A train to Rajshahi: A city of silk

As its mid summer, the day temperature is nether extreme hot nor too cold. Another advantage of the season is magnificent look with deep blue sky and wet lands with water and boat. Flashing rain and bright sun is also visible by turns. The season is perfect for a daylong drive specially for tourists who searches such weather and can earn a little time for tour.

A outer space opportunity waits for you, if the journey is made by train towards western part of the country, it will be fantastic, cheap and with full of romance!

So why making delay. Hurry up ! Chalk up a schedule for a brief train tour to Silk City Rajshahi. Eventually, a train named Silk City is ready to carry you from Dhaka to Rajshahi.

Enjoy on train :

Dhaka to Rajshahi Train Schedule.

The train journey is very much enjoyable through Rajshahi-Dhaka route as the natural beauty attracts visitor. Through the journey you can touch airport station, Joydevpur, Tangail, largest bridge Jamuna and largest beel (wetland) cholonbeel in Sirajganj, Natore and finally reach one of the old towns Rajshahi at the Indian bordering areas.

Through the rhythm of wind, frequent whistle of trains feel a different taste of moment and you can watch a live Bangladesh at a glance. Side by side on the running train, you can imagine the pulse of life like a cradle.

The train journey can open up to you a movie window for watch scenic views of small and big rivers, iron bridge, small village bazaar, muddy path, grazing of cattle in the vast filed, swarm of birds on the sky, deep forest at Gazipur, localities, different types of people and their life style.

The train journey would never make you bore as it takes several breaks in different big junction and on the bank of river Jamuna. Side by side arrangement of instant tea, coffee, soft drinks, sandwich, chicken fry, French Fry, burger, cakes are also available at a cheap rate on the buffet of the running train.

If you do not want to touch fast food, you have alternative fresh food like banana, green guava and cucumber, nuts and such seasonal fruits on the train.

Songs of different mode like romance, patriotic song and folk are also be played through the micro phone of your compartments as well as whole train. Through the announcement system, you will be notified of the destination of train and information for passengers who have to ready to get down from train.

The greater advantage of traveling by train is toilet system while on the highway journey you have no scope to avail it!

At the middle of journey the train will take a halt for around 20 minutes near Jamuna bridge railway station where you can get down from train and take a big breath from fresh air of river Jamuna as well as you can notice the structural view of country’s biggest Jamuna multipurpose bridge on which train and bus are plying together on the mighty river Jamuna.

Here the Silk City train takes a break as the security forces scan all the compartments to ensure the security of the train to go ahead on the bridge.

Train timing:

From Dhaka Komlapur railway station the inter city Silk City train leaves for Rajshahi, a divisional headquarter of western zone of Bangladesh, at 2.40 pm and arrives Rajshahi Railway station at around 9.00 pm.

The six hour journey by train at the weekend, it must able to wipe up your work monotony. After departure from the train, you can see a gentle, neat and clean town where you can never notice a minute traffic jam, honking of vehicles, any dust and even crowd of people like capital Dhaka.

Your mind will say to reach the hotel or residence of relative by walking as the city footpath or lanes are free from goods and suitable for walk. Beside a number of taxi, rickshaw and city bikes called e-bike ( electric battery-run bike) are also available in the railways station to carry you at a cheap rate accordingly it creates a small pollution!

Travel cost:

If you want to travel on a normal business class compartment, you have to pay Tk only 165 for a ticket. In this compartment, you have to face a frequent rush of passengers. Better you can reserve a air conditioned seat at Tk 334 only. If you like to the trip with family members, you can reserve a cabin on the train with cheap rate.

Night spend at Rajshahi:

Before you start for Rajshahi, you can reserve room at any residential hotel near railway station. The motel of porjatan corporation also available here though it is little bit away from railway station.

Better you can make a surprise visit to residence of your relatives or friends in Rajshahi city.

Discover Rajshahi city:

On the following morning, you can start your day to visit the ancient city called education city. During British rules, the city was made specially with different types of educational institutions.

