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95km from Kolkata, Bardhaman is well connected by rail and road..
In the 17th-18th century, Krishnaram Ray, belonging to a merchant family from Punjab, established the Zamindari of Bardhaman on a farman by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. The Rays went on to rule Bardhaman till 1955. Scattered in and around Bardhaman are quite a few places of interest.
The majestic Curzon Gate, now know as Vijay Toran, was erected in 1903 in Lord Curzon’s honour. One km from the Gate is the Royal Palace.
The tomb of Sher Afghan, the last of the Afghan jagirdars in Bardhaman, is located at Pir Beharam in Kanchannagar.
77km from Kolkata, ‘Ambika Kana’ was the summer residence of the Rajas of Bardhaman. The temples at Kalna are built of bricks with intricate terracotta designs.
Unique among the temples are the ornate Palki Krishna Chanraji Temple and the Pratapeswar Temple, a 108-temple complex dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temples are divided into two circles
with black and white lingas. Not to be missed are the Lalji Temples with 25 spires, and the Ambika Temple.
Kalna is the confluence of the Shakta and the Vaishnava forms of worship, and is only 25 km from Nabadwip. Kalna is connected by rail and road service.
Planning a visit to West Bengal read through travelogues to plan your trip
The best time to visit West Bengal is October to March
October-March is relatively less humid and is the time of the 10 day Durga puja festival. Sunderbans is also opened at this time for visitors. In summers the temp goes to 38 degrees, and the humidity levels are very high. In winters the temperatures may fall to 10 degrees. Teesta Tea and Tourism Festival is held in November.
The hilly areas of Darjeeling and Kalimpong is best visited from March to June. June to August is the rainy season here.