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Murshidabad: A Glimpse Into West Bengal’s Mughal Era!



Murshidabad: A Glimpse Into West Bengal's Mughal Era!

The city of Murshidabad, which is part of the Indian state of West Bengal, has a significant historical and cultural past. Murshidabad, which once served as Bengal’s capital during the Nawabi era, is renowned for its spectacular palaces, tombs, mosques, and museums.

With its magnificent architectural features and peaceful settings, it provides a glimpse into the elegance of the past. In this article, we’ll explore the top sites and attractions in Murshidabad from their cultural relevance to historical sites.

For your convenience, the article has also included how to reach this historical city with its best time to visit.

Table of Contents

Hazarduari Palace

Also known as the Palace of a Thousand Doors, The Hazarduari Palace dates its origin back to the 19th century and featured appreciable architecture. The palace is filled with several doors and only one of them is functional.

Hazarduari Palace

Hazarduari Palace owns pieces of artifacts from the ancient period which include weaponry, paintings, and antiques from the Nawabi period. Among the Palace, there lies a beautiful garden which adds up to its overall beauty. The garden makes the place favorable for casual walks or jogs as well as ideal for relaxation.

Khosh Bagh

This garden translates its Name to ‘The Garden of Happiness’. Khosh Bagh is regarded as a historical site and the particular reason behind this is that it is a cemetery that rests the Nawabs of Murshidabad who dedicated themselves to the place.

Khosh Bagh

Gardens here are well maintained in lawns and covered in greenery fitting a landscape of prettiness. The garden possesses Mughal-Style tombs, overall making it a place suitable for casual walks or jogs and also to seek calmness within yourselves.

Moti Jheel

Moti Jheel is a lake also known by its nickname Pearl Lake which is a gorgeous picture-worthy lake. You can visit here if you plan your trip to the Hazarduari Palace since Moti Jheel is located close to the palace. This is one of the best places to visit in Murshidabad.

Moti Jheel

The calm environment and flowing waters make this place a sight worthy to watch and enjoy and also to relax and unwind your mind. The spot offers activities like boating in the lake or admiring the beauty of the place, overall, the place offers a soothing ambiance to its visitors.

Murshidabad District Museum

Murshidabad has a museum that is one of the popular attractions and certainly a must-visit place. It possesses pieces of stuff that provide an idea of the ancient past and its rich cultural heritage.

Murshidabad District Museum

The collections of such pieces from history are many with the likes of coins from the ancient periods, manuscripts, sculptures, paintings, and documents of historical value providing a unique feel of experiencing the past to the visitors.

Nizamat Imambara

Nizamat Imambara is arguably the most prominent Shia Muslim congregational hall in the whole country.

Nizamat Imambara

The architecture of the place is the most appreciated about this place and was constructed in the 19th century and still serves as a place of worship, especially during the Islam month of Muharram.

Nizamat is a superior structure with magnificent architecture and gateways along with great artworks. This place I evident to the conclusion of the prominent artisans and craftsmanship back in the older era. History buffs should visit this destination without thinking twice to avoid regrets later. 

Nasirpur Palace

Nasirpur is another palace in Murshidabad and the second on our list. It is a palace that has been preserved for visitors and maintains its historical value. This palace is also situated amid lush green gardens to enhance its appearance.

Nasirpur Palace

The palace has a fresh atmosphere situated away from the busy city and its hassles. Featured the combination of Mughal and British styles of architecture providing the early lifestyle of the Nawabs settled here.

If not the Hazarduari Palace you can choose to visit Nasirpur instead and also peek into both if you feel you didn’t have enough.

Footi Mosque

Another site of huge religious significance and traditional value is the Footi Mosque which is also known among people as the “Mosque with no Roof”. This is an interesting place with an amazing style of architecture which is in its ruins over time.

Footi Mosque

The mosques still possess luxury and showcase terracotta artworks on their walls. Altogether the place raises its values from a historical point of view and stands out as a symbol of the Islamic heritage.

The mosque provides great views of sights nearby due to its location in a marvelous spot giving sight seekers what they’re searching for.

Wasif Manzil

Constructed under the famous Nawab Wasif Mirza during the time of India under British rule which gives its name. It is a prominent mansion that blends the infrastructure of European and Islamic styles.

Wasif Manzil

The Mansion is built with ornate pillars and surrounded by gardens alike other Palaces in Murshidabad. It also has a courtyard helping the visitors immerse themselves more in the historical past and Islamic culture.

Wasif Manzil has now been turned into a museum showcasing the life and the instances of the time of the Nawab era of Murshidabad.


Kathgola means “Wooden Palace” and it is a site of Historical value. Alike all Kathgola is no different in its unique style of architecture and also offers a beautiful sight with maintained gardens.


The establishment of the palace dates back to the 18th century with exceptional woodwork. Visitors are welcomed to explore the palace complex which includes a museum displaying artifacts from the past.

Katra Mosque

The final destination and mosque on this list is the Katra Mosque. It was existed since the 18th century and stands out among the earliest mosques and historical sites in Murshidabad.

Katra Mosque

It combines the Islamic style of architecture with Bengali with sophisticated terracotta ornamentation on its walls. It is still a pilgrimage site and attracts visitors far and wide from the country.

How to Reach Murshidabad

Major cities in West Bengal and other regions of the country are easily accessible from Murshidabad. Kolkata’s Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, which is about 200 kilometers distant, is the closest.

There is a train station in Murshidabad, and it is well-connected to both Kolkata and other significant regional cities. Furthermore, regular bus routes connect Murshidabad with adjacent cities.

You can hire a taxi or rent a vehicle and drive by yourself if you prefer to reach here by road. Make sure you choose not the easy but the comfortable option for you.

Best Time To Visit Murshidabad

The best time to visit Murshidabad is during the winter season, from October to February when the weather is pleasant and suitable for sightseeing.

The temperature remains mild, ranging from 10°C to 25°C, making it an ideal time to explore the historical attractions and enjoy the outdoor activities offered by the city.

For those interested in history and culture, Murshidabad offers a singular travel experience with its spectacular architecture and cultural treasures. The city offers a look into its glorious history with majestic palaces, peaceful cemeteries, lovely lakes, and historical museums.

Travelers can fully experience Murshidabad’s alluring beauty and rich cultural legacy by going to the top of a dozen places listed in this article.

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