বুধবার, ১৭ ফেব্রুয়ারী, ২০১৬

Nijhum Dwip

Initially Nijhum Dwip or Nijhum Island was known as Char Osman, after the name of a brave settler Osman who established the first settlement with his buffalo & cattle. Later the government’s high officials have changed that name. But still in documents, the island is known as Char Osman. This island is an ideal place for tourists, especially during the winter.

A cluster of islands (mainly, Ballar Char, Kamlar Char, Char Osman and Char Muri) emerged in the early 1950s as an alluvium in the shallow estuary of the Bay of Bengal on the south of Noakhali. These new sandbanks first drew the notice of a group of fishermen, who named it Baular Char (literally, the alluvium of sand) later transformed into Ballar Char. Occupying an area of 14,050 acres the island situated between 21 0 1 / to 22 0 6 /north latitude and 90 0 3 / to 91 0 4 / east longitude.

Migratory Birds in Nijhum Dwip: During winter, thousands of migratory birds flock in to island. The fishermen use the airy and sunny land as an ideal place for drying their catches from the sea. Sometimes many of them also construct straw huts on the island as seasonal residences.

In 1974 the Forest Department took an afforestation program for a duration of twenty years in the north side of the island. Covering an area of nine thousand acres, it has now developed into a deep forest with a variety of plant species. Among the trees Keora is much seen. Besides this Gewa, Kankra, Bain, Babul, Karamja, Pashur and many other species are seen.

On 8 April 2001 the government declared the 40390 acres of forest of Jahajmara range including 9550 acres of forest land on Nijhum Dwip as a National Park for the protection and development of the biodiversity of the forest. But in practice, there a very lazy appearance of that declaration.
It was named ‘Nijhum Dwip’ by former Minister Amirul Islam Kalam in 1979 observing its isolation and mild nature.

The Opportunity of Deer watching if you stay at Nijhum Resort: At very early morning, a deer which was survived a flood in Nijhum resort area; comes at Nijhum resort everyday.You can feed it with your own hand.

Things To Do: 
  1. You can buy dry fish from local people.
  2. Enjoy this one of the most beautiful and popular island in our country.

Travel Tips:
  1. Do not leave any trace that you were there. Just return back silently, without disturbing the nature and the inhabitants of the island.
  2. Rivers around that part of the country have immense tide. So think again before having a swim on river.
  3. Act politely with locals. Do not get irritated by their continuum queries. Because it’s you who went there, not they.

Source: http://offroadbangladesh.com/places/nijhum-dip/

মঙ্গলবার, ১৬ ফেব্রুয়ারী, ২০১৬

Horinmara Kundo Waterfall

This waterfall is known as Horinmara Kundo Waterfall (হরিনমারা কুন্ড ঝরনা). The waterfall has a beautiful basin underneath with pristine green water that was slightly colder. The waterfall was dropping directly on that basin. And it doesn’t have any space at the front side (blocked by a small mound). That’s why it is not possible to get a full view of the waterfall from the front (or any places).

Once upon a time, this area was having a lot of wild deers. However, by the grace of our greedy human nature, they have almost been vanished. During that golden era, lot of deers used to come here near the basin to drink water. This basin was always filled with water regardless the season. And the deers used to slack their thirst from here. And we shameless human used to hunt them from here. That’s why the name of the waterfall is Horinmara Kundo Waterfall (হরিনমারা কুন্ড ঝরনা) or Horinkundo Waterfall (হরিনকুন্ড ঝরনা).

How To Go:

Dhaka and Chittagong are linked by road. You can take a bus from Dhaka to reach the district of Chittagong. Some of the bus services are listed below for our assistance.

1. Saudia Paribahan
Arambag, Phone: +88-02-7102465
Gabtoli, Phone: +88-02-8018445
Kalabagan, Phone: +88-02-9124792

2. S Alam
Contact: +880 31 636997, 611426

3. Hanif Enterprise
Panthpath: 0173-402670

Source: http://offroadbangladesh.com/places/horinmara-kundo-waterfall/

সোমবার, ১৫ ফেব্রুয়ারী, ২০১৬

Himchhari Waterfall

Many attractions are for the tourists around Cox’s Bazar. You can go Himchhari to see its Waterfall, this is famous for waterfall, though in the winter season it dwindles but during the rainy season it’s really a fabulous and full waterfall can be enjoyed.

