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Baharampur, Murshidabad – 200 kms from Kolkata...

Sited on the eastern side of the Bhagirathi River, approximately 201 kms north of Kolkata is the city of Baharampur. The etymology of the place is derived from the word ‘Brahmapur’, as it was once predominantly occupied by Brahmin families. The administrative headquarters of the Murshidabad district is located here. During the Golden Age of Bengal, Baharampur (Beharampur) was a thriving cosmopolitan city with a vibrant colonial presence. The city served as the first Head Quarter of the East India Company. Gradually, several other European colonial forces also moved here, including the Dutch, French and Portuguese. The Nawabs and Sultans of Bengal also commanded a strong presence in the city. With plenty of historic sightseeing spots around Baharampur, it is an ideal weekend destination. BOOKING DETAILS OF BAHARAMPUR Places to visit around Baharampur: Being the erstwhile stomping grounds of Bengal’s former colonial powers, Baharampur is steeped in a rich cultural and historic tapestry. Even today, spectacular architectural remnants of colonial buildings and tenements that were built during the Raj era continue to stand tall amidst the city skyline. Some of the notable places to visit around Baharampur are – Hazarduari Palace, Katra Masjid, Barrack Square, British Town Hall, Nizamat Imambara, old British Barracks, British Administrative houses, Central Jail, Krishnath College, British Town Hall, Saidabad Palace, Old Cossimbazar Palace, New Cossimbazar Palace, Nashipur Palace, Home of Jagat Seth, Jafarganj Cemetery, Kathgola Palace, Fauti Masjid, Namak Haram Deorhi, Khushbagh, Pataleshwar Temple of Cossimbazar, Residency Cemetery of Babulbona, Dutch graveyard of Cossimbazar, Old English Graveyard of Cossimbazar, Residency Cemetery of Babulbona, Dutch graveyard of Cossimbazar, Old English Graveyard of Cossimbazar, Cemetery of Burmese King Thibo, Laldighi Park and Motijhil Park. Images of Baharampur For more photos of Baharampur click here Nearby attractions of Baharampur: The region in and around Baharampur is teeming with a surfeit of tourist attractions, some of which were mentioned previously. The famous Hazar Duari located in Lal Bagh is approximately 30 km from the city. The road leading to this historical site is dotted with several other remnants of buildings built by the Nawabs of Bengal. These include the Palace of Cossimbazar, Katra Masjid, Motijhil and Imambara. Karna Suvarna, the erstwhile capital of West Bengal is also located in close proximity to the city. The Jain Temples of Jiaganj are also very popular attractions around Baharampur. Things to do at Baharampur: One of the popular things to do while in Baharampur is to attend its many festivals. These occasions are celebrated with a lot of pomp and pelf. The festivals are a riot of color and sounds and play an integral role in fostering communal harmony in the area. Durga Puja, which is celebrated zealously throughout West Bengal is also one of Baharampur’s most anticipated festivals. Charak Puja is another such occasion that induces the locals into a spirit of revelry and excitement. It commemorates the passing of the year, whilst ushering a new prosperous one for the celebrants. You can also take a boat ride from Baharampur to Murshidabad over the Bhagarati River (Ganges). Special rides during the Full moon can be life time experience to remember. How to reach Baharampur: By Rail – Baharampur is well connected by road and rail to Kolkata and its neighboring cities and towns. There are three railway stations in the vicinity; They are at Baharampur Court Station, Cossimbazar Station and Murshidabad Station. These stations can be accessed via the Sealdah Lalgola line. The trains that operate daily between Kolkata and...
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Krishnanagar, Nadia – 100 kms from Kolkata...

