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The gateway to North Bengal, Malda, with its rich history and heritage, is one of the most famous tourist destinations of West Bengal, nestled at the confluence of the Mahananda and Kalindi rivers. Malda town, with all its grace, adds to the beauty of Bengal. Malda was previously known as English Bazaar. It got that name from the English factory that was established here in 1771. From Malda, you can visit Gaur and Pandua. Gaur was the capital of three dynasties of ancient Bengal - the Buddhist Palas, the Hindu Senas and the Muslim Nawabs. 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. The Malda Museum has a great collection of the region's architectural and anthropological specimens. During the 18th century, Malda was the seat of prosperous cotton and silk industries. The area grows rice, jute, legumes and oilseeds. Malda is also famous for its mangoes and mulberries.

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Malda

At a Glance

  • District Head Hq
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    English Bazar

  • Total Area
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    3,733 Sq Kms

  • Population
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    39,97,970

  • Best time to visit
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    October to March

  • Average Rainfall
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    1381 mm

  • Language
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    Bengali (Prime), Hindi & English (Alternative)

  • Festivals
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    Ramkeli Mela,
    Piran-e-Pir Mela

  • Places of Interest
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    Gour, Pandua

  • Special Feature
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    Mango Land of West Bengal.
    Lake District of West Bengal
    World famous for Silk products.

  • Distance from Kolkata
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    348 KM

Dakhil Darwaja
Dakhil Darwaza, an impressive gateway built in 1425 A.D., is an important Muslim monument. Salutes fired from it also gave it the name of Salami Darwaza. Made of small red bricks and terracotta work, this dominating structure is more than 21 m. high and 34.5 m. wide. It’s four corners are topped with five-storey high towers. Once the main gateway to a fort, it opens through the embankments surrounding it. In the south-east corner of the fort, a 20-m. high wall encloses the ruins of an old palace.

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How to reach

Dakhil Darwaja

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The nearest railway station to Dakhil Darwaza is malda town railway station Junction which is 17 kms away from Dakhil Darwaza . Malda railway station is also well connected by trains from Sealdah and Howrah. Bus service are available from Kolkata (Esplanade).

Gumti Darwaza
Standing to the north­east of the Chika Mosque, the Gumti Darwaza was built in 1512 by Allauddin Hussein Shah. Made of brick and terracotta, the once brilliant colours woven into the artwork are still partly visible. It is said that real gold was used in the decorations.

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How to reach

Gumti Darwaza

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The nearest airport to Gumti Darwaza is rajshahi airport, rajshahi which is 62 km away from Gumti Darwaza.
The nearest railway station to gumti darwaza is Malda Town Railway Station which is 18 km away from Gumti Darwaza.

Gour
12 km south of Malda, right on the Indo-Bangladesh border, is one of the most important historical places of 14th and 15th century Bemgal. It has immense value from the archeological point of view. The relics that are particularly worthseeing are the Bara Sona Mosque aka Boro Sona Mosque aka Baro Duari Mosque, Dakhil Darwaja aka Salami Darwaja (built in 1425), Qadam Rasul Mosque and the ruins of the extensive fortification. There are colorful enamelled tiles on the Gomti Gate and Firoz Minar.

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How to reach

GOUR

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Malda is well-connected by both rail and road. It is the Divisional Headquarter of Eastern Railways Malda Division. The town is located on National Highway 34, the North-South arterial road of West Bengal, at a distance about 347 km north of Kolkata and 256 km south of Siliiguri.

Adina Mosque
Adina Mosque, built in 1369 by Sultan Sikander Shah, is one of the largest mosques in India. It also typifies the most developed mosque architecture of the period, the orthodox design being based on the great 8th century mosque of Damascus. Carved basalt masonry is used to support the 88 brick arches and 378 identical small domes.

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How to reach

Adina Mosque

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Adina Mosque is 19 km away from Malda town railway station. Malda railway station is also well connected by trains from Sealdah and Howrah. Bus services are available from Kolkata (Esplanade). Adina Mosque is 3-4 km away from the road of Pandua village (bus stop).

Mango Cultivation
Malda Mango that is quite popular due to its warm sweet taste, is stored in safe and clean conditions. Our mango pulp assures no contamination and is widely demanded in the market due to its longer shelf life. Our clients can avail from us Malda Variety Mango Pulp and fresh mango that is processed in our own processing unit. Naturally ripened and then sorted such that only the fruit with optimal maturity reaches the production process. The Indian Mango Pulp offered by us is processed from fresh quality mangoes, without using taste and color additives.

Firoz Minar
Located a kilometre away from the Dakhil Darwaza, the Firoze Minar, was built by Sultan Saifuddin Firoze Shah during 1485-89. This five-storey tower, resembling the Qutb Minar, is 26 m. high and 19 m. in circumference. Built in the Tughlaqi style of architecture, the walls of Firoze Minar are covered with intricate terracotta carvings.

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How to reach

Firoz Minar

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The nearest railway station to Firoz Minar is Malda Town Railway Station which is 17 km away from Firoz Minar. 
The nearest airport to Firoz Minar is Rajshahi airport, Rajshahi which is 63 km away from Firoz Minar.

Department of Tourism
Government of West Bengal

New Secretariat Building
1, K. S. Roy Road, 3rd Floor,
Kolkata - 700001,
Phone : 033-2225 4723/4724/4725/4565
E-Mail : wbtourismpublicity1@gmail.com