Murshidabad is located on the southern bank of the Bhagirathi river and makes for an excellent weekend break from Kolkata, especially if you enjoy delving into the riches of the past.The city was the capital of Bengal in the Mughal era and still offers travellers glimpses of its past glory, in its monuments, architecture, culture and traditions. So, put on your walking shoes and get ready to explore a city with a long and magnificent history. One of the top attractions of Murshidabad is the bridge over the Hooghly river. Many of the must-see sites are scattered across Lalbagh. Begin at the Hazarduari Palace, famed for its 1,000 doors and graceful construction, which lies sprawled along the banks of the Bhagirathi.
Once the residence of the nawabs and high-ranking British officials, much of it is now a museum, containing an array of memorabilia from the days of the British Raj. You’ll see everything from marble statues to oil paintings, crystal chandeliers, ivory and teak furniture, fossils, stuffed animals and other belongings dating back to the time of the Nawabs of Murshidabad. Nearby is the Nizamat Imambara, one of the largest spaces of its kind in the country. Also go to see the Wasef Manzil, an elegant palace with marble stairways and lovely statuary. The Katra Masjid and Phuti Masjid are other splendid examples of Islamic architecture and are bound to please anyone who enjoys admiring buildings from the past. The Moti Jheel, the horseshoe-shaped lake which is a short distance away from Lalbagh, is also worth seeing. History buffs must also spend some time at the Murshidabad District Museum which has a splendid collection of artefacts and antiques.
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