Himchhari is a beautiful picnic spot surrounded by palm trees and bamboos. Himchhari is transformed into a colorful and fascinating panorama when the winter sun rises above hilltops and sets in the blue sea. It is only eight miles away from Cox’s Bazar town. A trip by jeep to Himchhari along the sea-beach at dawn is a rewarding experience. These charms attract the holiday makers to visit this picnic spot in large number.

Himchhari is just around 5 kilometers apart from the main town. You can reach at that place by any kind of vehicles. To enter the area, you’ll need to buy tickets. Which is around 20 taka. There is only two place that you can enjoy at the park, one is the falls, and another one is the top of the hill.

How To Go:

It is located 12 km south of Cox’s Bazar Town and 6 km from the Kalatali beach. From Kalatali stand, it is only 15-minute ride to entry if you take a taxi or chandergari (local transport). You can also rent a car from Bazar.

Things To Do: 

1. View the beautiful waterfall.
2. You can visit the Himchari National Park
3. You can see a Christmas tree close to the beach.

If you visit this district, you can buy some local products from here, for example the hand made products for household works, cloths made from local hand-loom.

Source: http://offroadbangladesh.com/places/himchhari-waterfall/

রবিবার, ১৪ ফেব্রুয়ারী, ২০১৬

Darashbari Mosque

Dasbari Mosque is located close to Ompur in between Sona mosque and Kotowali Dorja. Generations of local people say it as Dasbari. It is an abandoned place now. According to an inscription in 1497 during the reign of Sultan Shamsuddin Yousuf this mosque was built.

No explanations are found regarding how this mosque was named. It is modeled after the Chamchika mosque in India. Like Dasbari this mosque is built with terracotta bricks. Its circumference is so thick that during the month of Chaitra when it is so hot outside but it remains cool inside. The main dome here looks pretty attractive. North to the mosque there is a Dighi whose volume is 60 bigha.

How To Go: 

Thi spot is located in Chapai Nawabganj Sadar Upazilla. After reaching Chapai Nawabganj you may head there by bus or CNG auto rickshaw.

Things To Do:
  1. View the ancient architecture of the mosque.
  2. Click pictures for collection.

Source:  http://offroadbangladesh.com/places/darashbari-mosque/

শনিবার, ১৩ ফেব্রুয়ারী, ২০১৬

Pohela Falgun

This year once again we are going to celebrate the first day of spring Pohela Falgun. Spring or Boshonto consists of two months Falgun and Choitra. We celebrate the first day of Falgun to welcome Boshonto, the season of flowers and all the vibrant colours.

The advent of Falgun wipes away the dry and chilling elements of winter with a subtle touch of warmness. But how much do we know about Pohela Falgun apart from this that the girls roam around the DU campus wrapping themselves up in striking colours and that it is a great day for the love birds?

According to the history of Mughal period Emperor Akbar started the Bengali year in 1585 AD with the intention of collecting revenue by following the solar year. At that time nowroz or the first day of the Bengali year was celebrated with great enthusiasm. Emperor Akbar who was secular in nature abolished all Muslim festivals and introduced fourteen new festivals for the new Bengali year.

The names of the months were not like the present form at that time. It is not known exactly when they became Boiskakh, Jaishthya etc. but all these names were derived from the names of the stars.

The name Falgun came from the star Falguni. The reason behind the naming after starts is that in the Vedic Age (1500 BC) the rishis (ancient Indian scholars) had an obsession with astrology and the stars. Though they use to follow the solar year the mention of Falguni (spring) full moon in Vedic Literature suggests that lunar months were also calculated. Probably the traditional inclination of the rishis to the moon and stars led to the naming of the months after stars.

The significance of Pohela Falgun is very singular in our national life. The way we celebrate Pohela Boishakh and Pohela Falgun in Bangladesh these days started to flourish after the arousal of Bengali Nationalism in 1950s and 1960s.

After the Language Movement people of East Pakistan started to celebrate festivals which were related to the Bengali culture silently defying the anti-Bengali attitude of the then Pakistan Government.

Cultural bodies and general people started celebrating these events with Tagore songs which was banned in 1960s. So celebrating Pohela Falgun was not for having fun only at that time. It was a display of our nationalism.

