Thursday, August 15, 2013

Narayanganj: Hajiganj Fort(হাজীগঞ্জ দুর্গ)

Friday, 14 June 2013





Narayanganj(নারায়ানগঞ্জ) is situated beside the river Shitalakkha(শীতলক্ষ্যা) and this river has an important role for transportation, specially for carrying the trading goods. It was same even 300 years back. The river was the main channel for any landing parties whoever uses to come here. To hinder any unwanted entries through this river, several observatory forts have been built around. The Hajiganj Fort(হাজীগঞ্জ দুর্গ) is one of those observatory forts.


It is uncertain about the builder of the fort(though many people believe it was Mir Jumla(মীর জুমলা)). But it is certain that the fort was built during the 17th century, at the Mughal(মোঘল) era. This fort is contemporary to the Idrakpur Fort(ইদ্রাকপুর দুর্গ) and the Sonakanda Fort(সোনাকান্দা দুর্গ).





Unlike the other forts from Bangladesh, the Hajiganj Fort(হাজীগঞ্জ দুর্গ) is a hexagonal shaped fort having round corner bastions which have used to place the cannons. The three bastions are larger in diameter and these are facing towards the river Shitalakkha(শীতলক্ষ্যা). And other three are having smaller diameter.


The fort has a facade at the north-east side. It has a observatory tower inside and its now totally dilapidated in condition. Upper portion of the wall of the fort are having corrugated toothed shape and those are having holes for the firing parties inside the fort.


It was Friday when we have reached there. Local people were playing cricket inside the fort and we have had a sit beneath the fort wall and enjoyed their playing. After that we have started capturing the photos of the fort and had an observation. It was around an hour or more that we have spent there.


Main facade of the Hajiganj Fort(হাজীগঞ্জ দুর্গ).



How to Go:

Hajiganj Fort(হাজীগঞ্জ দুর্গ) is located at the center of the Narayanganj(নারায়ানগঞ্জ) town. You shouldn't face any difficulties to locate this fort. Still, below are the instructions for locating it.


1) Come to the Chashara(চাষাড়া) of Narayanganj(নারায়ানগঞ্জ) using BRTC or any similar buses from Gulistan(গুলিস্তান). Its around 40 taka per person. You can use train too.


2) From Chashara(চাষাড়া), take a rickshaw and ask the driver to drop you at the Hajiganj Kella(হাজীগঞ্জ কেল্লা). Local people know this as Kella(কেল্লা) instead of Durgo(দুর্গ).


For more help, the GPS coordinate of the Hajiganj Fort(হাজীগঞ্জ দুর্গ) is (23°38'1.17"N, 90°30'46.53"E).


Larger bastion from the fort.



This could have been a superb tourist spot for the local and international tourists. But our government is nonchalant about this spot like any other archaic edifices from Bangladesh. They have declared the custody of this fort on them, and that's it. After that they didn't do any thing for it; for example security improvement and protecting. Also, you'll find local residents are thrashing their household wastage very near to the fort wall. Poor Hajiganj Fort(হাজীগঞ্জ দুর্গ).


Avoid visiting this fort during evening or at night. Its a perfect place for the drug addict people during the night time and the evening.


Smaller bastion of the fort.



Inner side view of the fort.



The guards used to have a patrol on this walking path beside the wall.



It was possibly an observatory tower, aka watch tower.



Outer side view of the fort from inside.



Cheerful local boys are playing cricket at the weekend.



Cheerful local boys are playing cricket at the weekend.



Hajiganj Fort(হাজীগঞ্জ দুর্গ),
Narayanganj District,
Bangladesh

This article is written by Lonely Traveler,
for the blog http://icwow.blogspot.com/

History of Bangladesh...



Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Pati Bet Ful(পাটি বেত ফুল) - Schumannianthus dichotoma

Common Name :
Bengali Name : Pati Pata(পাটি পাতা), Pati Bet(পাটি বেত).
Botanical Name : Schumannianthus dichotoma
Synonym : Clinogyne dichotoma
Family : Marantaceae






These beautiful waxy white flowers are from the plant Patibet(পাটিবেত) or Pataipata(পাটিপাতা) which are it's native name and belongs to our country Bangladesh. This is also available at few parts in India and East Asia. This is mainly cultivated for the stem that is uses to make the mat locally known as Shital Pati(শিতল পাটি).