Krishnanagar is a historical city located at the southern banks of Jalangi River in Nadia district of West Bengal. It is mostly renowned for its founder and ruler, Raja Krishna Chandra Rai who was a prominent zamindar of Bengal. During the reign of Raja Krishnachandra, Krishnanagar city flourished as a center of art and culture which the Raja propagated immensely due to his personal artistic and aesthetic bent of mind. The Rajbari thus, stands as a striking example of the Rajas exquisite artistic outlook. The Krishnanagar Rajbari (palace) is the main attraction of this illustrious town that attracts most tourists and visitors. During festivals, the Rajbari including the whole Krishnanagar city is brightly illuminated with various colorful lights that is simply gorgeous to watch. BOOKING DETAILS OF KRISHNANAGAR Culture and tradition have always thrived in the Krishnanagar city with many prominent Bengali literary figures like Bharat Chandra, Dwijendralal Ray and Narayan Sanyal originating from this place. The place was also famous in history for its ‘Jatra Dal’, which is a popular form of local Bengali folk drama. For more photos of Krishnanagar click here Places to see in Krishnanagar: Krishna nagar is a historical city with many prominent historical structures. If you are at Krishnanagar then the following places are a must visit for experiencing the rich cultural heritage of this place: The Krishnanagar Rajbari – Also known as the Krishnanagar Palace is the palace of the famed Raja Krishnachandra of Bengal who was a noted zamindar of this area. The palace is most noted for its Durga Temple where many festivals are celebrated all year with much grandeur. Many people visit this place from far and wide to take part in the holy occasions here. Ranaghat – It is a very popular town located in the Nadia district of West Bengal. It is mainly prominent for its sweets, handloom industry and flower trade. It is located about 70 kilometers from Kolkata city. The town finds many mentions in the pages of history during the colonial era. The ‘ratha-yatra’ and ‘Durga puja’ festivals of the famous Deychowdhury family are much admired in Ranaghat. Roman Catholic Church – Krishnanagar also served as an important seat of Christian Missionary movement in Bengal. The Roman Catholic Church located here is the ideal example of this event. The church is a grand architecture that has many prized paintings of Jesus Christ on canvases and wooden frescos painted by renowned Italian artists. Other places of interests include the Protestant Church, College Bhavan, the Public Library, Anandamoyi Tola Kali Bari, Krishna Nagar Academy and Company Bagan (which is a horticultural garden run by the state government). Things to do in Krishnanagar: If you are in Krishnanagar, don’t miss the famous Jhulan mela that is celebrated at the Rajbari (Krishnanagar Palace) every year in the month of July/August. Dol Purnima is also another much celebrated festival here. Other prominent festivals are the Jagaddhatri Puja, which is celebrated with much magnificence and splendor at Krishnanagar. The lighting are special eye-treats for everyone that is specially brought from the nearby town of Chandannagar to dazzle the town. And finally, don’t forget to gorge on the famed sweets of Krishna Nagar, which is the pride of this town. ‘Sarbhaja’ and ‘Sarpuria’ are among the famous sweets invented right at this town by the halwaikars or moyras (who prepare sweets) of Krishnanagar. The shop of “Adhar Chandra Das” finds special mention here for the famous invention of the above-mentioned sweet...
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Nabadwip, Nadia – 116 kms from Kolkata...

Nabadwip is a holy town situated at the picturesque confluence of the Bhagirathi and Jalangi Rivers in the Nadia district of West Bengal. The ancient temple town is spread across an area of 11.66 Sq. Km. Nabadwip was historically the erstwhile capital of Bengal during 12th century B.C., which was under the sovereign-ship of Lakshman Sen, the last Hindu Sovereign of Bengal. The town is most legendarily noted for the birthplace of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu who started the famed Gaudiya Vaishnavism movement at this place. Presently, the ancient movement has culminated in the form of the beautiful ISCKON movement and temple that predominates this place now. BOOKING DETAILS OF NABADWIP Nabadwip is basically an archipelago of 9 islands that constitutes together under the name of “Nabadwip” which literally means ‘nine islands’ in Bengali language. The islands are named Antardwip, Simantadwip, Rudradwip, Madhyadwip, Godrumdwip, Ritudwip, Jahnudwip, Modadrumdwip, and Koladwip. The names of the nine islands uniquely describe the nine forms of devotional services to the Lord which are complete surrender, patient hearing, chanting the holy name, perfect remembering, service at the lotus feet of the Lord, ideal worshiping, unconditional praying, serving and