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

Shat Gambuj Mosque: world Heritage site as a historical beautiful mosque

Sixty dome mosque is one of the oldest mosques, built in 1459 with amazing architectural structure is situated here in Bagerhat.

For it’s glorious history and beauty UN has declared it as world heritage site.

It is a Tughlaq styled mosque. Khan Jahan Ali was the architect and general contractor of this historical mosque. It is the largest historical mosque in Bangladesh. It is also one of the most impressive place on the Indian Subcontinent.

Khan Jahan Ali was a great and famous muslim saint. He was the local ruler of Khalifabad (present Bagerhat). He was an officer of Bengal Sultan Nasiruddin Mahmud Shah. Khan Jahan Ali built a Muslim colony in this locality and built many structures for the well service for the people. He made water tanks, mosques etc. Shat Gambuj Mosque is his greatest creation which is now a world Heritage site.

Sultanate mosque, Shat Gambuj Mosque was also used for ruling the area and used as a court too.

The mosque is situated on the eastern bank of the Ghora Dighi. It is about 3 miles far from the main town of Bagerhat.

The name Shat Gambuj Masjid means a mosque with sixty domes. But actually the mosque has 77 squat domes with 7 four sided pitched Bengali domes in the middle row. There are 11 arched doors on east and 7 each on north and south. The mosque is divided into 7 longitudinal aisles. There are 11 deep bays of stone columns. The wall of the mosque is 6 feet thick and the internal space is 160 feet into 108 feet. The full mosque is built by red burn mud or bricks.

The mosque is constructed in 1449 with terracotta decoration. Around the doors you can see beautiful design. Inside of the mosque the walls are designed by former muslim cultural tradition. The full mosque is a wonderfull archeological beauty which is the signature of 15th century.

Now there is a picnic spot beside the mosque area around the historical Ghora Dighi.

There is an old decorated boundary wall around the mosque yard. Muslim people pray Namaz in the mosque. Every Friday at noon about 5 thousand or more people go to pray Namaz in the historical Shat Gambuj Mosque.

There is a museum in the mosque area which is situated to keep the historical items safe. You can know a lot about the mosque and about the history of 15th century.

Foreigners are charged a little to see the mosque. Though you don’t want to see the museum you’ll have to pay to visit only the mosque. The entry fee is only 50 taka for foreigners including the fee of the museum. Museum is open from 9am to 12 pm and 2 pm to 5 pm.

If you go to visit the historical Shat Gambuj Mosque you can also visit some more historical places of Bagerhat. Bagerhat is a city of historical mosques, tombs and temples with some larger ponds which are historical and beautiful too. Rickshaw is available for local movement and it’s enough because all places are near the mosque.

Near the mosque there is only one very good restaurant but no residence is situated here. You can see the whole Bagerhat town in a single day but you’ll have to stay at least a night to visit the whole district. Don’t worry, three very good hotels are in Bagerhat and one is at the Mongla Port.

So don’t miss to visit this wonderful world Heritage mosque quickly. You are bound to be lost in it’s beauty.

COX’S BAZAR: A sea beach could not get better! – Part 1

Ever thought of visiting a beach that never ends?

cox's bazar sea beach that never ends.

Cox’s bazar sea beach that never ends.

Where cliffs tower up here and there, waves come crashing into you and you could shop for handmade clothes or enjoy mouthwatering seafood? All these things come in one great package; Cox’s Bazaar! Cox’s bazar sea beach!

Let me take you there through this article!

