Sunday, June 27, 2010

Places of Interest, district Faridpur

Under the Dhaka Division of Bangladesh, there are 17 districts available, and Faridpur is one of them. This district is famous for production of Paddy and Jute. You'll find miles after miles of Jute fields, if you visit the town during season(for example rainy). People those are belongs to Faridpur used to say that there is not that much things for visiting from there. But if you have the eye of a traveler, you can find plenty of things to visit.

Faridpur is famous for the Doi(curd) that was made from "Baghat". By any chance, don't miss to taste some Baghat Doi from the town, or from the Baghat itself.

Popular locations for visit

If you are planning to visit the Faridpur district, you can check the "places of interest", or "must see", or "tourist spot" items from the link Also if you visited any other places from Faridpur, that is not listed at my link, that case you can add that here as comment.

Where to Stay:

There are lots of quality hotels from the town. You can take any of those safely. I have stayed at the hotel "Raffles Inn", the best one from the district. Below is the detail contact about the hotel.

Hotel: Raffles Inn
Near the old Bus Stand.
Phone: 0631-61105, 0631-65363
Mobile: 01711-034727

Room fare:
VIP AC: 1100
Deluxe AC: 800
Deluxe Non AC: 500

How to reach:
There are not that much luxury bus journey available for the Faridpur district. You can take any of the bus from [Azmiry Enterprise, Anondo, Surjomukhe] the Gabtoli bus counter. The bus fare is around 140-150 taka per person. From my experience the Azmiry is the best service for this route. But remember, this one will use the launch to cross the Giant river Padma. That means you have to change bus.

If you want to avoid that hassle, then you have the option of "Ananda" Bus service. But this one has 5 seats per row, means 2 at left and 3 at the right side. A bit congested seats. So choice is yours which one you'll pick.

Faridpur: Mathurapur Deul

Sunday, 20th June 2010

This is the best place for visit from the Faridpur District. I have heard about this place when I was a student of school. From that day I was cherishing the desire to visit the place. Finally today is the day for me, a dream came true.

Mathurapur Deul, located at the Madhukhali Thana of the Faridpur district. Local people used to call this as Deul(I think its a Moth). Anyway, if you wish to visit the Deul, you have to reach the Madhukhali Thana.

If you are from Faridpur town, you can take bus from the New Bus Stand of the town. There are lots of local bus that runs on that path. Also some buses of Magura, Jhenaidah used to start from the stand. You can take those too. What you have to do is, just get down from the bus at "Madhukhali Bazar". It will take you around 20 taka for the trip, and will cost your 40 minutes.

After reaching the bus stand, take a rickshaw. I'll suggest you to take rickshaw for round trip. That means, after visiting the Deul, you'll return with the same rickshaw. Otherwise it will be hard for you to find a rickshaw from that place. For round trip, and additional 10 minutes for visiting the Deul, it will cost 30 taka.

This Deul is around 90 feet tall, and with highly ornate terraccota at the wall of it. The outer side wall of the Deul is comprises with some small "murti"(statue) using mud. Its not far from the Deul, you'll find a river named "Chandana". I didn't know about the river before, so I missed the chance to visit that. But I wish you can make that.

Faridpur: Majlis Awlia Mosque

Sunday, 20th June 2010

I have already visited almost the whole Faridpur by these two days. At the end of the second day, I have decided to visit the famous mosque from Pathrail(Patrail) of Bhanga Thana. This is known as "Pathrail Mosque". But to the local people, it has other names, and it will be easier for you to find the place if you remember the other twos.

People used to call this as "Dighir Par Mosque", also it has a name that is listed at Bangladesh government, "Majlis Awlia Mosque". This Mashjid has three domes at the top of it. After taking the mosque under the Archaeological Heritages of Bangladesh, the government did some furnishing task over the mosque, so that it doesn't collapse, or doesn't become a ruin.

This mosque was built during anytime between 1393 to 1410. The pundits are assuming that the mosque was built by the great ruler, Sultan Azam Shah. At the Southern side of the mosque, "Majlis Awlia Khan", the mosque was named after his name.

There is a majar just near the mosque. The mazar was formed using the name of "Mastan Darbesh Nazimuddin Dewan" and "Fakir Salimuddin Dewan". Once again, I don't like the concept of Mazar, thats why you won't see any photos of mazar here with the article.

