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.

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Kirton Khola Ghat(BArishal Launch Ghat)

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Kirton Khola River

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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.

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Durgasagor Lake

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Durgasagor Park

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Durgasagor Lake

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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.

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Shankar MAth

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Ramkrisno Mission

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






Saturday, December 17, 2011

Muktagasa Land Lord House (Jamindar Bari)




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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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