Majestic Murshidabad: A Private Day Tour from Kolkata
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Product Code : AGORA309
Embark on a majestic journey from Kolkata to Murshidabad, a city of rich heritage and historical significance. On this private day tour, you will visit magnificent landmarks such as the Hazarduari Palace, Katra Mosque, and Nizamat Imambara. Explore the beautiful gardens of the palace and learn about the region's fascinating history from your knowledgeable guide. This tour is a must-do for history buffs and those interested in India's colonial past.
6:00 am: Pick up from your hotel in Kolkata and start the journey to Murshidabad, located about 4 hours away. The drive takes you through the scenic countryside of West Bengal, with lush green fields and quaint villages dotted along the way.
10:00 am: Upon arrival in Murshidabad, head to Hazarduari Palace, a grand mansion built in the 19th century by British architects. The palace has 1000 doors (hence the name 'Hazarduari') and is a fine example of Indo-European architecture. Admire the palace's intricate architecture and learn about its history and significance from your guide. The palace now houses a museum with an impressive collection of artifacts from the Nawab era, including paintings, armor, and furniture.
11:30 am: Head to Katra Mosque, one of the oldest mosques in India and a fine example of Mughal architecture. The mosque was built by Murshid Quli Khan, the first Nawab of Bengal, in the 18th century. Explore the mosque's unique features, including the 14 domes and the ornate floral designs on the walls. Your guide will share stories about the mosque's construction and usage over the centuries.
12:30 pm: Enjoy a traditional Bengali lunch at a local restaurant and savor the flavors of the region. Murshidabad is known for its mouth-watering sweets, so make sure you try some of the local delicacies.
1:30 pm: Visit the Nashipur Rajbari, a historical palace complex that dates back to the 18th century. The palace was built by Raja Debi Singh and has a unique blend of European and Indian architectural styles. Admire the palace's grandeur and beauty and learn about its royal inhabitants, including the famous Rani Bhavani.
3:00 pm: Explore the Khushbagh Cemetery, where the tombs of Nawabs of Bengal are located. The cemetery was built in the 17th century and is a fine example of Mughal garden architecture. Learn about the history and significance of the cemetery and marvel at the ornate decorations on the tombs. The cemetery also houses a mosque and a madrasa, which are worth visiting.
4:00 pm: Visit the Katgola Palace, another fine example of European architecture with a distinct Indian touch. The palace was built in the 19th century by the wealthy merchant family of Katgola. Hear stories about the palace's royal occupants and admire its grandeur and beauty. The palace has a beautiful garden and a pond, which add to its charm.
5:30 pm: Depart from Murshidabad and start the journey back to Kolkata. Enjoy the scenic drive back and take in the sights and sounds of rural Bengal.
9:00 pm: Drop-off at your hotel in Kolkata.
Private AC car/van for pick up and drop off from/to your hotel.
English speaking local guide, if option selected.
Entrance fees to monuments, if option selected.
Lunch, if option selected.
Bottled water in the car.
Camera charges at monuments.
Gratuities and optional activities.
Anything not mentioned in the inclusions.