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Kolkata & Rural Bengal
Wondering where you can enjoy living in the cottages or huts, fishing in the ponds, learning the art of age-old local handicrafts or simply admire the natural rural beauty?? The answer is West Bengal. Your visit to Murshidabad may be clubbed with a 2/3 night stay at Kolkata exploring the Heritage of the city followed by spending 2/3 nights around rural Bengal including Bishnupur & Shantiniketan. An enriching 9-day journey!...

Kolkata – Bishnupur - Bankura –– Shantineketan - Murshidabad – Kolkata

Details:

Day 1: Arrive in Kolkata (Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport). Check in at the Hotel. Enjoy some local sightseeing or shopping in the evening.

Day 2: Spend another day sightseeing in Kolkata.

Day 3: Take a train or drive to Bishnupur (186.1km / approx. 5 hours). The town is famous for terracotta temples, pottery and traditional baluchari silk sarees depicting the stories from Ramayana and Mahabharata – Sightseeing – Travel to Bankura (35.5 kms/approx. 1 hour) – Stay overnight in hotel.

Day 4: After breakfast – Sightseeing (Biharinath mountain peak, Susunia, Ancient temples and ruins of age-old monuments) – overnight stay in hotel.

Day 5: After breakfast, leave for Shantineketan, small town near Bolpur in the Birbhum District of West Bengal (93.5 kms/approx. 2.5 hours). Check in hotel / guest house – Refresh – Lunch – Sightseeing (Tagore’ Ashrama, Amar Kutir, Khoai mela, Uttrayan complex, etc.) – Overnight stay in hotel / guest house.

Day 6: After breakfast, drive to Azimganj, Murshidabad (104.3 kms/approx. 3.5 hours). Check in at Bari Kothi – Refresh – Lunch – Tour of Bari Kothi – Floating tea on Ganges – Visit to 250-year old terracotta temples – Cultural programme in hotel followed by Dinner – Overnight stay in Hotel.

Day 8: Breakfast – Heritage tour at Cossimbazar (23.6 kms / approx.1 hour). Local sightseeing (Hazarduari palace, Imambara, Kathgola Palace, etc.) – Return to Bari Kothi – Cultural evening followed by Sheherwali dinner – Overnight stay in Hotel.

Day 9: After Breakfast – Heritage Tour - Textile Tour at Tantipara and Islampore - Local shopping – Visit to Motijheel – Dinner at hotel – Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 10: After breakfast, return to Kolkata by train or car.

Duration: 10 days, 9 nights.

Colonial India
Your visit to Murshidabad may be clubbed with Chandannagore, Serampore and then Cossimbazar. ...For centuries, East India has attracted the British, Portuguese and Dutch to establish important trading centers in and around Calcutta (now Kolkata). Hence, we have come up with this tour which explores:

Kolkata city (once the capital of British India) – Chandannagar (French colony) – Serampore (Danish colony) – Murshidabad (British colony) and – Cossimbazar (Dutch colony).

Details:

Day 1: Arrive in Kolkata (Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport). Stay at Rajbari Bawali / Glenburn Penthouse. Explore the City of Joy.

Day 2: Sightseeing of colonial buildings, churches, local markets, etc. in Kolkata.

Day 3: After Breakfast, drive or take a train to Chandannagar, French colony (35 km/1.5 hour north). Sightseeing after lunch (Indo-French Cultural Centre and Museum, Sacred Heart Church, Durgacharan Rakshit Ghat, etc). Leave for Serampore, Danish colony (20.9 kms/approx. 45 mins). Stay at Denmark Tavern by The Park.

Day 4: After Breakfast, go sightseeing (Age-old temples, mosques, churches and colleges) - Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 5: After Breakfast, drive or take a train to Murshidabad, British colony (201.6km/approx.5.5 hour). Stay at Bari Kothi. Lunch - Tour of Bari Kothi - Tea on Ganges - Visit to 250-year old Terracotta temples - Return to Hotel - Cultural evening followed by Dinner. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 6: Breakfast by the Ganges - Heritage Walk to nearby palaces and temples - Textile Tour - Cultural evening followed by 5-Course Sheherwali dinner. Overnight stay at Bari Kothi.

