Murti is a lovely getaway located on the banks of the meandering river of the same name. It is the perfect weekend destination for people looking to escape the din and bustle of city life. Murti the river originates from the Neora Valley National Park and flows through the main tourist attractions of Dooars before meeting the River Jaldhaka. It is along its bank stretching for 80 kilometers that the famous forests of Dooars have developed and are sustained. All the popular watchtowers of the forests are built overlooking Murti River. Murti, the place was initially a picnic spot but now with the resort it has become of the most popular getaways in North Bengal.

How to reach Murti


Murti can be reached by rail after reaching at the New Mal junction or the New Jalpaiguri junction from where you can hire cars. The nearest airport is Bagdogra and the National Highway 31 connects Murti to other cities and small towns. The distance of Murti from Siliguri is 73 kilometers while from New Mal it is 18 kilometers. From Chalsa it is a distance of only 8 kilometers which hardly takes a half an hour drive.

Accommodation in Murti


Hotels in Murti Dooars

Banani or Prakriti O Poribesh Beekshan Kendra is the nature education and wilderness resort located next to Gorumara National Park on the Nahrakata-Lataguri road. The bungalow is amidst sal forest on the bank of River Murti and is the primary choice of any tourist. It offers 12 rooms including one suite providing the best view of the river and the forest. Another excellent accommodation facility known as the Murti Tourist Lodge run by West Bengal Tourism is located near Gorumara National Park on the river bank. The rooms are tent or cottage style with a view of the river bed and animals. Other facilities include the privately run Prime Murti, Riverwood Forest Retreat, The Ca-Cur-Badi Forest Resort, Dreamland Hotel, Resort Olive Village and Dooars Nest. Food is available at all these accommodation facilities.

Attractions in Murti


Wild Bisons crossing Murti river.

Wild Bisons crossing Murti river

Murti can be visited anytime of the year because it has a pleasant climate. However, it is wise to avoid the monsoons because you will not be able to explore the forests on either side of the river. The Gorumara National Park and the Chapramari Forest are on opposite banks of Murti and are famous for the diverse flora and fauna. There is a small bridge through which you can cross the river and arrive at the jungles on either side. You can explore the jungles either on elephant back or through jeep safari depending on your choice. The beauty of nature in the region is quite a visual treat. However, roaming around the area at night is not advised because wild animals flock on the banks to quench their thirst.

Angling, camping and hiking through the trails are some of the commonest and most adventurous activities in and around Murti. If you are bird enthusiast then this is a paradise for you as you will see various local and migratory birds on the river bed. You can also spot alligators in the river. Other tourist attractions include the Panjhora River picnic spot, Chukchuki, Chalsa, Khunia, Jhalong, Bindu, Samsing and Suntalekhola.

Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Tamal Majhi, Anirban Banerjee, indiamike.com/ranjankumardey

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Rasikbil Bird Sanctuary is located on the foothill of Sintura Range of the Eastern Himalayas. It falls in Cooch Behar district of West Bengal and is basically a marshland or swamp which is famous for birds. The place is flocked by a large variety of birds and is therefore known as a bird sanctuary. It is spread across an area of 175 hector and also includes Aviary & Tortoise rescue center, python house, leopard house, crocodile rehabilitation center and deer park. The sanctuary can be visited throughout the year and is at a distance of 34 kilometers from Alipurduar; 45 kilometers from Cooch Behar and 212 kilometers from Siliguri.

How to reach Rasikbil Bird Sanctuary


Rasikbil Bird Sanctuary can be approached by road, air and rail. If you are traveling by your own vehicle then National Highway is the connector for you to reach either Alipurduar or Cooch Behar. Otherwise, government buses of Bhutan, North Bengal State Transport and private buses and taxis are available to arrive at Rasikbil. If you take the bus from Cooch Behar then you will arrive at Rasikbil within 2 hours via Toofanganj. Alternatively, disembark at Kamaskshaguri station which is only 6 kilometers from Rasikbil Bird Sanctuary. Other than this particular station, you can get off at New Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar and Cooch Behar station as well and hire cabs from there. Flight travelers will arrive at Bagdogra airport and hire cars/taxis to arrive at Rasikbil.

