Way back in time, when Murshidabad was the capital of the Nawabs of Bengal, the place was a flourishing port on the Ganges, tucked inside a bend in the river. So it was here —around 1700 — that Ajodhya Ram Roy of Pirojpur village decided to settle down with his family. Ajodhya Ram Roy and his son Dinobandhu Roy traded in silk and built up a sizable business in silk export. But after the English East India Company defeated the Nawab of Murshidabad and subsequently decided to straighten out the course of Ganges to facilitate direct passage of boats between Murshidabad and Behrampore (now Baharampur), the place lost its strategic importance and dwindled away. The Roy family too began to look at other options. Since the 1700s, as new generations of the Roy family started to unfold, each member had their own things of interest & different hobbies. This lead to the rajbari bearing proof of their interests. Some were very keen on wrestling while others were keen on making a garden.
Accommodation: 14 people with a double occupancy room.
Check in: 11:00am
Check out: 10:00am
Hazarduari Palace-Spread over a massive area of 41 acres, the magnificence of Murshidabad’s Hazarduari Palace is second to none. This stunning structure spreads over a massive area of 41 acres on the Kila Nizamat campus, and its splendor is second to none. The breathtaking palace is located on the banks of River Bhagirathi and is famous for its grandeur. Tourists from all over the world flock this attraction every year to escape the present and get a glimpse of the Nawabi lifestyle. The name roughly translates to ‘a thousand doors’ as this palace is embellished with a thousand ornamental gateways. Out of these, 900 doors are real, and the rest are false doors which were built to confuse any intruders. The construction style of the palace is an amalgam of Italian and Greek architectural styles and is a great example of Murshidabad’s rich cultural heritage.
Nizmat Imbambara-On the northern side of the palace lies The Nizamat Imambara, built in 1847 AD by Nawab Nazim Mansoor Ali Khan Feradun Jah, son of Humayun Jah. The stunning mosque was built after the Imambara built by Siraj-ud-Doula got burnt down in a fire.
Moti Jheel-Motijheel used to comprise of a palace and a beautiful lake. The lake still survives, while the palace perished. Motijheel is one of the few places that reflect both Indian and British history.
Footi Mosque-Footi mosque was started by Nawab Sarfaraz Khan. It is located towards the east of the Hazarduari Palace, at Kumrapore. The mosque is believed to be the brainchild of Sarfaraz Khan alone.
Katra Mosque-Another striking tourist spot of Murshidabad and perhaps one of the most well maintained too, Katra Mosque was built in 1724 by Murad Farash Khan, a devoted follower of Murshid Quli Khan.
Shopping in Murshidabad-Murshidabad is particularly famous for its handicrafts (ivory and wood). Also, another thriving industry is the silk Industry. Sarees from Murshidabad are sold all over the country.
Best time to Visit
The best time to travel is in winter or during the festivals (Durga Puja, Rathayatra, etc). If shopping is on your mind, the palace has an adjoining outlet where you can purchase the famous Murshidabad silk sari and other garments. The place is just 6 hours from Kolkata as such it is an excellent choice for any weekend trip enriched with historical stories.
How to Reach
Air-Murshidabad is well linked with Kolkata. The Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport is nearest to it. Berhampore, the headquarter town of Murshidabad is just 186 km by rail from Kolkata.
Road-There are regular bus services between Kolkata and Murshidabad town (219 km By National Highway No 34). All North Bengal going buses take a halt at Berhampore Town. Buses are also available on regular basis to/from Rampurhat, Suri, Bolepur, Maldah, Krishnagar, and Durgapur to Berhampore. One can take a halt at Berhampore town where a lot of hotels are available and tour various spots of Murshidabad.
Rail-Murshidabad Railway Station stands on the Sealdah-Lalgola শিয়ালদহ-লালগোলা line of the Eastern Railway. The town of Berhampur is about 12 km from Murshidabad.Berhampore Court Stationof Berhampore is also linked by railway service from Kolkata. The Bhagirathi Express and the Lalgola Passenger from the Sealdah Railway Station reach Berhampore Court Railway Station covering 186 km in 4 to 5 hours. Khagraghat is another nearby station connected by Howrah. The Hazarduari Express runs daily from Kolkata (Chitpurচিতপুর) Station to Murshidabad. Dhanadhanya Express (ধনধান্যে এক্সপ্রেস), runs three days a week from Kolkata/KOAA to Berhampore Court/BPC Station.
INR 4200 (excluding GST) for double occupancy room on double sharing basis. Breakfast included with stay. Extra person charge INR 1000
P.S. GST needs to be paid at the rajbari directly.
Kids between 1 to 5 years are complimentary
Kids between 6 to 9 years will be charged at half price
Kids from 10 years will be charged as an adult