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Nabadwip – The Nine Islands


Nabadwip in Bengali means nine islands and is an eastern town in the state of West Bengal and is close to Bangladesh. The names of the islands are as follows; Antardwip, Simantadwip, Rudradwip, Madhyadwip, Godrumdwip, Ritudwip, Jahnudwip, Modadrumdwip, and Koladwip.

Nabadwip is a place of religious importance and pilgrims from all over the world come down and celebrate the Nabadwip Mandala Parikrama, which involves a procession while chanting religious verses. Holidays like Guru Purnima and Rash Purnima, celebrated on full moon days, are also of importance here.

Lord Chaitanya’s Roots

The River Bhagirathi lies to the East of the township around 20 kilometers away and is known for the birth of Lord Chaitanya who is credited for propitiating the Vaishnav religion. He was also a social reform activist, and there are many followers.

Where To Stay

Nabadwip has good accommodation facilities, including the municipality guest-house, which needs to be booked in advance. The Chaitanya Gaudiya Mission boarding house, the International Society for Krishna Conscious guest-house and quite a few hotels are some of the accommodating options.

Restaurants in the town serve delicious Bengali cuisine along with Bangladeshi variants. To get around the town, one can use the various private car facilities and large three-wheeled rickshaws.

How To Reach Nabadwip

Nabadwip is well connected with road and rail.

Nabadwip – Weather

The climate of Nabadwip is hot and humid. The best time to visit Nabadwip is in the winters.

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How to Reach Nabadwip

  • By Road
    Nabadwip can be accessed by road via State Highway 6 from Kolkata and is 119 kilometers from the city.
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  • By Train
    Nabadwip has its own railway station and is connected to the rest of the state. Some major long distance trains have a halt here.
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  • By Air
    The closest airport to Nabadwip is Kolkata Airport with connections to major Indian cities. It also connects to many international destinations.
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