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About Murshidabad

Murshidabad, located on the banks of Bhagirathi River, is a charming tourist destination with many attractive heritage monuments. Today, Murshidabad has lost its place on the Indian tourism map, despite of its magnificent historical palaces, forts, havelis, gardens, mosques, and temples. The West Bengal government is doing lot of efforts to popularize Murshidabad as a travel destination in Eastern India.

Murshidabad was the first capital of Bengal, till the time the British took over the control and move the capital to Kolkata (earlier known as Calcutta). This historical city was once a prosperous and wealthy city with well-established trade and commerce. The grand palaces, mansions, and gardens stand as an illustration of the golden times of Murshidabad. One of the main tourist attractions in Murshidabad is the Hazarduari Palace, which is a grand palace built in an area of more than 40 acres. The other key historical monuments in the city are Madina Mosque, Nizamat Imambara, and Wasef Manzil. There are also some important Jain pilgrimage sites in the neighboring cities of Azimganj and Jiyaganj.


Murshidabad History

Murshidabad was established by the Nawab of Bengal Murshid Quli Khan, who named the city after himself. Nawab Murshid Quli Khan moved the capital from Dhaka to Murshidabad on the banks of River Baghirathi, a tributary of River Ganga. The British later moved the capital from Murshidabad to Calcutta in the later part of 18th century.


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