There was a large Dighi(water tank) was created just near the mosque. The water tank was made to ease the water problem of the peasant. Thats why people used to call the mosque as "Dighir par jame moshjid".

If you wish to visit the place, you have two choices to pick. One is from Dhaka, and another one is from Faridpur. I'm showing you both of the paths. First of all, you have to reach the "Pulia" Bus stand before anything. If you are from Dhaka, then you have to first come at Mawa Ferri Ghat. To come from dhaka, you can use Bus "Elish" from Gulisthan. Then cross the river Padma using speed boat, launch, or ferry. After crossing the giant river, take any local bus, that will take you at "Pulia". It will take around 20-25 minutes to reach the bus stand.

If you are from Faridpur, then take any local bus from the old bus stand, or you can take the bus of Madaripur. Ask the bus driver to drop you at "Bhanga Point". From there, you have to take another local bus, that will drop you at "Pulia". It will be about 20 minutes from Bhanga to Pulia.

Now you are at Pulia Bazar Bus Stand. You have to take a Van from the bus stand, and it will drop you at Shimul Bazar. It will be around 8-10 taka fare. From the Shimul bazar you have to go at Pathrail Dighir Par Mosque. Its hard to get any van to take with you towards the mosque. So you can walk at the village path for 30 minutes, or you can wait to manage a van. I can suggest you, take a van anyhow, and when you'll return, use your feet for walk. The village is really wonderful for its scenic beauty.

Faridpur: River Madhumati

Sunday, 20th June 2010

I have hired a motorcycle to reach the village Satoir of Boalmari Thana. During my path, I have reached a village called "Noapara", and few kilometers apart from the village, there was a river flowing beside the road, and it was the river Madhumati.

This is the most beautiful river so far I have seen through out my life. The water is green, and I was amazed why the color of the river is green, where the most of used to be muddy. The bike rider confirmed me that it was generated from the main stream of river Padma. For your information, River padma has a greenish water.

This is a trans border river, and from the place I was observing the river, other side was the District Magura, one of the smallest district from my country Bangladesh.

This river is not like other rivers from the country. It is wide enough still at the starting of the rainy season. I think the river will expand more at the end of the rainy season.

There is a small "kheya ghat" that used to transport people from one bank to the other bank of the river. I didn't see any heavy vehicles like trawlers and others were passing the river. I think this is another reason to keep the river away from the impurity of the petrol oils.

The main road beside the river is a bit higher than the usual bank of other rivers. The road took a turn at that place of the river. I have found a small banyan tree there, and the rickshaw and van pullers were taking rest under the cool shadow of the tree. I believe, few decades after, the tree will be a giant one, and people will start to call the turn as "Bot toli Mor".

Natural beauties from Faridpur

I have visited the district for 19th and 20th of June as a part of my expedition of Bangladesh. Like other district, this one is profound with numerous scenic beauties. Also being a rainy season, everywhere were green. Sometimes the sky was bright and it was hot weather, and sometimes the sky was gloomy, and it sounds almost a rain will start. I was lucky not to get wet by the tottering rain.

Faridpur is the main supplier of Paddy and Jute. The places I have visited from Faridpur, was almost occupied with Jute fields, hardly any sign for the Paddy fields. If you observe the Faridpur, you'll find lots of Jute Mills around the town. The district has three main rivers, River Padma, River Kumar are flowing inside the district. And the river Madhumati is a trans border river with other districts. I have uploaded few beauties from the town for you.

River Madhumati

River Kumar

Faridpur: Jagodbondhu Sree Angon

Saturday 19th June 2010

Main prayer hall(Nat Mondir)

I have just arrived at the Faridpur town by 4:30 from Dhaka. The sun was going to proclaim an end for that day. I was in hurry, and decided to explore the main spots from the town. So it was the Sree Angon from the town was my first visit list from the town.

Another view of the Natmondir

This is located at Goalchamot of the town. This is between the old bus stand and the new bus stand. If you are going from old bus stand to new one, then the Angon(local people call this angon) will be at left hand side of you. If you are from new bus stand, that case it will be at right hand side.

Gorur(Godur) bird caring something

This Angon was established by the "Jagadbondhu Shundar" during the "Roth Jatra" festival of "Ashar 1306" of Bengali calendar. The land for the Angon was donated by "Sreeram Sundar" and "Sreeram Kumarmudi".

The Roth

Each days lots of "bhokto"(devotee) used to visit the place. For them, the angon has a facility for providing accommodations. It has around 30 rooms that can take 150 devotee.

