Known for its beautiful terracotta temples, Bishnupur flourished as the capital of the Malla kings from the 16th to the early 19th centuries. The architecture of these intriguing temples is a bold mix of Bengali, Islamic and Oriya (Odishan) styles. Intricately detailed facades of numerous temples play out scenes of the Hindu epics, the Ramayana and Mahabharata.
Bishnupur is in Bankura district, famous for its Baluchari silk saris and its pottery, particularly the stylised and iconic terracotta Bankura horse. Reproductions of detailed terracotta tiles from the temples are sold everywhere.