HAZARDUARI PALACE

The Hazarduari Palace, or the palace with a thousand doors is the chief tourist attraction of Murshidabad. This three-storey palace was built in 1837 by Duncan McLeod for the Nawab Najim Humaun Jah, descendent of Mir Zafar. It has thousand doors (among which only 900 are real) and 114 rooms and 8 galleries, built in European architectural style. The total area of Hazarduari Palace is 41 acres. It is now a museum and has an exquisite collection of armoury, splendid paintings, exhaustive portraits of the Nawabs, various works of art including beautiful works of ivory (Murshidabad school) of China (European) and many other valuables. The Armoury has 2700 arms in its collections of which only few are displayed. Swords used by Shiraj-ud-Daulla and his grandfather, Nawab Alivardi Khan, can be seen here. The other attractions in this floor are Vintage Cars and Fittan Cars used by the Nawabs and their families. The library containing rare collections is not accessible to the public unless special permission is obtained. The building, rectangular on plan ( 424 feet Long and 200 feet broad and 80 feet high). The Palace was used for holding the "Durbar" or meetings and other official work of the Nawabs and also as the residence of the high ranking British Officials. Between the palace and the Imambara is a small mosque, ‘Madina’, with colourful tiled verandahs. The Mosque has an ornamented replica of Hazrat Muhammad's tomb at Madina. Around the palace are other attractions like the Wasef Manzil(the New Palace) by the bank of the Ganga, Tripolia Gate, the Dakshin Darwaza, the Chak Darwaza, the Imambara, the Gharighar (the Clock Tower), the Bachchawali Tope (a canon) and the Madina, the only surviving structure built by Siraj-ud-Doula.The Bachchawali Tope (canon) was made between the 12th and the 14th century, probably by the Mohammedan rulers of Gour, and requires about 18 Kg of gun powder for a single shelling.

IMAMBARA Parallel to the north face of the Hazarduari Palace, stands the Nizamat Imambara, built in 1847 AD. by Nawab Nazim Mansoor Ali Khan Feradun Jah, son of Humayun Jah, at a cost of more than 6 lacs, after the Imambara built by Siraj-ud-Doula had been destroyed by fire. It took only eleven months to construct this Imambara. The Imambara, which is the largest in Bengal, is perhaps the largest in India.

WASEF MANZIL This Palace was built by Sir Wasef Ali Mirza, Nawab of Murshidabad. This beautiful Palace was also the residence of Nawab Wasef Ali Mirza. This palace is very near to the Hazarduari Palace and is near the South Gate. The staircases made of marble and beautiful statues of this Palace are worth seeing. The entry fee is Rupee 1 (Indian currency) for Indian nationals.

KATRA MOSQUE

it still remains a major tourist attraction. The Cemetery contains the tombs of the Nawab's Nazim. Siraj-ud-Doula and his wife Lutfannesha and other members of the Nawab family lie here. The diameter of the touch hole is one and a half inches. The gorgeous building with its huge domes and high minarets has a simple cemetery of the Nawab below the front staircase. the prophet. from Mir Jafar to Humayun Jah. is about 1 km of Katra. It was built in the early 17th century by craftsman Janardan Karmakar of Dhaka. the palace garden of Raja Dhanpat Singh Dugar and Lakshmipat Singh Dugar and their famous Adinath Temple were built in 1873. Alivardi's Mother. Shahkhanum. with a girth of 5 feet at the touch hole end. Mir Jafar's father Syud Ahmed Nazafi. This imposing structure was built by Nawab Murshid Quli Khan in 1723-24 and it remains one of the most important tourist attractions. chiefly because of the beautiful temple with an admirable work of stucco. Alivardi Khan's sister. Kadam Sarif is a beautiful mosque near Jahan Kosha said to contain a replica of the footprint of Hazrat Mohammad. over an area of 3. the sons-in-law of Mir Jafar.51 acres. the brother and Ismail Ali Khan and Asraf Ali Khan. Mir Jafar's widows. JAHANKOSHA CANON Jahan Kosha. Though some of its glory has been lost. the palace of Jagat Seth and the once famous Pareshnath Temple are now in ruins. JAFARGANJ CEMETERY About half a mile from the Hazarduari Palace is Jafarganj the ruined palace of Mir Jafar. It is about half a km SouthEast of Mahimapur. Here. lie buried here. The canon is 17. .880 lb. The walls of this temple are also intricately designed. KHOSH BAGH Khosh Bach lies on the opposite banks of Bhagirathi.65 acres of land. KATGOLA Mahimapur is half a km North of the Nasipur Palace. Munni Begam and Babbu Begam. a huge cannon. This cemetery was built by Mir Jafar. The grave of Nawab Alivardi Khan. and that of the orifice is 6 inches. Mohamed Ali Khan. by Harreck Chand.5 ft long and weighs 16.. A typically Jain style of ornamentation lends a unique beauty to this Jain temple. The Khosh Bagh cemetery is built over 7.Katra Mosque is about one and a half km from Murshidabad Railway Station on the Berhampore-Lalgola Road. Katgola.

