Seth, Jafarganj Cemetery, Kathgola Palace, Fauti Masjid.

Best visit time:
The best months to see the place are between October and April.

Bethuadahari (Nadia- 137 km. from kolkata)

Bethuadahari Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the Nakashipara area of Nadia District, West Bengal, India. The sanctuary is located beside National Highway 34. The sanctuary covers 67 hectares, and was established in 1980 to preserve a portion of the central Gangetic alluvial ecozone.

The wildlife sanctuary covering nearly 500-bighas is one of the most biodiverse regions near Kolkata. Visitors to the forest are taken on a guided nature walk by a forest guide who spots the wild animals and birds for the visitors. The sanctuary has feed-pits located allover where you can spot the deers and wild hogs. There is also a Gharial (Indian Alligator) Rehabilitation Centre where you can spot a healthy family of eight Gharials at present basking under the sun. You would also find a refuge for tortoises and herons in a shallow lake within the sanctuary.

Nearby attractions:This wildlife sanctuary is located on NH-34 in Nadia District. It is 24 kms from Krishnanagar and very near to other touristic attractions like the temple town of Nabadwip (birthplace of Chatanya Mahapradhu) and Mayapur (ISCKCON temples). Bethuadahari also falls on the way to the land of the Nawabs – Murshidabad. If you are staying at Bethuadahari, you can take day-trips to Mayapur and Nadia too.

Best visit time: It is one of the few forests in West Bengal, which stays open throughout the year, so you can plan your trip any weekend you prefer. The monsoons shroud the forest with greenery and the winters bring some migratory birds.

Jhilli (189 km. from kolkata)

Jhilli is located 10 kms on concrete and village road from Kharagpur via Gopiballavpur. Supposedly, Jhilli is full of fun till daylight is there, as after the sun sets, the area gets completely deserted. Jhilli takes up a new look in the evening. Under the moonlit sky, Jhilli appears surreal. You can sit ideal and feel the ambience or else chat your heart out with people you have come with.

The greenery surrounding the vast waters of Jhilli is the best place for a nature lover.

 Nearby attractions:From Jhilli, you can go to Hatibari, another lovely forested region, which is approximately 9 km from Jhilli. Hatibari is a great place where you can see the dense forest and the beautiful River Subarnarekha. Gopiballavpur is another nearby destination to look out for; you can go to see the Temple of Gopiballavji.

Best visit time:
Winter is the best time to visit here as you can see flocks of migrating birds covering the banks of Jhilli.

Krishnanagar (Nadia- 100 km. from kolkata)

Krishnanagar is a city and administrative/district headquarters of Nadia district in the Indian state of West Bengal. Krishnanagar is situated on the southern banks of the Jalangi river. She is claimed to be named[citation needed] after Krishna Chandra Rai (1728 – 1782)[citation needed]. The Rajbari built here during the reign of zaminder Krishna Chandra Roy is a prominent place of tourist attraction though the remnants of the past glory have been eroded and only a dilapidated structure of the exquisite places with carving on its inner walls exists today.

Krishnanagar municipality was established in the year 1864.This place got its name after the famous king called Raja Krishnachandra who resided in this region. He was responsible for the growth of creative arts and crafts which got acclamation from the entire state of West Bengal.

There are some historically famous places of interest in Krishnanagar such as the Rajbari or the residence of Raja Krishnachandra. The main feature of this Rajbari is the Goddess Durga temple which is situated in the courtyard of the royal palace. This is the time when the common people can actually witness the grandeur of the royalties. 

Nearby attractions:Bethuadahari Forest a forest covering about 67 hectares is located at Bethuadahari which is situated at a distance of about 22 km from Krishnanagar. This forest is actually an extended deer park. The forest was established in 1980 to preserve the biodiversity of the central Gangetic alluvial zone. A census of 1998 reveals a population of 295 deer in this forest and other wildlife includes python, jungle cat, porcupine, monitor lizard, snake and a variety of birds (around 50 species).

Bahadurpur Forest situated by the side of N.H.-34 in Krishnanagar-II Block has been chosen as a prospective spot for jungle safari.