Here you will find the country’s second largest Rajshahi University, Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (RUET), Medical college, leather technology institution, nursing institute, polytechnic institute, ancient Barendra Research Museum, institute of health technology etc. Beside you can visit Zia theme park, Zoo, T-groin, I-groin, city protection embankment beside the mighty river Padma that flows on the south part of the city.

If you can not earn several days holiday, you would not be able to cover the city sites and even the Barindra Research Museum. You can make trip to Puthia Jaminder Bari, Natore Uttara Ganabhabon, Sonamasjid Landport at Chapainawabganj, Paharpur Buddah Bihar etc.

Why Rajshahi called Silk City!

Beside you can visit the country owned largest silk factory near the railway station. It is not dream that at a time, the fashion loving kings and queens of different countries had used silk cloths which they collects from Rajshahi.

The silk industry has a glorious history. During British regime, Rajshahi city had got international popularity because of its superfine silk cloth like Mosline cloth of China.

At a time the luxurious silk cloth had huge international demand but due to severe competition, the industry has lost its market. Even now you have scope to collect the traditional silk Saries, Panjabi and other type of cloth from showroom of silk factory in Rajshahi.

How to return

The silk city however, starts from Rajshahi every morning at 7.30 pm and arrives in Dhaka at around 1.30 pm. Beside Padma Intercity Express train leaves Rajshahi at 4.00 pm and arrives Dhaka at around 10.00 pm and Dhumketu Intercity Express also leaves from Rajshahi at around 12.00 am and arrives in Dhaka at around 6.00 am. You have freedom of choice to which train you like to avail.

Do not forget to carry !

You should carry travel bag, digital camera with battery charger, mini umbrella, fast aid box, some dried food and money as you need. Beside, if you can carry a guitar or flute it will add an additional dimension of the journey. If you cannot play guitar or flute you can easily carry music player or laptop.

Paharpur Buddha Bihar: Visit A UNESCO heritage at Home!

Paharpur Buddha Bihar is one of the historical tourist spot of Bangladesh

where remaining of the most important and the single largest known monastery – South of the Himalayas, has been discovered by excavation.

Another name of the Paharpur archeological spot is as Soumpur Moha Bihara, situated at small village Paharpur and located in northern district Naogaon and geographically located in the north-west part of capital Dhaka.

Paharpur Bihar has become more significant as in 1985 the UNESCO declared it a world Heritage Site.

The UNESCO official however, often visits the site and previously donated to develop the project side by side the UN body also prepared a master plan for Paharpur Buddha Bihar.

Why Paharpur Unique!

Paharpur Buddhist Monastery is eminently renowned for its unique architectural design. The exclusive terracotta plaques of the then musicians, snake charmers, animals are main objects to view. The outer walls of the temple are inscribed with the lifestyle plaques of common people of hundreds of years.

The 8th century AD archaeological find covers approximately an area of 27 acres of land.

These Paharpur sculptures, 63 of which are fixed on the basement wall of the temple, offer a unique opportunity to make a detailed

study of them from the religious, artistic, technical and socioeconomic points of view.

There are 45 cells on the north and 44 in each of the other three sides with a total number of 177 cells.

Travelers can easily decide to travel the spot as Paharpur Bihar has full historical flavour of 7th century and was legendary since twelve century.

Brief History of Paharpur.

According to the available history, the Paharpur Bihar was established by King Dharma Pal.

The center of the Monastery contains the main temple and the total area consists of around cc.

Hundreds of Buddha monks used to gather here for take lesson on different disciplines apart from Buddhism religion.

The monks from different parts of the world including, China, India, Japan and other Asian countries used to gather here and exchanged their study on culture, art, politics and other faculties.

Atisha Dipankar stayed here for many years and translated the Madhyamaka Ratnapradipa into Tibetan.

As per historians, Hinduism however, influenced over the Buddhism and Buddhism finally lost its glamour. In the late 12th century, the Buddhism almost ruined.

How to reach Paharpur!

The highway communication is very smooth to visit Paharpur. Both by bus and by train one can visit the great Paharpur Bihar from Dhaka.

Sompur Bihar at Paharpur is about 270 km by road from Dhaka and it will take about 6 hours to reach Paharpur by bus or private car if no major stoppage is made along the way. If one starts from Dhaka, the route shall be Dhaka-Tangail-Jamuna Bridge – Bogra – Joypurhat and finally Paharpur.

