Bolihar(বলিহার) is a small village located around 17 kilometer apart from the Naogaon District(নওগাঁ জেলা). This is famous for the resident of Bolihar Jomidar(বলিহার জমিদার), a powerful land lord from the history. According to the history, the Bolihar Jomidari(বলিহার জমিদারী) system was established through a direct decree from the Mughal(মুঘল) Emperor Aorongojeb.
During the invasion against Isha Khan(ইশা খাঁ), the chieftain of Mughal(মুঘল) army Mansingh(মানসিংহ) took a rest here. To keep the large army busy, Mansingh(মানসিংহ) ordered them to dig lot of ponds around. It is believed that this Jomidar Bari(জমিদার বাড়ী) had around 300-330 small/large water tanks around, which are now all gone by these days.
Most of the buildings of this Jomidar Bari(জমিদার বাড়ী) premise are gone. Only few are standing now a days. And the condition of those buildings are very poor and can collapse in any days. Only the temple inside the premise is standing firm(from my observation). It was built during 1823 by one of the Bolihar(বলিহার) ruler named Rajendranath(রাজেন্দ্রনাথ). This temple was famous for it's 9 wheel driven chariot(রথ), which is now missing too.
How to Go:
Bolihar Jomidar Bari(বলিহার জমিদার বাড়ী) is located at the village Bolihar(বলিহার) which is around 17 kilometer from the Naogaon(নওগাঁ জেলা) town. It will be at the right side of the highway on the way of Kushumba Mosque. You can go there using reserve CNG vehicle from the Naogaon(নওগাঁ) town, that case it will be around 400-450 taka for reserving the vehicle, for round trip.
Also, you can use public transport. That case you have to take the Local bus of Naogaon-Rajshahi(নওগাঁ-রাজশাহী) or Naoga-Manda(নওগাঁ-মান্দা) and leave the bus near at Bolihar(বলিহার) on the highway. GPS coordinate of the dropping zone can be either (24°50'23.16"N, 88°48'45.77"E) or (24°50'12.00"N, 88°48'27.65"E). Both roads lead towards the Bolihar(বলিহার).
After leaving the bus, you can take any local Van, or tempo, if you are lucky. Or you can walk to reach the Bolihar Jomidar Bari(বলিহার জমিদার বাড়ী) through the beautiful village scenes. GPS coordinate of the Bolihar Jomidar Bari(বলিহার জমিদার বাড়ী) is (24°50'49.77"N, 88°48'26.58"E).
Bolihar Jomidar Bari(বলিহার জমিদার বাড়ী),
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