eternal friendship with the Lord. For more photos of Nabadwip click here The Chaitanya era is considered to be the most luminous epoch of Nabadwip’s history. It was during this time that the ‘Bhakti Movement” originated here and spread far and wide marking a transitional phase of Hinduism in history. As Brindaban Das, the celebrated biographer of Sri Chaitanya has rightly stated, “No place is equal to Nabadwip on earth because Chaitanya was there incarnated.” Sri Chaitanya was not only a divine incarnation but he was also a social reformer and a great philanthropist of his time. Nabadwip has always been renowned for its rich cultural and educational past. It was and still is a very sacrosanct and reputed seat of learning, which has produced many notable scholars and pundits since time immemorial in the fields of law, literature, astronomy, poetry, grammar and theology respectively. Places to see in Nabadwip: Nabadwip is a land of temples. The town is dotted with numerous assortments of temples that vividly portray the incidents of “Bhagavath Leela” that took place here centuries back. There are practically more than 150 temples built in this archipelago. Some of the prominent ones are as follows:   Shonar Gauranga Temple – This temple is the star attraction of Nabadwip that has enshrined in it the golden statue of Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. The temple is centrally located at Yogapitha, which was the holy birthplace of Sri Chaitanya Lord. It was here that Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu spent most of his transcendental past-times on Earth. Radharani Temple – The temple is dedicated to the divine consort of Lord Krishna – “Radharani”. The idol of Radharani here is beautifully divine with many embellishments of jewels and flowers. The temple surrounding reverberates all through year with holy chants of Lord Krishna along with beautiful devotional songs in praise of the Lord. Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math – This holy monastery was established in 1941 in honor of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu by Srila Sridhar Maharaja also known as Om Vishnupad Sri Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Maharaj. He was the direct disciple of Sri Chitanya Mahaprabhu. The math works towards the implementation of spiritual, devotional and social services towards the Supreme Lord and all his devotees. Sri Devananda Gaudiya Math – This sacred monastery is situated at Koladwip which is one of the...
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Mayapur-Nabadwip, Nadia – 132 kms from Kolkata...

Are you tired of the humdrum of daily life? Even the adventurous holidays seem uninteresting to you? In that case, you must take a break and spend a weekend at Mayapur. The religious ambience and the serene natural beauty of the place will bring peace to your troubled mind. The basic calm aura of the place will fill you up with happiness. Mayapur is situated in an area somewhere in the middle of the rivers Hoogly and Jalangi and is one of the nine islands of the Mahaprabhu Chaitanyadham Nabadwip. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO MAYAPUR & NABADWIP Places to see at Mayapur and Nabadwip: The birthplace of Mahaprabu Chaitanya is a must watch site. Besides, Mayapur is famous for the ISKCON Chandrodaya Temple, the Yoga Peeth as well as the Chand Kazi’s Samadhi. Nearby attractions from Mayapur and Nabadwip: You can go to nearby Ballal Mound, which is a reminiscent of Bengal king Ballal Sen and the tomb of Chand Kazi. Crossing River Ganga, you can visit Nabadwip and take a quick round of all the nine islands. Things to do at Mayapur & Nabadwip: You can spend as much time as you want inside the temple premises. Watching the evening prayer is a grand affair as numerous people gather in the ISKCON temple and Sri. Chaitanya Math for it. How to reach Mayapur and Nabadwip: If you go by car, you have to cross Barasat, Ranaghat, Krishnagar and before you reach Bangram station, turn left and drive 11 km on the concrete road to Mayapur. The total distance from Kolkata is 132 kms. If you go by rail, you have to reach Nabadwip or Krishnagar first, both covering a distance of 13 kms and then take the ferry service to cross the river and reach Mayapur. Even you can go via the package bus services from Kolkata to Iskon or take a bus to Mayapur from Dharmatala that leaves at 6a.m. in the morning. Best time to visit Mayapur and Nabadwip: The doors of the temples are open throughout the year. So you can visit whenever you feel like. Lodging and dining facilities at Mayapur-Nabadwip: The Iskon Temple provides comfortable lodging arrangements inside the premises of the temple itself. The dining facilities of Iskon Temple are awesome as Thaalis are available. Even the canteen near the gate of the temple makes delicious Pakora, Dosa, Pizza, Egg-less cake and sweets. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO MAYAPUR &...