In the pre-independence period these days worked as a way to flaunt Bengali Nationalism. Unfortunately fundamentalist elements are still in full swing in our country to spoil our national spirit. So it is time again that we start celebrating Pohela Falgun with a renewed enthusiasm with which it was celebrated in the pre-independence period.

The days Pohela Falgun and Boishakh are our two efforts at warding off fundamentalist and anti- nationalistic forces.

These two days are parts of our National Heritage and National History like the Independence Day, the Victory Day and the Language Martyrs Day.

These are meant not for fashion conscious people and love birds only. These days were and are a way to protest fundamentalism, a way to defy racist bans and to protect our national pride and glory.
Falgun (Bengali: ফাল্গুন) is the eleventh month in the বঙ্গাব্দ Bangla Calendar and the Bikram Sambat. The first of Falgun is known as “Pohela Falgun” and usually falls on the 13th February of the Gregorian Calendar.
“Pohela Falgun” symbolizes the festival of color, coherence of heart and a refreshing start of life. Nature, that seemed decayed recently, suddenly appears with full of infancy. Nature becomes colorful as flowers like Shimul, Polash, Mango, Rose, Marigolds blossom. Melody of birds or mild touch of the sunshine – everything will make you feel that springtime is the nature’s festival. The day will inspire you to fall in love, to be romantic.

On the occasion, girls are dressed in bashonti (yellow or orange) coloured saree and flowers in hair while boys wear colorful pajama and panjabi to welcome the arrival of spring.
The center point of this festivity is “Bakul-tola” of the Institute of Fine Arts (Commonly known as Charukola) of Dhaka University. The jingle of the celebration is "Esho mili praner utshabe" (Come, let us celebrate life together). Jatiya Boshonto Utshab Udjapan Parishad arranges the main celebration program of the day for over a decade. The celebration usually begins at around 7am in the morning. Thousands of young men and women gather in the morning and celebrate the day with signing songs, reciting poems and dancing. At around 10:00am a rally starts from Bokul-tola, it revolves round the TSC and later ends at Charukola.

The entire Dhaka University Campus and the Ekeushy Boi-mela becomes the best place to hang out with friends, family members and beloved ones.

Truly, Pohela Falgun brings colour and hope in the minds of people irrespective of age and life and living. Celebrate the day.

বৃহস্পতিবার, ১১ ফেব্রুয়ারী, ২০১৬

Shat Gambuj Masjid

This is one of the most beautiful and largest archaeological and historical Mosque in Bangladesh. This is a Holy place. It was made by red burn mud.it was decorated beautifully with terracotta flowers and foliage. The archeological beauty of this Mosque enchants the tourist very much. Besides this Mosque an attractive archaeological museum is there where you can find that times archaeological and historical materials. Near to this mosque you can also visit the Shrine of Khan Jahan Ali. The UNESCO has been recognized this Mosque as a World Heritage Site in 1983. At present a picnic spot has been established near this heritage site at the historical Ghora Dighi.


How to get there

You can reach Bagerhat from Khulna by Bus. Direct bus service is also available from Dhaka to Bagerhat. The journey takes 5 or 6 hours. It is 6km away from Bagerhat city. You can go there by Rickshaw. Shrine of Hazrat Khan Jahan Ali is only 3km away from Shat Gambuj Mosque. 

Source: http://visitbangladesh.gov.bd/shat-gambuj-masjid/

বুধবার, ১০ ফেব্রুয়ারী, ২০১৬

Saint Martin

Saint Martin is a small but very beautiful coral Island of Bangladesh. The Island is a very quiet, neat and clean place. Every corners of this Island has different look and are very attractive. Here you will find live and dead coral, lots of coconut trees that’s why its local name is Narikel Jinjira. Overnight staying in St. Martins Island is really an exotic feeling where you will feel and listen the sound of Sea. If you are lucky then you can spend the exotic moonlit night at St. Martins Island. The beauty of Full moon in St. Martins Island cannot be expressed, if you are not there at that time. Chera-dwip is a beautiful part of this Island, you can go there by boat. You can walk around the Island in a day. You can enjoy BBQ dinner with fresh marine fish or lobsters here.