The easy way to tour the site is to first reach Bogra and visit Mahasthangarh and stay at Parjatan Motel at night and then hire a taxi to go to Paharpur via Joypurhat or Naogaon on the next day.

Beside luxurious coach services from Dhaka to Joypurhat are available. It takes about 6 hours to reach Joypurhat and there are rickshaws and auto-rickshaws available from there to go to Paharpur.

Rich Museum Paharpur

Apart from visit Paharpur Biahar, rich museum of Paharpur will draw attention the visitor. Hundreds of archeological materials, carrying historical values on that era are displayed on different show cases of the museum, located at the footstep of the Paharpur Bihar arena.

The museum building accommodates three galleries and displaying hundreds of objects collected from Paharpur monastery. The museum remains closed on Sunday and in all holidays as declared by the government.

During the visit one can feel that he might have lost himself at the 12th century.

Other tourist places in the region.

One can easily visit a number of tourist spot along with archeological places of northern region. The spots are very nearing from other places like Mohastan Garh, Natore Uttara Gono Bhaban, Rajshahi Research Museum, Kantajuer Mandir at Dinajpur, Jamuna River Resort at Sirajganj etc.

So, you! hurry up! and lets make a weeklong feature for a family tour along with friends and colleagues!

Ramsagor National Park in Dinajpur- An eye-catching lovely place for nature lover!

If you, somehow, set out to northern district Dinajpur for your personal or official purpose, you could not return without visiting Ramsagor

National Park that allure much to the visitors. You will gain a great opportunity to spend memorable time with eye-catching loveliness of the site.

The prime appeal of Ramsagor is to witness a big wetland in association with scores of natural magnificence.

Located in the Dinajpur district in the north-west region of Bangladesh, the national park covers around 60 square kilometers, with an infinite man-made water basin.

Just beside to the site you can get a bonus site of Shal bon (shal forest)

in Ramsagor. Ramsagor is known as country’s largest and most beautiful lake which is only six kilometer south from Dinajpur town.

The lake is surrounded by red colour soil ( lalmati) highlands, parks, gardens, many sculptures of animals and birds. There is also speedboat facility here as well as fishing facilities in the lake also a great adventure. It is a magnificent site and you wouldn’t want to miss it if you eyes one stuck at its beauty.

The area around the Ramsagar Lake is a popular picnic spot for both locals and tourists that enhanced the peaceful impression of being close watch to natural world.

Brief history of Ramsagor Between 1750 and 1755 the Ramsagor was built by a kind Hindu king Ram Nath and the big lake was named in honour Ram Nath. During that century, the region was ruled by 11 kings lead by Shukh Dev. Among them Pran Nath and Ram Nath were the best and innovative. During their ruling, huge palaces, temples etc. were built and lakes were dug for public interest.

The water reservoir Ramsagor was made to provide local inhabitants with safe drinking water. Its construction was initiated by king Ram Nath involving lakhs of people’s labour.

Why Ramsagor attract tourists! State-owned Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation, which manages many tourism projects in Bangladesh, has developed some visitor facilities around the lake, such as rest-rooms, picnic corners and refreshment arenas as well as playgrounds for children to enjoy. Popular activities in the area including fishing, boating and hiking are also advantage.

The lake is populated by a plenty of fish, as well as fresh water crocodiles, while visitors can enjoy enormous wildlife and adventure opportunities to see on land including Deer, Chitra Deer, Bear and other magnificent animals.

You can also watch different types of birds like Sand Piper, Ringed Plover and Grey and Purple Herons. In winter huge number of migratory/guest birds visits this lake which is a source of recreation of visitors.

There was a ghat (stairs) on the middle part of the western bank and the remains of it still exist. Made of sandstone slabs of different sizes, the structure measured about 45.8m by 18.3m. The tank is surrounded by 10.75m high embankments.

More than two lakh visitors visits the Ramsagor tourist spot all the year round while the entry fees is Tk only 5.00 per person.