Hasadanga Beel adjacent to Bahadurpur Forest is a vast waterbody which can be transformed into a water sports complex. This beel has the potential to be developed as a safe haven for the seasonal migratory birds.

Others include the College Bhavan (1846), The Public Library (1856),Anandamoyi Tola Kali Bari , Siddheshwari Kalibari Mandir, Bishop Morrow School, Krishnanagar Academy and the Protestant Church.

Best visit time: Krishnanagar is blessed with a moderate temperate climate throughout the year. Thus, the place is ideal for visits almost every season of the year. 

Mayapur (Nabadwip, Nadia- 130 km. from kolkata)

Mayapur is located on the banks of the Ganges river, at the point of its confluence with the Jalangi, near Navadvip, West Bengal, India, 130 km north of Kolkata (Calcutta). The headquarters of ISKCON are situated in Mayapur and it is considered a holy place by a number of other traditions within Hinduism, but is of special significance to followers of Gaudiya Vaishnavism as the birthplace of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, regarded as a special incarnation of Krishna in the mood of Radha. It is visited by over a million pilgrims annually.

Mayapur can be reached by boat, and more commonly by train or bus. ISKCON Kolkata operates regular bus service from Kolkata to Mayapur. Frequent train service is available to Krishnanagar, Nadia from Kolkata's Sealdah Station, then 18 km by auto or cycle rickshaw to Mayapur. During the visit one can see "the huge headquarters of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)" and "a long stream of saffron-robed devotees chanting" the Hare Krishna mantra.

The birthplace of Mahaprabu Chaitanya is a must watch site. Besides, Mayapur is famous for the ISKCON Chandrodaya Temple, the Yoga Peeth as well as the Chand Kazi's Samadhi.  

Nearby attractions:You can go to nearby Ballal Mound, which is a reminiscent of Bengal king Ballal Sen and the tomb of Chand Kazi. Crossing River Ganga, you can visit Nabadwip and take a quick round of all the nine islands.

Best visit time:
The doors of the temples are open throughout the year. So you can visit whenever you feel like. 

Nabadwip (Nadia- 116 km. from kolkata)

Nabadwip, originally Naodah (ˌnæbəˈdwi:p) , city , a Municipality in Nadia district in West Bengal (India), on the western bank of the Bhagirathi river. The Bhagirathi river originally used to flow west of Nabadwip, forming a boundary between the districts of Bardhaman and Nadia. It has now shifted its course, cutting the city off from the rest of the Nadia district.

Nabadwip is a land of temples. The town is dotted with numerous assortments of temples that vividly portray the incidents of "Bhagavath Leela" that took place here centuries back. There are practically more than 150 temples built in this archipelago.

The holy city of Nabadwip is surrounded by many historically important places that are equally sacred in importance. Some prominent places of interest are as follows:Mayapur Dham , Krishnanagar.

Nearby attractions: The holy city of Nabadwip is surrounded by many historically important places that are equally sacred in importance. Some prominent places of interest are as follows: Mayapur Dham , Krishnanagar.

Best visit time:
Nabadwip has a hot and humid weather. Winters are very pleasant. The best months to visit are from October to March. 

Kasimbazar Raj Bari (Murshidabad)

Kasim Bazar or Cossimbazar, or Kasimbazar is a census town in Murshidabad in the Indian state of West Bengal. The town on the river Bhagirathi in the Murshidabad district of West Bengal, India.