Saint Martin, Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong

How to get there

You can get Saint Martin’s Island by many way. You can come to Teknaf by bus. There are several bus service depart from Dhaka to Teknaf, bus fare is around BDT 850-950 non-A/C and BDT 1500-2200 A/C as of January, 2014. Maximum bus starts at night and the journey is near about 11-12 hours. From Teknaf, mid-level ships run daily and take around 2-3 hours named Kutubdia, Keari Sindbad, Sundarban Service. The fare starts from BDT 450 to BDT 2500 as of January, 2014. All the ships and cruises starts journey from Teknaf to Saint Martin around 9AM – 9.30AM and return journey starts from Saint Martin to around 3PM – 3.30PM. During the off-season (May-September) these ships are not provide services because of bad weather. The peak-season is October-April. Distance from Dhaka to the island is 510 km.

Source: http://visitbangladesh.gov.bd/saint-martin/

মঙ্গলবার, ৯ ফেব্রুয়ারী, ২০১৬

Cox’s Bazar

Cox’s Bazar sea beach, the world’s longest natural sandy sea beach with its incredible 120 km length. It is the most visited tourist destination in Bangladesh. Every year millions of foreigner and local people come here to enjoy their holidays. You will enjoy sunrise and sunset view very much in this beach because the sea changes color in those time. Warm shark free water is best for swimming and sunbathing. You will enjoy surfing, jogging, cycling in this beach too. It is always crowded by tourists. Near the beach you will find there are hundreds of shops selling souvenirs and beach accessories to the tourists.

Here you will find many Buddhist Temples and tribes, colorful Pagodas and delightful sea-food which make Cox’s bazar so special.


Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong

How to get there

You can come to Cox’s Bazar by bus or air. There are several bus service depart from Dhaka to Cox’s Bazar, bus fare is around BDT 650-900 non-A/C and BDT 1200-1600 A/C . The journey is near about 8-10 hours. As well as Bangladesh Biman , United Air , Regent Air,Novo Aair,Us Bangla has domestic flights for Dhaka to Cox’s Bazar.

Source: http://visitbangladesh.gov.bd/coxs-bazar/

সোমবার, ৮ ফেব্রুয়ারী, ২০১৬

The Sundarbans

Sundarban is the world’s largest mangrove forest. It is famous for the Royal Bengal Tiger, there are about 400 Royal Bengal Tiger in this forest. You can also find beautiful spotted deer in this forest as well as crocodiles, varieties of birds , monkey and many other wild animals. Sundari tree a type of mangrove that is extensively found here. The main place of Sundarban is Harbaria, Katka, Kachikhali, Hiron point. The main attraction of Sundarbans are wildlife photography including photography of the famous Royal Bengal Tiger. Here you will enjoy wildlife viewing, nature study, meeting fishermen, wood-cutters and honey-collectors as well as peace and tranquility in the wilderness. Every year thousands of locals and foreigners come to Bangladesh to visit this unique mangrove forest and they enjoy its dazzling beauty very much.


Sundarban, Khulna

How to get there

Direct bus service is available between Dhaka and Khulna. It may takes 7-8 hours to reach Khulna. After get reach at Khulna you have to go Mongla, You can get to Mongla by bus within 3 hours. From Mongla you have to hire a small engine boat or launches to get Sundarbans. It take 2-3 hours to get “Harbaria Ecotourism Center”. Usually it takes 6 to 10 hours journey by launch from Mongla to Hiron Point or Katka.

Source: http://visitbangladesh.gov.bd/sundarban/

রবিবার, ৭ ফেব্রুয়ারী, ২০১৬

National Museum

National Museum is the biggest museum in Bangladesh and one of the largest museums in South Asia. It has several departments like archaeology, classical, decorative and contemporary art, history, natural history, ethnography and world civilization of displays. It has a rich collection of paintings, old coins, metal images, world famous embroidered quilts (Nakshi kantha) and much more. You can also find valuable articles of the heroic liberation war here. The Museum is noted for its collection of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin and works of other contemporary artists. The massive four storey building has not only a large exhibition halls, but also conservatory laboratory, library, three auditoriums, photographic gallery, temporary exhibition hall and an audio-visual division.


Shahbagh, Dhaka.

How to get there

It is located at Shahbagh and from any part of Dhaka city visitor can reach here by local transport services.