Botanical name of the plant is Schumannianthus dichotoma. It Belongs the the plant family Marantaceae. This is available at the wet lands in Bangladesh such as Sylhet(সিলেট), Chittagong(চট্রগ্র্রাম), and Noakhali(নোয়াখালী) region. People from this part of our country use to cultivate this plant commercially.





This is an erect plant having glossy dichotomous branched stems and it uses to grow mostly around the wetlands. It can grow around a height of 2-5 meter depending upon the condition and the diameter of the stem can be around 2 centimeter.





Though this is cultivated for it's stem, but the flowers are attractive and showy. Milky white wax-like flowers are delicately beautiful and looks very bright during a sunny day. The flowers are disguised in such a way that they have around six petals. But In my opinion, the lower three are the white bracts of the flower and the white flower is slightly extended on a small tube after it.





A small group of our country use to live by cultivating this plant and making basket, mat, and handicraft using the stem. This plant doesn't require any special care for growing. It just grow well enough as an weed.








Photos of this article were taken from a village of Hobiganj(হবিগঞ্জ) district during the April 2013.





This article is written by Lonely Traveler,
for the blog http://icwow.blogspot.com/

Flowers Of Bangladesh...



Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Kishoreganj: Narsunda, a tale of a dying river

Friday, 07 June 2013





Bangladesh is a country of rivers. World's largest rivers Padma(পদ্মা) and Jamuna(যমুনা) have joined together at this country. Not too far, even thirty years back, our economy and communication was based on the rivers and hugely depended on those. During my traveling, I use to observe the rivers along side the exploration of the country and the flowers.


Today its about the river Narsunda(নরসুন্দা নদী), a river from Kishoreganj district(কিশোরগঞ্জ জেলা). The water development board has declared this river as almost a dead river. But from my observation, this is a dead river. Both banks of the river are occupied by the unauthorized people who are not having a minimum concern about a river.


This is around a 60 kilometer long river between the Brahmaputra river of Hossenpur Upazila(হোসেনপুর উপজেলা) and the Dhanu river(ধনু নদী) at Itna Upazila(ইটনা উপজেলা). This river hugely depends on another moribund river named Brahmaputra(ব্রহ্মপুত্র). At most of the places the river is having no flow and it helped the water hyacinths to flourish exponentially. Those hyacinths made the river bed such thick that you may assume those as a bed of vegetable cultivation.


Near the Kishoreganj(কিশোরগঞ্জ) town, the river is totally dried up even during the rainy season. Only a 2-3 feet of drain like stream is visible a mid the river bed. And the water is mainly coming from the household works and the toilets. At other places the river is having a height of a knee. And at nowhere I have seen the flow of water.


The government has taken an initiative to revive the river. It is known as Lake City Project. But in my opinion the work is very slow, and I really doubt about the planning too. Anyway, lets hope for the best.


A fishing net on the river Norsunda(নরসুন্দা নদী).



Its not a grass field. Its the river Norsunda(নরসুন্দা নদী).



Again, river Norsunda(নরসুন্দা নদী), not the crop field. Bank of the river is repaired and the depth of the river is increased by a dredging recently.



River on a rainy day during rainy season. But still it has only a knee height depth of water in it.



Even a kid can cross this River by having a walk. Our poor Narsunda River(নরসুন্দা নদী).



Rain drops on the river.



Beautiful scene with the river Norsunda. It could have been more beautiful if it had some flow on the water.



River Norsunda(নরসুন্দা নদী), we should try to save it though we are almost late enough.



Narsunda, a tale of a moribund river...
Kishoreganj District,
Bangladesh

This article is written by Lonely Traveler,
for the blog http://icwow.blogspot.com/



Joypurhat: Pathorghata Church, River and Mazar(পাথরঘাটা গীর্জা, নদী এবং মাজার)

Friday, 17 May 2013





It was an early morning and our bus dropped us at the Pachbibi(পাচবিবি) town. In fact I didn't know that the bus use to go till Pachbibi(পাচবিবি). Our plan was to leave the bus at Joypurhat(জয়পুরহাট) town. Anyway, we have had a traditional Lonely Traveler breakfast from the town, a heavy one. It was just before 6:00 at the morning.


