Sunday, August 23, 2009

Korotia Land-lord House (Jamindar Bari), Tangail (করোটিয়া জমিদার বাড়ি)

Karatia is very near to the Dhaka-Tangail highway, 8 km away from the Tangail town. Wazed Ali Khan panni (ওয়াজেদ আলী খান পান্নি), a zamindar of Tangail established this place. He also established Sadat College (সাদাত কলেজ) in 1925. The founder named it after the name of his grandfather Sadat Ali Khan Panni (সাদাত আলী খান পান্নি). The Land lord house was established in 1906. It is an awesome historical structure. But nobody took any initiative to preserve it as a tourist place. Rokea Hall, which is used as a School now, is very much old to be used and risky too. I think tourists, who get interest in history will find this place very charming.
Boithakkhana Front View 02

Boithakkhana Front View 02
Boithakhana Side Vierw

Boithakhana Side Vierw
Boithakkhana Front View 01

Boithakkhana Front View 01


Well front view

Well front view
Rokeya Mahal Side View

Rokeya Mahal Side View
Rokeya Mahal front View

Rokeya Mahal front View

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Rivers of Bangladesh (Part 01)

Bangladesh is a land of river. Rivers are life for Bangladeshi. Rivers circulate its culture, life style. They also possess some marvelous beauty. Here, I want to share some pictures of the rivers of Bangladesh with some short notes.

Padma (পদ্মা)

The Padma is a major river in Bangladesh. It originates from the Himalaya and enters Bangladesh from India. In Bangladesh it meets with Meghna and got the name Meghna. There are enormous Hindu mythologies about the River Padma. This was a mighty one in Bangladesh but now it is becoming meager day by day. This is due to Farrakah Dam, which was set up by India. We should raise our efforts to save this river because it is not only our natural resource also it circulates our culture.

Padma 2

Padma 3

Padma 1

Padma 4

Meghna (মেঘনা)

The Meghna is formed in Bangladesh. It originates by mixing with several rivers in Bangladesh. It is the widest river in Bangladesh. The river meets Padma River in Chandpur District. The river ultimately flows into the Bay of Bengal in Bhola District.

Meghna 1

Meghna 2

Buriganga (বুড়িগঙ্গা)
The capital of Bangladesh is situated in the bank of the river Buriganga. But the river lost its all beauty, its charms and life. Because enormous tannery effluents and city garbage is channeled in this river. Now, this river doesn’t have any fish in it. It appears all most black in colour.

Buriganga 1

Buriganga 2

Matamuhuri (মাতামুহুরী)

This is a flashy river that originates in the Moyvar hills of Alikadam (Bandarban). It flows northwest through Alikadam and Lama upazilas of Bandarban and Chakaria of Cox's Bazar. The river discharges into Maheshkhali channel near Saflapur (Chakaria, Cox's Bazar). The length of the river is 148 km. Yanchha khal and Bamu khal are its important tributaries. BWDB has 2 hydrometric stations on this river and data are available from the year 1956.


Halda (হালদা)

This is the only river that originates in Bangladesh. It originates in the Batnatali hills of Khagrachhari. It flows south and meets the Karnafuli near Madhunaghat (Chittagong). It is a flashy river and is 88 km long. BWDB has 13 hydrometric stations on it, and data are available since 1959.


Pashur (পশুর)

The land between the Pasur and the Bhola is drained by the Sela, which lies wholly within the SUNDARBANS. Many cross-channels connect it with the systems on either side. A large cross-channel connects it with the Morzal at the head of its estuary. The Pashur river is a continuation of the Rupsa, which is formed of the union of the Bhairab and Atrai rivers. At present, much of its water is from the Garai diverted through the NABAGANGA. From near Batiaghata upazila the Rupsa changes its name to Kazibacha, which is given up near Chalna in favour of Pasur. Near the MONGLA PORT, the Pasur receives Mongla river, and near the forest outpost at Chandpai it receives the Mirgamari cross-channel from the Bhola, both on the leftbank. On the rightbank the Manki, Dhaki and Bhadra are connected with the Shibsha system.


Jhinaigati (ঝিনাইগাতি)

This is the river passes into the Jamalpur district.

Jhinaigati 2

Kobodak (কপোতাক্ষ

The river Ichamoti branched into two streams at Darshana in Kushtia district. One flowing southeast is known as the BHAIRAB. At the south of Kotchandpur, an offshoot branches out from the Bhairab and flowing south meets with the Shibsha near Paikgachha in Khulna district. This offshoot of the Bhairab is the Kobadak. Once upon a time, the water of this river was clear and transparent like the eyes of a bird. 'Kapot' means pigeon and 'Aksha' means eye. From the MONSOON the river receives only the local rainwater and percolated water and loses its navigability at most places. In summer, the river almost dries up near Jhikargachha. The high levee near Tala upazila indicates that once upon a time the river might have had a width of 750m, but it is now only about 170m. The Kobadak is under tidal influence but not above Jhikargachha. To protect it from saline water a long salination protection embankment has been constructed along its bank. Irrigation is not suitable in parts of Khulna district due to salination. Saline water is however very suitable for shrimp culture. The Kobadak flows through some important places like Chaugachha, Jhikargachha, Chakla, Trimohani, Jibannagar, Kotchandpur, Sagardanri, Tala, Baruli, Chandkhali, Baradal, Amadi and Bedkashi. The birthplace of the eminent epic poet Michael Madhusudan Dutt is on the bank of the Kobadak in Jessore district.