Accommodation in Rasikbil Bird Sanctuary


Rasikbil Nature Resort maintained by the forest development corporation of West Bengal is the best place to stay. It offers cottages and dormitory accommodation facilities. The rate is 900 INR and you must reserve the place prior to your arrival. Food is also available here and the price is included in the rent.

Attractions in Rasikbil Bird Sanctuary


birds-spotted-in-rasikbil-coochbehar-west-bengalRasikbil Bird Sanctuary offers a serene environment to the visitors. Expect for the chirping of birds which will ring like music in your ears no other sound will disturb the blissful peace. Both local and migratory birds can be viewed at Rasikbil Bird Sanctuary. Usually birds like ibis, kingfisher, owl, storks of different verities, cormorants and spoonbill can be found in and around the lake. Apart from these famous water birds like Wigeon duck, Grey Headed Lapwing, Shoveler, Pintail, Red Crested Pochard, Lesser Whistling Teal, White Eyed Pochard and Common Teal can also be spotted here. This is a bird lover’s heaven and you must be ready with your camera.

Apart from bird watching you can also visit the Cooch Behar Palace and Madan Mohan Temple and also Alipurduar and Buxa Tiger Reserve which is a short drive away.

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Sikia Jhora is a rivulet flowing through the famous Buxa Tiger Reserve surrounded by Damanpur Range. Sikia Jhora stream can be found in North Panialguri in Alipurduar subdivision. Taking into account the eco village tourism development initiative and the increasing number of tourists flocking the region, government had built a dam and an embankment along the stream a few years back. Sikia Jhora is one of the major tourist highlights apart from the tigers inside the Buxa reserve. Boating is allowed on the brooke and it also a famous bird watching spot. However, the rivulet swells up during rainy season and hence it is not a good idea to visit the place during monsoons.

How to reach Sikia Jhora


Sikia Jhora is well connected with the other parts of the country through air, road and rail. Several trains from metro cities arrive at New Alipurduar station or the New Jalpaiguri junction from where you can hire taxis to arrive at the spot. Kamrup and Saraighata are some of the express trains of the region. Buses also ply between Alipurduar and Sikia Jhora. Bagdogra is the nearest airport. Alternatively, if you are traveling in your own car, then Buxa is only 25 kilometers from Rajabhatkhawa which is at a short distance from Alipurduar.

Accomodation in Sikia Jhora


Both homestays and government bungalows are available for tourists at various spots in and around the Buxa Tiger Reserve. South Ridak, Raimatung, Jayanti and Kumargram are some of the places where you can stay and go on a day’s visit to Sikia Jhora.

Attractions & Activities in Sikia Jhora


This beautiful tourist destination is maintained by the eco tourism development committee constituting local villagers. They take care of the tourists visiting the region. Opposite to Sikia Jhora is the Kalkut forest which is also a popular picnic spot. Jaydevpur, Sahibbandh and Hatipota are some more picnic spots being developed close by for tourists. There is also a watchtower from where you can view the diverse flora and fauna of the region.

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Buxa Tiger Reserve is located in the foothills of Bhutan covering an area of 790 square kilometers and is of course famous for tigers, civet and red jungle fowl. The forest was declared as a tiger reserve in 1983 and received the title of National Park in 1992. Buxa Tiger Reserve forest is the largest in North Bengal and is home to second largest tiger population in entire West Bengal after Sunderbans. There are many species of mammals, reptiles, birds and an amazing collection of medicinal plants and orchids. It is only 24 kilometers from Alipurduar and about 180 kilometers from Siliguri, reckoned as the gateway of Bengal. Certain parts of the forest have still remained unexplored due to inaccessible terrain.

How to reach Buxa Fort and Tiger Reserve Forest


100_0934Buxa Tiger Reserve is well connected to the major modes of conveyance. If you are traveling by train, you have to reach Alipurduar station which is 37 kilometers from Buxa forest. You can hire a taxi from the station. Alternatively, you can fly by air for which the only airport is Bagdogra. People who are traveling by their own car should take the NH-31 to reach Bux through Rajabhatkhawa which is 25 kilometers away from the spot.

Accommodation in Buxa Fort and Tiger Reserve Forest


Both homestays and government bungalows are available for tourist accommodation. Buxa Duar, Nimati/Range, South Ridak, Raimatung, Jayanti and Kumargram are some of the places where bungalow accommodation maintained by West Bengal Forest Development Corporation is available. The one at south Raidak has been renovated of late and the Jayanti and Buxa Duar bungalows offer 16 bed dormitories. Rajabhatkhawa offers government rest houses for tourists. Homestays are available at Jayanti, Raimatung and BuxaDuar. The houses are nice with warm hospitality of the village folks. There is also arrangement for food in the bungalows.