Cox’s bazar sea beach is nearly 150 km away from the port district Chittagong. You could take a flight to Cox’s bazaar or you could take a direct luxurious bus to your destination from the capital Dhaka. There are several very luxurious bus services you could take and this is the most convenient way to go there as flights might not be available all the time. Moreover what adds to your advantage is that you would not need to change transport. It should take about 9 hours to reach there by bus.

luxurious buses go to cox's bazar

luxurious buses go to cox’s bazar

Cox's bazar airport

Cox’s bazar airport

Please don’t get bored just to see the duration of the journey because you would not get the chance to get bored while you are travelling. The countryside might be more beautiful than most of the places you have visited before; take full advantage of the journey and enjoy it. The part from Chittagong to Cox’s Bazar is likely to take your breath away as the road twists around hills and forest going upwards and downwards. There’s no need to be afraid, the journey is as safe as any you have encountered!

coxsbazar seagull hotel

coxsbazar seagull hotel

Hold your breath as your bus enters the town, the road slopes down and you would suddenly see the sea. For a moment or two you might find yourself wishing that the bus goes on right into the cox’s bazar sea beach but sadly it will turn right! It is recommended to make a reservation in a hotel in advance during the winter as walk-ins could be hard to find in quality hotels and motels. Don’t waste your time, freshen up and go out there. Admire the beauty of the longest beach of the world. There is a small problem if you are a foreign visitor. The locals might show interest in more than you would like. There is a workaround, an exciting and beautiful workaround!

Inani sea beach at Cox's bazar

Inani sea beach at Cox’s bazar

Take a ride and go about 32 km south of the town, you are likely to find Inani beach, where golden sand goes on for about 100 miles unbroken! The bay of Bengal in front of your eyes, you standing on golden sand and steep hills before your eyes if you turn around; what more could you want? Yes there could be one more thing that you would like; a stream! Don’t be surprised when I say there is small fountain that comes down the hills in walking distance. Yes this is Cox’s Bazar! the complete package! The inani sea beach near cox’s bazar sea beach is much less crowded and ideal for sea baths and perhaps a picnic.

This is just a part of things you could do here. There is more to come!

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If you want to go to cox’s bazar by train, there are no direct train service. You can go to Chittagong from Dhaka by train and then go to Cox’s bazar by bus from Chittagong. Dhaka to Chittagong train schedule.

COX’S BAZAR: A sea beach could not get better! – Part 2

Try spending a full day here at Inani beach.

As the daylight starts to fade, get yourself seated facing west. You are about to experience something you have never experienced before as beautifully. The red hot sun will come down into the horizon. It would seem very close to you and you might feel like running into the see and touch it. Well words are not enough to describe the scene or the feeling. You must come and see it yourself. Spending time there as it starts to get dark is never a waste of time as the darkness will sharpen your ears and you will be able to listen to the sounds you could not notice so far, the sound of waves this cox’s bazar sea beach crushing into sand, the sound of wind blowing through the trees, sounds of unknown birds! You could enjoy the sea in moonlight or you could celebrate life watching the stars in crystal clear sky!

Colorful ornaments shelves in a stall at Cox's bazar sea beach

Colorful ornaments shelves in a stall at Cox’s bazar sea beach

There are several other things you could do during your stay at Cox’s Bazar specially new  cox’s bazar sea beach. If you are a shopping lover then you are in luck. There are unique things you could buy. Ornaments made of colourful shells are available everywhere. You could buy handmade tribal clothes and handicrafts. You could also buy different pickles and spices if you like.

The better hotels offer alcohol. If you need to put off your thirst. But you might not find your favorites here if you are an enthusiastic and the service quality might not be up to your expectations. The prices might be higher than you expect.

food at mermaid cafe in cox's bazar

food at mermaid cafe in cox’s bazar

One of the best parts of Cox’s Bazar Sea beach is the food of this place. You can find almost anything here starting from tribal, local, traditional Bangladeshi to International such as Thai or Chinese food here. So if your stomach is ready to take anything then jump in, throw it a challenge and take the taste of your lifetime!

The easiest way to get around places is by rickshaw.

The fare should not be more than 20 BDT in most cases. The rickshaw pullers tend to demand more from the foreigners so this is something to be careful of.

 

There are places as beautiful you could visit if you have enough time around Cox’s Bazar sea beach such as Maheshkali, Ramu, Sonadia Island, Teknaf and many more. Each place is worth visiting if you can manage!