Source: http://visitbangladesh.gov.bd/national-museum/

শনিবার, ৬ ফেব্রুয়ারী, ২০১৬

The National Parliament House

The National Parliament House or ‘Jatiyo Sangshad Bhaban’ is located in capital Dhaka with area of 208 acres. It was designed by Louis Kahn and made of concrete and marble showing a rich blend of ancient and modern architecture. Use of different geometrical shape and floating outlook are some different attractions of this glorious creation. You can visit only surroundings and lakes of the Parliament as it is not open for all.


Sher-e- Bangla Nagar, Dhaka
How to get there

It will be better if you can hire a rickshaw and go around it. The best time to visit is obviously in the daytime but you can come at night here also.

Source: http://visitbangladesh.gov.bd/national-parliament/

বৃহস্পতিবার, ৪ ফেব্রুয়ারী, ২০১৬

National Martyrs’ Memorial

National Martyrs’ Memorial is a monument in Bangladesh. In Bangladesh it is known as “Jatiyo Sriti Shoudho”. It is the symbol of the valour and the sacrifice of those killed in the Bangladesh libaration war of 1971. It is built with Concrete, but made of blood. It stands 150 feet tall, but every martyr it stands for stands so much taller. It is an achievement the dimensions of which can be measured but it stands for an achievement which is immeasurable. The monument is located in Savar, about 35km north-west from Dhaka.


Nabinagar, Savar, Dhaka.Opening Time 9.00am and Closing 6.00pm

How to get there

You can go to Savar from Dhaka city by local Bus service or Taxi / CNG.

Source: http://visitbangladesh.gov.bd/national-memorial/

বুধবার, ৩ ফেব্রুয়ারী, ২০১৬

Dhakeshwari National Temple

Dhakeshwari National Temple is a famous Hindu temple in Dhaka. It is the national Temple of Bangladesh. The name “Dhakeshwari” means “Goddess of Dhaka”. This Temple has assumed status as the most important Hindu place of worship in Bangladesh. It was built in the 12th century by Ballal Sen, but its architecture has been changed because of numerous repairs, renovations and rebuilding in its long years of existence. But still it is an attractive heritage place. This temple is a hub of socio-cultural as well as religious activity. Each year, the largest celebration of Durga Puja in Dhaka is held at this National Temple. Janmashthami procession event also start from here in each year.


Dhakeshwari Kali Temple, Amimpur, Old Dhaka(Beside BUET), Bangladesh
How to get there

From any part of Dhaka city one can reach there by local transports. By bus, can reach up to Ajimpur then hire a rickshaw. 

Source: http://visitbangladesh.gov.bd/dhakeshwari-national-temple/

মঙ্গলবার, ২ ফেব্রুয়ারী, ২০১৬

Lalbagh Fort

Lalbagh fort is a Mughal palace. It is one of the greatest heritage site of Dhaka, Bangladesh. It was built in 1678 A.D. by Muhammad Azam Shah and continued the work by his successor Nawab Shaista Khan. It has a huge area and many hidden passages. The fort has three important ancient buildings, Pari Bibir Mazar, Darbar Hall and a Mosque. Memorial of Pari Bibi was designed by marbles, two fount and different types of flora. Three domed Mosque shows the beauty of Mughal Architecture.Now there is a museum for the visitors to have the opportunity to see the ancient things used by the Nawab Shaista khan, paintings, furniture as well as weapons used in wars at Mughal period. Everyday many people come here to enjoy this beautiful and historical fort.

Lalbagh,Old Dhaka

How to get there

You can visit lalbagh fort very easily through rickshaw or public bus transport with minimum cost of 10-50 BDT from Gulistan Golap Shah Mazar in Dhaka. 

Source: http://visitbangladesh.gov.bd/lalbagh-fort/

সোমবার, ১ ফেব্রুয়ারী, ২০১৬

Ahsan Manzil

Ahsan Manzil is an attractive tourist spot in Dhaka. It is one of the most meaningful architectural heritage of Bangladesh. It is situated in Old Dhaka on the bank of the river Buriganga. The area is called Kumartuli in Islampur. Here you you’ll enjoy the feeling of the lifestyle of the Nawabs of Dhaka. The pink palace was actually built by Nawab Sir Abdul Gani in 1872, and was reconstructed after the tornado of 1888. Now it has been established as a museum. People have the opportunity to visit the museum and here you will find some historical and archeological things.It has 23 galleries displaying portraits, furniture and other objects used by the Nawab.

