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Malda - Mango City

Situated on the banks of the River Mahananda in West Bengal, Malda City is one of the biggest cities in the state. Although it may not enjoy a high degree of importance from the tourism viewpoint, it still is placed pretty high in the list of the many interesting, historically-rich tourist places of India in general and West Bengal in particular.

Earlier known as 'English Bazaar' – as it attracted wide fame and shot into limelight when an English factory was opened here, way back in 1771 – the Malda District since long has been a key centre of power in the state. A tour to Malda often proves to be rather useful for an insight or sorts into the impressive historical and cultural development and progress of Bengal over the years.

At one time, Malda also acted as the river port for Pandua. Today, Malda is the one of the most important rail links of the state and is also the Divisional Headquarters of the Eastern Railways. Almost all trains bound for North Bengal and North Eastern states of India make it a point to stop at the Malda station.

Malda is also well-known for its silk and mango production, apart from its surplus rice, jute, wheat and cotton productions. Malda mangoes are known for their lovely taste and are much sought after fruits by the mango lovers. Malda is also home to the wonderful Malda Museum, which has an incredible collection of the region-specific architectural and anthropological samples.

Nearby Attractions

Malda City acts as the tourism platform of sorts to the destinations of Pandua and Gaur, between which it is sandwiched in. People keen in historical and archaeological expeditions throng these places. Gaur is located 12 km south of Malda, right on the Indo-Bangladesh border. Earlier, it was was the capital city of the three dynasties of the ancient Bengal, namely, the Buddhist Palas, the Hindu Senas and the Muslim Nawabs.

No wonder, it is considered a great city with an incredible and interesting past. Guar has several famed mosques, including the Bara Sona Mosque, Qadam Rasul Mosque, Dakhil Darwajah, not to mention Lattan Mosque. Pandua, the other well-known tourist place which is close to Malda, is one of the chief hubs of Muslim monuments in the region.

Most of the tour operators and travel agencies, which offer attractive tour packages to the many tourist hotspots of West Bengal, cover these three above mentioned tourist destinations – Malda, Gaur and Pandua.

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