If you love history, then the city of Gour, is your ideal holiday destination. This place fully which is fully soaked in history is located near the west bank of River Ganges. It is around 40 km. downstream from Rajmahal, in the district of Malda of West Bengal. The location is marked with a number of archaeological sites and historical places, and admired with splendid architectures. Though most of the architectural splendours are dilapidated, yet the city of Gour holds some aura, which attracts tourists from far and near.
Places to see at Gour: This tourist spot Gour is a witness to some age-old architectural treasures, which enhance the historical value of the site. Gour is famous for housing an ancient fort on the bank of the River Bhagirathi, where you can only view the ruins of the fort. However, the sight of the main entrance of the fort, the Dakhil Darwaza, admired with five-storied towers built in its four corners is truly amazing. It was built with red bricks, decorated with motifs of rosettes, suns, lamps etc. The south eastern corner of the fort is adorned with the Biasgazi wall, boasting a towering height of 22 yards. You will also admire the extensive Lukochuri Darwaza or the Royal Eastern Gate, built in Mughal style in the year 1655 by Shah Shuja. A domed squared building, known as Kadam Rasul, housing the footprint of The Prophet is also found within the fort area.
Make a visit to the Tantipara Mosque, located near the fort. The mosque features five entrances and is highly decorated with red coloured bricks. Another site of tourist interest is Lattan, gracefully structured with colourful bands of green, blue, white and yellow glazed tiles. You will also be attracted to the beautifully built Firuz Minar, symbolizing the victory of Firuz Shah. The Bada Sona Masjid admired with 44 domes also offers a visual treat. You can spot the Madan Mohan Jiu Mandir in Ramkeli, located nearby the Bada Sona Masjid, frequently visited by the devotees of Sri Chaitanya.
Nearby attractions around Gour: You can highly organize a tour to the old city of Malda, located at the confluence of two rivers. Visit the Mala town located 4 km. away from the Old Malda. The major attractions of the Old Malda city are the Nimasari Tower and The Jami Masjid. The region also features some marshy tracts called bhils, which attracts wild fowl like the Siberian goose.
Things to do at Gour: Explore the city of Gour admired with a number of significant historical places and archaeological sites. You can also enjoy a trail along the forest, encircling the entire region.
Best time to visit Gour: You can visit Gour any time of the year.
How to go ?
Gour is directly accessible from Malda by both roadway and railways. Moreover, direct flights are also available from Kolkata to Malda.
Where to stay ?
Though the site features some hotels, you can find out some decent accommodation and dining facilities offered by the guest houses and hotels located in Malda. The state tourism department also runs a guest house in Malda. For booking details you may contact:
WBTDC, Tourist Centre ,
BBD Bug (East), Kolkata – 700001
Phone Number – (033)-2219591, 5178
You can also stay at the
Circuit House. Write/Fax to District Magistrate,Malda at (03512)-253092 , (03512)-253049.
Or Call at: (03512)-252330
For further details you may visit the link: www.wbtourism.gov.in
There are also many private hotels. Some options are:
Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.