Kathgola Palace, Murshidabad

It was a long hectic day of sight seeing. At 8 in the morning we set off from Mayapur to Murshidabad in West Bengal. 96kms in 2hrs approx. Why Murshidabad? My daughter had just completed her 7th grade history lessons and was eager to visit it. I too learned some history from her: Murshidabad, was the capital of Bengal during the Mughal period. The nawabs (Mughal rulers) here played crucial role during the initial days of British Raj, when the East India Company was trying to get its foothold from this place.

The picture below is the view of the entrance from inside the gardens. It seems the guests were greeted with shehnai vadan (music from flutes) and nagaras (drums) from the upper decks of this structure. Another set of people welcomed with the sprinkling of rose water and flowers from the lower decks in traditional style. The garden seemed hardly maintained. We headed straight to the palace which is now a museum.

We missed more places than we could see in the few hours we spent there. The Kathgola gardens; a huge 45acres area with garden, palace and Jain temple was one of the spots where we spent time after Hazarduari palace. The palace was built by late Rai Bahadur Lakshmipat Singh Dugar (1836-1888). It is well maintained and in good condition, but there are some mansions which were in ruins, scope for good adventure if you go exploring inside. The guide discouraged us saying not permitted.

Three storied lovely bauli (step well) close to the palace. 

Rai Bahadur was a passionate collector of exotic animals, these were
displayed in the little zoo here.This is an abandoned building now.

They employed a Bengali sculptor to create European style statues and murals. A very beautiful work by sculptor Dibakar Paul.

A reflecting sphere made of Belgium glass hanging from ceiling of dining room of the palace; all movements through the different doors can be seen at a time from a single place.

It will be wise to hire a guide here; they are knowledgeable about the history of the place. Not many sites have good compilation of info; I couldn’t get any book on this either.  Murshidabad doesn’t stand high in places to visit in West Bengal, but it does have lot of historical importance. Hope the city gets a boost in terms of tourist visits. West Bengal Tourism should work to promote this place in a big way.

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41 Responses

  1. Sylvia K says:

    Another beautiful, place with fascinating history and what a wealth of these your country has!! Wonderful post and captures for the day, Indrani and, as always, thank you for sharing!! Hope you and your daughter have a wonderful week!!

  2. A new lesson learnt. The European statue looks marvelous and reflecting sphere is a good idea… Very nice post.

  3. Great monuments. The beautiful journey.
    I admire your great photos.

  4. Beautiful pieces of architecture.

  5. Joop Zand says:

    Very good serie Indrani….. your photo's are always nice to see.

    greetings, Joop

  6. Arija says:

    What a wonderful place! I can just see the wonderful gardens that must have been there to supply all those rose petals. The step well is a real beauty. A thoroughly enjoyable post.

  7. Nice pictures Indrani got to visit it sometime

  8. Jim says:

    Amazing sculpture.

  9. magiceye says:

    Lovely palace beautifully captured!

  10. Mascha says:

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  11. ladyfi says:

    What lovely pictures of this beautiful place.

  12. The Architecture of Mughal periods are amazing to watch..They really built beautiful monuments..
    Love the Pictures.. 🙂

  13. Gattina says:

    Wow ! what a beautiful architecture !

  14. Another beautiful place and another nice capture !

  15. Reader Wil says:

    Your the best guide one could wish for. I should have a map to find all those places you mentioned. And I should read more of India's history!
    Thanks for showing us around.
    Have a great week,
    Wil, ABCW Team

  16. Thanks for sharing information and images of an extraordinary piece of history.Amazing art & architecture & captivating sculpture of reclining lady. A pity that some of the structures are dilapidated due to misuse & poor upkeep & maintenance.

  17. Fascinating tour!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  18. Beautiful pictures and a nice history 🙂

    Ankita Singhal

  19. Jinksy says:

    Thank you for letting us see it the easy way! LOL 🙂

  20. Carver says:

    That's a beautiful palace and wonderful sculptures.

  21. renu sethi says:

    Beautiful pictures…. As far as I know it's also haunted…don't know how much it's true

  22. You just placed it in my must visit spots. Thank you. 🙂

  23. Nyc place to visit 🙂

  24. George says:

    I enjoy visiting historical places like this. I'm glad you got to visit this site. The buildings and sculptures are magnificent, but it's a shame about the poorly-maintained garden.

  25. Nice write up on the palace. The palace looks interesting.

  26. Shwets says:

    Nice captures and a beautifully written post.I enjoyed reading it and gaining some knowledge.

  27. the arched gates of the temples are really beautiful.

  28. Amazing photography…

  29. Interesting point u make. In fact there are many places in bengal which deserve more footfalls

  30. mysay.in says:

    Murshidabad … was a capital of Bengal ? I knew this not .. Bengal has so much to explore

  31. CYNOSURE says:

    hmmfff…soon I'll be visiting all these places one by one…thanks for sharing… 🙂

  32. Bibi says:

    Beautiful place. Next time in your area…

  33. The loin reminds me of Hoysalas and Then the entrance looks so grand ans well maintained. I would love to visit Murshidabad.

  34. Jeevan says:

    The entrance looks pleasing and quite inviting… sounds like a great historical place, could have maintained better. The reflecting sphere was impressive!

  35. Novroz says:

    Stunning photos and sound like a great place.
    I like the gate to that little zoo. The lion looks so proud

  36. eileeninmd says:

    What a wonderful place, I like the statues and the lions. Thanks for sharing, Indrani!

  37. Namrota says:

    Hazarduari is one place I really want to visit. It intrigues me in many ways.

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