Attractions & Activities in Buxa Fort and Tiger Reserve Forest


Buxa Tiger Reserve Forest is home to over 400 species of trees, 400 species of herbs, 150 species of orchids, 250 species of shrubs, 100 species of grass, and about 130 species of aquatic flora. The forest is full of Champa, Simul, Chikrasi, Gamar and Sal trees. Even the fauna has wide variety in it. Asian Tiger, elephant, bison, sambar, giant squirrel, antelopes and wild boar can be spotted in the jungle. The forest is also a bird watcher’s paradise boasting 284 species of birds. Beautifully colored butterflies can also be found here. The Narthali Lake and the banks of Raidak and Jayanti Rivers are popular spots for watching migratory birds. It is home to some endangered species of animals as well.

Buxa Fort lies about 4 kilometers from the forest. Now only the ruins can be seen which used to be a major seat of the British administration once. Since it sits at an altitude of 2600 feet you have to trek through the forest to reach it. The fort used to serve as a prison for the British at one point and therefore even the ruins have lot of historical significance. Number of trekking routes originates from here which include Santrabari, Rover’s Point, Rupam Valley and Jayanti village to fulfill your dose for adventure.

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28 Mile is a small settlement within the Buxa Tiger Reserve with 110 households. The number of households has increased considerably since 1960. Homestays are available for tourists at the 28 Mile Basti as it is known in the local language. There is also a well furnished cottage at 28 Mile serving guests who visit Buxa Tiger Reserve. Buxa is one of the largest forest reserves in West Bengal and is home to Asian tigers whose population is only second to that of Sunderbans. The importance of Buxa increased manifold in the year 1992 when it was declared to be a national park.

How to reach 28 miles


Buxa Tiger Reserve is nicely interconnected with the major modes of transportation. If you are traveling by train, arrive at Alipurduar station which is 37 kilometers from Buxa forest. You can hire a taxi from the station to reach Buxa. On the other hand, you can take a flight to the Bagdogra airport and from there hire a cab to arrive at Buxa. Tourists who are traveling by their own car should take the NH-31 to reach Buxa through Rajabhatkhawa which is 25 kilometers away from the destination.

Accommodation in 28 miles


As already mentioned above 28 Mile offers accommodation facilities to the tourists. The home stays offer basic amenities while the cottage provides modern ones. The small settlement at 28 Mile within the forest offers home stays. Tourists at times prefer this spot because of its proximity to the Bala River bed which is a popular spot for bird watching; both migratory and local birds. The Leo Cottage is located within this core area of the forest. The room rents vary from 1000 INR to 1500 INR. The cottage offers 24 hours hot water, dining, camp fire, car parking facilities. You will be served with delicious Bengali dishes at 400 INR per person.

Attractions & Activities in 28 miles


Staying at 28 Mile provides an opportunity to you to explore the forest from the core area. You have to seek permission from the forest department but if you are staying at the cottage you will be able to explore the jungle through safaris and treks. Animals like tigers, elephants, squirrels, sambhar, bisons and deer can be found in the forest. Snakes and other insects can also be spotted if you keep your eyes open. The forest is vast and there are tea gardens on the fringes which you can visit. There is also a boating spot in the jungle known as Shikia Jhora which offers an exciting coat ride on the brooke.

Trek to Buxa Fort

 

 

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Jayanti is a small forest village inside the Buxa Tiger Reserve in West Bengal. Located along the banks of Jayanti River, this is the only settlement inside a forest area where you can spot tigers. This is where visitors can enjoy the thrill overnight. The river forms a natural barrier with the Bhutan hills on the other side of the forest. Known popularly as the ‘Queen of Dooars’, the Jayanti village is a pristine place with a wide variety of flora and fauna. Free from the pollution of city life, this vast green zone is bound to take your breath away. Staying in the village within the Buxa Tiger Reserve is a memorable experience for any traveler.