Day 7: After breakfast, drive to Cossimbazar, Dutch Colony (8.6km/approx./20 mins). Sightseeing of Kathgola palace, local palaces, shopping - Return to Hotel - Dinner - Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 8: Return to Kolkata after breakfast.

Duration: 7 Nights – 8 Day Tour

Textile Tour
Sericulture, Silk weaving, Hand-embroidery, traditional Indian saree making, etc. – if this interests you; we have a customized itinerary ready for you!...Sericulture, Silk weaving, Hand-embroidery, traditional Indian saree making, etc. – if this interests you; we have a customized itinerary ready for you!

Kolkata – Shantipur/Phulia – Mayapur - Azimganj - Shantineketan – Bishnupur –Kolkata

Details:

Day 1: Arrive in Kolkata (Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport). Stay at Rajbari Bawali / Glenburn Penthouse - Refresh – Local sightseeing in Kolkata.

Day 2: Sightseeing in Kolkata (Visit Churches, Museums, Ganga Ghat, Local markets, etc.)

Day 3: After Breakfast, drive to Shantipur/Phulia, renowned center for handloom weaves (85.6 km north/approx. 3 hours) – Lunch – Visit weaver’s village – Drive to Mayapur (44 km / approx. 1.5 hours) – Stay at ISKCON.

Day 4: Attend the early morning Aarti – Visit the campus - Breakfast – Leave for Azimganj (108.1 kms/approx. 3 hours) – Stay At Bari Kothi - Refresh – Lunch – Tour of Bari Kothi – Floating Tea on Ganges – Visit 250 year old temples and palaces – Cultural evening – Dinner – Overnight stay at Bari Kothi.

Day 5: Breakfast on the banks of River Ganga – Textile Tour of Murshidabad - Visit to Tantipara (weaver’s village). Interact with the local artisans and also try your hands in getting your initials stitched on Silk Stoles - Return to hotel – Refresh - Lunch – Heritage Tour - Cultural evening followed by 5-course Sheherwali dinner.

Day 6: Breakfast – Heritage Walk - Visit to Islampore (Experience sericulture, production of raw silk and weaving of 100% pure silk) – Interact with the local artisans – Lunch – Local Shopping – Visit to Motijheel – Refresh - Dinner.

Day 7: After breakfast, leave for Shantineketan, the hometown of the Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore (103.7 km/ approx. 3.5 hours). Sightseeing (Visva Bharati University, Fairs and festivals, etc.) - Visit the textile villages & witness the traditional Batik work, Tussar silk weaving & Kantha stitching – Overnight stay at Shantineketan.

Day 8: After breakfast, leave for Bishnupur, home to the weavers of exquisite silk saris – Lunch - Visit the weavers & potters village – Drive back to Kolkata. Overnight stay in Kolkata.

Duration: 8 nights, 9 days*

*can be extended.

Spiritual Tour
Kolkata – Shantineketan - Tarapith – Azimganj – Mayapur - Kolkata....

Day 1: Arrive in Kolkata (Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport). Check in Hotel – Refresh - Local sightseeing.

Day 2: Spiritual tour in Kolkata - visit Kali Temple, Dakhineshwar, Belur Math, Kumartoli, etc.

Day 3: Take a train or drive to Shantineketan (162.1 kms northwest /approx. 4 hours) – Check in hotel – Refresh – visit Ashrama complex - meditate under the chhatim trees – local sightseeing – Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 4: After breakfast, drive to Tarapith (60.7 kms / approx. 2 hours) – Visit Maa Tara temple, Sadhan Pith of Sadhak – Bamakhyapa, Mallarpur Shiv Temples, etc – Leave for Azimganj, Murshidabad (71.3km / Approx. 2.5 hours) – Check in at Bari Kothi – Dinner – Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 5: Breakfast on the banks of River Ganga – Tour of Bari Kothi - Heritage Walk to nearby temples and places - Floating Tea on the Ganges (Boat Ride) – Visit to 250 year old Terracotta Temples – Return to hotel - Cultural Evening followed by dinner – Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 6: Breakfast – Heritage Tour - Temple Tour (including some 300 year old Jain & Shiv temples) – Cultural Evening followed by 5-course Sheherwali dinner – Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 7: Breakfast – Textile Tour at Tantipara and Islampore – Local shopping – Evening at Motijheel – Return to Hotel – Dinner – Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 8: Leave early for Mayapur, The Head Quarters of ISKCON (108.5km / approx. 3 hours). Campus tour – Lunch - Enjoy Ganga Boat Ride – Local shopping – Attend the evening Arthi – Dinner – Overnight stay in ISKCON.