So if you are looking for a travel destination you have already found it. Please don’t think twice before coming to Cox’s Bazaar sea beach, a natural wonder, as this could be an experience of a lifetime and a story you would love to tell in many years to come!

Sylhet: Land of boundless beauty – Part 1

If I am asked to name a good tourist spot in Bangladesh I may utter Sylhet spontaneously.

The only reason to mention Sylhet is it’s boundless beauty and flourishing culture.

Geographically, Sylhet stands on the banks of Surma river surrounded by Khasia and the Jaintia hills on the north, and the Tripura hills on the south. This hilly region adds a variation to the flat land Bangladesh. The terraced tea -gardens, winding mountainous rivers, thick tropical forest and country side extending to the horizon combine to make greater Sylhet a major tourist attraction of the country. Here the lavish forests are full of a variety of greens and many species of wildlife. This region is also well- known for its profound art and culture in which the contribution of the local tribes is mentionable.

sunset at hakaluki haor

sunset at hakaluki haor

Surma and Kushiara are the two main rivers forming Sylhet valley. These are in turns joined with a number of other hill streams. Apart from these streams, sylhet has many haors which are bowl shaped shallow dips. During rainy season these haors go under deep water turning into turbulant seas. While in the dry season the water drains out and leaves rich alluvial soil used extensively for rice cultivation. These haors also provide shelter for a large number of migratory birds flying from cold countries.

Hazrat shah jalal mazar at Sylhet

Hazrat shah jalal mazar at Sylhet

Sylhet has also a very rich history. Before the Muslims, it was ruled by local tribal leaders. In 1303, the great Saint Hazrat Shah Jalal (R) came to Sylhet from Delhi with a band of 360 disciples to preach Islam and defeated Raja Gour Gobinda. From then to now Sylhet has improved a lot. In last few decades this development has been remarkable economically due to the remittances by the expatriates living abroad, mainly in Britain.

dol jatra

dol jatra

A fascinating feature of Sylhet is the aboriginal tribes living there. The Monipuris, Garos, Khasias and Tipperas are the main tribes of this region. Their lifestyle on the hills, practicing age-old rites, rituals, traditions and celebrationg festivals continuing from time immemorial has made Sylhet’s culture richer. During festivals like Rash Leela (Full-moon night in February) and Doljatra, charming young tribal girls adorn themselves with colorful robes, Then they dance with their chosen and loved males of the tribe. The famous Monipuri dance is performed on allegorical love themes of the ancient mythology.

Traveling:

With the improved communication system going to Sylhet has become much easier.

By air: Since Osmani International Airport is served by all major domestic carriers different flights like Biman Air and GMG Airlines, United Airlines, Royal bangle airlines are available. Please check the airline’s website for latest schedule. It takes only about half an hour to three quarters to reach Sylhet from Dhaka by air.

By train: Trains run from Dhaka ,Chittagong and Comilla to Sylhet everyday. From Dhaka, there are three train named Joyontika, Parabat and Upoban depart at morning, noon and night respectively. The duration of the journey from Dhaka is usually 5 hours.

Train schedule from Dhaka to Sylhet

By bus: There are many luxury and economic bus services from Dhaka to Sylhet. Some notable luxury services are provided by Shohag Paribahan, Saudia, Green Line, Silk Line, Shamoly, Holy city etc. These service is available from early morning to late night ( a range of about 7.30 am to 10.30 pm) . The non-AC bus services, such as Shamoli, Hanif, al-mamun and al-mobarakh etc, are available at Sayedabad bus terminal. These buses depart in almost every half an hour from 6am to 12am. Bus journeys may take more time than the other modes of travel to reach the destination. For latest schedule it is recommended to contact with particular company.

