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Once, an important trading town between inland India and the port of Kolkata, this was also the capital of Bengal Newabs and, according to Clive, rivalled London. Situated 209km north of Kolkata. It has a tradition of handicrafts in silk, ivory carvings and bell metal-ware.
Standing right beside Bhagirathi is Nizamatkila-an Italian style palace built by the Britishers for their pet Nawab Mirjafar.
Across the river among places to visit are Khusbag, the garden where Nawabs were buried. Opposite to it is the Moti Jhil or Pearl Lake.
And there is Hazarduari-the mansion of thousand doors. Itís now a museum of the Nawab dynastyís belongings.
Great Imambara, Moti Jhil (pearl lake) and the impressive ruins of Katra Mosque, built in 1723, and Medina mosque. The Jain Parasnath Temple is at Kathgola. Another interesting palace is Wasif Manzil with its unique collection of curios, paintings, arms and costumes.
Excursions from Murshidabad
The Char Bangla Temple in Baranagar is quite famous. It was built in the 18th century by Rani Bhavani and is the finest specimen of Bengalís terracotta temples. The Bhavaniswar Temple, too,
is one of the finest examples of terracotta sculpture in West Bengal .
Besides the crumbling mansions and cemeteries of the English and Dutch settlements, Behrampore is famous for raw silk (tussar) production. The Government Silk Research Centre is
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.