Introducing Murshidabad & Berhampore
In Murshidabad, rural Bengali life and 18th-century architecture meld on the verdant shores of the Bhagirathi River. When Siraj-ud-daula was nawab of Bengal, Murshidabad was his capital, and he was assassinated here after the defeat at Plassey (now Palashi).
The main draw here is the Hazarduari, a palace famous for its 1000 doors (real and false), built here for the nawabs in 1837. It houses an astonishing collection of antiquities from the 18th and 19th centuries. Other beautiful structures in the complex include the Nizamat Imambara, the clock tower, the Wasef Manzil, a former regal residence, and the elegant Madina Mosque.
Murshid Quli Khan, who moved the capital here in 1700, is buried beneath the stairs at the impressive ruins of the Katra Mosque. Siraj-ud-daula was assassinated at the Nimak Haram Deori (Traitor’s Gate). Within the Kathgola Gardens is an interesting family mansion of a Jain trading family, dating back to 1873.
Berhampore is 15km south of Murshidabad and acts as its bus and railway hub.