Location : Kumartuli,Islampur,Dhaka

How to get there

You can visit Ahsan Manzil very easily through rickshaw and public transport with minimum cost of 30 BDT from Motijheel in Dhaka. it’s just few minutes of distance apart from the Jagannath University. Opening Time 10.30 am and Closing Time 5.30pm

Source: http://visitbangladesh.gov.bd/ahsan-manzill/

বৃহস্পতিবার, ২৮ জানুয়ারী, ২০১৬

Tahkhana Complex

Tahkhana Complex Literally Tahkhana (Persian) means a cold building or palace. A structure built on the west bank of a large tank situated in the Firuzpur quarters of the city of Gaur-Lakhnauti is traditionally known as the Tahkhana. Along with this to its northwest are two other structures - the nearest one a three-domed mosque and the other, slightly further to the north, a domical tomb surrounded by a vaulted verandah. Since all these monuments, along with others now vanished, were built at the same time for a specific purpose they are all described as a singular unit or a complex. 

Who built this complex is not definitely known. But because of their stylistic character - all Mughal in contradistinction to the surrounding Sultanate monument, and the contemporary and later historical narration that Mughal Subahdar shah shuja (1639-1660 AD) occasionally used to visit and stay in Gaur-Lakhnauti to honour his patron saint Shah Niamatullah Wali point to this great Mughal governor as the builder. Shah Shuja held his court at Rajmahal, not very far from Gaur. But his occasional visit to Gaur, strengthened by the existence of a Mughal ceremonial gate - the lukochuri as it is called, brings one to this logical conclusion. It is very likely that Shah Shuja built this small palace as a khanqah (resting, meditating and preaching place) of the saint, and the mosque and the tombs as its adjuncts. The tomb was probably built in advance as an eternal resting place of the saint (d 1664 or 1669 AD). 

The double-storied palace was built mainly of brick, but black stone slabs for the doorsills and wooden beams for the flat roof were also used. From the west front the building gives the appearance of a single storied structure with a north-south rectangular hall room in the middle flanked by other rooms on its back and sides. While from the east, however, it is a two-storied structure with the lower rooms extended to the east and arched openings rising directly from the water tank. On the south side of the building there is a bathing complex with water drawn from the tank through an octagonal reservoir. On the north there is a small family mosque with open rooms at its back leading to an octagonal tower-room meant probably for meditation. The octagonal towers maintain symmetry of the whole plan. 

The palace is plastered over, and is decorated by the engrailing of the four-centered arches and the flanking panels with niches carved within. The mihrab-niche of the mosque has plaster muqarnas ornamentation. They are all typical of Mughal decorative devices. 

The Tahkhana complex as a whole is important not only from the point of view of its being Mughal in a Sultanate city, but the component buildings by themselves have much significance because of their architectural character, first introduced in Bengal. Once introduced they became the prototype of subsequent erections - be that a palace, a mosque or a tomb in the subsequent Mughal capitals in Dhaka or Murshidabad.
Source: http://en.banglapedia.org/index.php?title=Tahkhana_Complex

মঙ্গলবার, ২৬ জানুয়ারী, ২০১৬

Shoshi Lodge ( Women Teachers Training College)

Shoshi Lodge (শশী লজ) is located at the center of Mymensingh city which is also known as the Residential Palace of  Moharaja Shoshi Kanto Acharya (মহারাজা শশীকান্ত আচার্য). This palace is very close to the river Brahmaputra which is being used as Women Teachers Training College from the year 1952.

According to the history, most of the rulers from Zamindar family have adopted babies in different era and those adopted child ruled the area later. For example Gourikanta(গৌরীকান্ত) was adopted by Roghunondon(রঘুনন্দন). Son of Gourikanta was Shashikanta(শশীকান্ত) and his wife adopted Surjokanta (সূর্য্যকান্ত) as she was childless. Later, Surjokanto became the prominent Zamindar of Mymensingh district. People used to call him as Moharaja(মহারাজা).

Moharaja Surjokanto Acharya was the Zamindar in Mymensingh region for long 41 years. During the reign of his Zamindari he did so many work for social welfare and made a remarkable change in infrastructural development.

He started to build an unique two storied building on an area of nine acre at the end of nineteenth century. Childless Zamindar Surjokanto named after this building in the name of his adopted son Shoshi Kanto Acharya. After completion of construction this building was extensively damaged by a destructive earth quake on the year 1897. Zamindar Surjokanto was immensely worried at this great loss.