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Murshidabad, West Bengal – 182 kms from Kolkata...

Murshidabad is one of the most prominent historical places of Bengal. It was the first capital of Bengal and is tied intricately to the history of Bengal since it was here that the infamous ‘Battle of Plassey’ took place, which changed the destiny of Bengal 200 years back. It served as an important platform for the rise of the Imperial British Power in 1857. Located along the banks of the beautiful River Bhagirati, Murshidabad was once a prosperous capital city of the famous Nawabs of Bengal who ruled this eastern region with great grandeur. Historically, it was a thriving city of culture and art that once prospered as the Golden Period of Bengal. Presently, it is one of the 18 districts of the State of West Bengal. BOOKING DETAILS OF MURSHIDABAD Places to see in Murshidabad Hazarduari – The Hazarduari Palace is the most magnificent structure of Murshidabad. The name of the palace signifies a palace with ‘1000 doors’. It is one of the chief tourist attractions of the region. The three-storey palace was built by architect Duncan McLeod in 1837 under the ruler ship of Nawab Najim Humaun Jah at a cost of INR 16.50 lacs. The palace is built typically in European styled architecture is 130 meters longs and 61 meters broad. The Hazarduari actually has 1000 doors of which only 900 are real. This was done mainly for safety purposes to evade the attacking enemy. For more photos of Murshidabad click here There are 114 palatial rooms and 8 splendidly spacious galleries in the Hazarduari. The palatial building has been built on 41 acres of land. Presently, the palace has been converted into a grand museum that features the historical past of Bengal. It is now under the care and maintenance of the Archeological Survey of India. The majestic museum of the palace has some of the rarest and exquisite collection of armory ranging from metal swords of all shapes and sizes to guns dating back to the colonial period, manuscripts, maps, beautiful paintings and portraits of the Nawab dynasty, ivory and wood artistry, European sculptures and many other works of art. The armory has around 2700 arms in total of which only selected few have been kept for public display. Another majestic exhibit is the Classic vintage and Fittan cars that were used by the Nawabs and their erstwhile families. There is also a library within the palace that has some of the rarest collection of personal books of the Nawab family. The palace also has a beautiful garden built in the magnificent Victorian style that has a clock-tower situated on its ground. The Darbar Hall with its lofty dome (24 meters high) adorned with fine stucco ornamentation, is the most attractive feature of this monument. The Imambara – The Nizamat Imambara is the largest imambara (congregation hall) in Bengal. It was built in 1847 by the Nawab Nazim Mansoor Ali Khan Feradun Jah. Its main entrance is parallel to the northern flank of the Hazarduari Palace. Surprisingly, this magnificent Imambara was built only in 7 months. It stands at an overwhelming height of 680 feet very close to the banks of the Bhagirathi River and has its own ghat which is called the Mint Ghat. This rectangular building is divided into 3 equal blocks, each with a large quadrangle. The center quadrangle contains the single-domed Medina on a square platform and surrounded on all sides by Prayer Halls and an upper balcony covered with...
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Jhilli, Jhargram – 189 kms from Kolkata...