Accommodation:

A number of hotels are available for night stay in Sylhet. It is easy for tourists to choose one as per need. Bargaining over the price helps at times. Some of the hotels are :

  • sylhet town clock

    sylhet town clock

    Hotel Supreme

  • Hotel Palash
  • Hotel Gulshan
  • Hotel Western
  • Hotel Anurag
  • Hotel Al-Amin
  • Hotel Garden’s Inn
  • Hotel Firdous
  • Hotel Panama
  • Hotel Hilltown
  • Hotel Rose View

 

Restaurants:

A variety of restaurants are available here such as:

  • Silver Palace, noya sorok.
  • Chiangmai Chinese Restaurant.
  • Chicken Hut.
  • Pizza Shop.
  • Alpine Restaurant (traditional).
  • Prithiraj (traditional).
  • Paktoon, Rose View Hotel.
  • Pearl Orient, Rose View hotel.
  • Four Season, Rose View Hotel.
  • Sizzling Restaurent, Rose View Hotel.
  • Exotica Restaurent, Hotel Supreme.
  • Dinette Restaurent, Hotel Fortune Garden.

Bars are not that readily available in Sylhet. Although some are available in the major hotels like Sylhet Station Club and Club Royale, Rose View Hotel.

Parjatan facilities:

Bangladesh Parjatan corporation operates a first class motel (Phone : 0821-712426) and restaurant near the Sylhet Airport besides the Duty Free shop at the airport (Pnone : 0821-713206) and transport service. Picnic spot, restaurant, parking facilities have been established near Madhabkunda waterfall area.

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Sylhet : land of boundless beauty – Part 2

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Places of Attraction near the town:

Mazar of the Saint Hazrat Shah Jalal (R): Among the several places of historical interest in Sylhet are the mazars of these two Sufi Saints. It is easy to travel to the mazar of Hazrat Shah Jalal (R) from any part of the town in a rickshaw. Swords, the holy Quran and the robes of the holy saint are still preserved in the mazar. Thousands of devotees of different creed and cast come everyday to visit this place from far away places.

The Mazar of Hazrat Shah Paran (R):The mazar of Hazrat Shah Paran (R) is located at a greater distance from the town. It is said that he was the son of a sister of Hazrat Shah Jalal (R) and was born in Yemen. After the conquest of Sylhet, he established his khanqah at Khadim Nagar and started spiritual ascetic practice there. Everyday thousands of people come to visit the mazar to pay their respect and honor for this Sufi Saint.

There is an ancient mosque by the side of the tomb of the Sufi Saint in this mazar. After some modernization 1500 Muslims can say their salah in a body there.

Shahi Eidgah: It was built by Mughal emperor Aurongozeb in the 17th century. It is one of Bangladesh’s largest and oldest Eidgah. About 100,000 people can say their Eid salah together here. The turreted walls surrounding the outer side of the mosque gives it a unique look.

Keane Bridge: The Keane Bridge is a famous landmark of Sylhet. This iron bridge was built in the 1930’s over the river Surma and was named after the British governor of Assam of the time, Sir Micheal Keane. Although the bridge is old, it is heavily used till date.

Ali Amjad’s Clock Tower: Nearby the Keane bridge this clock tower is located. It’s about 80 years old. This clock exhibits the great architectural taste of the people of that time.

Chandni Ghat: It is the bank of river Surma. In the daylight it is beautiful. And at night it’s beauty is astonishing. If anyone is staying in Sylhet, it is a must to see during the night time when the river adorns itself with amazing beauty.

The Gour Gobinda Fort: Gour Gobinda was the Hindu ruler of the region before the arrival of the Muslim reign started along with the arrival of the Sufi Saint Hazrat Shah Jalal (R). It is one of the earliest ruins exhibiting the history of Bangladesh. Tourists come here to see these ruins and get an idea about the lifestyle, architectural and engineering excellence of the people of that time. The fort stands as an evidence to the fight put up by the king’s army in the war.

Murarichand Government College is one of the most attractive places to visit near the Gour Gobinda fort. It is situated on a hill top.