When & how to go to Ramsagar National Park: The suitable time to visit the Ramsagor is between October and March.

If you like to test the beauty of Ramsagor, chalk out a tour plan even with family members. You can travel by highway, railway and even air ways. From capital Dhaka you have to avail a Dinajpur bound coach touching- Sirajgonj, Bogra and Dinajpur. You have to stay on bus at least six to seven hours with several breaks on the highway as it is 414 km far from Dhaka.

The train journey is also suitable but much longer than bus. It is accessible from Dhaka to Dinajpur by road.

What more nearing Ramsagor! Travel loving people can easily visit a number of tourist spots side by side the Ramsagor National Park. The spots are very nearing from other places like

Paharpur Buddah Bihar, Mohastan Garh, Natore Uttara Gono Bhaban, Rajshahi Research Museum, Kantajuer Mandir at Dinajpur, Jamuna River Resort at Sirajganjj etc.

So, readers! Please do not making delay! and lets chalk up a weeklong tour with friends, colleagues and young family members.

Paharpur Buddah Bihar

Make a trip to Puthia bird village where bird and people adore together

It is far infrequent to locate such a place, both rural and urbane areas, where people are habituated to leave bed in the morning hearing tweeting of birds. It will be really amazing for you to visit such a village in Rajshahi and make a vacation with different flying creatures.

In that village, sun shines or not, people begin their working, school goers march for learning, farmers step towards cropland and at dusk wrap up their day’s work by hearing colloquy and chirping of thousands of birds.

Not only in winter, but all the year round the village become abode of thousands of birds, both indigenous and migratory, those have made the pastoral village Pochamaria into a safe asylum.

The bird’s sanctuary attracts lots of bird lovers, from both home and abroad, at village Pochamaria Sanctuary, located some 35-kilometers northeast of Rajshahi city and 15 km West to Natore town.

Villagers also bear profound belief on birds as harbinger of good fortune despite tolerating annoyance of their [birds] damaging of ripened crops, fruits and leafs of trees.

Though their [bird] stupidity and nuisance embarrasses locals enormous and brings many sufferings when they take flight with meals, chicks and fish from wetlands.

The farmers, however, are the best beneficiaries from eco-friendly birds when the creature makes cropland free from harmful insects and crop-killing weeds by eating.

The bird friendly people decided using limited insect-repellents so that birds are not poisoned. This feeling of locals on birds is truly rare and unbelievable.

During fishing session one can see in the village ponds and water bodies that many fish-eating birds flocks here as uninvited guests for appetizing fishes.

If you visit the village and notice entire scene, one could able to get a great test of life.

It’s also very much pleasing as at daytime hundreds of birds are seen collecting foodstuffs at nearby water bodies and wetlands at their own fashion. Birds moves at large during locals busy with their daily works like cultivating, fishing or working.

Country’s eminent ornithologists from different universities, foreign tourists, bird lovers like Japanese visitor Takuma Kurataki, Dubai Zoo Curator, Bangladesh Bird Club Founder president also eminent ornithologist Enam Ul Haque, Dr. Ali Raza Khan however, frequently visits the safe den.

In last March, local Bird Protection Club and Bangladesh Birds Club jointly organized a day long bird fair here to make aware locals about save bird and nature.

Surprisingly, bird-loving villagers have strictly prohibited hunting birds in 42 square kilometer area and declared the village a bird sanctuary.

Any nature lovers with their family members have a nice opportunity to blend with nature and have scope to spend a night with birds if they able to make a trip.

Within 50 minutes one can reach the village amazingly without help of any tourist guide as hundreds of aerial birds along with members of Bird club welcome visitors any season of year!

A good number of cheap-rated residential hotels are available both in Natore town and Rajshahi city for visitors.

The highway communication is very easy, inexpensive and smooth as both motorized and non-motorized vehicles are available from Puthia upazila headquarters (on the Rajshahi-Dhaka highway).

Beside visiting Bird village visitor have scope to peep through nearby archeological and tourist spots like Puthia Jaminder Bari, Uttara Gana Bhaban at Natore town, Tahirpur Jaminder Bari, Rajshahi Barendra Research museum, Sadhonpur Disabled Rehabilitation Center. Those historical spots are surrounded by the bird village and distance of those places within 20 kms.