How to Reach Jayanti


If you are traveling by air, then Bagdogra is the only airport in the proximity although it is 195 kilometers from the destination. Alternatively, if you have taken the train, then disembark at Alipurduar station which is only 30 kilometers from Jayanti. You can hire taxis from Alipurduar station to reach Jayanti. Jayanti can also be approached from Cooch Behar and Jaldapara through Rajabhatkhawa. Jayanti can be visited any time of year because of its pleasant weather. However, it is advisable to avoid the monsoons.

Accommodation in Jayanti


Accommodation facilities in Jayanti are basic. You will be able to enjoy your sojourn in the cottages with single and double bedrooms inside the forest area which is exciting. Attached bathrooms with hot water are available 24/7. You can savor the lovely view of the Bhutan hills and the Jayanti River from the windows. The spectacular scenic beauty of the place will leave you asking for more. The owners of the homestays will arrange for guides and permits to explore the forest area and also visit the watchtower to spot animals. The food served is essentially Bengali cuisine and it is delicious.

Attractions & Activities in Jayanti


Apart from exploring the forest and spotting animals like tigers, leopards, peacocks, deer and elephants from the watchtower you can visit the other tourist attractions nearby. The ruins of Buxa Fort are a historical site located at an elevation of 2600 feet. It was built during the British reign in India and used to serve as a prison for the freedom fighters. Later it became a refugee camp area for the Tibetans and Bangladeshis flees to India. There is a lake known as pokhri by the locals close to Pokhri Hill which is a sacred place for the local population. The fun part is that you have to trek to these spots.

The Mahakal temple is a popular religious site for the Hindus located near Bhutan border. It is actually a cave dedicated to Lord Shiva and is also famous for bird watching. Also the Bala River bed is another spot for bird watching. Peacocks are easily spotted in this zone and taking a stroll along the bed will be gratifying. However, tourists are not allowed here at evening because of frequent visit from leopards. You can also visit the Bhutia Basti located 1.5 kilometers from Jayanti. Narthali Lake, Rajabhatkhawa and Santarbari are other tourist spots.

 

 

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The Jhalong river camp on the banks of river Jaldhaka is a natural resort in the wilderness of Himalayan foothills known as Dooars. Jhalong is a small village which has been included in the eco tourism initiative taken up by West Bengal Forest Development Corporation. Visitors seeking peace amidst nature will find this place attractive with its pristine beauty. It is actually located on the Indo-Bhutan border which adds to the thrill of the visitors. The place is full of orange orchards, small houses amidst rolling hills and lush greenery. The Jaldhaka hydel power project of phase 2 is the highlight of the region.

How to Reach Jhalong River Camp


Jhallong is around 103 kilometers from Siliguri which is considered to be the gateway of North Bengal. It takes more or less 3 hours to arrive at Jhallong from SIliguri in bus or by a car. From Chalsa Jhallong is 55 kilometers and if you are travelling by train, you have to reach at New Mal junction. The nearest airport is Bagdogra. The route leading to Bindu-Jhallong is beautiful with forests, villages, hills and elephant corridors. This zone is famous for animal viewing where you can find leopards, bison, deer and of course elephants. The first glimpse of Jhallong from a hilltop is absolutely out of the world.

Accommodation in Jhallong River Camp


The best option for accommodation is the Jhallong river camp along the banks of Jaldhaka River. You have to leave your camp at the check post before entering the charming river camp. A small wooden footbridge over the meandering Jaldhaka and massive boulders will take you to the camps developed by WBFDC. There are 10 tents in the area and all are well facilitated and insulated to provide protection from the cold outside. The bed inside the tent is huge and the bathroom is attached to the room. They also have a small dressing unit for the visitors and a camp cot outside tents. The cost for the river camps is 1200-1500 INR depending on the bedrooms.

Attractions & Activities in Jhalong River Camp


Apart from the pollution free mesmerizing weather, there is another advantage of living in the camp; the performance of the local people. In the evening you can witness a lovely song and dance performance by the local people while feasting on hot momos and barbecued chicken. For dinner the Hakka noodles and Chilli chicken is highly recommended. In the morning and also during the evening you will be served with high quality fragrant tea to calm your taste buds.

They can arrange Barbeque and Camp Fire with extra cost. Camp Fire costs around 500/- and Barbeque depends on the amount of Chicken you’d take. Chicken cost cost may vary 400/ – to 500/- per KG.

