About NabadwipNabadwip is a small city in the Municipality in Nadia district in West Bengal. Navadwipa-Navadvipa literally means nine islands. These are all centered on Antardvipa. The nine islands comprise of Antardvipa, Simantadvipa, Godrumadvipa, Madhyadvipa, Koladvipa, Ritudvipa, Jahnudvipa, Modadrumadvipa and Rudradvipa. The ancient and unplanned town has an area of 11.66 Sq. Km and population of 1,15,036 as per Census - 2001. The density of population is 9,866 per sq km with 49,321 living in slums and representing 42.78% of its population. The town is flood - prone town, which witnessed devastating flood in the years 1971, 1981, 1999, 2000 and 2006.
Geography of NabadwipThe city has hot summers starting from April to June and temperature ranges from maximum of 35 °C to minimum of 26 °C. Monsoon begins June to mid-September with retrieving monsoon from mid-October till mid-November. Winters are moderate and pleasant. It is situated on the western bank of the Bhagirathi River that originally used to flow west of Nabadwip. The river used to form a boundary between the districts of Bardhaman and Nadia. However it later shifted its course. As a result of this, the city is now cut off from the rest of the Nadia district.
History of NabadwipThe city was formed in 1063 and is known to be the old capital of the Sena dynasty. During the medieval period, it was the hub of learning and philosophy. Even today it is known for its traditional Sanskrit schools like the Navya Nyaya School of logic, which had reached its peak under the philosophers of Nabadwip. An important idol from the Bhakti movement, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486–1533) was born here. He is known as the great Vaishnava saint and social reformer. He made this city an important destination for pilgrimage and many devotees from worldwide who follow Gaudiya Vaishnavism come to Nabadwip for pilgrimage.
How to reach NabadwipYou can reach Navadwipa via flights; buses and trains are all available. But do remember that the nearest airport is the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata and is about 121 km from Navadwipa-Navadvipa. There are trains available too that take you directly to the Nabadwip Dham Railway Station, which is located at a distance of 2.2 km from the destination. However, the best way to reach would be through hired cars or buses that depart frequently from Kolkata and Howrah. You will take about 4 hours to reach here.
Economy of NabadwipNabadwip is chiefly a trading center known for jute. They grow industrial jute here, which is then processed here, stored in the storage areas and supplied to industries. Jute and tourism are both vital parts of the town economy especially the weaving industry. You can visit the area and pick lots of jute related products that are readily available here. There are also many units making ready-made garments, bidis (Indian Cigarattes), and bell-metaled utensils too.
Popular festivals here include:
- Pohela Boishakh or Bangla New Year (14/15 April)
- Rath Yatra (July)
- Ganga puja (June)
- Jhulan Purnima (August)
- Durga Puja (Sept/Oct)
- Ras Festival (Oct-Nov)
- Saraswati Puja (Feb/March)
- Dol Purnima or Dol Yatra (Feb-Mar)
- Gaura-purnima, the birthday of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (Feb-Mar)
- Chaitra Sale (March/April)
Tourism in NabadwipA popular time to visit this city is on the auspicious occasion of the Birthday celebration of Shri Mahaprabhu on the Phalguni Purnima. Many festivals like Leelas of Shri Mahaprabhu like Sri Nabadwip-mandala Parikrama and other festivities like Dol yatra, Ras purnima Gaura-purnima are celebrated here.Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and Sri Devananda Gaudiya Math
These are two old temples come math located in the city. They pay homage to the saints they have been named after. You can visit the temples and the shrines during the evening aarti when bhajans and prayers are done. The vibe of positivity during this time is almost contagious.
Right across the river is the holy town of Mayapur, which is the home to the world-famous ISKCON temples. It is a must-visit and a very holy destination. A boat ride will take you across the river, which takes barely 15-20 minutes. So if you are visiting nabdawip do-not miss out on this city.
Krishnagar royal palace is one of the major attractions for the tourists. The Royal Palace is mainly famous for its Jhulan Mela and also has a beautiful temple on the palace compound that is dedicated to worship Goddess Durga. The members of the royal family members celebrate Durga puja in this temple with pomp and splendour each year.
Ranaghat is another reputed town located near Nabadwip city with many historical descriptions of West Bengal and is famous for its sweet dishes and handloom industry. Festivals celebrated here include Rathyatra and Durga puja.
Roman Catholic Church
This town is also the home to multiple cultures and the ancient Catholic Church in Krishnanagar is a fine example of the same. This brilliant church reflects some Italian artists’ carved wooden frescos that are worth seeing.
Enjoy the bygone era of Bengal with Ambika Kalna, which is the home to the beautiful temple of Goddess Ambika. There are also 108 temples of Lord Shiva, and the Royal palace of this city. It is now a heritage site as per the Archaeological Survey of India.
Shopping in Nabadwip
Books on religion
You will find plenty of books to take home from here. These are mostly books on religious beliefs, prayers and history in different languages that are worth buying.
Located right across the sprawling main market are saree stores that sell local hand-woven sarees. Made from jute and cotton, these are souvenirs that you must invest in. Available in a plethora of colors and hues and patterns, the prices are a steal here.
Markets in Nabadwip
112, Netaji Subhas Road, Municipality Building, Ward No. 14 · 083369 35229
Chari Chara Bazar
Bene Para Rd · 03472 240 479
Restaurants in Nabadwip
Being a premium tourist destination you can get both local and multi-cuisine items here. The local treats that you should not miss out here are-
- Fuchkas that are served at almost all street corners with sour tamarind water
- Jhaal muri- A form of puffed rice served up with spices, lime juice and lots of tomatoes and sprouts.
- Sweets- There is no end to the local sweets here starting from the humble sandesh and rosogolla and going up to milk-cakes and Nolen Gur specialties in winters.
Boral Ghat Road
Mayurakshi Chinese Hotel And Restaurant
Buro Kali Tala Road, Malancha para Road, Nabadwip
Kuntal New first food Restaurant
Nabadwip Hospital Road (Hiralal Paul Road)
Utilities and services of Nabadwip
Nabadwip Police Station
Address: Boral Ghat Road, Nadia District, Nabadwip, West Bengal 741302
Phone: 03472 240 404
Hospitals in Nabadwip
Nabadwip State General Hospital
Phone: 03472 239 585
Nabadwip Nursing Home
Deara Para, Nabadwip Main Road
Maheshganj Rural Hospital
Balaji Medical Store
Dhopwali More,, Bene Para Rd
Phone: 03472 240 479
Annapurna Medicine Stores
79, Smriti Kantha Bachaspati Rd
Agarani Medical Hall
Nabadwip Main Road
Hotels in Nabdawip
Maheshganj Estate Balakhana
A special mention here is a homestay in Nabadwip in the Maheshgunj district. It is an estate owned once by colonial Britishers and now home to a Bengali family. The homestay is called Balakhana Estate.
Address: Balakhana, Nabadwip Ghat Road, Nabadwip, West Bengal 741315
Phone: 098313 28486
Other commercial hotels with banquets are-
Hotel City Pride
Station Road, Nabadwip
Hotel Astha Midway
Basak Para, Krishnanagar
Approach road, Krishnagar
Bishnu Priya Hotel
Iskcon Main Gate, Nabadwip
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