Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Ram Sagor

Ram sagor
Ramsagar is located at the village Tejpur in Dinajpur district which is about 8 kilometers south of the Dinajpur town. Though by hearing the name it seems that it is a sea, actually it is a huge man made pond.

This pond was named 'Ramsagar' after the name of Raja Ram Nath who built this pond in the mid 1750s.  The lake is about 1,079 meters long and 192.6 meters wide. At that time the cost of the project was 30,000 taka and about 1.5 million labourers took part in the project. The object of this project was to provide the local inhabitants with safe drinking water.  

The area around the Ramsagar Lake is a popular picnic spot for both locals and tourists. The Parjatan Corporation has developed some visitor facilities around the lake, such as rest-rooms, picnic spots to enjoy. There is a small zoo there where some animals like Sambar Deer, Chital Deer, Wild Boar, Blue Bull, Sloth Bear and Hyena are kept for visitir's enjoyment.

Shat Gambuj Mosque

Shat Gambuj Mosque
The Sixty Pillar Mosque (the Shat Gambuj), a mosque located in Bagerhat in south Bangladesh, on the eastern bank of a sweet water tank or pond (the takur dighi) is one of the oldest mosques in the country, and is described as "historic mosque representing the Golden Era of Muslim Bengal It is laid is over an area of 160 feet (49 m)x108 feet (33 m) size. 

The mosque is unique in the sense that it has 60 pillars that support 77 exquisitely curved "low squat domes" that have worn away with the passage of time; it has seven central domes that are four-sided and built in Bengali style.It was used for prayers, as an assembly hall and madrasa (an Islamic school). Seventy seven domes are over the roof and four smaller ones at the four corners are towers (the towers were used to call the faithfuls to attend prayers). 

The large prayer hall has 11 arched doorways on the east and 7 each on the north and south which provide ventilation and light to the hall. There are also 7 longitudinal aisles and 11 deep bays in the midst of slim columns made of stone. These columns support the curving arches that are overlaid by the domes.The west wall in the interior has eleven mihrabs that are decorated with stonework and terracotta and the flooring is of brickwork. The walls and the mihrabs were affected by sulphates. Most of the damages have been rectified. It was established in 1440 by Khan Jahan Ali. The arches are 6 feet (1.8 m) thick with a slight taper over the hollow and round walls. The mosque also functioned as the court of Khan Jahan Ali. It now attracts a large number of tourists and visitors every year. The mosque is decorated mostly with terracotta and bricks.

Tajhat Rajbari

Tajhat rajbari
Tajhat "Rajbari" or "Zaminder's Palace" is situated in Rangpur district of Bangladesh. It is 10 minutes drive from Rangpur town. The palace was built by Maharaja Kumar Gopal Lal Roy in the beginning of the 20th century. He was a descendent of a Hindu Khatari who migrated from Punjab of Pakistan. He was a jeweler by profession. It is believed that from the conspicuous appearance of his Taj or jeweled crown his estate derived the name of Tajhat. 

After the end of the British Raj, the building was abandoned and decayed rapidly, although it was used for a few years as a courthouse during the 1980's. In the year 2004, it was largely restored and turned into a museum with ancient inscriptions, art and coins from the area on display.

Now it is a very popular place where a lot of visitors from different parts of Bangladesh come everyday to visit it. The museum is open everyday of the week except Sunday.

Biggest Banyan Tree

Biggest banyan tree
There is a giant banyan tree which is situated at Kaliganj Upazila in Jhinaidah district. It is considered as the biggest banyan tree in Asia. The name of the place is Bethuli (Shuitala) which is 6 kilometres on the east of Kaliganj Upazila Sadar. A person can go there by rickshaw or other human hauler from Kaliganj main bus stand.

The biggest banyan tree is locally called 'bishawbat' which is 250 years old. It is mainly in the bank side of a river. The breeze makes the tree even more beautiful to watch. During summer, local people arrange a fair under the Banyan tree. The area is so beautiful that this untraditional space is known to people of whole northern region of the country. The large tree attracts all the nature loving persons.

Muktagacha Rajbari

Muktagacha Rajbari
Muktagacha Rajbari is one of the oldest zaminder houses in Bangladesh. It is situated at Muktagacha thana in Mymensingh district. It is an extensive palatial complex sprawling over at least 20 hectors of land. The whole area is full of many ponds, temples, palaces and out buildings.
Of them only a part is now being protected by the Deptt. of Archaeology. The protected area is an east facing enclosed precinct studded with gateway, garden, reservoirs, residential complexes, temples and several other ancillary buildings. The architecture of all the buildings simulate Indo-European neo-classic ethic. They were built by different members of the Muktagacha zamindar family in different time. Some are still being used for different purposes. The protected part is called ‘Char Ana' locally. It may hardly be dated in the early 20th century A.D.
Time has left its mark on the structure and all the precious dĪ¹cor inside and outside the palace are in a poor condition because of lack of proper care

Beautiful Padma River

Sunset scene at Padma
The Padma is a major trans-boundary river in Bangladesh. It is the main distributary of the Ganges which originates in the Himalayas. The Padma enters Bangladesh from India near Chapai Nababganj. It meets the Jamuna near Aricha and retains its name, but finally meets with the Meghna near Chandpur and adopts the name 'Meghna' before flowing into the Bay of Bengal.

The Padma is 120 kilometres long and from 4 to 8 km wide. The very important Goalandaghat-Chandpur steamer route is mostly on this river. Near Tepakhola, 14 km from Goalandaghat, the small Faridpur Khal distributary takes off from the rightbank. Fifty kilometres further down the arial khan takes off from the rightbank. Fourteen kilometres further downstream the Lohajang river falls into it at lohajang upazila on the leftbank, and the Kristanagar river branches off from the opposite side. A few kilometres from Lohajang, the Shosha Khal and the Naria Khal take off from the rightbank, join up and as one stream falls into the Arial Khan south of madaripur. The Padma joins the Meghna 5 km from Sureshwar in a maze of shifting shoals and chars. The Lower Meghna is actually a continuation of the joint flow of the Padma and the Meghna.