Wake up to the gushing sound of the Jaldhaka in the morning and admiring the sunrise over the mountains while sipping a cup of hot tea. Once you have finished the breakfast start the day with a village tour followed by a visit to the hydel power station. If you love the river most, then you can angel in it for sometime or go bird watching. Brown Dipper, Little Fortail, Crested Kingfisher, Slaty-backed Forktail, Eurasian Wryneck, Laughing Thrush are some the species you will notice. Since the entire region is full of trekking trails you can take one to reach Todey and Tagta points to admire the panoramic view.

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Murshidabad is a place of historic importance situated on the southern bank of River Bhagirathi. It was the last capital of Independent Bengal from 1717 to 1773 when the East India Company shifted its capital to Kolkata. The present city is renowned for its silks and places of historical interest. It also serves as the district head quarters of Murshidabad district.

Attractions & Activities in Murshidabad


Murshidabad is renowned for its places of historical importance. The tale of Bengal’s golden era prior to the British rule comes alive in Murshidabad.

Hazaar Duaari, Murshidabad, West-Bengal

Hazarduari
Named after the 1000 doors it contains, this palace was built by Duncan McLeod in 1837 for the ruling Nawab. It showcases the European architecture of yesteryears a nd has been converted into a museum at present. It has been named as the largest site museum by the, ‘Archaeological Survey of India.’ Continue Reading →

Imambara A hallmark of Islamic architecture in Murshidabad, West Bengal

Imambara
A revered site of Shia Muslims, the Imambara was built on the ruins of the wooden one, which had been gutted by fire. It is 680 feet long and is situated on the banks of the River Bhagirathi and is divided into three distinct sections. Continue Reading →

Wasef Manzil
The palace resembles a castle in some ways and was used as a residence by Nawab Wasaf Ali Mirza. It has been converted into a museum now and is maintained by the ‘Archaeological Survey of India.’ There are several marble statues and a fountain in the garden in front of the building. Continue Reading →

Mursidabad Katra Mosque A Must See for History Buffs inside, West Bengal

Katra Mosque
This historical mosque was believed to have been commissioned by Nawab Murshid Quli Khan in 1723. It could accommodate around 2000 people who offered Namaz, at the same time. The famous canon Jahan Kosha (Destroyer of World) can be seen here. Some parts of the mosque had been damaged in the earthquake of 1897. Continue Reading →

 

Sholapith Devi Durga, Murshidabad

Art and Craft
Ivory, wood, Indian Cork (Sholapith) and Silk industry was very rich culture when the Nawabs of Bengal were the rulers of Bengal at Murshidabad. But it had to face a crisis when the Nawabs lost their kingdom and independence during the time of British Empire.  But the art of silk sari has maintained its quality till now. Now a day’s Murshidabad Silk production is going down because of the low earnings of the sari makers. Continue Reading →

 

Jahankosha Canon, Murshidabad

Jahankosha Canon
Jahankosha canon weighing 16,880 lb is 17.5 feet long with a girth of 5 feet at the touch hole end. The diameter of the touch hole is 1.5 inches and the diameter of the orifice is 6 inches.  Continue Reading →

Moti Jheel
Moti Jheel is a charming horseshoe shaped lake located 1 kilometer south of Lalbagh. The land adjoining Moti Jheel witnessed the celebration of Lord Clive after he acquired Bengal, Bihar and Orissa in 1765.  Continue Reading →

Cemetery of Siraj-Ud-Daula
The cemetery of Siraj-ud-Daulah or Khoshbag as it is popularly known as is located at the Bhagirathi River bank in the west. The tomb is also shared by his wife, Lutf-un-nisa and his grandfather, Alivardi Khan. Continue Reading →

Mosque at Khoshbag Cemetary
This mosque is located inside the premises of Khoshbag which is the final resting place of the Nawabs belonging to the Afshar dynasty ruling Bengal. It has the tombs of Nawab Siraj-ud-Daulah, his wife, grandfather and grandfather’s mother. Continue Reading →

War Memorial at the Battle of Plassey Ground, Murshidabad

War Memorial at the Battle of Plassey Ground
The battle ground of Plassey lying on the banks of the Bhagirathi River holds lot of historical significance. The British East India Company defeated the last independent Nawab of Bengal Siraj-ud-Daulah in the Battle of Plassey in 1757 which decided the fate of Calcutta and India. Continue Reading →

