Situated along the National Highway 34, near the International Border is district in West Bengal called Malda which is also spelled as Maldah or Maldaha. It is known for its rich cultural heritage and exquisite architectural style. Malda was once the capital of Bengal. Flanked along the floodplains of Ganga Malda is endowed with verdant land which is ideal for cultivating the finest mangoes of the Nation. Malda is one the essential mango exporter in India giving it the title of Mango City. Also known as English Bazaar, Malda was founded as a district in 18th century during the British rule. Today it acts as the tourism base to explore two historic cities Pandua and Gaur of West Bengal. Malda is mostly visited by archeologists and historians involved in chronological studies and surveys. There are many ancient monuments in Malda which showcase the rich heritage and let the visitor catch the glimpse of that regal era.
Built in 1530 by Sultan Nasiruddin Nusrat Shah, Qadam Rasul is a mosque which is also spelt as Kadam Rasool Mosque. It is situated close to Firoz Minar of Malda. Qadam Rasul Mosque is famous for housing the footprints of Prophet Muhammad on a piece of stone.
It is a splendid monument from Mughal era. Built in 1425 A.D. Dakhil Darwaza is the gateway of Gaur castle. In the ancient days the gate was used as a spot to fire canons so it was often known as the Salaami Darwaza. The red brick and terracotta style of Dakhil Darwaza is still the most striking feature of Dakhil Darwaza.
Situated outside the Guar castle on the south-east side of Dakhil Darwaza is a magnificent tower called Firoz Minar. It is also known as the Pir-Asha-Minar or the Chiragdani. Towering with a height of 26metres Firoz Minar is one of the most iconic monuments in Malda. Firoz Minar is a five storey tower built in Tughlaqi style of architecture under the rule of Sultan Saifuddin Feroze Shah. From the top of the tower visitors can catch a panoramic vista of Gaur castle.
It is a monument in Malda built in Indo-Arabic architectural style. Eklakhi Mausoleum is considered as the most breathtaking sites of Pandua. It is believed to be the tomb of Sultan Jalal ad-Din (d. 1431), the son of Raja Ghanesh, who later accepted Islamic religion. The four pillars of this dome shaped Eklakhi Mausoleum is engraved with subtle and intricate patterns. The mausoleum with its historic and aesthetic appeal has become a must visit destination of avid historians traveling to Malda.
Situated near Ramkila is Baroduari Mosque, the largest monument in Malda. Also known as The Great Golden Mosque of the 12-Gate Mosque, Baroduari Mosque was built in Indo-Arabic architectural style. Initially the construction of Baroduari Mosque was started by Allauddin Hussein Shah but later after his death it was completed in 1526 by his son, Nasiruddin Nusrat Shah. Although the name say mosque with 12 gates but visitors can see during their trip that in reality Baroduari Mosque only has 11 gates.
Situated in the Bandh road of Malda along the river bank of Mahananda is Malda Museum. During a visit of Malda Museum one can learn about the anthropological, archaeological, and historical heritage of the region by observing artifacts dating back to 1500years. Most of items housed within Malda Museum are discovered from Gaur and Pandua.
Except for summer season’s scorching heat Malda can be visited throughout the year. October to March is considered the best time to explore through the ancient cities of Malda.