Though the history of the place cannot be traced back earlier than the 17th century, it was of great importance long before the foundation of Murshidabad. From the first European traders set up factories here, and after the ruin of Satgaon by the silting up of the mouth of the Saraswati river it gained a position, as the great trading centre of Bengal, which was not challenged until after the foundation of Calcutta. In 1658 the first English agent was established at Cossimbazar, and in 1667 the chief of the factory there became an ex officio member of council. In English documents of this period, and till the early 19th century, the Bhagirathi was described as the "Cossimbazar river", and the triangular piece of land between the Bhagirathi, Padma and Jalangi, on which the city stands, as the island of Cossimbazar. The proximity of the factory to Murshidabad, the capital of the Nawabs of Bengal, while it was the main source of its wealth and of its political importance, exposed it to a constant risk of attack. Thus in 1757 it was the first East India Company factory to be taken by Siraj-ud-dowlah, the Nawab; and the resident with his assistant Warren Hastings were taken as prisoners to Murshidabad. At the beginning of the 19th century the city still flourished; as late as 1811 it was described as famous for its silks, hosiery, koras and beautiful ivory work. However, its once healthy climate gradually worsened,and, probably because of endemic malaria, the area of cultivated land round it shrank drastically. Jungle took its place, and in 1813 its ruin was completed by a sudden change in the course of the Bhagirathi. A new channel formed 3 miles from the old town, leaving an evil-smelling swamp around the ancient wharves. Of its splendid buildings the fine palace of the Maharaja of Cossimbazar alone remained, the rest being in ruins or represented only by great mounds of earth. The first wife of Warren Hastings was buried at Cossimbazar, where her tomb with its inscription still remained in the early 20th century.

Farakka Barrage (Murshidabad)

Farakka Barrage is a barrage across the Ganges River, located in the Indian state of West Bengal, roughly 16.5 kilometres (10.3 mi) from the border with Bangladesh near Chapai Nawabganj District. Construction was started in 1961 and completed in 1975 at a cost of ₹156.49 crore (US$23 million). Operations began on 21 April 1975. The barrage is about 2,240 metres (7,350 ft) long. The feeder canal from the barrage to the Bhagirathi-Hooghly River is about 25 miles (40 km) long.

Katra Masjid (Murshidabad) 

 TheKatra Masjid is a mosque and the tomb of Nawab Murshid Quli Khan built between 1723 and 1724. It is located in the north eastern side of the city of Murshidabad, in the Indian state of West Bengal. Its importance lies not only as a great centre of Islamic learning but also for the tomb of Murshid Quli Khan, who is buried under the entrance staircase. The most striking feature is the two large corner towers having loopholes for musketry.

Hazarduari (Murshidabad)

Hazarduari Palace earlier known as the Bara Kothi, is located in the campus of Kila Nizamat in Murshidabad, in the Indian state of West Bengal. It was built in the nineteenth century by architect Duncan Macleod, under the reign of Nawab Nazim Humayun Jah of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa (1824–1838).

The foundation stone of the palace was laid on August 9, 1829, and that very day the construction work was started. William Cavendish was the then Governor-General. Now, Hazarduari Palace is the most conspicuous building in Murshidabad.

The palace has now been transformed into a museum which houses collections from the Nawabs like priceless paintings, furniture, antiques and so on. The famous one is the mirror and the chandelier. In 1985, the palace was handed over to the Archaeological Survey of India for better preservation. The Hazarduari Palace Museum is regarded as the biggest site museum of Archaeological Survey of India and has got 20 displayed galleries containing 4742 antiquities out of which 1034 has been displayed for the public. The antiquities include various weapons, oil paintings of Dutch, French and Italian artists, marble statues, metal objects, porcelain and stucco statues, farmans, rare books, old maps, manuscripts, land revenue records, palanquins mostly belonging to eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, a bamboo from Assam and so on.

The Durbar Hall of the palace which houses the furniture used by the Nawab has a crystal chandelier hung from the ceiling. It is the second largest chandelier in the world, after one in Buckingham Palace. It was given to the Nawab by Queen Victoria. There are also two pairs of mirrors in the museum, that are placed at an angle of 90 degrees in such a way that one cannot see ones own face but others can see. It was used by the Nawab to prevent predators from harming him, and was kept at a place so that the predator cannot see his face and think a mirror to be there but the Nawab could and he would be caught.