Nimak Haram Deori Inner Side, Murshidabad

Nimak Haram Deori
Nimak Haram Deori is the main gate leading to Mir Jafar, the traitor’s palace Jafargunj. It is located at a distance of only 1 kilometer from the magnificent Hazarduari. Visitors cannot enter into the palace as it is well guarded. Continue Reading →

Nasipur Palace
Nasipur Palace - Nasipur Raj Bari, Murshidabad According to Holiday HotSpot, Nasipur Palace is one of the primary attractions of Murshidabad which generally brims with visitors. Constructed in 1723-24 by Murshi Quli Khan this imposing structure has high minarets. Continue Reading →

Kathgola Palace
Kathgola Palace - Katgola Bagan The Kathgola Palace built in the garden premises of Raja Dhanpat Singh Dugar and Lakshmipath Singh Dugar is located in the southern part of Nasipur. It is an impressive structure constituting a central drawing room, a library, billiard room, bedroom and dining room. Continue Reading →

Footi Mosque
Footi Mosque or masjid as it called in Urdu is an unfinished work of Nawab Sarafaraz Khan. It is located at a distance of a mile from Hazarduari Palace. Continue Reading →

Ghari Minar
The Ghari Minar or the Clock Tower of Murshidabad, West Bengal is located on coordinates 24°11′15″N 88°16′10″E / 24.187381°N 88.269315°E is a famous tourists spot. It is located to the south of Hazarduari Palace in the Nizamat Fort premises. Continue Reading →

Chalk Masjid
The Chalk Masjid or Mosque in Murshidabad is quite a popular tourist attraction. It was constructed by Mirjafar, the infamous traitor who killed the last Independent Nawab of Bengal, Siraj-ud-Daulah in 1767. The Chalk Masjid stands tall at 125 feet and is quite an imposing structure. Continue Reading →

Jafraganj Muqbara
Jafarganj Muqbara or cemetery was built on an area of 3.51 acres by Mir Jafar. It is located approximately half a mile north to the Nizamat Fort premises inside the bigger campus of Namak Haram Deuri. Continue Reading →

Dutch Cemetery
The Dutch Cemetery is located next to the Cossimbazar railway station at Kalkapur where the Dutch owned huge factories in the historical times. The grandeur of the Dutch has been ruined and small tombs of 43 in number remain to this day.  Continue Reading →

Cossimbazar Kuthi
Cossimbazar Kuthi is a relatively less popular tourist spot in Murshidabad. The bazaar area used to be famous due to its silk production which has reduced these days. However, the Cossimbazar Kuthi stall stands at present. Continue Reading →

Adinathji Mandir - Pareshnath Temple, Kathgola Palace Garden, Murshidabad

Adinathji Mandir or Pareshnath Temple
Adinathji Mandir is situated in the premises of Kathgola gardens which also houses the famous Kathgola Palace. Adinathji Mandir is also known as Pareshnath Temple dedicated to Bhagwan Adishvar. Continue Reading →

Char bangla Mandir
The Char Bangla Mandir or temple is located in Azimganj, Baranagore of Murshidabad district. It was built by Rani Bhavani, the Queen of Natore in 18th century. Continue Reading →

Jain temples of Azimganj
Azimganj small town in Murshidabad is home to 7 Jain temples of immense historical, architectural and spiritual value are located. Continue Reading →

Roshni Bag
Roshni Bag is the mausoleum or muqbara of Suja-ud-Daulah located in Murshidabad district. Suja-ud-Daulah dies in 1739 and was buried in this spot. When translated in English it means ‘garden of lights’. Continue Reading →

Farah Bag
Farah Bag is the third of the garden trio in Lalbagh which means ‘garden of pleasure’. Farah Bagh is the smallest among the garden trio and is located on the banks of Bhagirath River. Dahapara, the famous settlement of the Qanungo is situated on the south-western part of Farah Bagh. Continue Reading →

Bhubaneshwari Mandir

Nearby Places in Murshidabad


Cossimbazar Palace, MurshidabadCossimbazar Palace
This is a census town in Murshidabad, renowned for its historical importance. It is believed to have been a great trading center before Calcutta came up as the primary hub of commercial activities. Continue Reading →

Saidabad
This town is situated in between Murshidabad and Berhampur and had been an Armenian stronghold in the 17th and 18th centuries. Continue Reading →

Baranagore
This riverside palace was constructed by the Zamindars of Natore ( now in Bangladesh). The place is linked with the tales of the famous Rani Bhavani and her efficiency in managing the zamindari. Continue Reading →

Berhampur
Also known as Baharampur, it is the best urban town of west Bengal. It is famous for Karna Subarna, the ancient capital of King Shashank of Bengal and the remnants of the British army which includes the four canons located at four corners of the Barrack Square. Continue Reading →

How to Reach Murshidabad


Murshidabad is well connected to Kolkata and the North of Bengal by road and railways.

