Kathgola Palace, Murshidabad
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.
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.