Later Zamindar Shoshi Kanto Acharya re-built this building with many additional features in the year 1905 and did more renovation work in 1911. This unique classical architecture and its surrounding will certainly attract a traveler to explore this place recurrently.

How To Go: 

This Zamindar House is located at the main town. It is near the Boro bazar area. It would be better to ask anyone for the location of Women Teachers Training college (মহিলা টিটি কলেজ). You can easily go there using rickshaw or by walking. This old house is currently using as Women Teachers Training College.

Things To Do:

A traveler can enjoy the artistic beauty of the Goddess Venus sculpture in front of the main building and the surrounding of this building is also occupied with so many interesting features.

Source: http://offroadbangladesh.com/places/shoshi-lodge/

সোমবার, ২৫ জানুয়ারী, ২০১৬

Gouripur Lodge


Gouripur Lodge (গৌরীপুর লজ) is a signature of golden Zamindari period and an old edifice in Mymensingh town. This archaic building is located near the main town. One can go there using rickshaw easily. It is very near to the Boro Bazar. Though, the purpose and time of establishment is not known to all; however, it can be discovered if further research is conducted there.

It was made using iron, tin and wood. Structure of the building is similar to the Zamindar Mansion of that period. History tells that it was built by Brozendra Kishor Ray Chowdhury (ব্রজেন্দ্র কিশোর রায় চৌধুরী).
Now it is being used as Sonali Bank Corporate office of Mymensingh city. Government officers and few of their subordinates are currently living at that mansion. It has around 20 rooms inside. Anyone can visit there at anytime. You may not have the permission to enter inside, but easily can get access to the mansion premises.

How To Go:

It is located near Mymensingh Zero Point and Boro Bazar area. You may  Just ask to the local people for Sonali Bank and they will direct you to it.

How To Reach Mymensingh District:

Mymensingh city is located about 120 km (75 mi) north of Dhaka which is the capital of the country. There is no airport in Mymensingh. Dhaka airport is approximately 110 km (4.00 hours drive) from Mymensingh by bus. There are several bus services from Dhaka to Mymensingh. Buses leave from the Mohakhali bus stand (10 km south of Dhaka Airport) in Dhaka to the Mashkanda bus stand in Mymensingh. You can get on any of the following buses from the Mohakhali bus stand in Dhaka, which will cost around Tk. 350 ($4):

1. Shoukhin
2. Ena

There are several train services from Dhaka to Mymensingh. It takes almost 3 hours to reach Mymensingh from Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. You can get on from the Dhaka Airport or you could go to the main train station-Komlapur Rail Station.

Source: http://offroadbangladesh.com/places/gouripur-lodge/

রবিবার, ২৪ জানুয়ারী, ২০১৬

Mahajampur Ahamad Shah Mosque

Mahajampur was an ancient Muslim ruled region. This region is situated few miles north to Sonargaon town area. There is a Mosque found here, named Mahajampur Ahamad Shah Mosque, which was built around in 16th C.E. The style of bricks engraving and placement of dome charms the visitors. There are so many Scholars who had described the location and beauty of this mosque at different time in various writing. Among them, ‘Parvin Hasan & A.K.M. Zakaria’ described its beauty in their writing.

Many ancient evidences of human settlement has been found along with this Mosque & Mazar structure. Archaeologist found a big quantity of ancient bricks wherever they conducted excavation in that region. Two inscriptions being discovered from this Mosque. From one of those inscriptions we came to know about Sultan Shams Uddin Ahmad Shah (1432-1436 AD), which make it named after by his name. But, it has been said that someone named Firoz khan built that Mosque.

This is a six domed Mosque, which is built following the stylistic beauty of Baba Adam Shahid Mosque. Domes over the roof are bearing the evidences of Sultani Architecture of Bengal. It contains various design and decorations which is certainly something needs to be observed meticulously.

How To Go:

It’s just few kilometers away from Mograpara Bus stop. If someone moving through Tarabo Upazila, then you have to step off at Borpa bus stop. From Borpa Bus stop its just 5km east ward and Just near at Mahajampur Bazar.

