Friday, February 27, 2015

Bagerhat: Chunakhola Mosque (চুনাখোলা মসজিদ)

Saturday, 03 January 2015





Chunakhola mosque (চুনাখোলা মসজিদ) is located at the Northern side of the Bibi Begni Mosque (বিবি বেগনীর মসজিদ) which is just a few minutes of walking distance. After visiting the mosque we have headed for that one through the tinny village path which was covered with too many trees, which means the walking was a conducive one despite of having an unlikely hot day at the middle of our winter.





Unlike any other mosques from around, this one was having plenty of spaces around. In fact it was at the middle of the field (paddy or other seasonal). It is a single dome mosque and the dome is noticeably larger one. Also, the dome isn't placed at the center of the mosque. From my observation the dome is inclined slightly towards the Northern wall.





Apart from the beautiful semi spherical dome atop, the mosque is having three doors at the Eastern wall. And a single door each at the Northern and Southern walls. The mosque has beautiful four columns at the four corners of the mosque (similar to any other from it's contemporary). The shape of this Chunakhola Mosjid (চুনাখোলা মসজিদ) is square.





It is unknown (at least to me) about the exact build date of the mosque. But from the architecture and the circumstances it looks like a mosque of 15th century. And some people believe this was built by an employee (or worker/servant) of the great Khan Jahan Ali (খান জাহান আলী).





How to Go:

Chunakhola Mosque (চুনাখোলা মসজিদ) is located at the Western side of the famous Sixty Dome Mosque. From the main town you can easily go there by taking a battery driven auto rickshaw. GPS coordinate of the mosque is (22°40'42.72"N, 89°43'55.82"E). The last 200 meter of the road wasn't good (for vehicle) and you may need to have a walk. But the good news is the government is constructing the road.


Three doors at the Eastern side of the wall.



Where to Stay:

Bagerhat (বাগেরহাট) is very near from the Khulna (খুলনা) town. Around 40 minutes of drive at maximum. And Khulna (খুলনা) is a divisional district. It has several international standard hotels along with plenty of cheap hotels. You can check in those for your night staying. I have stayed at the Royal International Hotel, an old and famous hotel from Khulna. And I always go for the old but famous hotels. The reason is, they are always classy, and everyone knows about location. Just ask anyone from Khulna (খুলনা) about this hotel from anywhere around there :-).


View of the mosque from the North-East corner.



Southern wall of the mosque and it has another door on it.






It was the day-2 of our four days trip at Southern Bangladesh. We have traveled Barisal (বরিশাল), Jhalokathi (ঝালকাঠি), Pirojpur (পিরোজপুর), Bagerhat (বাগেরহাট), and Khulna (খুলনা) in those days.

Chunakhola Mosque (চুনাখোলা মসজিদ),
Union: Shat Gombuz (ষাটগুম্বুজ),
Upazela: Bagerhat Sadar (বাগেরহাট সদর),
District: Bagerhat (বাগেরহাট জেলা),
Country: Bangladesh (বাংলাদেশ),
GPS coordinate: (22°40'42.72"N, 89°43'55.82"E)

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



Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Spotted dove (তিলা ঘুঘু) - Spilopelia chinensis

Bengali Name : Tila Ghughu (তিলা ঘুঘু).
Common Name : Spotted dove.
Scientific Name : Spilopelia chinensis
Family : Columbidae






This is one of the most common seen birds from Bangladesh, named Spotted Dove. It is a bird from the pigeon (also dove) family Columbidae. Apart from the abundance in Bangladesh, this is also native in South Asia and Southeast Asia. In Bangladesh this is known as Tila Ghughu (তিলা ঘুঘু) which is the literal translation of Spotted Dove. Scientific name of this bird is Spilopelia chinensis.





Not sure whether 'reddish-brown' is the perfect color to say about the bird. Don't say me a color blind. The front (chest, throat) is having a plain color and the back is having spotted (mostly at the wings). The collar (or neck) is having a beautifully arranged pearl necklace which comprises of black and white beads. The tail is long and inner side is slightly whitish. The foot color is pink or rosy which makes it more beautiful. The eye is having a reddish circle around, and there is a black line available from the base of the beak and the eyes. Both male and female birds are identical.





In Bangladesh, this bird is mostly seen perching on the electric wires (sometimes with a large groups). They use to forage on the grasses for the seeds, green buds or the grains. Sometimes they also use to forage on the cultivated fields. Mostly seen after the harvesting is done (they look for leftover grains).