Temple of Sri Chaitannya Dev: The ancient temple of Sri Chaitannya Dev is another spot of attraction to the tourists. It is about 500 years old and was the ancestral home of the famous Vaishnya saint. It is located about 45km south-east from Sylhet town. A fair is organized on the full moon day of Bangla month Falgun every year. Thousands of devotees from home and abroad attend this fair.

Haripur gas field: It is about 22 kilometers from the town. Visiting this place can give the tourists some good experience about our gas fields.

Magurchara Gas field ruins:Magurchara gas & Oil reserved field was blown up while digging some years ago and kept on burning for 3 months upto a height of 500-feet. A lot of burnt around the ruins carry evidence to the disaster.

Tilagarh: This is a natural tourist spot. Small and big hills are all around the place. There is tea-gardens, poultry farms, dairy farms etc on the hills. For an exposure to the lifestyle of the local people this place can be visited by the tourist.

Some other places you should not ignore to visit during your stay in the town:

  • Shah Jalal(R) Bridge
  • Osmani mueseum
  • Osmani Medical College and Hospital
  • Sylhet Polytechnic Institute
  • Parjatan
  • Shah Jalal(R) University
  • Theme parks
  • Tea gardens

Other Places to visit around Sylhet:

  • Jaflong-Tamabil
  • Madhabkundo
  • Srimangal
  • Lawachara Rain forest
  • Jaintiapur
  • Haripur gas field

Shopping: There is a large number of malls open for shopping in the town. Zindabazar is the shoppers paradise as most of the malls are located here. Handmade textiles is the main attraction here. For trendy Manipuri fabric Lamabazar would be the right place.

Places to shop:

  • Al Hamra
  • Blue Water
  • Millennnium
  • Aarong
  • Monorom
  • Artisti
  • Westex
  • Kumarpara
  • London Mansion
  • Manipuri Bazar, Lamabazar.

While visiting this place one should be careful about pick pocketing as the place is very crowded.

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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Shilaidah Kuthibari: Rabindranath Tagore’s memories in Bangladesh

Shilaidah Kuthibari is a historical place where the great universal poet and the Nobel laurate Rabindranath Tagore lived for a part of his life. Actually it is a country house which was made by the father of Rabindranath, Dwarkanath Tagore.

Rabindranath passed the important time of his carrier while staying at Shilaidah which is situated at Kumarkhali upazila of Kushtia. During this time he wrote many world famous poems and songs.

Rabindranath was the landlord of this place. He used to stay here actually to build good relation with the administration. He stayed here during his youth life. After his departure from Bangladesh it became famous as a historical place and when the poet was awarded the Nobel Prize the place had been known to world.

He enriched Bengali literature through his writings during the time when he stayed there. He decorated the area finely and now people go there not only for the historical glory but also for its natural beauty.

It is located at a distance of about 20 km from Kushtia town. Beside the bank of the river Padma it is a nice place.

Shilaidah Kuthibari is a beautiful red sprawling building surrounded by a large expanse of trees, plants and flowers. Besides the main building there is a pond. An old well can be seen hardly also. Rabindranath used to write poems while sitting beside of the pond. The poet created many notable poems and songs sitting under a tree which is still present here. There are some sitting spaces around the pond where people now sit for relax.

There is a museum here which has some rare elements and house hold things which had been used by Rabindranath. There are two auditoriums inside of the Kuthibari area. Almost every day some cultural functions are arranged here for visitor’s recreation.

There is a picnic spot just beside the kuthibari. In the picnic spot area there is a car parking space. A guest house is also situated in the picnic spot. There is another guest house in front of the picnic spot and beside of the Kuthibari.

In Shilaidah Kuthibari you can enjoy horse riding, magic show and some other very interesting events also.

The road that goes to the Shilaidah Kuthibari from Kushtia town and Rajbari district is good. So the transport system is very fine. Everyday people come here to visit from several places.