Chirping of bird attains tranquility in mind that makes alliance with people and real natural life taste.

One can witness many rare mixtures of birds like Oriental Magpie, Turtle Dove, Asian Koel, white and painted stork, herons and owls from very little range of vision.

Any way, visitors should not forget to carry binocular and digital zoomed camera during the trip otherwise one may miss enjoy dancing, feeding and swimming birds either on top of tree or wetlands. So try to avail the opportunity to discover the bird’s heaven at your yard!

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Cholon Beel: A blend of life with water and boat!

Chalan Beel is the largest wetland of Bangladesh, covering three districts of Natore, Sirajganj and Pabna. Covering around 1600 square kilometers area, the Cholon Beel is located in the North-Western part of Bangladesh. Here life and living is tied with boat and water.

To get relief from monotonous daily life, agony of family and to make change for refreshment, you can avail the scope to make a trip at Cholon Beel areas where you can discover a different lifestyle and extract the special feeling.

One who is familiar with living in the rocky or mountain lands, has a scope to share reverse experience with biggest landscape view.

Such a biggest landscape is unique one all over Bangladesh where people live surrounded by water all the year round. Fishing and farming are the main business of peoples here.

Hundreds of families, mostly fishermen, in Cholon beel areas however, live on the non-motorised/manual boat all the year round.

If you can able to earn several day holiday from busy life, can add a taste of different touch of experience by making a touring in the villages of Cholon beel.

You can be experienced how simply people can lead their life and live with happy. You also can find a real life nature, where none will dare to disturb you when you fully engaged with fishing in the deep beel!

Hospitality of the local people also unthinkable that makes you happy and it will take time to forget it from your mind.

How to reach Cholon Beel!

Cholon beel is surrounded by three districts where you can go both by bus and train from capital Dhaka. Getting on a Natore or Sirajgonj -bound coach you have to get down at Bonpara areas beside Sirajganj-Dhaka highway. If you like to travel by train from Dhaka, you have to avail a Rajshahi bound trains (Padma-Silkcity or Dhumketu inter city trains) and you have to stop traveling at Sirajganj.

Where u live !

A good number of residential hotels are abundant in Sirajgonj and Natore. Beside highway the hotels and motels with family accommodations are located.

If you travel in Rainey season, you will notice only water and water through your two eyes and during summer you will find the flood of paddy or other seasonal crops. You can hardly visualize a small village covered by some trees.

After getting down from train or bus you have to hire both manual-driven and engine boat for a day or several days with a small payment and then you will enjoy the nature.

The boat man will help you on your having meal and accommodation!

In the day time, you can see, people are busy with fishing or reaping paddy and other seasonal crops.

The prime adventure is to spend several nights on boat on the silent water of the beel. If you know to swim, it’s another comfort to you. By the help of boatmen, you can become a fisherman by carrying fishing wheels and scope of catch fish from the beel.

Most of the year, the lands are inundated by water and people only get one crop in a year. They have no alternatives to maintain their livelihoods without fishing. Traveling by boat is the only means of transportation for communication.

Another charm waits for you in Cholon Beel!

You will notice some big boats on the beel where children are getting their lesson. Some non-governmental organizations have launched floating school to provide elementary education to underprivileged children in different villages. Surprisingly the remote schools are equipped with modern information technologies like computer with internet connectivity! You have scope to give a lecture on the class.

Other spots!

Side by side you have scope to travel other nearby historical places in the region like Natore Uttara Gono Bhaban, Rajshahi Barind Museum, Puthia Rajbari, Mohastan Garh of Bogra, Paharpur Boudha Biher etc. Beside you can spend a night at Jamuna Resort beside the longest Jamuna Multipurpose Bridge at Sirajgonj.

Through very close distance, one can notice life of snake charmers in the Cholon beels. You have scope to take some rare snaps of life. Never forget to carry long distance camera and binocular, torch light, some dry food and fishing wheel.

You can take company of your family members. It would be better, if you reach there in day time. A day-long trip is also to be pleasant if you have small span of time.