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5 Best Places to Visit in Bardhaman (Burdwan), West Bengal

Burdwan, also known as Bardhaman, is a beautiful city in the heart of West Bengal.

It is known for its paddy fields, desserts like “Sitabhog or Mihidana” and renowned institutions.

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Bardhaman is also endowed with enticing tourist spots that you can visit.

These places are known for their religious importance, historical significance, and stunning architecture.

In this article, you will get to know about the following places to visit in Burdwan,

  1. Dar-Ul Bahar & Hawa Mahal
  2. Nababhat 108 Shiv Mandir
  3. Curzon Gate
  4. Sarbamangala Temple
  5. Christ Church

Let’s see each of these places in detail…

1. Dar-Ul Bahar & Hawa Mahal, Golapbag

The Dar-ul-Bahar and Hawa Mahal are historical landmarks in Bardhaman’s Golap Bagh Botanical Garden.

Dar-ul-Bahar is a palace built in Roman Gothic architecture.

Hawa Mahal bears little resemblance to its western counterpart but instead serves as a vantage point for a bird’s eye view of the magnificent garden.

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In addition to offering a break from city life, the Hawa Mahal and the Golap garden allow nature enthusiasts to experience nature’s splendor.

Although Dar-ul-Bahar served as a resting place in the past, it now houses the administration unit of Burdwan University.

The facility is open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and entry is free for visitors.

2. Nababhat 108 Shiv Mandir

108 Shiv Mandir (Amitabha Gupta, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

The 108 Temple Complex of Nababhat, Bardhaman Town, is a popular pilgrimage that draws people from all over the world.

There are two such 108 shiva temple complexes in the Purba Bardhaman district. One in Nababhat and the other one in Kalna.

The one located in the Nababhat region is rectangular in shape. The Kalna complex has 108 shiv mandir in a concentric pattern.

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The Nababahat complex also includes a pavilion and a few additional buildings.

The pavilion, which is near the entrance is capped with a spire and gives shelter to worshippers and pilgrims.

A raised platform in front of the locked eastern gate has two black and white marble sculptures of Nandi bulls.

The 108 temple complexes were inspired by the 108 beads of a rosary or the 108 rudraksha necklace.

You can experience tranquility and peacefulness around the temple.

3. Curzon Gate

Curzon Gate (Rangan Datta Wiki, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Curzon Gate is a popular historical monument and tourist destination in Bardhaman.

It was built in 1903 to commemorate Lord Curzon’s visit by the ruler of Burdwan, Maharaja Bijoy Chand Mahatab.

One of the greatest examples of the sculpting of that time is the gate pillars.

Sculptures of the lions on both sides of the gate, the cornice, the three fairies at the top, and the ornamentation, that is progressively fading due to lack of maintenance, are something you must admire.

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Tourists are captivated by the monument’s notably displayed architecture.

The Royal Palace has located 1 km from Curzon Gate where the kings and queens used to reside.

4. Sarbamangala Temple

Sarbamangala Temple (Amitabha Gupta, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

The Sarbamangala Devi Temple in Barddhaman is one of the most well-known temples in the area, drawing a significant number of worshippers on a daily basis.

The idol of Goddess Durga or Sarbamangala Devi is said to be the presiding Goddess in the temple.

Maharaja Kirti Chand of Burdwan constructed this temple in 1702.

Sarbamangala Devi Temple is quite popular among devotees and is one of the oldest religious places in the area.

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The architecture of the Sarbamangala Devi Temple in Bardhaman is a unique combination of terracotta and the typical style of Navaratna or “nine spires” in Bengal at the time.

The idol of Goddess Durga is made of precious touchstones. She is known as Mahisamardini or Singhabahini.

Special occasions are conducted on Durga Utsav, Kali puja, Poila Baisakh, Bipodtarini puja, etc.

5. Christ Church

Christ Church (Amitabha Gupta, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

The Christ Church is another popular place to visit in Barddhaman.

Captain Charles Stuart of the East India Company completed the construction of the Protestant church in 1816.

The historic church, surrounded by a well-maintained courtyard, is still preserved and is in excellent condition.

It is the oldest church in Burdwan. The church is crimson in color with a thatched roof with baked red tiles.

Its design and architecture make it the most appealing church in the area.

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It is constructed in the traditional European style, with a semi-circular dome on one side and a portico on the other.

The front of the semicircular church is covered by a pointed pediment capped with a cross, while the back is open with four arched windows made of glass and wood.

A bell tower at the front has a massive iron bell that hangs above the main entryway. The prayer room is small.

No idols are worshiped here. 

If you are planning a getaway destination from Kolkata, then these beautiful places in the city of Bardhaman are perfect for you.

Make sure to visit them and make memories.

Cover Pic Credits: Amitabha Gupta, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons


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