After the breakfast, we had to walk for around 8-10 minutes to reach near the tempo stand at the Pachbibi(পাচবিবি) Railway Station from where the tempo of Pathorghata(পাথরঘাটা) uses to start. Since it was very early at the morning, we had to struggle to find a vehicle. Luckily we found a late-middle age driver who agreed to have a round trip from Pathorghata(পাথরঘাটা) for 180 Taka. That old man was friendly, always having a smiley face that is covered with white beard. Seemed to me a happy man.


It was a noisy vehicle that uses to create an unbearable sound and is tediously slow compare to the sound that it uses to produce. We have reached to the Pathorghat(পাথরঘাটা) within 30 minutes after starting the ride. Since it was a village road during the early morning, we have found very few number of vehicles on the road.





About Pathorghata(পাথরঘাটা):

Scholars believe that an unknown civilization used to live here the during ancient time. The reason for this believe is the scattered stones, bricks, broken objects from the pottery things which are randomly available on a vast area of Pathorghata(পাথরঘাটা).


Apart from the history, you can visit few places from Pathorghata(পাথরঘাটা) which I have visited, such as the church near Pathorghata(পাথরঘাটা), the Mazar of Nimai Pir(নিমাই পীরের দরগা), river Tulshigonga(তুলসিগঙ্গা নদী), etc.





Pathorghata Mission and Church(পাথরঘাটা মিশন ও গীর্জা):

This Mission and Church is located at the Pathorghata(পাথরঘাটা). This is not open for the public but a visitor can enter inside the premise after acknowledging the guards or the residents who live inside. This church is mainly for the tribal people who have converted into Christian and it runs by the fund from the Christian Mission. Slight near(outside) from the place you can see a graveyard. Probably the local christian people are lying there to have a rest in peace.





Nimai Pirer Dorga(নিমাই পীরের দরগা):

This place is interesting as per the actual story behind this. Muslim people believe this as a Mazar(মাজার) of a saint named Nasiruddin Pir(নাসির উদ্দিন পীর). But the Hindu people believe this as their place as his name was Nimai Pir(নিমাই পীর). Whoever the guy was, actually he used to do meditation here hour after hour by sitting in one place. After his death, people started to believe that the guy Nimai Pir(নিমাই পীর) might have achieved some supernatural power and that's why they use to gather here for something that I don't know. A village fair uses to held here during the Joishtho(জৈষ্ঠ), a month from Bengali Calendar which is May/June in English Calendar.


Beside the Mazar(মাজার) a small moribund river is flowing named Tulshigonga(তুলসিগঙ্গা নদী). Very small one that looks like a canal. Also the flow of the river is very poor, can die in any day. You can have explore this river for few minutes during your visit here. Also, there are several old huge rain-trees available around the place.





How to Go:

These places are located at the Pathorghata(পাথরঘাটা) of Pachbibi Upazila(পাচবিবি উপজেলা) of Joypurhat Distrct(জয়পুরহাট জেলা). GPS Coordinate of the Church is (25°11'52.38"N, 89° 4'8.92"E) and the Nimai Pirer Dorga(নিমাই পীরের দরগা) is (25°11'46.46"N, 89° 4'11.96"E).


To visit this place, you have to come at the Pachbibi Bazaar first. From there you have to hire the Votvoti(ভটভটি), a noisy vehicle. For a round trip it can cost around 200 Taka.


A Christian Graveyard, everyone must die.



Nimai Pirer Dorga(নিমাই পীরের দরগা) and two unknown graves in front.



Not sure about this. Found at Nimai Pirer Dorga(নিমাই পীরের দরগা).



Large stones. Not sure from where these came from. Its unknown and mysterious.



Large stones. Not sure from where these came from. Its unknown and mysterious.



River Tulshi Gonga(তুলসি গঙ্গা নদী) which is about to die.



