Murshidabad is a rural gem by the banks of the meandering Hooghly river, just a few hours north of Kolkata in East India. Formerly a famous capital of Bengal, Murshidabad, numerous clusters of historic buildings tell tales of its affluent past. The town’s rich heritage is best discovered through its monuments – tranquil cemeteries and religious sites rest alongside royal palaces and estates scattered across town. For centuries, Murshidabad was a colonial seat of power, made evident in the English and Dutch architectural influences at famed Hazarduari or the palace of a thousand doors. Just as beautiful are the mustard hues of Kathgola – summer home of Bengal’s indulgent Nawabs. The town is just as famous for its beautiful structures, including mosques and beautiful lakes, as it is for its delectable Nawabi and Bengali cuisine that include authentic recipes dating back to the 18th century! Top it off with a slice of the prized Murshidabadi mango – the perfect accoutrement for gastronomic bliss!