Murshidabad, originally called Makhsudabad, is a city in the large Murshidabad district in the state of West Bengal in India. It is one of the most densely populated regions in the country. It is located on the banks of the river Bhagirathi which is a tributary of the River Ganga. It is famously known for the Hazarduari Palace and is proximate to the Hugli river. Murshidabad has, for years, attracted tourist attention because of its proximity to the state capital Kolkata and has quite a few attractions in and around the city.
Shopping in Murshidabad
Handicrafts and Agriculture are two of the most active industries, and Murshidabad is popular for some very affordable street side shopping. The famous Terracotta creations one can pick up here are beautiful and surprisingly well priced. Murshidabad Silk is another famous product of the region and is used in making Indian Sarees and scarves.
The fortress of the Nawabs and the palace of a thousand doors are two heritage places which are awe inspiring in their own ways. The palace of a thousand doors is popularly known as the Hazaarduari Palace. This city is the seat of the Nawabs.
Food and Festivals
Do not forget to try the local Bengali cuisine at Murshidabad. If you want to enjoy good food then you can try a small roadside joint and order some delicious sea food that comes from fresh river catch.
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One glance at the city, one walk through its streets and one is taken back to the days of the Maharajas with the many cycle rickshaws for transporting passengers and goods and also the famous horse carts used for passenger transport within the city. Each and every heritage building is pristine white, with colonial and Islamic style architecture. Murshidabad has something for everybody, families, couples and the lone backpacker.
The best time to visit is when the city is in spirit with the festivals of Durga Puja, Diwali and Dussera. Other festivals celebrated here are Holi and Ram Navami. All of this brings out the best of shopping, colour and food in this small city.
Murshidabad is well connected with road, rail and air.
The climate of Murshidabad is hot with humid summers and pleasant winters.