Things To Do:

A  sacred place to observe the spiritual beliefs, rituals in that region. And if someone wants to study more about the migration of those Sufis and Shadhus in Bangladesh. It’s a perfect place to wondering around.
Source: http://offroadbangladesh.com/places/mahajampur-ahamad-shah-mosque/

শনিবার, ২৩ জানুয়ারী, ২০১৬

Dewan Bari Mosque, Aminbazar

A eighteenth century mosque named as Dewan Bari Mosque located at Aminbazar area of Savar, within a clear view from the Dhaka-Aricha highway. There is an adjacent old house to this Mosque known as Dewan Bari. It is assumed that this old house and Mosque built in temporary time.

How To Go:

It’s very easy going  destination from Dhaka city. You may ride on a bus moving toward Savar or Hemayetpur area from Gulistan or Firmgate Bus stop. Get prepared to step off when you reach near at Gabtoli bus stop. After crossing Amin Bazar bridge you may step off at Amin Bazar Bus stop. Then take a walk or hire a rickshaw to this Mosque.

Things To Do:
Enjoy Buriganga river view along with the Artistic beauty of this Mosque.

Source: http://offroadbangladesh.com/places/dewan-bari-mosque-aminbazar/


বৃহস্পতিবার, ২১ জানুয়ারী, ২০১৬

Badha Ghat

Badha Ghat, built by the Zamindar of Narail, is situated beside the beautiful river Chitra. The house of the Zamindar was near from the ghat (now vanished after having a struggle with the era). Although the Zamindar built it, in locals, it is popularly known as Rajbari Ghat. The Zamindar used to pass his leisure time here pretty often at afternoon. There is a temple near the Badha Ghat of Hindu deity Swarashwati, the goddess of music and wisdom. The Victoria College of Narail City and Nishinath Tola are also a few minutes of walking distance from the Badha Ghat.

How To Go:

Badha Ghat(বাধা ঘাট) or Rajbari Ghat(রাজবাড়ী ঘাট) is near to the Victoria college of Narail(নড়াইল) town. You can come here from anywhere using a rickshaw, van, or by an invigorating walk.

Things To Do:
  1. You will see beautiful view of this Ghat.
  2. Take photos to share with friends and families.
Eating Facilities:

If you are hungry you have to search for restaurants or fast food shops nearby. You may also carry your own food.

Source: http://offroadbangladesh.com/places/badha-ghat/

বুধবার, ২০ জানুয়ারী, ২০১৬

Chand Gazi Bhuiya Mosque

Chad Gazi Bhuya Mosque, also known as Chad Kha Mosque, is an archaic mosque from the Feni district that was built during 1112 Hijri (Arabic Calendar). According to the inscription at the front door, the mosque was built by someone named Chad Gazi Bhuya. It’s a traditional three domed mosque, domes are in a single row. Center one is larger compared to the others. All the three domes are having a Lotus at the top and two Kolosh (native water pot). This looks delicately beautiful and adds an extraordinary beauty to the mosque.

Apart from the domes, the mosque has 12 minarets over the walls in a symmetric way. Four minarets at the four corners are having similar style and other 8 minarets amid the walls are also having similar style. Eastern side of the wall is having simple terracotta along with the terracotta above the front door.

How To Go:

It is located in ChagolnaiyaUpazila of Feni district. Follow the direction below to visit this historical mosque:
  1. Take CNG driven auto rickshaw to come at the ChhagolnaiyaUpazila. It will cost 20 TK per person, or 100 TK if you reserve the whole vehicle.
  2. From Chhagolnaiya, take another CNG driven auto rickshaw to come at the Chad Gazi Bazaar it will be 12 TK per person.
  3. From the bazaar, you can have a walk or take a rickshaw to reach near the mosque. The Chad GaziMosjid is around 10-15 minutes of walking distance from the bazaar.

Where To Stay:

Accommodation facilities in the district are of moderate quality and have plenty of room for improvement. Some places you may consider staying in Feni are listed below for your assistance.

1. Idrisiya Hotel
Address: Idrisiya hotel, Station road, Feni
Contact: 01714268659

2. Feni Circuit house
Address: Bijoy Singh Dighi par, Mohipal, Feni
Contact: 01713187304

3. Zilla Parishal Dak Bungalow
Address: Zilla Parishad Dak Bungalow, Feni
Contact: 0331 73184

Source: http://offroadbangladesh.com/places/chand-gazi-bhuiya-mosque/