Railways: Lalgola Passenger, Hazar Duari Express and Bhagirathi Express are some of the trains plying from Kolkata to Murshidababad. The duration of journey is about 4:30 to 5 hours with the fare ranging from Rs 0-Rs 150 per passenger.

Road: A number of State Transport buses as well as private buses are available regularly for travelling between Kolkata and Murshidabad. It is also possible to rent a luxury taxi and travel by road. Car rentals cost around Rs 4500 for a round trip.

When to Visit  Murshidabad


Murshidabad is accessible all through the year. However, the months of September- February are particularly pleasant due to the mild weather.

Accommodation in Murshidabad


Murshidabad offers a large number of mid to cheap range hotels and lodges including youth hostels. Accomodation at WBTDC’s ‘Berhampore Tourist Lodge’ can be confirmed from Kolkata as well.

Baharampur Tourist Lodge
34 KN Road, Baharampur, Murshidabad
Tariff: Rs. 600 – 1,200
Phone: 250439

Paramount Hotel
Hazi Abdul Kader NTPC, Murishidabad
Tariff: Rs. 700 – 1,000

Sunshine Hotel
Panchanantala, Berhampore
Tariff: Rs. 1,000 – 2,000
Telephone: +91-3482-277322/257798/277670

Hotel Sangam
Near to Berhampore port, Murshidabad
Tariff: Rs. 300 – 800

Sonar Tary Lodge
SDO More, Dumkal, Murshidabad
Tariff Rs. 400 – 600

The Fame Hotel
Murshidabad
Tariff: Rs. 1,000 – 5,000

Manjusha Hotel
Lalbagh, Murshidabad
Tariff: Rs. 400 – 700

Indrajit Hotel
Station Road, Murishidabad
Tariff: Rs. 500 – 800

Bhagirathi Hotel
49/1,K.N.Road, Berhampore, Murshidabad
Tariff: Rs. 500 – 900

Hotel Sabar Proyo
Lalkgola Bazar, Murshidabad
Tariff: Rs. 500 – 600

Hotel Indigo, Raghunathganj
Murshidabad Road, Jangipur
Tariff: Rs. 800 – 1,050

Hotel Anwesha, Hazarduary, Murshidabad
Tariff: Rs. 500 – 1,000
Telephone: +91 9434115470

Maa Tara Hindu Hotel, Nagar, Murshidabad
Tariff: Rs. 200 – 250

Niranjan Nibas, Murshidabad
Tariff: Rs. 400 – 600

New Mayur Hotel
92/8, Pilkhana Road Post, Murshidabad
Tariff: Rs. 300 – 500

Hotel Sagnik
77-Omrahaganj (Lalbagh), PO-Murshidabad, Murshidabad
Tariff: Rs. 450 – 1,500

White House Hotel
Near Bus Stand, Murshidabad
Tariff: Rs. 560 – 760

Prince Hotel, Omarpur Post
Ghorshala, Murshidabad
Tariff: Rs. 400 – 800

Hotel Samrat, Murshidabad
Tariff: Rs. 1,000 – 2,000

Provath Hotel, Nagar, Murshidabad
Tariff: Rs. 250 – 300

Sourav Lodge, Murshidabad
Tariff: Rs. 400 – 600

Hotel Asha, Murshidabad
Tariff: Rs. 300 – 600

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Rocky Island is an upcoming tourist destination in the Samsing hills of Dooars region in northern Bengal. The name Rocky Island promises lot of adventure and the place actually fulfills them. The name not only promises adventure but also evokes images of big and small rocks making an interesting trail for the tourists to follow. Well, the place has it all and once you reach there you will know that it has lived up to your expectations. You will spot massive rocks on the island named as Bhimsen, Hansdunga, Pathar Kailas, and Neel Kanta. Rocky Island is about 3 kilometers uphill from Suntalekhola and is an enchanting place away from the crowds amidst the sound of the flowing Murti River.

