Saturday, December 31, 2011

Barishal District

Barishal had never been considered as a tourist destination in Bangladesh. But as a divisional district, it get some administrative priority. As a result It was obvious for me to have had a short trip to Barishal.



Kirton Khola Ghat(BArishal Launch Ghat)


Kirton Khola River


It was December 20 & 21, 2011. I browsed over internet to find some tourist spot in Barishal and got some name like Durgashagor Lake, Rammohon Temple, Sujabad Kella, Shangram Kella, Sharkal Fort, Shankar Math, Kali bari etc. But In reality, local people reacted like strangers when I asked them about those places. With my continuous effort, I managed to trace Durgasagor Lake, Shankar Math, Kali Bari and a new place Gutia Mosque.


Durgasagor Lake


Gutia Mosque

I want to mention here that some websites giving the location description of Durgasagor lake is completely wrong and this is my personal observation that none of these spots are such vibrant to be a tourist destination. One thing for sure that the launch journey from Dhaka to Barishal is an unique experience in Bangladesh. This journey is really a luxurious one to enjoy.


Life in the Kirton Khola River Bank

Barishal is an old town in Bangladesh. The evidence behind this is the huge number of old structures in the city. Most of these structures were built before 1950’s and logically these buildings were owned by the Hindu dwellers.


Barishal is a very quiet city comparing to the other divisional city in Bangladesh. BArishal city possessed a large area. It seems to be a very good residential city. This city is free from housing business and extensive commercialization.


Durgasagor Park


Durgasagor Lake


Gutia Mosque

I think the main spot to visit in Barishal is Durgasagor Lake or Dighi. At first you have to go Nathullabad Bus stand in Barishal city. Then you can start by bus or easy bikes to reach in Gutia Mosque. Gutia is a place comes in the route of Banaripara from Barishal. It takes only (20-30) minutes by bus. After visiting Gutia mosque, you have to back to the route to Barishal. Durgasagor is in the mid way of Gutia and Barishal. It will take only ten minutes to reach in Durgasagor lake. Local people call it Sagor par. Durgasagor is a large park centering an huge lake. From Sagor par you will get bus or easy bikes to come to Nathullabad Bus stand. In the way from Nathullabad to main city, you can visit Brojo Mohon College (B.M. College), Shankar Math and Ramkrisno Mission.


Shankar MAth


Ramkrisno Mission

Residential hotels are available at Girza Moholla area in the city.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Muktagasa Land Lord House (Jamindar Bari)


Mymensingh is an old city in Bangladesh. It is a very rich city with archeological sites. Most of its archeological structures are developed by various Hindu land lords in this area. Mymensingh Circuit house, Teachers training college (both male and female) and other structures in the city are the evidence of powerful land lord’s reign in the region.




Muktagasa, an old and prominent upazilla in Mymensingh was also ruled by the ancestor of the same land lord those were in Mymensingh. May be the land lord house in Muktagasa is the largest structure which is still carrying the witnesses of land lord era in Bangladesh.






Maharaja Surya Kanta Acharyya was the land lord of Muktagasa. He ruled here very significantly. His elephant named Samvhu was historically got the importance by naming a bridge “Samvhu” in Mymensingh. It is heard that the land lords in Muktagasa were very literate and they possessed a huge amount of books. In the core time of their era, it was the rule of the area that when a girl became perfect aged for marriage then she must had to stay at least one night in the land lord house before her marriage.



Maharaja Soshi Kanta Acharya was the son of Maharaja Surya Kanta Acharyya and he went to Mymensingh sadar and started to live there. These powerful land lords became weak during the time of hindu-muslim riots in 1947. They completely left their lands in 1971 and shifted in Kolkata.




Friday, September 2, 2011

Dhaka To Khulna Via Jamuna and Hardinge Bridge

It was 28th August,2011, I started from Dhaka train station for Jessore. I knew that it was long route and in my imagination, I was expecting a breath refreshing journey through the middle of the green nature.

But, with the travel of time, I was being surprised by the industrialization and colonization of people in the both side of the train track. Green fields and Rivers are totally distorted to accommodate the overwhelming population of the country. The gathering came to an end after I crossed the Jamuna Bridge. Then gradually the green world was spreading its wing and I was starting to believe, yeah, a little Bangladesh is yet alive.

I traveled through Dhaka, Gazipur, Tangail, Sirajgang, Pabna, Kushtia, Chuadanga, Jhinaidah and Last of all Jessore in this journey. Here sharing some portraits of green Bangladesh taken from the different parts of train route between Dhaka and Jessore.


The Jamuna (From the Jamuna Bridge)


Evening Shadow on the Green Field (Chuadanga District)


Paddy Field (Chuadanga)


Banana field in the south part of the Hardinge bridge (over The Padma river - Kushtia)


Taken From Sirajganj


The Jamuna


Train Line Through Jhinaidah


Realizing Autumn Season (Pabna District)


From Jessore


From Tangail


Char Lands in Jamuna River (Sirajganj)

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Red Hall of The East - Curzon Hall In Frame

Curzon Hall (কার্জন হল) is related to the historic part of Bangladesh. It was founded in the year 1904. From the year of 1911, it had been using as a premise of Dhaka College (ঢাকা কলেজ). Finally, with the establishment of Dhaka University (ঢাকা বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়) in 1921, it has been using as university's science section. This Triple storied brick building has a large central hall, lateral wings on the east and west with several rooms, and a continuous verandah on all sides. Here enjoy some photos of Curzon Hall and have a short brief of this former town Hall.

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Curzon Hall East Corner

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Curzon Hall East Wing



Curzon Hall is named after Lord Curzon (লর্ড কার্জন), the former Viceroy of India. He founded this architectural structure.


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Curzon Hall Front View


The Curzon Hall has attained a great significance in the history of the language movement. It was here, in 1948, the students of Dhaka University uttered their first refusal to accept Mohammed Ali Jinnah's declaration that "Urdu alone would be the state language of the then Pakistan".


Winter Morning at Curzon Hall


One of the best examples of Dhaka’s architecture, it is a happy blend of European and Mughal elements, particularly noticeable in the projecting facade in the north which has both horse-shoe and cusped arches. The style combined traditional art with modern technology and functions and favored Mughal forms such as arches and domes, believed to have entered the Islamic world from the west.


Curzon Hall Front Road