This angon is a specious area, and there are several prayer hall around it. Actually I don't have that much idea about the Hindu religion(specially when it comes about prayer). If you enter the prayer halls, you have to take your shoes off.

Most interesting from the Angon premise that I found, it was the "Nouka Mondir". In my life time, I didn't hear about this. Inside the mondir, a boat is placed. The founder, Jagadbondhu used to go for a jaunt at river Padma with His devotees, and returned back during the last part of the night. I think this is the reason for such name.

Nouka Mondir

Beside the Nouka mondir, I have found a "Roth" placed inside a building. The roth was completely made from wood. This is not looked like a giant one, only a medium one. During the "Roth jatra" at Ashar of Bengali Almanac this used to exhibit for the people.

Inside the Nouka Mondir

This place is calm and relent place, no chaos from the outside life. If you pass some time inside the premise, it will simply please your mind.

Faridpur: District Judge Court 1889

Sunday, 20th June 2010

Once again I'm back to the main town of the Faridpur district. This morning, I have went to the Madhukhali Thana of the district to visit some places. I didn't have that much time last afternoon to explore the main edifices from the town. So decided to visit the Judge Court from the town.

I have hired a rickshaw, and it took 15 taka to take me at the Judge Court. This is around 15 minutes away from the old bus stand of the town. Also for your information, the best hotel of the town, The Rafel's Inn is located at the Old bus stand.

I have talked with few stuffs from the court building, and they have informed me that, it was built during 1885/1886.But actual information is, the Faridpur "Zila Judge Court" was established during the 1889 by the British rulers to provide the justice for local people.

This medium sized court building is an attractive one, and not that much rush inside of it. The structure of the building is really simple, but which period it was built, you can easily read from its structure.

Inside the court building, I have found several court rooms. One room was empty, I think it was break time, and others were conducting judgment by the judges. I'm not sure whether its permitted or not to climb the second floor of the court building. But I have shown some courage to get at the top floor. Apart from the court rooms, others were occupied by the stuffs of the judge court who were doing typing, or busy with handling public people.

The court building has a "foot over" that connects to another building at the other side of the road. That building is called "Advocate's Library", where the advocates used to talk with their clients, or do some study about their cases. My god, this room has hell lot of crowds. Many men have many problems, and everyone needs solution.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Faridpur: House of Poet Jasimuddin

Saturday, 19th June 2010

Jasimuddin, the famous poet from Bangladesh, specially for his dedication to write poems about the folklore culture. He is the only poet from the country whose poems depicts the beauty of the villages and people of villages.

His village name is Ambikapur, which is just around 2 kilometers apart from the main town. You can reach the place using any kinds of vehicles. And mostly, everyone knows where the place is located. So it will be very easy for you to find the place.

The house of our beloved poet is situated by the river "Kumar". The river itself is a enchanting for its beauty and environment. Inside the house premise, you'll find the grave of the poet(actually a family grave for poet's family).

To enter inside the house premise, you'll require 5 taka per person. Inside the premise, you can see some used objects of the poet, for example camera, plates, bed, chair, some photos, etc.

The grave of the poet

You'll find lots of quotes from the poet(some from speech, some from poem, some from story). You'll love to read those from there. Specially the ones those were at your text book during your childhood education. Trust me, Jasimuddin was my favorite poet at my childhood. Cause his poems are easy to memorize, and those always related to villages.

At the outside of the house premise, its a nice picnic spot. Lots of visitors used to come to this place to pass the afternoon. The river, and the field beside the river is lovely for enjoying the beauty of the sunset. It was a bit gloomy day, and unfortunately I had to miss the sun from the sky that afternoon.

The large field beside the river is now a playing ground for the local people. They used to pass their afternoon using playing football or other local plays there. Its also a lovely scene where kids are playing. I love to watch them by sitting on a bench(for visitors, under the sheds).

During the 1st January to 18th January, there used to be a Mela at this ground by the name of the Poet. But the Mela unofficially used to extend for another 2 days. So the total duration is 20 days. I'll for sure find myself inside the Mela during next year.

Finally, I have a suggestion for you. Before entering the house premise, please set your mind, cause its not like other places. Its the house of our famous poet. Just remember your childhood days, and how his poems were. This will help you to feel the place from your heart. And I think this feelings is the main beauty of this place.