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We had gone a completely family trip to Murshidabad. the main Attraction of the tour is hazarduari. I took some shots there and I found a little girl decending from the stairs looks interesting. I cropped the upper portion intentionally.
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about Murshidabad

Murshidabad is a historic city located on the banks of the Bhagirathi River. Murshidabad, previously known as Mukhsudabad, was originally the capital of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa. Later, the city was renamed after Nawab Murshidkuli Khan, who was sent here by Aurungzeb in 1704. At this very time, Bengal’s capital was shifted here from Dhaka, beginning an entirely new chapter in the history of Bengal. The banks of the Bhagirathi River soon became alive with palaces and mosques. Later this area was colonized by the English and chaos and anarchy reigned supreme. Though a lot had been destroyed, but some of the old glory still remains and there is a lot to see in Murshidabad.

The prime interest of this place is the massive palace Hazarduari. Built in 1837, this mammoth architecture was influenced by the Indo-European style and has been converted to a museum. There are a thousand doors in the palace, both real and false, and hence the name Hazarduari. The armoury, the hall, photo gallery etc. are mention worthy. The palace is surrounded by a garden and lush greenery. The museum remains closed on Fridays. There is another noteworthy construction over here - the Medina Mosque, built by Nawab Shirajaudulla. Nearby is the Bacchawali Canon and Gharighar Minar. Right opposite to Hazarduari is Bengal’s biggest Imambara. Built in 1847, this architecture comprises a fascinating mosque. The Imambara is only accessible 10 days a year, during Muharram. The Wasef Manzil Palace is just behind the Hazarduari and also has a museum. The Yellow Mosque, Chak Mosque and Tripolia Gate around Hazarduari are worth seeing all. This area is known as Lal Bagh and the whole of the city can be accessed from here by auto, rickshaw and horse wagon. There are some other places of interest in Murshidabad which you can see while on a tour here. Amongst other places, the Katra Mosque built by Nawab Murshid Kuli Khan is a must-see. The western banks of the Bhagirathi River comprise the tombs of Sirajaudulla and Aliwardi Khan, known as Khosh Bagh. You can reach the place by taking a ferry ride starting from the Lal Bagh end. There are a few temples around Murshidabaad as well, Vaisnav guru Jagadbandhu’s temple and others. You can even go up to Azimganj, 8 kms away across the Ganga River where a lot more temples and a palace await tourists.

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