Located on the banks of the Bhagirathi river, Murshidabad was the last capital city of independent Bengal and is known for its Mughal and British colonial history. Among several historical structures built during the Mughal and British rules is the Hazarduari palace. Built by Duncan McLeod, it is now a museum showcasing armory, paintings and portraits of Nawabs and is one of the prime attractions of the city.
Famous for its silk textiles, the Murshidabad silk saris made from ivory and sholapith are light, vibrant and a must-buy. The annual festival, Bera Utsav, celebrated on the last Thursday of the Bengali month of Bhadra (mid-September), is conducted on the banks of the Bhagirathi river near the palaces of the Nawabs. The town is named after Nawab Murshid Quli Khan, the Dewan of Bengal, Odisha and Bihar, who in 1704 transferred his administration from Dhaka to Maksudabad and renamed the city after himself.
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BEST PLACES TO STAY IN MURSHIDABAD
There are a few budget to mid-range accommodation options available in Murshidabad; it is advisable to book rooms in advance.
BEST PLACES TO EAT IN MURSHIDABAD
There are several multi cuisine restaurants available in Murshidabad. However, while in the city, we suggest you try the local cuisine. A combination of Bengali and Mughal cuisine, you should try the Murshidabad Murgi Biryani, Gobindo Bhog Chaal and Misti Polao.
BEST TIME TO VISIT MURSHIDABAD
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Murshidabad is as given below. The best time to visit Murshidabad is also specified.