Massive Rain-Tree.



A beautiful Pond on our way to Pathorghata(পাথরঘাটা).



A beautiful Pond on our way to Pathorghata(পাথরঘাটা).



Pathorghata Church, River and Mazar(পাথরঘাটা গীর্জা, নদী এবং মাজার),
Atapur Union(আটাপুর ইউনিয়্ন),
Pachbibi Upazila(পাঁচবিবি উপজেলা),
Joypurhat District(জয়্পুরহাট জেলা),
Bangladesh

This article is written by Lonely Traveler,
for the blog http://icwow.blogspot.com/



Friday, August 9, 2013

Kishoreganj: Mongolbaria Kamil Madrasa(মঙ্গলবাড়ীয়া কামিল মাদ্রাসা)

Friday, 07 June 2013





Mongolbaria Kamil Madrasa(মঙ্গলবাড়ীয়া কামিল মাদ্রাসা) is an old educational institute that was established at 1800 AD to enhance the Islamic education. Bangladesh has lot of institutes which are Islamic minded, but only few of those are older like this one. It was established by Nazim Uddin Khondokar(নাজিম উদ্দিন খন্দকার).


After visiting the Hoarshi Shahi Mosque, I have hired the same rickshaw puller. Though he is a rickshaw puller, but he also practices herbal treatment using the herbs. We had a lot of chat on various plants and similar things during the ride. It was just before the sunset. Riding on a rickshaw through a village during this time is always a different thing to feel. Everything is quiet and chaos at the same time as a transition is happening between the day and the night.





How to Go:


Mongolbaria Kamil Madrasa(মঙ্গলবাড়ীয়া কামিল মাদ্রাসা) is located at the Pakundia Upazila(পাকুন্দিয়া উপজেলা) of Kishoreganj district. There is no direct public transportation available between the town and the Madrasa(মাদ্রাসা). You have to hire a rickshaw or a battery driven vehicle for the round trip. The ride that I have mentioned above did cost me 120 Taka. But from the town, it will probably be around 60-70 Taka for a round trip using different route.


For your assistance, GPS Coordinate of the Mongolbaria Kamil Madrasa(মঙ্গলবাড়ীয়া কামিল মাদ্রাসা) is (24°19'29.18"N, 90°41'53.85"E).











A mosque beside the Madrasa(মাদ্রাসা)



A mosque beside the Madrasa(মাদ্রাসা)



Mongolbaria Kamil Madrasa(মঙ্গলবাড়ীয়া কামিল মাদ্রাসা),
Pakundia,
Kishoreganj,
Bangladesh.

This article is written by Lonely Traveler,
for the blog http://icwow.blogspot.com/



Thursday, August 8, 2013

Gopalganj: Court Mosjid(কোর্ট মসজিদ)

Saturday, 22 June 2013





Court Mosjid(কোর্ট মসজিদ) is located at the center of the Gopalganj Sodor Upazela(গোপালগঞ্জ সদর উপজেলা). It is a nicely decorated mosque having a high minaret beside and a central dome atop of the mosque. The dome and the minaret is oriented with lot of small stars. This mosque was inaugurated(at 1949) by the Khaza Nazimuddin(খাজা নাজিমুদ্দিন), the former governor general of East Pakistan.


It was at the middle of the day. Probably around 12:00 or 12:30 at the day. Very warm weather and had a bright sky above us with lot of buoyant clouds. We have visited this mosque just after entering the Gopalganj(গোপালগঞ্জ) District from Narail(নড়াইল).





How to Go:

This Court Mosque is located at the center of the Gopalganj(গোপালগঞ্জ) district town. More or less everyone knows about this mosque. You can take rickshaw from anywhere of the town and come here. This mosque is also known as Gopalganj Central Jame Mosque(গোপালগঞ্জ কেন্দ্রীয় জামে মসজিদ).


GPS Coordinate of the Court Mosque is (23° 0'14.74"N, 89°49'41.94"E).














Court Mosjid(কোর্ট মসজিদ),
Gopalganj District,
Bangladesh

This article is written by Lonely Traveler,
for the blog http://icwow.blogspot.com/