The last capital city of independent Bengal before British rule was named Nawab Murshid Quli Khan, the Dewan of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa. Situated on the banks of the Bhagirathi, it is a city of splendours and is famous for its silk. It was made the capital of Bengal in 1717 and British shiGed the capital to Kolkata in 1773. The place is also rich in cultural heritage. Across the district of Murshidabad in several villages like Khagra, Jalangi, Hariharpara, Kushalpur there are more than 100 Baul singers out of which Shyamsundar Das Baul of Khagra, Chote Golam of Jhaudia, Jalangi, Amanat Fakir of Choa-Hariharpara, Lalu Fakir of Kushalpur are prominent. Raibenshe – the prominent traditional martial art dance form that combines acrobatic movements and balancing tricks is also prominent in Daulatabad and Burwan areas of Murshidabad. Murshidabad is also known for the Shola craG practiced by the Malakars. At the borders of Murshidabad, one can also visit the Fakir's village at Gorbhanga in Nadia and spend a day with music and melody. Murshidabad and bordering Nadia makes an interesting music trail covering Hariharpara, Jalangi and Gorbhanga. Know More »
One can stay at heritage properties at Azimganj, Cossimbazar and also opt for stay at Behrampore. The visitors can also stay at artist's houses at Gorbhanga.