7 Nights / 8 Days Kolkata To Murshidabad, Malda, Shantiniketan, & Bishnupur Tour Packages
South Bengal Tour Packages Details:
The Holy Ganges is not just a river but a mother, a goddess, a tradition, a culture and much more. In Bengal the river is also witness to the rise and fall of empires and towns and ends her journey in the Bay of Bengal. ITS offers East by Ganges- Bengal tour packages starting from the city of joy, Kolkata, which once happened to be the second most important city of the British Empire after London. The city still oozes the Raj day charms, but never loses her cerebral identity. And this city is a convenient gateway to more places mingled with heritage - The colonial influences evident in the little towns of Chandernagore, Chinsurah, Serampore and Bandel. - terra cotta temple art at Bishnupur, Nawabi reminiscences at Murshidabad or Sultaniyat carcasses at Maldah - each are as good as others for a discerning traveller.
Welcome on arrival at Kolkata and Transfer to Hotel, Overnight at Hotel. Evening free for leisure.
Kolkata is the city of Joy, contrast and culture. Once it was the capital of India and now is the capital of Bengal. A visit to Kolkata may bring visitors to be in touch with combination of a rich 300 years old cultural heritage, vibrant modern life and cultures of different communities. Situated on the banks of river Hooghly, Kolkata was the first headquarter of the East India Company and later served as the capital of British India until 1912.
Welcome on arrival at Kolkata and Transfer to City Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Kolkata is regarded as the city of joy, contrast and culture. The former capital of India and the current capital of Bengal, Kolkata is the gateway to the north eastern part of India. A visit to Kolkata may bring visitors to be in touch with combination of a rich 300 years old cultural heritage, vibrant modern life and cultures of different communities. Situated on the banks of river Hooghly, Kolkata was the first headquarter of the East India Company and later served as the capital of British India until 1912.
DAY 02: TRANSFER TO MURSHIDABAD.
Morning after breakfast transfer to Murshidabad (235 KM / 5.30 Hrs) through beautiful rural Bengal via Plassey, where the historic battle was fought in 1757 between Nawab Siraj-Ud-Daula and Lord Clive, of East India Company. En-route lunch at Local Restaurant. Murshidabad, the last capital city of independent Bengal was named after Nawab Murshid Quli Khan, the Dewan of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa. It is situated on the banks of the Bhagirathi. A city of splendors & famous for its silk, was made capital of Bengal in 1717. The British shifted the capital to Kolkata in 1773. Check in at Murshidabad Hotel. Later visit local markets & Bhagirathi River. Evening free for individual activity. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 03: MURSHIDABAD LOCAL + TRANSFER TO MALDA.
Morning After breakfast proceed for a half day Murshidabad local sightseeing covering The Hazarduari Palace, or the palace with a thousand doors which is the chief tourist attraction of Murshidabad. This three-storied palace was built in 1837 by Duncan McLeod for the Nawab Najim Humaun Jah, descendent of Mir Zafar. It has thousand doors (amongst which only 900 are real) and 114 rooms and 8 galleries, built in European architectural style. It is now a museum and has an exquisite collection of armouries, splendid paintings, exhaustive portraits of the Nawabs, various works of art including beautiful works of ivory and many other valuables. The armoury has 2700 arms in its collections of which only few are displayed. Between the palace and the Imambara is a small mosque, ‘Madina’, with colourful tiled verandahs. The mosque has an ornamented replica of Hazrat Muhammad’s tomb at Madina. Around the palace are other attractions like the Imambara, Wasef Manzil, Katra Mosque, Jahankosha Canon, Jafarganj Cemetery, Khosh Bagh, Katgola, Nasipur Palace, Footi Mosque, Moti Jheel, Nimak Haram Deori (The Traitor’s Gate).
After Lunch transfer to Malda (135 KM / 3 Hrs). Lying on the confluence of the Mahananda and Kalindri rivers, the Malda town rose to prominence as the river port of the Hindu capital of Pandua. Malda is the base for visiting Gaur and Pandua. Gaur, capital to three dynasties of ancient Bengal – the Buddhist Palas, the Hindu Senas and the Muslim Nawabs – has seen three distinct eras of glory. Pandua, once the alternate seat of power to Gaur, has the third largest concentration of Muslim monuments in Bengal. Historical monuments include the mosque Jami’ Masjid (1566) and the landmark Nimasari tower across the river. During the 18th century it was the seat of prosperous cotton and silk industries. Evening free for individual activity. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 04: HALF DAY MALDA LOCAL + TRANSFER TO SHANTINIKETAN.
Morning after breakfast Half day Malda local sightseeing covering Gaur, 12 km south of Malda, right on the Indo-Bangladesh border is one of the most important Historical places of 14th and 15th century Bengal. Boasting of having immense value from the archeological point of view. The relics particularly worth seeing are the Bara Sona Mosque, Dakhil Darwajah (built in 1425), Qadam Rasul Mosque, Lattan Mosque and the ruins of the extensive fortification. There are colourful enamelled tiles on the Gomti Gate and Firoz Minar. Gol Ghar, Chika Masjid, Qutwali Gate and 12 gated Mosque.