2/. and the Nurse of Ekram-ud-Doula. Shumsheree Ali Khan the General of Nawajesh Muhammad. Though not well publicised. The District Museum is located at Nehalia. Ekram-ud-Doula's Tutor. 03483257287. who settled here from Punjab. on Sealdah-Lalgola route. Jiaganj just beside the palace of Late Rai Bahadur. Nehalia by opening it to the public with two galleries. Debi Singh of history.NASIPUR PALACE The Nasipur Palace was built by Kirti Chand. namely. Within the palace compound is the Ramachandra Temple. Debi Sing. settled in a village near the railway station of Bokhara. NIMAK HARAM DEORI (The Traitor’s Gate) The Nimak Haram Deori or the Traitor's Gate is the main gate of Jafraganj Palace of Mir-Zafar. Murshidabad District Museum The District Museum at Jiaganj is the brainchild of Late Rai Bahadur Surendra Narayan Singha of Jiaganj . The main building of the Raj Bari . About three quarters of a mile to the east of the Hazarduari Palace. In the palace adjoining it (now in ruins) Lord Clive celebrated the acquisition of the Dewani of Sube Bangla (Bengal. Ultimately in the year 2004.73 AD ). It is kept open on all days except Wednesdays and a nominal entry fee of Rs. Bihar & Orissa) in 1765. . where his Thakur Bari still exists. the husband of the famous Ghasseti Begum. in 1962. On the other side of the road are the cemeteries of Mir-Zafar and his descendents. It is said to have been built by Sarafraj Khan in a single night. one of the largest temples in the district. The Museum is located at Nehalia .about 2km away from Jiaganj Rly Stn. The only old building existing is the Mosque of Shahamat Jang To the east of Nawajesh Muhammad's mosque. is a small enclosure within which are four tombs and to the east of which and outside it is one tomb. MOTI JHEEL Motijheel is about one km South of Lalbagh. also lived here. Here lies the mortal remains of Shahamat Jang alias Nawajesh Muhammad. The present Raj Bari was constructed by Raja Keertichand Bahadur. the then District Magistrate. The founder of the family. Sir John Shore. Sri Manoj Pant.It is one Km North of Hazarduari. afterwards Lord Teinmouth.. Late Rai Bahadur collected large no. is the Footi Masjid. of stone sculptures from different parts of the country especially from erstwhile Bengal and Bihar. which is a two storied house with a grand flight of stairs. has an imposing facade.who had contributed everything contained therein. it is worth seeing for its unique architectural style. The construction of the Museum building was started by West Bengal Govt. was a tax collector in the early days of the East India Company. in 1965-66 over the land donated by late Rai Bahadur but the construction could only be completed in 1985.is charged on each adult visitor. at Kumrapore. famous for its Jhulanjatra celebrations. This beautiful horseshoe shaped lake was excavated by Nawazesh Mohammad. Adjacent is the palatial temple of Lakshmi-Narayana. due to the fact of it having been in the occupation of the East India Company. a descendent of Debi Singh. He donated all items to the West Bengal Govt.Jiaganj. Moti Jheel was the home of Warren Hastings when he became the Political President at the Durbar of the Nawab Nazim ( 1771 . Moti Jheel is also known as the "Company Bagh". FOOTI MOSQUE Footi Mosque is an unfinished work by Nawab Sarafraz Khan.IAS materialized the long cherished dream of Late Raibahadur Surendra Narayan Singha. The Curator of the Museum may be contacted for any query over telephone no. Ekram-ud-Doula the younger brother of Siraj-ud-Doula. Within this palace was killed Nawab Siraj-ud-Doula in an act of great betrayal. The site of the Museum and the invaluable sculptures and others antiquities are entirely his contributions and collections. However photography inside is not allowed.

