Malda in WestBengal was once referred to as English Bazaar – the erstwhile capital of Bengal. Malda lies east of the confluence of the Mahananda and Kalindi rivers and is the largest producer of jute in India. Today, Malda comprises of the English Bazaar and Old Malda – twin towns separated by the River Mahananda.
Places to Stay
There are good hotels in Malda, some of which include Hari Om Hotel (Tariff –Rs 1000), and Kalinga Hotel (Tariff – Rs 500).
Bengali, Hindu, Urdu and Maithili are spoken here.
Of the religious festivals, Durga Puja (usually takes place in October) is celebrated with much grandeur and fanfare. Besides this, there is the ‘Vaishnavite Fair‘- Ramkeli Fair in Gour, which takes place in the summer.
Places of Interest
There are several places that can be considered as tourist attractions in and around Malda. Gour, the ancient capital of Bengal, which is 16 km away from Malda, is definitely worth a visit given its historical significance. A visit to Pandua (18 km away) for a peek at some Muslim architecture (such as the Adina Mosque) would not be in vain. South of Malda is the Farakka Barrage which is a famous picnic spot.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is about 250 km away at Bagdogra. There are frequent flights from cities such as Chennai, New Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata to Bagdogra.
Malda is well-connected by rail. Malda has a railway station – Malda Town – that is has trains to places such as Howrah, Cochin, Bangalore, New Delhi, Chennai, Visakhapatnam, Secunderabad, Nagpur, Surat, Kolkata, Bhubaneshwar, Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Trivandrum and Sealdah.
Malda lies on NH 34. Buses from Kolkata to Siliguri make a stop at Malda as well. Malda is about 300 km from Kolkata. Ticketgoose.com’s bus ticket booking facility is the best way to book your online tickets.