We have this bird in a large number, but the only threat is the hunters. Doves are mainly hunted down for it's flesh despite of being strictly prohibited in Bangladesh. Still, these doves are not afraid of the presence of the human beings.





They use to make call during the noon in our village from it's high perching. The call is something like 'Ghughu Ghugh' and also 'Krur Krur'.


Look at the throat. It is making a call like 'Krur-Krur'.









A spotted dove is foraging into the ground.



It was during winter, a foggy morning, from Rema-Kalenga reserve forest.






Photos of this article were taken from Bangladesh during 2014:
1) 25 October 2014: Botanical Garden, Dhaka (বোটানিক্যাল গার্ডেন, ঢাকা).
2) 21 November 2014: Atkandi, Norshingdi (আটকান্দি, নরসিংদী).
3) 05 December 2014: Baikka Beel (বাইক্কা বিল).
4) 12 December 2014: Kalenga , Hobiganj (কালেঙ্গা, হবিগঞ্জ).

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



Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Pirojpur: Rayerkathi Jomidar Bari (রায়েরকাঠী জমিদার বাড়ি)

Friday, 02 January 2015





Rayerkathi (রায়েরকাঠী) is a less visited place that the tourists hardly explore. In fact there wasn't that much information about the place on internet. After visiting the Kirtipasha Jomidar Bari, we were heading towards the Khulna. We had to pass through the Pirojpur district (পিরোজপুর জেলা), and this Rayerkathi Jomidar Bari (রায়েরকাঠী জমিদার বাড়ি) resides in this district. So we have guided our car driver towards the place using the map. It wasn't too far from the district headquarter. Probably it was a 15-20 minutes of car drive.





Though I am calling this as a Jomidar Bari (জমিদার বাড়ি), but these days there is nothing left behind. Only few temples around (or probably there were few remnants, but couldn't explore due to the time constraints). These are old temples which are in ruin, probably carrying the mark of 300 years or more. As per the reference, it should have the largest phallus of lord Shiva, but I forgot to see this during my visit (what a shame). But may be you can do it for me!





It was probably around 2:45pm at the day when we have reached there. There is a newly temple built beside the old ones and few people were there for the prayer. I am not sure, but probably it was due to the 11th day of the moon that locally known as Ekadoshi (একাদশী). As per their information, it was an Iskon Temple (ইস্কন মন্দির). They have invited us to have join the feast after the prayer. We agreed, but after that we started exploring around the area and decided to return back.





When we were about to leave the place, they have again invited us to join at the feast with them. It was vegetable dish and we agreed to join with them. In fact we didn't have anything after the breakfast. And my travel-mate was also feeling hungry. So we have decided to join the feast as a purpose of lunch. There were probably 4/5 items for the menu and all were delicious.





During the lunch we came to know that they were the last decedent of the Rayerkathi Jomidar (রায়েরকাঠী জমিদার) family. It was really great to meet someone like them who actually belongs from this famous family. I could have stayed for more to know everything from them (the history), but had to move forward as the day during winter is really short in Bangladesh. So we have thanked them and started the wheel again for our next destination.





The day started with lot of disinformation and I was almost convinced by those as a bad omen. But later on the day eventually turned into a good one, and with an excellent experience which I can not buy with money.





How to Go:

This is a easy place to access. First you have to come to the Pirojpur district (পিরোজপুর জেলা). From Dhaka there are several ferries (locally known as launch) start for Pirojpur (পিরোজপুর) every night. You can ride any of those. Alternately you can come here using Bus as well. It will be probably through Bagerhat (I am not sure). From the district town, you can take auto rickshaw to come near the place. Just ask local people about the place. For your assistance, the GPS coordinate is (22°35'50.32"N, 89°59'13.13"E).





Where to stay:

Well, this district doesn't have too much facilitated hotel (if you like luxury). That case you have to stay at the nearby towns like Bagerhat (বাগেরহাট) or Khulna (খুলনা). But if you are not that much picky about the hotels, then feel free to stay any cheap hotels from the town. It won't be a bad idea, trust me.





It was inside the functioning temple.



It was inside the functioning temple.



They have invited us to join the party!





















It was the day-1 of our four days trip at Southern Bangladesh. We have traveled Barisal (বরিশাল), Jhalokathi (ঝালকাঠি), Pirojpur (পিরোজপুর), Bagerhat (বাগেরহাট), and Khulna (খুলনা) on those days.

