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Once the capital of Bengal now the district headquarters. This town is also considered the gateway to North Bengal. Lying on the confluence of the Mahananda and Kalindi rivers the Malda town rose to prominence as the river port of the Hindu capital of Pandua. The town was also known as English Bazaar - owing to a factory established in 1771 by the British. During the 18th century, it was the seat of prosperous cotton and silk industries. Mangoes from Malda are also considered some of the very best in India.

The last capital of the independent state of Bengal. It was named after the Dewan of three states of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa, Nawab Murshid Quli Khan. Positioned on the banks of the river Bhagirathi this town was equally important as Malda in terms of trade, commerce, and historical influence.

Explore the rich heritage of Bengal along the banks of the most important river of Northern and North Eastern India – The Ganga or referred to as Ganges. Over the centuries traders from all over the world have come by sea, river or land and settled on the banks of the Ganges in Bengal and have imparted this state with its most unique character. The Mughal and British influence is evident in the architecture and culture of Malda and Murshidabad. Hazarduari - The palace of a thousand doors, earlier known as Bara Kothi is a superb example of the European influence on our architecture. The mosque between the palace and the Imambara has an ornamented replica of Hazrat Muhammad's tomb at Madina.

The Rajbari experience :– in the recent years following examples of palaces in other states the descendants of various Zamindar families have decided to offer guests a glimpse into the opulent lifestyle of the past by opening up the palaces to host travelers interested in such experiences. The Dudhorias of Azimganj have opened up Bari Kothi by the Ganges, The Roys have opened up their palace in Cossimbazar near Murshidabad.

Pandua :– was the first capital of the Sultanate of Bengal for 114 years and served as the base of administration, commerce and military activities in erstwhile Bengal. The capital was later transferred to Gour and this city was lost, and rediscovered by Francis Buchanan-Hamilton in 1808. The notable ruins include the Adina Mosque, the largest mosque in the subcontinent; the Eklakhi Mausoleum; and the Qutb Shahi Mosque; Brai Dargah and Salami Darwaza.

Gour: - one of the most prominent capitals in classical and medieval India. The ruins of this once famous and most populous cities in the world can be seen at Ramkeli, Piasbari, Baroduari, Dakhil Darwaza, Firoz Minar, Qadam Rasul, Chika Mosque, Daton Mosque, Gumti Darwaza, Lukochuri (Hide & Seek) Gate, Tantipara (Weaver) Mosque and Loton Mosque.