Top 5 Places to Visit in Gokarna

Gokarna is a small village in the district of Murshidabad in West Bengal. Bringing in the rustic sense of living with it, the village is a beautiful place to visit for any traveller looking to explore the unexplored in India. There are a number of special attractions located around Gokarna village, which will be a source of constant joy, as long as your stay lasts. The places offer spiritual solace, aesthetic happiness and natural beauty to its visitors. These places are important landmarks of India’ pre-colonial history, and shed light to India’s glorious past. Emphasising the simple things in life and their eternal beauty, Gokarna village is a glimmer of serenity in this fast-paced world. All of its tourist attractions help the visitors reconnect to this hope.

Experience real India’s real history as you travel through Gokarna’s scenic routes and treats. Be sure to visit the following 5 spots in Gokarna’s surroundings, as the rustic brilliance of Gokarna shines brightly on these places too.

1. Hazarduari Palace

Hazarduari Palace
Photo by Shaunak Roy, CC BY-SA 3.0

The palace of a thousand doors, translated to Hazarduari Palace, this is perhaps the most important structure near Gokarna. A sprawling architectural masterpiece, complete with lawns, balconies and a museum, the palace is most famous for containing thousand doors, hundreds of which are non-functional and are present for decoration purposes. The palace now boasts of an active museum section which contains portraits of significant rulers, swords and even the vehicles they used in the bygone era. You can spend an entire day exploring the elegant corridors and interiors of this splendid palace.

2. Nizmat Imambara

Nizmat Imambara
Photo by Debashis Mitra, CC BY-SA 3.0

The biggest mosque complex in West Bengal, Nizmat Imambara is located on the northern side of the Hazarduari Palace. This striking mosque, with beautifully carved white marble and well-manicured lawns is a prominent tourist attraction of the area. People visit the place not only for the spiritual solace but also to marvel at the architectural finesse of the mosque. The route to the mosque’s entrance, lined with queues of tall green trees is a mesmerising walk. Visit the Nizmat Imambara for a truly surreal experience.

3. KathGola

Photo by Czarhind, Public Domain

Entering KathGola will confuse your mind, whether you’ve entered a summer house in Europe or are still in India. Such is the sophistication of this marvellous palace. Named after the lumberyard that was once present near the edifice, the palace now spells out wonders from its edifice. A paradise of aesthetic treats in the form of gardens and fountains, ponds and pillars, KathGola will leave you feeling like royalty. Be sure to check out the exquisite statue of Michelangelo, whose artistic streak seems to have inspired the builders of this palace and also a small temple within the palace complex.

4. Footi Mosque

Footi Mosque
Photo by Suman Kumar Sircar, CC BY-SA 4.0

Built by Sarfaraz Khan, Footi mosque is another one of the radiating edifices that characterise the mosques near Gokarna. Even though the mosque is unfinished, its beauty remains unparalleled. The red stone arches give a rustic tone to the mosque, its walls aptly mimicking the aura of the town. One must visit the Footi mosque for gaining some peace of mind and to renew the often-broken ties with the Almighty.

5. Katra Mosque

Katra Mosque
Photo by Subharnab Majumdar, CC BY 2.0

Constructed by Murad Farash Khan, the Katra mosque is a star attraction near Gokarna. The domed cylindrical pillars, that look like fortification line the mosque, which is also a tomb of Quli Khan. The lush green lawns of the mosque and its cleanliness make it a popular tourist destination. For a rejuvenating experience in Gokarna, be sure to travel to Katra mosque, which will surely have a lasting impression on you, reliving its piety will become your favourite hobby.

For a reminder of the simple life that one can live, unperturbed by the race of modernity and technology, Gokarna is the perfect place to visit. The spirituality pervading in its atmosphere help to see the bigger perspective, to achieve a peace of mind and to appreciate the beauty of nature. For renewing an eternal romance with your life, visit Gokarna and its nearby attractions.

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About Rohit

An architect by profession, Rohit Agarwal is a curious traveller, seeking out the minutest detail about the places he travels to, and that’s what one will find in his writings. His writings have appeared in various blogs, he’s currently trying to bring forth as many different places a traveller who shares the same level of curiosity like him would like to visit through his writings.

1 thought on “Top 5 Places to Visit in Gokarna”

  1. The picture given here of Footi mosque is not correct. The Picture given is of Katra Masjid. This needs to be corrected.


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