English Bazar"Take A Trip to The Tribal Beauty"

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    Farakka Barrage - A visit to the Farakka Barrage, located 35 km. to the south of English Bazar is an enduring experience. The construction of this barrage across the River Ganges was completed on 1974-75 by Hindustan Construction. It is situated between two districts of West Bengal - Murshidabad and English Bazar. The Farakka Barrage Project was particularly designed for the maintenance and preservation of the Kolkata Port. It is the longest barrage across the globe featuring a length of around 2,240 metres and has lately been included into the Guinness book of World Records. The converging point of the River Ganges and River Gumani is found 3 km. from the barrage. Here tourists can found a small island and an abandoned Nilkuthi, which used to be the office of the British officials dealing with indigo business.

     

    Gour - Gour, one of the most significant historical places located at a distance of 12 kilometres to the south of Malda on the Indo-Bangladesh border. The town is primarily valued for its archaeological treasures. Gour served as the capital of three dynasties in ancient Bengal, namely the Buddhist Palas, the Muslim Nawabs and the Hindu Senas. Some major relics of the place are Dakhil Darwaza, Bara Sona Mosque, Lattan Mosque, Qadam Rasul Mosque, Firoz Minar and Gomti Gate.

     

    Ramkeli - Ramkeli is a small village located 14 km. away from Malda. The place is known as the temporary home of Sri Chaitanya, the religious reformer of Bengal, who stayed at this village for few days on his way to Brindaban. The village houses, a conglomeration of two Kadamba and two tamal trees, beneath which, Sri Chaitanya is said to have meditated. There is a small temple under this tree, which enshrined the footprints of Sri Chaitanya on a stone. There are eight tanks or Kundas bordering the temple, namely Shyamkunda, Rupsagar, Lalitakunda, Radhakunda, Surabhikunda, Bishakhakunda, Induekhakunda and Ranjakunda. Each year, the Jaishthya Sankranti celebration takes place for a week to honour the arrival of Sri Chaitanya.

     

    Sagar Dighi - Sagar Dighi is a huge tank constructed in the 12th century. Sagar dighi is flanked by royal buildings on all four sides, offering a visual pleasure to the tourists. The area also offers safe refuge to the migratory birds coming from far off places like Siberia during winter. This place also consists of several ruined historical palaces.

     

    Eklakhi mausoleum -Eklakhi mausoleum is a remarkable structure in Pandua, featuring a carved ganesh on the doorway. This monument belongs to the son of a Hindu Raja, who was converted to Islam.

     

    Pandua - Pandua also known as Firuzabad or Hazrat Pandua is a historical city, the ruin of which is now visible in the Malda district of West Bengal. The city was probably established by Sams-ud-Din Firuz Shah.  In the year 1339, Ala-ud-Din Ali Shah shifted his capital from Gaur or Lakhnauti to Pandua. Afterwards, Haji Shamsuddin Iliyas Shah, the first independent Sultan of Bengal, made Pandua the capital of Bengal. However, the significance of Pandua declined within a short period, when Nasir-ud-Din Mahmud Shah transferred the capital back to Gaur in the year 1453.

     

    Kutubshahi Masjid - The ruin of the Kutubshahi Masjid is also worth visiting, which was built in the honour of Saint Nur Qutb-ul-Alam. Locally the mosque is called Chhoto Sona Masjid.

     

    Bara Sona Mosque - Bara Sona Mosque is recognized as the biggest mosque in Gaur-Lakhnauti, the capital of Sultanate Bengal. Though there is a controversy regarding the builder of the mosque, the inscription found near the mosque in the beginning of the last century suggests that the mosque was built by Sultan Nasiruddin Nusrat Shah.  The decoration of the Bara Sona Mosque is plain and simple and devoid of any embellishment except the mihrabs. The Bara Sona Mosque shares close similarity in appearance with the Chhota Sona Mosque, built by the wali of Alauddin Hussain Shah.

     

    The Adina Masjid - Adina Masjid symbolizes the equal significance of the Hindus and Muslims in Malda. The mosque is built over a Hindu temple featuring 378 small domes. It is recognized as the largest mosque built in India.

     

    Lattan Mosque - According to the historians, Lattan Mosque was built by Sultan Shamsuddin Yusuf Shah in the year 1475. The mosque is situated between the Tantipada mosque and the Bridge of Five Arches. Lattan Mosque is one of the best preserved structures in the age-old city of Gaur, now in English Bazaar. The intricate mina work in different colours like green, blue, violet and yellow on the outer and inner walls of the mosque is truly appreciable. This array of colours has also earned the mosque another name, the Painted Mosque. The arched roof of the mosque supported by octagonal pillars is also notable. Built of bricks, this monument is consists of a square shaped prayer chamber, measuring 10.36m on each side. The prayer chamber features three arched openings on each side as entrance except the qibla side. The roof above the square prayer chamber is admired with a single dome.

