From Hazarduari, Motijeel, Katra Masid, Katgola Bagan to Kolkata
Includes Murshidabad, India
2 days and 2 nights
Day 01: Kolkata – Berhampore [220 kms / 05 hrs]
Pick up from hotel at 0730 hrs and drive to Berhampore. On arrival at Berhampore check in at Hotel Sunshine. Post lunch, proceed for a sightseeing visiting the below:
Katgola Garden Lachmi Prasad is credited to be the founder of this garden that houses a beautiful palace. One can see valuable paintings, furniture and mirrors inside the palace. There is a beautiful temple here which is dedicated to Paresh Nath.
Nimak Haram Deori This is also known as the Traitors Gate and this was where Nawab Siraj-ud-Daullah was executed after the battle of Plassey. Today, this gate lies in a dilapidated condition.
Jahankosha Canon Jahankosha canon is the biggest cannon at the armoury or the Topekhana, which is located at the south-eastern corner of Katra mosque. It means ‘conqueror of the universe’. It is said to be 12 feet long, 3 feet wide and the circumference of its mouth is more than one feet. It was made by blacksmith Janardhan Karmakar of Dhaka in 1637.
Nashipur Rajbati The palace was constructed by King Kirtichand Bahadur in the late 19th century. Within the palace compound two temples that of Ramachandra and Lakshmi-Narayana were built and they are worth a watch. There are two cannons here which people say were gifted by Robert Clive to Mir Jafar.
The Stable It was built during the period of Murshid Kuli Khan for keeping Arabian horses, camels and elephants. All that remains of this huge stable today are just high walls and a gate. This area has become a popular market place.
Wasif Manzil The Nawab Bahadur of Murshidabad, Sir Syud Wasif Ali Meerza constructed this new palace. This is located at the south of the Hazarduari Palace. It boasted of beautiful gardens and artificial hillocks and hence, it was known as ˜landscape garden”. Many members of the Nizamut family lived in this palace.
Day 02: After breakfast visit the following places:
Hazarduari Palace or the Palace of a Thousand Doors It was built during the reign of Nawab Nazim Humayun Jah (1824-1838 AD) by the famous architect McLeod Duncan. He followed the classic Greek (Doric) style. It is believed that the palace owes its name to the presence of more than thousand real and false doors and vast corridors in it. It was built 72 years after the battle of Plassey. The work started in 1829 and culminated in 1837. Today, it houses a museum, the palace and various artifacts used by the Nawabs including the silver throne, ivory sofa and palanquins, paintings, weapons and armory. It is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and the central government.
Imambara This faces the Hazarduari Palace. It is believed that it is one of the most biggest Imambaras in India. Before the present structure, there existed a wooden Imambara constructed by Nawab Siraj-ud-Daulah. The white buildings with its architectural splendour inspires awe.
Medina Mosque This small mosque is situated between the Hazarduari Palace and the Imambara. It is said that Nawab Siraj-ud-Daulah had brought mud from Karbala on his own head and placed them at Medina. It is stated that it houses a replica of Hazrat Muhammad’s tomb at Madina. The colourful tiled verandah look beautiful. Near this, one can see the Bacchawali Tope, which was recovered from Bhagirathi during the reign of Nawab Humayun Jah. It required 18 kgs of gunpowder and it is said that the sound that it made when it was fired was so terrible that pregnant women suffered miscarriages. Which is why the name – Bacchawali Tope.
Motijheel This crescent-shaped huge lake, was dug up right in front of the magnificent three-storey palace, built by Nawab Nawajes Mohammad Khan for his wife Ghaseti Begum. The palace (it does not exist anymore) was known for the large variety of marbles and flower plants. People here say that the treasures of the Nawab were buried in a room here. An Englishmen who tried to unearth the wealth met with a fatal end. It is believed that the wealth is protected by some supernatural force. It is stated that the Nawab Siraj-ud-Daulah was jealous of the grandeur of Motijheel and he constructed ˜Hirajheel” which eventually drowned in the Ganga.
Day 03: Transfer to Kolkata/Berhampore Court Station/Khagra