Friday, 10 February 2012
Actually I am tired of traveling long distance at past few weekends. So I didn't make any tour plan for this weekend. But suddenly at morning, I have decided to visit the exotic Baliati Jomidar Bari(বালিয়াটি জমিদার বাড়ি) at Manikganj(মানিকগঞ্জ). It is too near from the Dhaka town, but I didn't make my time to give a visit before.
The great Baliati Zomidar Bari(বালিয়াটি জমিদার বাড়ি) is located at the Saturia Upozila of Manikganj(সাটুরিয়া, মানিকগঞ্জ) district. Name of the village is Baliati. This archaeological building is about 200 years of old. A river named Gazikhali(গাজীখালী নদী) which is demised interim of the time, flowed at the northern side of the palace.
The whole premise is a huge one(approximately 16000 square meter). There are possibly 200 rooms available inside the premise. Back side of the palace has a pond having four ghats(ঘাট). Other side of the pond has a series of sanitary lavatory.
Gobinda Ram Shaha(গোবিন্দ রাম সাহা) was the settler of the Zomidari(জমিদারী) at Baliati. He was a salt merchant. His forefather was poor and started small business. Later he owned that from his parent. Then he extended that business further and established Zomidari(জমিদারী).
Original name was Baliati(বালিয়াতি), but after converting into English, then name transgressed into Baliati(বালিয়াটি). This Jamidar family helped in education sector greatly. Dhaka Jogonnath(জগন্নাথ) University was established by them as well as the Jogonnath(জগন্নাথ) Hall of Dhaka University.
All the buildings from the premise were not built at the same time. Those buildings were built at different times by different persons from the ruler's family. Most of the buildings are having a touch of Greek-Roman style, for example the pillars, roof, etc.
RP Shaha(আর পি সাহা), a Magnanimous munificent person of Tangail is one of my idol. He has married Kiran Bala(কিরণ বালা), a woman from this Zomidar Family. That philanthropic man wanted to build a hospital at Baliati, but didn't get permission. He later built that hospital at his own town.
How to go:
There are several ways to come at Baliati(বালিয়াটি).
1. First you have to come at Saturia(সাটুরিয়া). GPS of Saturia(সাটুরিয়া) is (23°58'15.66"N, 90° 2'14.90"E).
** A bus from Gabtoli is available for Dhaka-Saturia route. You can take that one for 60 taka. It will require you around 2 hours to come at Saturia(সাটুরিয়া).
** Or take a bus of Dhaka-Manikganj(ঢাকা-মানিকগঞ্জ) route from Gabtoli(গাবতলী), or Dhaka-Paturia(ঢাকা-পাটুরিয়া) service of BRTC bus from Gulistan(গুলিস্তান). Bus fare is 70 taka. After 1.5 hour get down from the bus at Kalampur(কালামপুর) Bus Stand. GPS of Kalampur(কালামপুর) is (23°55'4.52"N, 90° 9'16.16"E). From there take a bus of Saturia(সাটুরিয়া). Bus fare is 20 taka and will require 20 minutes.
2. Using a rickshaw for 20 taka from Saturia(সাটুরিয়া) bazaar, you can easily come to the Baliati Palace. GPS of the Baliati Jomidar bari(বালিয়াটি জমিদার বাড়ি) is (23°59'40.79"N, 90° 2'32.72"E).
Where to Stay:
You can go there and come back within the same day. So accommodation is not mandatory. There is a picnic spot named Nahar Garden(নাহার গার্ডেন) near the Jomidar Bari(জমিদার বাড়ি). Possibly they have an accommodation facility(I am not sure though).
Where to Eat:
As this archaeological palace became a popular tourist spot recently, you'll find several restaurants in front of the palace for lunch.