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“Underrated History”
Review of Ruins of Gaur

Reviewed 9 February 2012

Ruins of Gaur near Malda is great exhibition of historic architecture. There are so many structures and still excavations are going on for new discoveries. It suggests the rich historic background of the area. There lies mosques, gates, victory pillars and what not spread over a few kilometers of area dotted with Mango plantations.
You need to hire a cab from nearest town Malda in North Bengal which is around 30mins drive from Gaur. Best time to visit is from October to April. Summer months are hot.
There are signboards of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to describe the history of each place. Hence you can do it by yourself. We did not see any guide.
Better to carry your own food and water as no good shop available nearby. Only some village eateries are there for some basic needs. No toilets available. Needs improvement on these to attract more tourists.

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Reviewed 16 March 2010

24° 52′ 0″ N, 88° 8′ 0″ E The mighty architecture has faded to ruins, but still do have a special aura. Gaur starts in A.D. 1198. Gaur, or Gour, the old name was Lakhnauti, was known as well as Gauda. Most ruins are pretty close to one another, but actually starts the ruine trail at Adina (north of Malda) with the Adina masjid (mosque). It then meanders through Pandua: Bari Dargah / Eklakhi Mausoleum. Then meanders through Gaur: Bara Sona Masjid, Two Stone Pillars (10 km from Bara Sona masjid) / Dakhil Darwaza (the entrancegate to what used to be the palace) / Firoz Minar (a tower) / Qadam Rasul Masjid met Fath Khan’s tombe / Lukachuri Darwaza (another entrancegate to the palace) / the excavation site of what used to be the palace / BaizGazi (part of the old citywall) / Chila masjid (is said to have been a prison in the 15th century) / Gumti Darwaza / Chamkati Darwaza / Tanti Para Masjid / Lottan masjid / Gunamant masjid. The trail leads into Bangladesh via the borderpost in Suranpur (the Dakhil Darwaza is 5 km before the borderpost) but is still Gaur. Beyond that borderpost one can find the Chhota Sona / Darasbari / Dhunichak Mosque / Shah Nimat Allah Hammam, Shah Nimat Allah masjid and Shah Nimat Allah tombe. We were told later on that in Malda cars can be rented (with chauffeur), but we did not know at that time so we went by bus. Once out of the bus in Gaur we were stranded, as there is no sort of transport whatsoever… As my husband was Indian, he mannaged to charter us a kind of riksjavehicle (owner included) which was meant to transport goods of some kind. My weight was barely 42 kilo, so it was a painfull way of transport. In fact, the road past Dakhil Darwaza was so bad that an elephant would have tumbled over in those holes. We made it to the borderpost of and there we had to quit our quest, as I did not have a Visum for Bangladesh. So without renting a car is is difficult, but if one is an adventurer, do not let this stop you, as the ruins are fabulous!!!

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