How to reach Rocky Island


how-to-reach-rocky-island-state-of-west-bengalRocky Island is only 3 kilometers from Suntalekhola and can be travelled on foot only. You can arrive at Suntalekhola by getting down at New Mal junction if you are traveling by train and rent a trekker to reach Samsing which is only 34 kilometers from the junction. Do not forget to bargain the charge with the driver. Suntalekhola is uphill about 3 kilometers from Samsing. The entire route is charming with lush tea gardens, mountains and small brooks. You will see and feel nature bounty in this place and breathe some fresh air. The Bagdogra airport is around 75 kilometers from Suntalekhola.

Accommodation in Rocky Island


rocky-island-state_of_west_bengal3Visitors can stay overnight at Rocky Island. The Rocky Island Adventure Camp is the perfect place for adventure enthusiasts. The best part about the eco resort is that the owners haven’t fallen prey to commercialization of the place. It still holds its natural charm which enthralls and allures tourists. Accommodation is available in the form of tents to provide the real feel of camping. The double and single bed rooms with attached baths cost between 800 and 1200 INR while the ones with unattached facility costs 800 INR. The dome rent facility is available at 400 INR and for food you have to spend 250 INR which includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Attractions in Rocky Island


The camp provides a great opportunity to explore the diverse flora and fauna of the lower Neora Valley Valley Park. There are caves adjacent to the massive rocks which can be explored by the adventure lovers. Since a number of trekking trails originate from this zone, you can take them to reach different points like Bhalukope, Mouchuki, Jhandidara and Sherpagaon. You can also indulge in rappelling in Rocky Island which is generally not facilitated on hills in India. If you are visiting during summer season, enjoy a bath in the river.

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Suntalekhola is a small hamlet located at an altitude of around 750 meters in the Dooars Himalayan foothills of West Bengal. Suntalekhola when translated in English means ‘orange stream’ and is quite a beautiful and peaceful tourist destination. It lies about 4 kilometers from Samsing and is also the south eastern entry point of Neora Valley National Park. The WBFDC cottages or river camp is the best place to stay in Suntalekhola because it offers unhindered view of the beautiful green landscape and the high mountains. A number of trekking routes originate from Suntalekhola most of which lead to the National Valley National Park. This is an added attraction for the adventurous souls.

How to reach Suntalekhola River Camp


Disembark at New Mal junction if you are traveling by train and hire a car to arrive at Samsing which is only 34 kilometers from the junction. Do not forget to negotiate the fare with the driver. Suntalekhola is uphill about 4 kilometers from Samsing. The entire route is charming with lush tea gardens, mountains and small streams. You can feel the nature here and breathe some fresh air. The Bagdogra airport is around 75 kilometers from Suntalekhola.

Accommodation in Suntalekhola River Camp


You will find the deluxe cottages as soon as you cross the check post. There are 4 tents which are names Cruiser, Popinjay, Windmill and Swiss Spangle. The tents are well facilitated for camping. There are attached bathrooms with geysers and also mini steel wardrobe along with dressing units. They also provide fan and light inside the tents. They serve to the guests as well and you can have chicken at dinner. A plastic table and chairs are furnished inside the tent for the guests to use. The Swiss Luxury tent comes at 1200-1400 INR and the Nature Education and Wilderness Resort with 2 bedrooms come at 1100 INR and the suite at 1500 INR. The reservation can be done at the forest department office.

Attractions in Suntalekhola River Camp


You will have a close contact with nature and explore it at your freewill. There is a suspended footbridge in front of the camp area which leads to the Suntalekhola Nature Resort. Here, you can spend time amidst beautiful and colorful flowers and enjoy the sight. Coming so close to nature also provides an opportunity to bird watching. This place is famous for that and you will find Golden-spectacled and Chestnut-crowned Warblers, Orange-bellied Leafbird, Grey Nightjar, White-naped and Black-chinned Yuhinas, Long-tailed Sibia and many more. Apart from bird watching you can trek to the entry point of Neora Valley National Park known as Mouchuki which is 6 kilometers trek from Suntalekhola.

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