Corridors of history in Bengal

In this article i would like to share information regarding historical places in Bengal. Bengal has emerged as the perfect blend of modernity and traditions. Over the years, it kept shuffling between the hands of various rulers, thus exposing itself to different influences. Here I would like to enlighten some of the heritage sites around Kolkata.


It is positioned on the west bank of the river Hooghly and about 40kms from Kolkata. Its rich past & historical legacy make it an interesting place. Vasco da Gama, who is known for discovering India, once landed here. After him even the French, Dutch & Danish settlers made Srirampur in Hooghly as their base. One could also make trips to Tarakeshwar & Bhadreswar which are sacred pilgrimage spots.


A five hour drive from Kolkata takes us to a place with a glorious past which is rich in architecture, music, pottery and weaving. The history of Bishnupur can be traced back to 694AD. The most famous art form of Bishnupur is its terracotta work.


182 kms from Kolkata, Murshidabad, the city of Nawabs is the place where Indian history changed its course. This is the place where the British established their military barrack way back in 1767.Named after the Nawab Murshid Quli Khan, even today Murshidabad reeks of history. The prime attraction here is the Hazarduari Palace which is the clear manifestation of the place's Nawabi culture.


Mayapur is one of the holiest and peaceful places in India. Being the birthplace of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, it is visited by over a million pilgrims from around the world, every year. This is also the world headquarters of ISKCON.


The district of purulia is believed to be the oldest one in Bengal. It offers a mixture of rich tradition and heritage, coupled with exotic locations of splendid beauty. The charm of Purulia revolves around the archaeological excavations and relics of ancient buildings and temples. Its main attractions are Deulghat, Saheb Band, Ayodhya Hill and Para.


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