The Hazarduari palace, with thousand doors constitutes to be the principal tourist attraction in Murshidabad. This three-storied palace is a "nazrana" or gift of Duncan McLeod to the Nawab Nizam Humaun Jha, descendant of Mir Jafar. Following the European design, the palace building has thousands doors, 114 rooms, with 8 galleries, which are the principal attraction about the palace. The tourism industry in Murshidabad gets benefited with the construction of a museum. Presently the museum has an exquisite collection of antique materials, splendid paintings including the exhaustive portraits of the kings. Out of 2700 total arms, only a few are displayed. Vintage cars and the Fittan cars used by the families of the Nawabs are another attraction of the museum of Hazarduari palace. The Hazarduari palace is the clear manifestation of the Nawabi culture prevalent in Murshidabad. The library of the Hazarduari palace contains a collection of several books of rare kind. Though the library is not opened for the public, the tourism industry has the special permission to show the library to the tourist. The Hazarduari palace continues to hold a significant position in the tourism industry of Murshidabad.
Comparatively a small mosque, Medina is famous as a tourist destination for its designer floor. The mosque is the fabricated replica of Hazrat Muhammad's tomb in Medina. The colorful tiled verandah of the mosque is important attraction about the mosque.
The tourism of Murshidabad is centering the Hazarduari palace. All the important tourist destinations, which are at the same time cultural representation of Murshidabad grows around the palace. The largest Imambara in Bengal perhaps largest in India Nizamat Imambara is built in Murshidabad by Siraj-ud-daulah. However the extant Imambara is not the original one. It is the reconstructed building after the original one was destroyed by fire.
The Wasef Manzil, the palace and residence of Nawab Wasef Ali Mirza adds another feather to the tourism industry of Murshidabad. In a close proximity of the Hazarduari palace, the marble staircases and beautiful statues of the Wasef Manzil are worth seeing.
Two canons established by the Nawabs are important facets of the tourism industry in Murshidabad. The Bachawali canon and Jahankosha Canon are the principal canons depicting the Nawabi style of warfare. The Jafarganj cemetery is the burial ground of many famous personalities of Nawab dynasty.
Besides, Gharigarh, Chak Darwaja, Dakshin Darwaja etc are the major tourist centers of Murshidabad.
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(Last Updated on : 17-06-2014)
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