     

    Lukochuri Darwaja - Towards the south-east of the Kadam Rasul Mosque, there is another historical structure called Lukochuri Darwaja. This is a place where the sultans used to play hide and seek with their begums. However, two names are suggested as the builders of the gate. According to some, it was built under the patronage of Shah Shuja, son of emperor Shahjahan in 1655; whereas others believe that it was constructed by Allauddin Hussein Shah in 1522. Tourists would find the architectural features of the structure built in pure Mughal style quite interesting. This Mughal building features a brick made gateway, rectangular in design, measuring 19.80 m long and 12.90 m broad. The structure is built in three storeys, featuring flanking doorways. The top storey is admired with three large windows in the form of Machicoulis. The whole structure is plaster covered and shaped in rectangular frames with Muqarnas ornamentation.

     

    Qadam Rasul Mosque - Many tourists also prefer to visit the several arched Qadam Rasul Mosque, which was built in the year 1530 to preserve the footprint of Prophet Mohammad.

     

    Chika Masjid - This single-domed mosque was built under the benefaction of Sultan Yusuf Shah in the year 1475. This mosque also features few traces of Hindu temple architecture. The mosque has been named Chika, as bats or chikas inhabited it for a long time, after the destruction of Gaur.

     

    Firoze Minar - The historic tower of Firoze Minar is located on the southeastern part of the Dakhil Darwaza. The tower boasting a height of 26 m features the inscriptions of King Saif al-Din. Firoze Minar is a replica of the Qutab Minar in Delhi. There is a spiral flight of 84 steps leading to the top of the tower. The upper two tiers of the tower were built in circular pattern whereas the lower three are of polygon shape. Tourists can well observe the Tughlaqi style of architecture in the entire structure.

     

    Baroduari - Baroduari is a historical rectangular structure made of bricks and stones. Its 44 spires, designed with gold chikkan work offered it another name, Bara Sona Masjid. The mosque is half a kilometre to the south of Ramkeli. Baroduari is the largest monument in Gaur. Though the name Baroduari suggests Twelve Doors, this structure actually features eleven doors. The construction of Baroduari was initiated by Allauddin Hussein Shah and was completed by his son Nasiruddin Nusrat Shah in the year 1526.

     

    Dakhil Darwaza - The eastern bank of the River Bhagirathi is home to the remnants of a huge fort, the northern gate of which is known as Dakhil Darwaza or Salami Darwaza built in 1425. This gate also served as the main entry to the fort earlier. The gate boasts a height of 21 metres and a width of 34.5 metres. The entire structure is built with small red bricks and terracotta carving. The four corners of the Dakhil Darwaza are topped with five-storey high towers. Some historical buildings near this site that can be visited include Sona Mosque and Qadam Rasul Mosque.

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    Farakka Barrage - A visit to the Farakka Barrage, located 35 km. to the south of English Bazar is an enduring experience. The construction of this barrage across the River Ganges was completed on 1974-75 by Hindustan Construction. It is situated between two districts of West Bengal - Murshidabad and English Bazar. The Farakka Barrage Project was particularly designed for the maintenance and preservation of the Kolkata Port. It is the longest barrage across the globe featuring a length of around 2,240 metres and has lately been included into the Guinness book of World Records. The converging point of the River Ganges and River Gumani is found 3 km. from the barrage. Here tourists can found a small island and an abandoned Nilkuthi, which used to be the office of the British officials dealing with indigo business.

     

    Gour - Gour, one of the most significant historical places located at a distance of 12 kilometres to the south of Malda on the Indo-Bangladesh border. The town is primarily valued for its archaeological treasures. Gour served as the capital of three dynasties in ancient Bengal, namely the Buddhist Palas, the Muslim Nawabs and the Hindu Senas. Some major relics of the place are Dakhil Darwaza, Bara Sona Mosque, Lattan Mosque, Qadam Rasul Mosque, Firoz Minar and Gomti Gate.

     

    Ramkeli - Ramkeli is a small village located 14 km. away from Malda. The place is known as the temporary home of Sri Chaitanya, the religious reformer of Bengal, who stayed at this village for few days on his way to Brindaban. The village houses, a conglomeration of two Kadamba and two tamal trees, beneath which, Sri Chaitanya is said to have meditated. There is a small temple under this tree, which enshrined the footprints of Sri Chaitanya on a stone. There are eight tanks or Kundas bordering the temple, namely Shyamkunda, Rupsagar, Lalitakunda, Radhakunda, Surabhikunda, Bishakhakunda, Induekhakunda and Ranjakunda. Each year, the Jaishthya Sankranti celebration takes place for a week to honour the arrival of Sri Chaitanya.

     

    Sagar Dighi - Sagar Dighi is a huge tank constructed in the 12th century. Sagar dighi is flanked by royal buildings on all four sides, offering a visual pleasure to the tourists. The area also offers safe refuge to the migratory birds coming from far off places like Siberia during winter. This place also consists of several ruined historical palaces.

     

    Eklakhi mausoleum -Eklakhi mausoleum is a remarkable structure in Pandua, featuring a carved ganesh on the doorway. This monument belongs to the son of a Hindu Raja, who was converted to Islam.

