Murshidabad, named after the famed Nawab Murshid Quli Khan, the Dewan of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa, served as the last capital of independent Bengal till the same was shifted to Calcutta, the present day – Kolkata, in 1773 AD. With the quench of knowing Bengal’s Glorious days, and not visiting Murshidabad and its surrounds, will be a sure case of incompleteness towards any tourist’s handbook.
So just after wrapping our tour across the Ancient Citadels of Gour and Pandua in Maldah, we decided to complete the chapter, with a journey throughout the ages of the ‘Nawabi’ times to Murshidabad. The city, famous for its Silk crafts and architectural splendors, served as the Capital of Bengal from 1717 AD onwards, before the last and the most famed Nawabs – Siraj-Ud-Dullah lost in the historic battle fields of Plassey to the traitor-ship of Mir Jaffar and the British infantry of Robert Clive in the year - 1757.
More description to come soon...
Acknowledgements::1. Subhabrata Chattopadhyay, for a Wonderful Company.
2. Hotel White House – Murshidabad.
3. Sanjib – Our Driver and Guide in Murshidabad.
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State Archeological Museum Exhibition
Collection of Dilip Kumar Maite
Collection of Asad-uj Jaman
Photos from ASI Reviews
Temporary Exhibition at Indian Museum
My photos of Khana-Mihirer Dhipi
My photos of Chandraketugarh area (trees, ricefields...)
Courtesy: Asad-uj Jaman
Last Revised March 1, 2007