Post Lunch proceed to Pandua, 18 km north of Malda, another important site of archeological importance has some impressive Muslim architecture including the vast Adina Mosque built by Sikander Shah in 1369. It is one of the largest mosques in India, built over a Hindu temple, and has 378 small domes. Later transfer to Shantiniketan (198 KM / 4Hrs). Shantiniketan is a small town near Bolpur in the Birbhum district of West Bengal. It is famous due to Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, whose vision became what is now a University Town – Visva-Bharati University. The place now attracts thousands of visitors each year. Shantiniketan was earlier called Bhubandanga (named after Bhuban Dakat, a local dacoit), and was owned by the Tagore family. In 1862, Maharishi Devendranath Tagore, the poet’s father, while on a boat journey to Raipur, came across a landscape with red soil and lush green paddy fields. He decided to plant more saplings and built a small house. He called his home Shantiniketan. He founded an ashram here in 1863 and became the initiator of the Bramho Samaj. Evening free for individual activity. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 05: HALF DAY SHANTINIKETAN LOCAL + TRANSFER TO BISHNUPUR.
Morning after breakfast proceed for a half day Shantiniketan local sightseeing covering Uttaryan Complex (houses of Tagore- Udayan, Shyamali, Konarak, Udichi, Punashchha & Bichitra Museum), Viswa Bharati University Campus, Khoai, Kopai River, Saturday’s & Sunday’s Hut (handicrafts fair), Amar Kutir & Deer Park at Ballavpur, Bird Sanctuary (Prokriti Bikhon Kendra), Prantik, Siksha Bhavana, Vidya Bhavana, Sangeet Bhavana, Patha Bhavana, Nippon Bhavana, Sriniketan Chhatimtala, Rabindra Bhavan, Kala Bhavana.
Post Lunch transfer to Bishnupur (113 KM / 3 Hrs). Bishnupur is famous for its terracotta temples and baluchari sarees. The town has a glorious past that is reflected in its rich architecture, music and handicrafts such as pottery and weaving. It prospered in the 17th and early 18th centuries. Ruled by a line of Hindu Rajas of the Malla dynasty, Bishnupur developed a unique form of architecture and has perhaps the most brilliant and detailed terracotta work in Eastern India that has withstood the ravages of time. The history of Bishnupur can be traced back to 694 AD, when King Raghunath I founded the Malla dynasty. However it was much later in 994 AD that the place was named Bishnupur. The name is derived from the name of the Hindu God ‘Vishnu’. The majority of the people belong to the ‘Vaishnava’ sect. Evening free for individual activity. Over night at Hotel.
DAY 06: HALF DAY BISHNUPUR + TRANSFER TO KOLKATA.
Morning after breakfast proceed for a half day Bishnupur local sightseeing covering – Rasmancha, Jorebangla Temple of Keshto Rai, Pancha Ratna Temple of Shyam Rai, Madanmohan Temple, Lalbandh, Krishnabandh & Pokabandh.
After lunch transfer to Kolkata (143 KM / 3.30 Hrs). Evening free for individual activity. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 07: KOLKATA SIGHTSEEING (08HRS / 80KMS).
Morning at 9.30 AM starts the full day city tour, drive by the old heritage building of BBD Bagh and visit the bank of the River Ganga to understand the significance of the mighty river in our life. Also visit the famous Howrah Bridge, Victoria Memorial (museum closed on Monday and National Holidays), St. Paul’s Cathedral and Kalighat Temple; you will finish the day’s tour at the Mother Teresa’s House, the headquarter of the Missionaries of Charity. Transfer back to City Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 08: DEPARTURE TRANSFER.
Transfer to airport to connect your flight to the next destination, TOUR ENDS.
Kolkata Hotels: 2,3,4 & 5 Star Category Hotel
Murshidabad Hotels: 2 & 3 Star Category Hotel
Malda Hotels: 2 & 3 Star Category Hotel
Shantiniketan Hotels: 2 & 3 Star Category Hotel
Bishnupur Hotels: 2,3 &4 Star Category Hotel
- 07 Night’s Accommodation on Twin Sharing basis at the above mentioned hotels.
- Arrival, Departure transfers and local sightseeing by exclusive appropriate sized AC vehicle.
- All parking and driver charges as per itinerary.
- Assistance on arrival at Kolkata.
- All currently applicable Taxes except 5% Goods and Service Tax.
- Guide Charges
- Porter Charges.
- Entry Fees.
- Personal Expenses: such as Laundry, Telephone Calls, Alcoholic & Non-Alcoholic Beverages, Food(if not included).
- Additional sightseeing or usage of vehicle not mentioned in the itinerary.
- Any services not mentioned in the itinerary.
- High Season Surcharge.
- Government Service Tax.