Bhoyrab (ভৈরব)

KHULNA and Jessore towns stand on the bank of this river. In the past, the Bhairab greatly influenced development of settlements and culture in these two towns. The Hindus regard it as sacred. MEHERPUR, CHUADANGA, Barobazar, KOTCHANDPUR, CHAUGACHHA, Jessore, DAULATPUR, BAGERHAT and Khulna are some of the important places located on the banks of the Bhairab.

Bhoyrob 1

Bhoyrob 2

Sangu (সাঙ্গু)

This river originates in the Arakan Hills of Myanmar and enters Bangladesh near Remarki (Thanchi upazila of Bandarban district). It flows north through Thanchi, Rowangchhari and Bandarban upazilas of Bandarban district. Then it flows west through Satkania and Banshkhali upazilas of Chittagong district to meet the Bay of Bengal near Khankhanabad (Chittagong). The length of the river is 295 km. The major tributaries of the river are Chandkhali Nadi and Dolu khal. There are 7 BWDB hydrometric stations on this river and data are available from 1965.


Garai (গড়াই)

The Gorai is a very old river. Its early name was Gauri. The famous geographer and astronomer Ptolemy noticed about five estuarine mouths of the Ganges. One of those, the 'Kambari Khan', was perhaps the Gorai. The course of the Gorai-Madhumati is wide, long and meandering. From its originating point at Kamarkhali, it is navigable by boats in the MONSOON, but in the dry season it becomes non-navigable. In the downstream it is navigable throughout the year. Maximum recorded flow at Kamarkhali is 7,932 cumec. The breadth of the river increases as it flows down and at the end it is about 3 km. The Gorai-Madhumati is one of the longest rivers in Bangladesh and its basin is also very wide and extensive. It flows through Kushtia, Jessore, Faridpur, Khulna, Pirojpur and Barguna districts. Agriculture and irrigation in these areas are very much dependent on the Gorai-Madhumati. Kumarkhali, Janipur, Sheuria, Ganeshpur, Khulumbari, Langalbandh, Shachilapur, Nacole, Lohagara, Pangsha, Baliakandi, Boalmari, Kashiani, Bhatiapara, Nazirpur, Kachua, Pirojpur, Sarankhola, Mathbaria, Patharghata and Morrelganj are the important places on the banks of the Gorai-Madhumati river.


Paira (পায়রা)

This river is in the Potuakhali district. it is strongly influenced by tidal web.


Naf (নাফ)

The Naf river is a very important river for Bangladesh. The river is strongly influenced by tide. It forms in the Arakan hills on the southeastern borders of the district and flows into the Bay of Bengal. It carries sediment and forming new land in the Bangladesh portion. Akyab in Myanmar is on the eastern bank and Teknaf upazila of Cox's Bazar district is on the western bank of the river.

Naf 1

Naf 2

Naf 3

Feni (ফেনী)


Sunday, June 7, 2009

Extension of Saint Martin - Chera Dip (ছেড়া দ্বীপ)

The dumbbell shaped Saint Martins island (সেন্টমার্টিন) has an area of about 8sq. km. But the main island has an extension in the South and is named as Chera Dip (ছেড়া দ্বীপ / Isolated Land). It is little isolated from the main land but you can go by walking during low tide. The small island is full of coconut (নারিকেল) trees from which the name originated. It can also be explored by boat. Engine boats are available in Saint Martin. It takes about 1 hour to reach in Chera Dip.


Rotation of SDC10734




Saturday, June 6, 2009

Saint Martin Island, Bangladesh

Saint Martin Island (সেন্টমার্টিন) is an exceptional tourist destination in Bangladesh. In Bangladesh, the Blue Ocean and the blue sky embrace each other, only in this remote southern island. It is the southern most part of Bangladesh. This Island is wide from North to South and is only 8 km in length. This is a coral Island (কোরাল দ্বীপ), locally known as Narikel Jinjira (নারিকেল জিঞ্জিরা / Island of Coconuts).






The safe time to go to Saint Martin is November to March. There are available Buses from Dhaka to Teknaf (টেকনাফ). It takes about 12 hour to reach in Teknaf from Dhaka. Sea trucks set off at 9.00 a.m. from Teknaf for Saint Martin Island. Approximately (2-3) hours in sea truck will be passed away by enjoying the views of both sides of the river Naf (নাফ নদী).



Rotation of SDC10686

Recently Saint Martin island has a huge capacity for the tourist. The youngsters who prefer adventure do not need to reserve any hotel before. Because the reservation cost is very high. Rather it will be very cheap and suitable to find a hotel/ rooms there on your own accord.







Copy of SDC10641

Last, I had visited saint Martin in December 2011. It seemed to me that the island was loosing its calm nature and wildness. Rather, my previous visit in March 2008 was much enjoyable and tranquillizing. This is my suggestion to everybody to spend at least two nights there to suck the enjoyment of remote island nature.




Sea trucks return from Saint Martin Island everyday at 3 p.m.