 Motijheel Park (Murshidabad)

Motijhil also known as Company Bagh due to its association with the East India Company, is a horse-shoe shaped lake in Murshidabad, West Bengal, India. It was created by Nawazish Muhammad Khan, the son-in-law of Nawab Alivardi Khan. He also constructed a precious palatial palace beside this lake which is called the Sang-i- dalan (literal translation:stone palace) which is also known as the Motijhil Palace. It is located at the bend of this lake. It was used as the residence of Nawazish and Ghaseti Begum, Nawazish's beloved wife. It is said that after Nawazish died, Ghaseti Begum lived here until Nawab Siraj ud-Daulah took over the palace and seized humongous amount of treasures in 1756 AD. With this money he built a similar lake with a beautiful palace, Hirajheel, on the opposite side of the Bhagirathi River. The palace has a lofty gateway, a mosque known as the "Shahamat Jang" and the Kala Masjid and some other buildings which were all built by Nawazish. This palace was built in 1740. As far as etymology is concerned, the palace has been named so as it was built using black basalt pillars which were brought from the ruins of Gaur. Thus, it was given the name of Sang-i-Dalan or the Stone Palace. This palace was then decorated with different varieties of flower plants and precious marbles. Inside the palace is a huge room having no doors or windows in it and closed on all the four sides. Some say that huge quantity of wealth belonging to the Begum had been kept hidden underground the room. Once labourers were employed to break open the masonry and excavate the treasure, but they ended up vomiting blood, so nobody dares to open it. The room is 65 feet long, 23 feet broad, 12 feet high plinth area, 1339 square feet. According to James Rennell Motijhil is a horse shoe shaped lake. Kala Masjid, is situated in the vicinity of the lake and was constructed in 1749–50 AD. The construction date is also mentioned in a Persian inscription which is embedded in the wall of the mosque.

The mosque is rectangular in plan and has is three domed. The mosque rests on several octagonal drums which are plain and are devoid of any decoration and the domes are crowned by lotus and kalasha (pot) finials. It also has four octagonal minarets at the four corners which taper upwards and are topped by bulbous kiosks which are supported on slender pillars. The minaret shafts are decorated. The facade is also ornamented. Three arched doorways on the east open to a prayer hall. A copy of the Quran, calligraphed by Nawazish Muhammad Khan himself is also kept preserved inside the mosque.

The plinth area of the mosque is 5986 square feet.

Opposite to this masjid on the east banks of the lake used to be an ornamented mosque known as the Raesh Bagh.

Motijheel lake and the structures in its vicinity are protected monuments and are looked after by the Archaeological Survey of India.  

Nearby attractions: Kala Masjid, Motijheel Mosque, Motijhil Lake view.

Best visit time:
You can visit any time of the year.

Nizamat Imambara (Murshidabad)

The Nizamat Imambara is a Shia Muslim congregation hall in Murshidabad, India. The present Nizamat Imambara was built in 1847 AD by Nawab Nazim Mansur Ali Khan,. It was built after the old Imambara built by Nawab Siraj ud-Daulah was destroyed by the fires of 1842 and 1846. This Imambara is the largest one in India and Bengal.

Nizamat Imambara, the biggest Imambara in India and Bengal is situated just opposite the Hazarduari Palace and hardly a few feet away from the Bhagirathi River.  

Nasipur Palace (Murshidabad)

Nashipur Rajbari (also known as Nashipur Rajbati) was the palace of the Nashipur Raj Family. The grand palace is situated in Nashipur just adjacent to the palace built by Raja Debi Singha. The current palace was built by Raja Kirti Chandra Singha Bahadur in 1865.

The Nashipur Rajbari here, was the court of Debi Singha who is historically renowned for being the tax collector under the British. He arrived from Panipat for the purpose of trading. It is said that he is known for being a strict Tax collector. He would severely punish those who failed to pay taxes on time to him. After a trial, he succeeded in getting an appointment in the Revenue Department under Dewan Reza Khan. Gradually, he was able to exert his influence among the people of East India Company and became head of that department. Debi Singha was also the founder of the Nashipur Raj Family.

