The last capital city of independent Bengal before British rule. It was named after 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 shifted 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 craft 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 go on your own and stay at their own choice. WBTDC's property Bohor is well known at Baharampur. Bari Kothi heritage hotel at Azimganj. For musical trail, one can stay at Gorbhanga (Babu Fakir 9733948841) or at Jalangi (Chhote Golam 9732917198).