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Sitting on the western bank of Bhagirathi is a town named after the deity Goddess Kali, Maa Ambika. Ambika Kalna or 'Kalna' is known as the 'City of Temples.' Upholding its title is the 108 Shiva temples built in 1809 and in addition, the Rajbari palace. The beautiful marbles, intricate stone shivlingas, unique steeples and revered sculptures gives the city of Kalna unmatched grace.
Matiaria is nicknamed, the "Brass Working Village" where workers traveled to Calcutta to work in factories making brass utensils. Workers would then take that skill back to their village and create brass utensils at home. Matiari is also the location where Indian independent leader Mahatma Gandhi began his Satyagraha, the revolution for passive political resistance. Travelers can also visit the town of one of the oldest temple in Hindu mythology, Someshwar Nath Temple. Discover inner peace in Kesariya Stupa, the largest Buddhist Stupa, a place of meditation for Buddhist monks and nuns.
Sitting on the banks of the Bhagirathi, Murshidabad was once the capital of Bangla and Bengal famously known for its silk. Today, the city is a tourist attraction. Both foreign and local visitors flock to the Hazar Duari Palace, also known as the "palace of 1,000 doors"- real and fake. Visitors can also relish in the beauty of the Kathgola Palace with walls intricately designed praising Jain’s unique style and beauty. The Katra Masjid is also a must visit where relics of the mosques are still prayed upon.
This beautiful village that sits on the bank of the river Ganges is considered holy by Hindus. It is the birthplace of Sri Krishna Chaitanya who was born in the 15th century and is believed to be the reincarnation of Hindu deity Krishna. In the village of Sri Mayapur, it was Chaitanya who first taught widespread mass chanting and singing mantras. Travelers visiting this city can meditate at the ISKCON Temple or pay homage to the shrine of Srila Pabhupada.
Chandannagar, formerly a French Colony is a corporation city in West Bengal, India. The city’s name derives from the shape of the Ganges River forming a crescent moon where ‘Chand’ means moon and ‘Nagar’ means city. Chandannagar was first established as a French Colony in 1673 and became a permanent French settlement until 1756 when war ensued between France and Great Britain. By 1947, India became an independent nation. Travelers visiting Chandannagar can stroll through the Chandannagore Strand, The Sacred Heart Church of Chandannagar, the French Cemetery, or the Nandadulal Temple.
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