Situated 15km south of Malda, Gaur has been the capital of the Muslim nawabs 13th—16th century. It is known for its mosques and other treasuries, from the glorious era, standing with pride around the flooded paddy fields. Gaur has still preserved some ruins from the pre-Muslim era: 7th—12th century, when Buddhist Pala and Hindu Sena dynasties held the reins of Gaur. Have a stroll around the last witnesses of history, the monumental Baradwari Mosque. The mosque displays corridor’s sound arcaded aisle and the fortress-like gateway of Dakhil Darwaza (build in 1425) that lies beneath. Witness divinity in Qadam Rasul Mosque that have the flat footprint of the Prophet Mohammed imprinted inside it. Resting adjacent to it is the tomb of Fateh Khan (1707) who’d ‘vomited blood and died on this very spot’. Scraps of colourful enamel from the walls of Chamkan Mosque and the nearby Gumti Gate have a thousand stories on them.
Pandua, located 30km north of Malda, houses the grand vestiges of the 14th-century Adina Masjid that was India’s largest mosque at one time. Surrounded by the arched and domed bays, there lies the tomb of Sikander Shah (1364–79) who’d built the Adina Masjid. At a distance of 2 km from mosque, resides the Eklakhi Mausoleum that got this name for the fact that Rs. 1 lakh were spent to build it.