     

    Pandua - Pandua also known as Firuzabad or Hazrat Pandua is a historical city, the ruin of which is now visible in the Malda district of West Bengal. The city was probably established by Sams-ud-Din Firuz Shah.  In the year 1339, Ala-ud-Din Ali Shah shifted his capital from Gaur or Lakhnauti to Pandua. Afterwards, Haji Shamsuddin Iliyas Shah, the first independent Sultan of Bengal, made Pandua the capital of Bengal. However, the significance of Pandua declined within a short period, when Nasir-ud-Din Mahmud Shah transferred the capital back to Gaur in the year 1453.

     

    Kutubshahi Masjid - The ruin of the Kutubshahi Masjid is also worth visiting, which was built in the honour of Saint Nur Qutb-ul-Alam. Locally the mosque is called Chhoto Sona Masjid.

     

    Bara Sona Mosque - Bara Sona Mosque is recognized as the biggest mosque in Gaur-Lakhnauti, the capital of Sultanate Bengal. Though there is a controversy regarding the builder of the mosque, the inscription found near the mosque in the beginning of the last century suggests that the mosque was built by Sultan Nasiruddin Nusrat Shah.  The decoration of the Bara Sona Mosque is plain and simple and devoid of any embellishment except the mihrabs. The Bara Sona Mosque shares close similarity in appearance with the Chhota Sona Mosque, built by the wali of Alauddin Hussain Shah.

     

    The Adina Masjid - Adina Masjid symbolizes the equal significance of the Hindus and Muslims in Malda. The mosque is built over a Hindu temple featuring 378 small domes. It is recognized as the largest mosque built in India.

     

    Lattan Mosque - According to the historians, Lattan Mosque was built by Sultan Shamsuddin Yusuf Shah in the year 1475. The mosque is situated between the Tantipada mosque and the Bridge of Five Arches. Lattan Mosque is one of the best preserved structures in the age-old city of Gaur, now in English Bazaar. The intricate mina work in different colours like green, blue, violet and yellow on the outer and inner walls of the mosque is truly appreciable. This array of colours has also earned the mosque another name, the Painted Mosque. The arched roof of the mosque supported by octagonal pillars is also notable. Built of bricks, this monument is consists of a square shaped prayer chamber, measuring 10.36m on each side. The prayer chamber features three arched openings on each side as entrance except the qibla side. The roof above the square prayer chamber is admired with a single dome.

     

    Lukochuri Darwaja - Towards the south-east of the Kadam Rasul Mosque, there is another historical structure called Lukochuri Darwaja. This is a place where the sultans used to play hide and seek with their begums. However, two names are suggested as the builders of the gate. According to some, it was built under the patronage of Shah Shuja, son of emperor Shahjahan in 1655; whereas others believe that it was constructed by Allauddin Hussein Shah in 1522. Tourists would find the architectural features of the structure built in pure Mughal style quite interesting. This Mughal building features a brick made gateway, rectangular in design, measuring 19.80 m long and 12.90 m broad. The structure is built in three storeys, featuring flanking doorways. The top storey is admired with three large windows in the form of Machicoulis. The whole structure is plaster covered and shaped in rectangular frames with Muqarnas ornamentation.

     

    Qadam Rasul Mosque - Many tourists also prefer to visit the several arched Qadam Rasul Mosque, which was built in the year 1530 to preserve the footprint of Prophet Mohammad.

     

    Chika Masjid - This single-domed mosque was built under the benefaction of Sultan Yusuf Shah in the year 1475. This mosque also features few traces of Hindu temple architecture. The mosque has been named Chika, as bats or chikas inhabited it for a long time, after the destruction of Gaur.

     

    Firoze Minar - The historic tower of Firoze Minar is located on the southeastern part of the Dakhil Darwaza. The tower boasting a height of 26 m features the inscriptions of King Saif al-Din. Firoze Minar is a replica of the Qutab Minar in Delhi. There is a spiral flight of 84 steps leading to the top of the tower. The upper two tiers of the tower were built in circular pattern whereas the lower three are of polygon shape. Tourists can well observe the Tughlaqi style of architecture in the entire structure.

     

    Baroduari - Baroduari is a historical rectangular structure made of bricks and stones. Its 44 spires, designed with gold chikkan work offered it another name, Bara Sona Masjid. The mosque is half a kilometre to the south of Ramkeli. Baroduari is the largest monument in Gaur. Though the name Baroduari suggests Twelve Doors, this structure actually features eleven doors. The construction of Baroduari was initiated by Allauddin Hussein Shah and was completed by his son Nasiruddin Nusrat Shah in the year 1526.

     

    Dakhil Darwaza - The eastern bank of the River Bhagirathi is home to the remnants of a huge fort, the northern gate of which is known as Dakhil Darwaza or Salami Darwaza built in 1425. This gate also served as the main entry to the fort earlier. The gate boasts a height of 21 metres and a width of 34.5 metres. The entire structure is built with small red bricks and terracotta carving. The four corners of the Dakhil Darwaza are topped with five-storey high towers. Some historical buildings near this site that can be visited include Sona Mosque and Qadam Rasul Mosque.

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