Are you looking forward to a place where you can have a day out picnicking? Well, then how does spending some quality time with friends on the shores of some water body sound to you? If good, then Jhilli with its dam beckons you to come and enjoy its pleasure. Jhilli is located 10 kms on concrete and village road from Kharagpur via Gopiballavpur. Supposedly, Jhilli is full of fun till daylight is there, as after the sun sets, the area gets completely deserted. However, people in search for some real adventure, can stay here. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO JHILLI Jhilli takes up a new look in the evening. Under the moonlit sky, Jhilli appears surreal. You can sit ideal and feel the ambience or else chat your heart out with people you have come with. Places to see at Jhilli: The greenery surrounding the vast waters of Jhilli is the best place for a nature lover. Nearby attractions from Jhilli: From Jhilli, you can go to Hatibari, another lovely forested region, which is approximately 9 km from Jhilli. Hatibari is a great place where you can see the dense forest and the beautiful River Subarnarekha. Gopiballavpur is another nearby destination to look out for; you can go to see the Temple of Gopiballavji. Things to do in Jhilli: You can go for paddle boating on the waters of Jhilli as a part of your picnic. In the evening, if you come in huge groups, can have a bonfire, sit, talk and enjoy the surrounding. How to reach Jhilli: From Jhargram, Hatibari is 24 kms, just 2 kms before it you have to turn left and continue 7 km in that direction to reach Jhilli. Best time to visit Jhilli: Winter is the best time to visit here as you can see flocks of migrating birds covering the banks of Jhilli. Lodging and dining facilities at Jhilli: There are bungalows and tents made available for tourists. Dining comes along with staying in the tent, but the expenses for food are separate. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Bethuadahari, Nadia – 137 kms from Kolkata...

Do you want to have some adventure this weekend? How does spending time amidst wild animals sound? If good, then Bethuadahari is a great Wildlife Sanctuary located near Kolkata. This is a natural place where you will find wild deer frolicking in the bushes and grasslands. The forest is covered in varieties of trees like Sal, Arjun, Teak and Hamjam. The wild animals inhabiting Bethua Dahari are salt water alligators (Gharial), tortoise, mongoose, rabbits, pythons and an amazing range of birds, butterflies and insects. Bethuadahari would be a welcome relief for all those workaholics who seldom get time to spend with nature. BOOKING DETAILS OF BETHUADAHARI Places to see at Bethuadahari: The wildlife sanctuary covering nearly 500-bighas is one of the most biodiverse regions near Kolkata. Visitors to the forest are taken on a guided nature walk by a forest guide who spots the wild animals and birds for the visitors. The sanctuary has feed-pits located allover where you can spot the deers and wild hogs. There is also a Gharial (Indian Alligator) Rehabilitation Centre where you can spot a healthy family of eight Gharials at present basking under the sun. You would also find a refuge for tortoises and herons in a shallow lake within the sanctuary. For more photos of Bethuadahari click here Just near the entrance of the Bethuadahari Sanctuary, is a Nature Interpretation Centre where visitors can check exhibits of stuffed alligators and clay models. A few minutes walk from the Bethuadahari forest would take you to Bangariya Forest plantation on the other side of the highway. This plantation area of Sal trees is open and visitors and can drop in here to discover different varieties of birds and insects but it does not serve as refuge to wild animals. Nearby attractions of Bethuadahari: This wildlife sanctuary is located on NH-34 in Nadia District. It is 24 kms from Krishnanagar and very near to other touristic attractions like the temple town of Nabadwip (birthplace of Chatanya Mahapradhu) and Mayapur (ISCKCON temples). Bethuadahari also falls on the way to the land of the Nawabs – Murshidabad. If you are staying at Bethuadahari, you can take day-trips to Mayapur and Nadia too. Things to do at Bethuadahari: You can take guided walks on nature – trails throughout the forest spotting various animals, birds and insects within the sanctuary. Visitors interested in butterfly and bird watching would find Bethuadahari very fulfilling. If you are interested in wildlife photography, then Bethuadahari will surely not disappoint you. A nice natural lake within the forest also has boating facilities for visitors. A visit to the Nature Interpretation Centre to view the exhibits of stuffed animals and clay models can be interesting too. How to reach Bethuadahari: There are regular trains to Bethuadahari (Lal Gola) from Sealdah and Kolkata station. You can also take any bus (private and Govt. buses) to Behrampur, Malda or siliguri from Kolkata and they would stop at Bethuadahari. Bethuadahari is around 24 kms after Krishnanagar. Best time to visit Bethuadahari: It is one of the few forests in West Bengal, which stays open throughout the year, so you can plan your trip any weekend you prefer. The monsoons shroud the forest with greenery and the winters bring some migratory birds. Lodging and dining facilities at Bethuadahari: Budget private accommodations are available just on the opposite of the Forest Entrance Gate in Bethuadahari with AC as well as non AC rooms. You would also find a deluxe resort...