Day 9: Attend the early morning Mangal Arthi – Breakfast – Leave for Kolkata (123.5 kms/approx. 4.5 hours) – Overnight stay in Kolkata.

Duration: 10 days, 9 nights

*Extendable by another 3 days if you wish to add Puri, Orissa to your tour.

Day 1: Instead of Kolkata, arrive in Bhubaneswar first (Biju Patnaik International Aiport). Check in hotel – Lunch - Visit the beautiful Lingaraj Temple, Kedar Gouri Temple and Ananta Basudev Temple. Stop by the Bindusagar Lake, Rajarani Temple and Mukteshvara Temple. Spend the evening at leisure – Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 2: After breakfast, leave for Konark Sun Temple – Reach Puri - the 'Temple City of India’ (75.5 kms / approx.2 hours) - Lunch - Visit Lord Jagannath's Temple for evening aarti - stroll along Puri Beach. Take a direct night / early morning train back to Kolkata.

Continue journey from Kolkata.

Kolkata
Your visit to Murshidabad may be clubbed with a 2-night stay at Rajbari Bawali followed by 2-night stay at Glenburn Penthouse, Kolkata and then 3-nights at Bari Kothi, Azimganj Murshidabad....This itinerary is specially curated for people who love Indian heritage & beautiful Indian Architecture. While Kolkata is the city of palaces; Murshidabad is the land of Nawabs who left behind a number of historical places and monuments.

Details:

Day 1: Arrive in Kolkata (Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport). Stay at Rajbari Bawali (49.4 km/approx.2.5 hours).

Day 2: Enjoy their sightseeing experiences.

Day 3: After Breakfast, shift to Glenburn Penthouse (30.1 km/approx. 2 hours). Enjoy Kolkata City Tour (Basis their excursion package).

Day 4: City Tour (Basis their excursion package).

Day 5: After Breakfast, drive or take a train to Murshidabad (232 km/approx. 6 hours). Stay at Bari Kothi. Enjoy Heritage Walk to nearby Temples and Palaces - Floating Tea on the Ganges (Boat Ride) - Special regional Cultural Performance & Dinner.

Day 6: Early morning Heritage walks to nearby palaces and temples followed by breakfast on Ganges. Textile Tour of Murshidabad (Tantipara and Islampore) and Heritage Tour of Murshidabad (Hazarduari Palace, Kathgola Palace, Footi Mosque, etc.) followed by 5 course Sheherwali dinner.

Day 7: Heritage Tour of Murshidabad – (Hazarduari Palace, Imambara, House of Jagat Seth, Nasipur Rajbati, etc.) - Motijheel - Five Course Dinner.

Day 8: Return to Kolkata after Breakfast.

Duration: 8 Days, 7 Nights

Darjeeling & Shillong
Your visit to Murshidabad may also be clubbed with independent visits to Darjeeling, Shillong & other popular tourists destinations North of Bengal.
Odisha & Varanasi
Your visit to Murshidabad may also be clubbed with independent visits to Odisha & Varanasi to create a culture & heritage filled experience.

Travel Info

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Azimganj is located 220 kms north of Kolkata, West Bengal. The best ways to get to Azimganj, Murshidabad are:
By Rail:
You can either catch Ganadevta Express from Howrah Station* which departs at 06:00hrs IST or Intercity Express* that departs at 15:15hrs, IST. There are more than 10 weekly trains that ply on this route*.
By Air:
The nearest International Airport from Murshidabad is Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata*.
By Road:
Approximately 6 Hour drive through the National and State highways*.
The best time to visit is between
October to March*.