It was the residence of Raja Krishnachandra, a great patron of art and culture in Bengal medieval period.
Krishnanagar is an important centre for culture and literature.
In Ghurni, a neighbourhood of Krishnanagar, there is a colony of artists who work with clay. These artists produce images of Hindu gods and goddesses for traditional worship throughout the year, as well as clay models of human figures and real life objects. Open studios and shops of the artists comprise an important attraction for tourists. Some of the artists have started using fibre glass in place of clay.
Krishnanagar lies 100 km north of Kolkata on the Sealdah-Lalgola line (2 1/2 hrs.). Frequent EMU trains and Lalgola passengers along with a few express trains connect it with Sealdah. It is well connected with the neighbouring cities and towns by buses. National Highway No. 34 passes through the Krishnanagar town.
Cycle rickshaws and e-rickshaws are available for movement within the town.
- 1 Ghurni (Ghurni Bus Stand). The Bangalore-based Deccan Herald has written, "“We have clay dolls, toys and even clay sculptures in different parts of India. But there has been nothing to match the clay doll artisans of Krishnanagar in the Nadia district of West Bengal. The creations of these artists are displayed in most of the handicraft museums of the world. In India, we have a large display of these dolls in the Shankar's Dolls Museum in New Delhi. One look at the clay dolls and we are amazed at the reality with which the artist has displayed the character of the model." Exhibitions of Krishnagar dolls have been held in London, Paris and Boston. Doll makers market their products personally to the local people as well as to the outside visitors. Sales are also made through Krishnanagar Mritsilpa Co-operative Society, Nadia District Service cum Marketing Co-operative Industrial Union Ltd., and West Bengal Handicraft Development Corporation Ltd.
- 2 Krishnanagar Roman Catholic Church (Krishnanagar Cathedral). It stands out for its distinctive architecture. There are 27 oil paintings describing the life of Jesus Christ. There also is a Protestant church in the same compound.
- 3 Rajbari. The Rajbari has a beautiful Durga temple in the courtyard. Jhulan Mela is celebrated in July-August, Baro Dol is held 12 days after Dol Purnima in March-April.
- 1 Clay Model of Krishnanagar (Varied and colourful clay items), ☏ . Leading manufacturer of clay model based in Krishnanagar
- Ghurni studios. Doll makers market their products personally to tourists.
- 2 Studio di Scultura (Goutam Pal), Ghurni, ☏ . Bronze sculpture installed - 7' 6" standing statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Leicestor, UK; 5' sitting statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Munich; 3' 6" bust of Rabindranath Tagore in Shanghai; 3' bust of Jagadish Chandra Bose in Teheran; 6' statue of Rani Rashmoni in Kolkata (Esplanae); 9' statue of Swami Vivekananda in Dakshineswar and many others.
- Swarbhaja and Swarpuriya - two renowned sweet-meat items of Krishnanagar.
- 1 Adhar Chandra Das & Sons (Adhar Mistanna Bhandar), Nadiar Para, ☏ , . Claims to be inventor of Swarbhaja and Swarpuriya. Shop founded in 1902. This shop was famous for the shooting of the movie Sabar Upore, starring Uttamkumar and Suchitra Sen. Many other sweetmeat novelties available.
- Aiswariya, 16 Station Approach Road, ☏ .
- 2 Asian Guest House, 28 Sukanta Sarani, Kanthalpota, ☏ .
- Basasree Hotel, Rabindranath Tagore Road, ☏ .
- Ghosh Suitas, NH 34, ☏ .
- 3 Hotel Astha Midway, NH 34, Basak Para, Bhatjungla, ☏ , .
- Krishnanagar Municipal Tourist Lodge (near Sangeeta Cinema Hall), ☏ .
- 4 Mullick Lodge, State Highway 11, ☏ .
- Mumpi Hotel & Lodge, Krishnanagar Bus Stand, Lal Mohan Ghosh Road, ☏ .
- 5 Sristi Lodge, Biswambar Roy Road, ☏ .
- Trinath Lodge, Beledanga Morh, ☏ .