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Connected by bus service from Krishnanagar and Kolkata (139 kms) and a ferry ride across the Bhagirathi river from Nabadwip, Mayapur is the headquarters of ISKCON. The Chandroday Temple, set amidst a garden, is a picturesque sight. There are quite a few big and small temples also. Details are available from ISKCON, 3C Albert Road, Kolkata 700017. Ph : 2247-6075.
Nabadwip, 19km from Krishnanagar and 120km north from Kolkata, stands on the banks of the Bhagirathi river. The great social reformer and saint Sri Chaitanya was born here in 1486. Nabadwip is the seat of the Vaishnava culture in Bengal and an ancient centre of Sanskrit studies. Sonargouranga, the temple with the golden statue of Sri Chaitanya, is the most important shrine here.
There is a profusion of temples, each one worth a visit. Nabadwip remains an important pilgrimage centre in Bengal. Nabadwip is connected by bus and rail service from Kolkata.
118km north from Kolkata, Krishnanagar on the banks of Jalangi river was the residence of Maharaja Krishnachandra, a great patron of art and culture. Places worth visiting are the Rajbari (Royal Palace) with a beautiful Durga temple in the courtyard. Every year, the famous Jhulan Mela is celebrated around the Rajbari in the July/August months and Baro Do/in March/April.
The Roman Catholic Church is famous for its architectural and sculptural splendour. There are 27 oil paintings describing the life of Jesus Christ. Of special mention are the wooden sculptures by ltalian artists.
Others include the College Bhavan (1846), The Public Library (1856), the Krishnanagar Academy and the Protestant Church.
The clay models/figurines crafted here are collectors’ items. Connected by rail and road from Kolkata.
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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.