Debi Singha came to Murshidabad with his father Diwali Singh just after the Battle of Plassey (in 1757 AD). Warren Hastings (Governor General) appointed Devi Singha as a secretary to the provincial council. He was invested with the title of Raja and later Maharaja. Maharaja Debi Singh's nephew Raja Udmant Singh built a temple complex in Nashipur. The palace was built by Raja Udmant's grandnephew Raja Kirti Chand in 1856. Maharaja Ranajit Sinha who succeeded his father Raja KirtiChand was elected chairman of Murshidabad municipality and a member of Bengal Legislative Council. Nashipur Raj Estate was one of the bigger Zamindaries in Bengal. The Zamindary covered large portions of the Districts of Birbhum, Murshidabad and Malda in the present State of West Bengal in India and a major portion of the District Rajsahi and small portions in the Districts Pabana and Bogura in the present country of Bangladesh. The custom of primogeniture was followed in the Raj family.The title of "Raja Bahadur" was made hereditary in the Raj family in a grand investiture ceremony at Delhi on 16 March 1917, in which a Sanad was presented to Maharaja Ranajit Sinha by the then Governor General of India - Lord Chelmsford. After the death of Maharaja Ranajit Sinha in 1918, Bhupendra Narayan Sinha being the eldest among the four sons of the late Maharaja, succeeded him as the next scion of Nashipur Raj. Raja Bahadur Bhupendra Narayan Sinha was a minister in undivided Bengal in 1928-29 under the Chief Ministership of Fazlul Huq. During his lifetime he held various important positions in the Govt. The second youngest brother Kumar Nripendra was a member of the Imperial Council in Delhi. Both died early and the two other sons of Maharaja Ranjit Sinha lived to be octogenarians.

Raja Bahadur Bhupendra Narayan Sinha died in Delhi in October 1949. He had one son Ranendra Narayan Sinha and two daughters.Ranendra Narayan Sinha succeeded as the next Raja Bahadur.Raja Bahadur Ranendra Narayan Sinha was the last titular head of the Nashipur Raj family, as the Zemindary system was abolished in 1953 in West Bengal. Raja Bahadur Ranendra Narayan Sinha died in Calcutta in August 1992 leaving behind his wife Rani Kusum Kumari Sinha, one son Ranajoy Sinha and one daughter Jayashree Sinha.

The palace is often referred to as a miniature version of the Hazarduari Palace due to its similarity of features. Among them are the grand flight of stairs and the large vertical standing columns. Inside the palace there was also a huge hall for entertainment, where personalities like Hirabai performed.

Jahan Kosha Cannon (Murshidabad)

Jahan Kosha Cannon (also known as the Great Gun) literally means the Destroyer of the World. It is placed in the Topekhana a quarter of mile to the south east of the Katra Mosque, in the town of Murshidabad, West Bengal, India. Topekhana was the Nawab's Artillery Park and the entrance gate of the old capital of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa, the city of Jahangir Nagar.

The cannon is more than 7 tons heavy. It is 17 feet and 6 inches in long and 3 feet in width, it has a girth of 5 feet at the touch hole end. The circumference of its mouth is more than one feet. The radius of the silt for containing fire is one and a half inch. In order to fire this cannon, 17 kilograms of gunpowder was needed for a single shelling. The orifice is 6 inches. It still shows no sign of rust. 

Tomb of Seraj-Ud-Daullah (Murshidabad)

Mirza Muhammad Siraj ud-Daulah more commonly known as Siraj ud-Daulah (1733 – July 2, 1757), was the last independent Nawab of Bengal. He was Arab by ethnicity. The end of his reign marked the start of British East India Company rule over Bengal and later almost all of South Asia.

Siraj succeeded his maternal grandfather, Alivardi Khan as the Nawab of Bengal in April 1756 at the age of 23. Betrayed by Mir Jafar, then commander of Nawab's army, Siraj lost the Battle of Plassey on 23 June 1757.

Siraj was born to Zain ud-Din Ahmed Khan and Amina begum in 1733, and soon after his birth, Siraj's maternal grandfather, was appointed the Deputy Governor of Bihar. Accordingly, he was raised at the Nawab's palace with all necessary education and training suitable for a future Nawab. Young Siraj also accompanied Alivardi on his military ventures against the Marathas in 1746. So, Siraj was regarded as the "fortune child" of the family. Since birth Siraj's had a special affections from his grandfather. In May 1752, Alivardi Khan declared Siraj as his successor. During the last years of Alivardi Khan's reign the death of some family members affected him both mentally and physically.

Siraj-ud-Daulah was executed on July 2, 1757 by Mohammad Ali Beg under orders from Mir Miran, son of Mir Jafar in Namak Haram Deorhi as part of the agreement between Mir Jafar and the British East India Company.

