Murshidabad is considered as a renowned tourist spot chiefly because of the presence of Hazarduari here. This is a palace of impeccable beauty and spectacular technology. The palace was constructed in Italian marbe between 1829 and 1837. This vast palace has 1000 doors which is the cause of its nomenclature. But most interestingly, out these so called 1000 doors, only 900 are real (including French windows) and the rest 100 are artificial to confuse the beholder. There are also 114 rooms and 8 galleries in the palace. These are built in the architectural style of Europe. This huge architectural exhibit covers an area of 41 acres and it is now a museum that has precious collections of antiques that belongs to the ages of the Nawabs.

The most commonly spoken language is Bengali. 

Travel Tips

As Murshudabad experiences extreme climatic conditions, visiting the Hazarduari in extreme summers. As the sightseeing visit will take place during the day time, so if you can make a trip here in the winters, it will be comfortable but the summer heat will be extremely difficult to tolerate. Again, while you are in Hazarduari as a tourist, you can enjoy it the best if you go there after a certain amount of homework on the history of this monument. Again, the entire exploration of this architectural exhibit is on foot. So you must wear comfortable shoes so that you can move around with much ease.

Again, you must carry some good amount of cash because the market place around Hazarduari will be very appealing for you and you can really strike some great bargaining deals here. If you know Bengali language, then it’s better for you to communicate with people around. You must carry a good camera because there are architectures you must frame up.

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Things to do

As Hazarduari is a historical place to look out for, so it’s always suggested that you complete a research work on this spot before actually visiting the place. Thus all your studies will come alive when you observe this immense palace in front of your eyes. Take a guide in the palace to understand the meaning of every architectural exhibit. You must take a close look at the armoury collection and the vintage car collection of the Nawabs of Murshidabad. Nothing can be more enigmatic than observing these antique collections in Hazarduari.The swords used by Shiraz-ud-Daula is another splendid thing to speculate.

Getting Around

As Murshidabad is a very crowded place, so the extent of local transportation is very efficient. Mostly you will find auto-rickshaw and local buses to get around the place. A very few tongas are also available.

Places to Stay

There are so many hotels in Murshidabaad. One can get great deals in these hotels.

How to Reach

  • The Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport is the nearest airport to Murshidabad. This airport is located in the capital city of West Bengal that is Kolkata. Murshidabad is located 200 km away from Kolkata. This distance can be covered by road very easily by booking bus services.
  • The nearest railway station in Murshidabad is Berhampore Court. There are innumerable trains from Kolkata to Murshidabad. The trains are so frequent that you can reserve tickets on immediate basis as well. It takes around 5 to 6 hours to reach Berhampore Court from Kolkata.
  • The road connectivity to Murshidabad is excellent. From Kolkata there are several Government buses that connect to Murshidabad on daily basis. Apart from Kolkata there are buses from Durgapur, Bolpur, Malda and Krishnanagar as well.

Surrounding Attractions

Murshidabad is a place of immense historical importance. Thus although the Hazarduari is the protagonist tourist attraction place, yet there are other beaituful sightseeing spots to watch out for around Hazarduari.

  • The Imambara: The Imambara in Murshidabad is located very close to the Hazarduari towards its north. This was built in 1847 by Nawab Nazim Mansoor Ali Khan Feradun Jah. This awas constructed after the Imambara built by Nawab Shiraz-ud-Daula was destroyed by fire. This is the largest Imambara in West Bengal.
  • Wasef Manzil: This is a beautiful palace built by the Nawab of Murshidabad, Sir Wasef Ali Mirza. It is located near the south gate of Hazarduari.
  • Katra Mosque: This is one of the most favourite tourists’ spots in Murshidabad after the Hazarduari.It is located very close to the Murshidabad railway station. It is a very old construc made by Nawab Murshid Quli Khan in 1723. It has absolutely spectavular Islamic architecture to admire.
  • Jahankosha Canon: This is a huge canon created in the 17th century by the brilliant craftsman named Janardan Karmakar from Dhaka. This canon is 17.5 ft long and has a weight of 16,880 lb.
  • Jafargunj cemetery: This Muslim Cemetery was built by Mir Jaffar covering an area of 3.51 acres. It has the tombs of the great Nawabs like Mir Jaffar and Humayun Jah.
  • Katgola Palace: This is a beautiful palace to see in Murshidabad. It was built by Raja Dhanpat Singh Dugar and Lakshmipat Singh Dugar.
  • Motijheel: This is a large oxbow lake, supposedly used for culturing pearls - an unlikely local tale. On the banks stands the desolate palace of Ghasiti Begum, grandmother of Siraj - ud - Daulah.
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