Some marvelous masterpieces recovered through recent archeological excavations in different sites in this district have also been displayed. The Baranagar Temple complex is Natore. Though it is very keep two separate days for visit to the two zones. Sambhunath and the large temple near Azimganj city station should not be missed. The Jiaganj Museum. Sculptures and different art objects are displayed in those galleries through wall showcases and pedestals. The Bhabaniswara. In the recently set up third gallery the history and development of famous brass works of Khagra . Early Terracotta. Early medieval inscriptions. Near Azimganj is the fascinating Baranagar temple complex built by Rani Bhabani (1714 – 1793). Jod Bangla and Rajrajeshwari are both sides of the Bhagirathi. is a must. Char the main temples. the Zamindar of Natore. Jiaganj and Azimganj are old townships on the banks of Bhagirathi where the Jain culture flourished.Bimalnath. Nimtita Zamindari palace is where Satyajit Ray did the shooting of Jalsaghar. 7. Black Stone Sculptures(C 8th Cent. . There are in the town some temples and the ruins of a silk kuthi in the town. It is equally accessible from Berhampore. It is accessible from Malda by road through NH-34. A visit to the Subhas Dweep .of Information & Culture. The brick-built temples are considered to be amongst the best example s of Bengal Terracotta art.Ramayana) 4. It has the tombs of the Pir Rejjak Shah and Jamal Khan is famous for the Muharram celebrations. The affairs of the District Museum are controlled by a Managing Committee headed by the District Magistrate. Precious and rare books. it is advisable to chiefly the creation of Rani Bhabani of Bangla. having rare collections of art and artefacts. Manuscripts (on Ayurveda. Charka village is about one and a half km from Raghunathganj. Some of the invaluable art objects of the District Museum are as follows: 1. Antique coins.One new gallery (third gallery) has been constructed during this financial year. Aurangabad is famous for its bidi industry.Lalbagh is executing the developmental works of the Museum as the MemberSecretary. Early Potteries 3. 9. Idols made of metal. 6. Murshidabad and the glimpses of the rich heritage of Murshidabad silk are also displayed for creating awareness among the visitors. At present there are three full fledged galleries. connected by a bridge. Bangshabati bil on NH 34 is 8 km from Raghunathganj and on the NH-34 and attracts bird-lovers. an island park with a snake-garden. Dashavatara Pillar. Murshidabad as the President. SDO. The town of Jiaganj has grown on near Murshidabad. AD to C 13th Cent. is expected to open shortly. A combined tour can be planned. AD) 2. Jangipur is in the Northern part of the district. Raghunathganj . It has been featured as the State assisted Museum and the Directorate of Archeology & Museum under the Deptt.Jangipur is a Sub-Divisional town spread on both sides of the Bhagirathi.Govt. The Jain temples are the main attraction here. 8.Tantra. 5. Among them the temples of Adinath. also attract many tourists.of West Bengal constantly renders financial grants and technical expertise to this Museum. Farakka. There are some old Jain Temples and a Museum. the largest river barrage in the world. Many species of water birds are found in the barrage area.

It has many remains of the Pala Dynasty of Bengal. Other attractions are the Dutch Cemetery. Sekherdighi is another large lake excavated by Hossain Shah. Other places of interest are the beautifulKherur Mosque. the first wife of WarrenHastings and their baby daughter Elizabeth lie here. The tomb of Mirmadan. Ramendrasundar Trivedi. The ruins of some of the old temples are also of Archeological interest. even before the Belur Math was established. The British Cemetery in Cossimbazar is where Mary. the Bhagirathi Milk Project. It was established in 1897 by Swami Akhandananda. The Dahapara temple nearby attracts many devotees. Nearby is Salar village. buzzing with bell-metal utensils shops. The Panchayatan (locally known as Nabaratna) Shiva temple in the middle of the village is unique in its architectural style in the whole of West Bengal. Here Panchthupi is an old village 15 km South of Kandi. a direct disciple of Shri Ramakrishna. It was excavated during the Pala period. thirteen km from Kandi. Sagardighi is about 30 km North-West of Berhampore by Road. Nearby is the Krishnath College. Other places of interest are the Central Sericulture Institute. has established this temple. killed in thebattle of Plassey is at Faridpur village 3 km West of Rejinagar Police Station. It has remnants of a Buddhist Vihara called Barokonar Deul dating back to the Pala Dynasty. which is the largest in the District. the faithful general of Nawab Siraj-ud-Doula. one of the 51 Pithasthanas (a place where some part of the body of the goddess Sati is said to have fallen) where the Kirit (the crown) of the goddess to have fallen is not far away. The Rudradeba temple of Ruppur is also worth seeing. Shri Gadadhar Goswami. a close companion of Shri Chaitanya. the Karbala Mosque and the Khagra market area.Kiriteswari Temple. In the police station compound. Kandi is a Sub-Divisional town. the Cossimbazar Rajbari and the Chhoto Rajbari. Banwari temple of Banwaribad built in the Mughal style is near Salar and attracts many devotees. The Jor-Bangla Shyamsundar Temple and the magnificent Singhavihani Temple should also be visited. Here the Kandi Palace houses the palatial temple of Radha Ballabha. . worth seeing for its European architectural style. One of them is the college of Textile Technology. In his house are preserved things used by Trivedi. the very rare and ancient sculpture of the Boirochana incarnation of Buddha having snakes around His neck should not be missed. even earlier than the University of Kolkata (Calcuta). Zilla Parishad Bhawan. There is a lake of the same name here. It is 30 km South-West of Berhampore by road. the cemetery of Burmese King Thibo. "Shripatha" is a hand-written Gita. Jemo is the birthplace of the famous essayist and friend of Tagore. The Baghdanga temple complex of Shiva with the main temple Kaleeshwara is also nearby. the ruins of the palace of Hossain Shah at Chandpara and the Chandanbati temple. It can be seen in the Radha-Gopinatha Temple of Bharatpur. buildings. established in 1853. now Govt. where one finds signs of a once thriving Muslim and Hindu cultures. said to be in the handwriting of Shri Chaitanya. Barrack Square in the town of Berhampore is a square field surrounded by old barracks. Sargachhi Ramakrishna Mission Ashram is on the way to Kolkata on the NH-34 10 km South of Berhampore.

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