Rayerkathi Jomidar Bari (রায়েরকাঠী জমিদার বাড়ি),
Village: Rayerkathi (রায়েরকাঠী),
Upazela: Pirojpur Sadar (পিরোজপুর সদর উপজেলা),
District: Pirojpur (পিরোজপুর জেলা),
Country: Bangladesh (বাংলাদেশ),
GPS coordinate (22°35'50.32"N, 89°59'13.13"E)

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



Sunday, February 15, 2015

Rose ringed parakeet (সবুজ টিয়া পাখি) - Psittacula krameri

Bengali Name : Shobuj Tia (সবুজ টিয়া).
Common Name : Rose-ringed parakeet, Ring-necked parakeet.
Scientific Name : Psittacula krameri
Family : Psittaculidae



Male Rose ringed parakeet (সবুজ টিয়া).



Rose ringed parakeet (সবুজ টিয়া পাখি) is one of the most beautiful birds from Bangladesh. This is mainly native to Asia and Africa, but found in many other parts (probably from escaped or deliberately freed). In Bangladesh this is known as Shobuj Tia (সবুজ টিয়া) for it's viable green color. It's scientific name is Psittacula krameri and belongs to the family Psittaculidae.


Female Rose ringed parakeet (সবুজ টিয়া)



Rose ringed parakeet (সবুজ টিয়া) is a medium sized bird but having a very long tail that makes it more beautiful. The most visible color of the bird is green (some sort of verdant banana leaf's color). Both male and female birds are almost similar, except the ring around the neck. The adult male bird is having the ring in red or black-red in color. I am not sure, but with the age probably the ring's color gets darker. And for the female the ring is missing (or is there any light green ring visible?).


Male Rose ringed parakeet (সবুজ টিয়া)



First thing that takes the attention from this bird is the deep red colored beak. Otherwise the whole body is green in color (mix of dark and light). The tail is very long and including the tail the bird can be in 16 inches length. Upper side of the tail is slightly greenish and the inner side is yellowish. This magnificent combination made the bird even more beautiful. Eyes are having a reddish ring around.


Female Rose ringed parakeet (সবুজ টিয়া)



This bird mainly lives around the area which is having plenty of trees. It uses to makes nest at the very high branch of a tree (in tree-hole also). It also make nest at the old houses (can be in ruins), and sometime besides the human houses also. They are herbivorous and non-migratory bird. They are also gregarious bird and prefer to live in a small group. The female uses to incubate the eggs alone, and the male sometime helps the female with feeding.


Female Rose ringed parakeet (সবুজ টিয়া)



This parrot mainly feeds on the grains, buds, nuts, etc. I had a pet bird when I was a kid. I used to give him the red chili and paddy. In wild, this bird often visits the farmer's land to forage and cause damage sometimes on the crops. Before the sunset this bird returns back to it's nest with the group by making a high pitched sound (but still sounds sweet).


Male Rose ringed parakeet (সবুজ টিয়া)



This bird is popular as a pet as it cam mimic the human voice. This is also easy to train. For it's high price in market, lot of bad people use to catch this bird from the wild and sell in market. We have plenty of this parrot in Bangladesh. But if we do not stop the people from doing this, then their number will decrease in near future.


Male Rose ringed parakeet (সবুজ টিয়া)



Male Rose ringed parakeet (সবুজ টিয়া)



Female Rose ringed parakeet (সবুজ টিয়া)



Female Rose ringed parakeet (সবুজ টিয়া)



Female Rose ringed parakeet (সবুজ টিয়া)



Female Rose ringed parakeet (সবুজ টিয়া)



Male Rose ringed parakeet (সবুজ টিয়া), probably escaped!



Male Rose ringed parakeet (সবুজ টিয়া), probably escaped!



Male Rose ringed parakeet (সবুজ টিয়া), probably escaped!



Male Rose ringed parakeet (সবুজ টিয়া), probably escaped!






Female Rose ringed parakeet (সবুজ টিয়া)



Rose-ringed parakeet on a video.



Photos of this article were taken from Bangladesh during 2014 & 2015:
1) 29 November 2014: Banani, Dhaka (বনানী, ঢাকা).
2) 17 January 2014: Lohagor, Chandpur (লোহাগর, চাঁদপুর).
3) 13 February 2015: Romna Park, Dhaka (রমনা পার্ক, ঢাকা).
4) 17 March 2015: Curzon Hall, University of Dhaka.

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

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