Rabindranath Tagore is a worldwide known personality who won the Nobel Prize in 1913 for literature. So the place of Shilaidah which is called as Kuthibari has a great historical view.

Kushtia: the cultural capital of Bangladesh

Kushtia is a district in Khulna division of western Bangladesh. It is 1621.5 square in area. Lots of cultural and Historical places are in Kushtia.

The history of kushtia comes from the old age. It was in the larger area named Nodia before the separation from India. So many histories had spread here and there in Kushtia.

The most honorable poet, writer and philosopher of the Indian sub continent, Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore has stayed at Shilaidah Kuthibari during the most important time of his carrier. it is a wonderful place to visit.

Lalon Shah was the greatest poet, folk singer and lyric writer, thinker of his age. People and his followers remember him for his wisdom on songs and talks. His songs touch minds, goes from heart to hearts. His tomb and shrine is situated in Kushtia. It is a great place to visit. It has auditorium, library, museum, graveyard, garden and many more.

Tarun’s house is another historical place which is situated just beside of the tomb of Lalon Shah.

Tarun’s father was a Sufi named Samrat Ekdil Shah. The majar of Ekdil Shah is another nice place. There is a high tower inside of a triangle island. From the top of the tower you can see a triangle island named Haripur which is covered with both of the rivers Padma and Goraih. It gives a view which is unbelievable that you’ve not imagined before.

There are two historical and beautiful mosques in Kushtia town. One is Shahi Mosque and the other one is the Baitul Jannat Mosque.

The one and only railway of Bangladesh which is directly connected with India goes over the Kushtia and it was the first railway of Bangladesh, built in Kushtia by the British government in 1860.

There are two historical and old industries in Kushtia. One is the Renwick & Jagneshwar company (1896) and the another is the Mohini Mills (1919). The internal area with the river side of the Renwick & Jagneshwar Company is another beautiful area to see.

The Islamic University of Kushtia is a public varsity of Bangladesh. It is also a historical place. The campus of the university is well decorated, beautiful and green.

The first muslim writer of the Bengali language Mir Mosharraf Hossain is the son of Kushtia. His home is in Kushtia but now you can’t see there anything without a school and a museum.

The municipality building of Kushtia is another historical place which was built in 1886.

There are 4 Hotels with a guest house in which foreigners can stay cause they are good. There are 3 very good restaurants to feed you at reasonable cost.

Kushtia is the capital of culture of Bangladesh. The little district Kushtia is very popular place for tourists to visit for its hidden history.

Majar of Ulugh Khan Jahan Ali: culture of 15th century

Beauty of muslim culture of 15th century is still present here.

The holy grave of the saint Khan Jahan Ali is in Bagerhat, many wonders are around it.

An amazing tour is possible in Bagerhat of Bangladesh to see not only an adventurous graveyard but also some historical but beautiful places. You can find here two of the oldest mosques, the Shat Gambuj Mosque and the one Gambuj Mosque.

In 1442 a muslim saint Ulugh Khan Jahan Ali came in Khalifabad (present Bagerhat) to spread the religion Islam. He used to live on the bank of a river and used to use crocodiles for good works. After his death there was situated a majar around his grave and the river died. But the crocodiles are still there from the time of his death.

Some of the crocodiles of the majar are thousands year old and they does not eat human body without hen and duck. So people can touch them truely without danger and people believe that the crocodiles can make any wish true. I became astonished after touching a crocodile for the first time.

Where the saint is sleeping down there are some strange manners also. The whole majar is decorated in 15th century and the design of former muslim culture is wonderful! The majar is standing here which is made of burn mud from 15th century.

Around the majar there seems like a fair. you can buy things like flute, cap etc. The road transport system is quiet good, available and easy so people come here everyday from different places. You can take an opportunity like me to see the signature of former culture at the majar of Khan Jahan Ali in Bagerhat.

The wind of nearby sea, the trees around a dead river site and the wonders of the majar can’t be neglected by you. Every angle of the environment will attract your sight.