Siraj-ud-Daulah's tomb can be found at Khushbagh, Murshidabad. It is marked with a simple but elegant one-storied mausoleum, surrounded by gardens.  

Tomb of Sujauddin (Murshidabad)

The tomb of Sujauddin is arranged at Roshnibag in the locale of Murshidabad. As indicated by engravings on the tomb, Nawab Sujauddin developed this sepulcher in 1738-39 AD. On entering the tomb, you can see that inside of a walled compound stands a block fabricated three-domed Mosque in the northwestern corner. The rectangular Mausoleum of Sujauddin, with a little verandah in front, can likewise be seen there. This tomb remains as an exemplification of Nawab Sujauddin. On coming to Murshidabad, you can contract taxis and taxicabs for coming to the tomb of Sujauddin. Winters are the greatest season to visit the tomb.

The tomb of Sujauddin is an absolute necessity visit destination for understudies of history and structural engineering. Experience seekers will likewise appreciate a trek to the site and its premises. As extra destinations, you can likewise visit the Tomb and Mosque of Murshid Kuli Khan, Tomb of Alivardi Khan and Tomb of Azimunnisha Begum, which are situated in the region. The Hazarduari Palace, Madina Mosque, Bhavaniswar Mandir, White Mosque and Yellow Mosque are the other noted recognizes that pull in guests.

Khosh Bagh (Murshidabad)

Khushbagh meaning Garden of Happiness is the garden cemetery of the family of the Nawabs of Bengal. It lies on the west bank of the Bhagirathi River, about one mile from the east bank. It is also reputed to be the resting place of Nawab Siraj ud-Daulah, along with his wife Lutf-un-nisa, Nawab Alivardi Khan, Alivardi Khan's mother and others.

The garden was built by the first Nawab of Bengal, Nawab Alivardi Khan. The garden consists of walled enclosures. The outer walls had looped holes for musketry and used to be flanked by octagonal bastions. The garden hosts the graves. The graves of Siraj ud-Daulah and Alivardi Khan are inside a square, flat-roofed mausoleum surrounded by an arcade verandah. The garden also hosts a mosque, built by Nawab Alivardi Khan, on the lines of the Jama Masjid of Delhi. It was built on a plinth of 2,675 square feet (248.5 m2) area.

The entire cemetery, along with the graves, is built on a 7.65 acres (3.10 ha) land and is surrounded by a 2,741 feet (835 m) long wall.

Kathgola Gardens (Murshidabad)

Kathgola is a neighbourhood in the city of Murshidabad, and was at one time the capital of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa during the reign of the Nawabs in Murshidabad.

Kathgola often refers to the Kathgola Palace. Kathgola Gardens, also known as the Kathgola Temple, was built by Lakshmipat Singh Dugar.

It is said that black roses were cultivated here but now only mango trees can be seen here. The gardens cover 30 acres.

Adinath Temple also known as Paresh Nath Temple or Kathgola Temple is situated in the Kathgola Gardens. It is a temple dedicated to Bhagawan Adishvar. Bhagawan Adishvar is represented by a white idol nearly 90 centimeters high sitting in the padmasana posture. This temple was built in 1933 by Lakshmipat Singh Dugar due to inspiration from his mother. The idol of Bhagwan Adinatha is very ancient and the architecture of the temple is unique of its kind.

Kathgola Palace is a four-storeyed palatial palace in the Kathgola Gardens. It has an ornamented facade with valuable paintings, mirrors and priceless furniture. Beside the palace is a small pond and a baoli. 

Char Bangla Temple (Murshidabad)

Near Azimganj is the fascinating Baranagar temple complex built by Rani Bhabani (1714-1793), the Zamindar of Natore. The brick-built temples are considered to be amongst the best examples of Bengal Terracotta art.

The Baranagar Temple complex is chiefly the creation of Rani Bhabani of Natore. Splendid example of Bengal terracotta work. Exqusitely modeled clay tablets depicting scenes from Ramayana. Also marvellous examples of panels with depictions of classical design elements: floral, animal, geometric, fantastic as well as tableaus of everyday life.