Saturday, January 31, 2015

A day trip to Chandpur (চাঁদপুরে একদিন)

Saturday, 17 January 2015

It was a foggy, cold day from winter and we have decided to visit the Chandpur (চাঁদপুর) district using launch (using the waterway as we are under blockade in Bangladesh). We have started our journey using a small (probably the smallest from this route) launch named Meghna Rani (মেঘনা রানী). It supposes to start at 8:00am at the morning, but started at 8:15am at morning.

We didn't go for any cabin, or any chair from there. We were using the lowest possible option from the launch. So we have gone to the roof of the launch and found few empty chairs on there. We didn't have any breakfast today. So had a low quality breakfast from the launch. It was bread and egg (the thinnest egg omelet I have ever seen). But something is better than nothing.

It is the roof of the launch. Kind of fancy.

It usually takes 3.5 hours to 4.0 hours to reach at Chandpur (চাঁদপুর) from Dhaka. We have reached there within 11:45am, which means around 3.5 hours. During our journey we have observed few small fishing boats around us. It uses to be lot more on regular days. Probably due to winter the boat counts were few. Apart from the boats, it was also a great scene to watch the rivers like Dhaleswari (ধলেশ্বরী), Shitalakkha (শীতলক্ষা), Brahmaputra (ব্রহ্মপুত্র), Meghna (মেঘনা), etc are joining one by one with the course of the launch.

The black polluted water from Buriganga River (বুড়িগঙ্গা).

Our initial plan was to stay at Chandpur (চাঁদপুর) town until the sunset. But we had to change our plan as the last available launch from Chandpur (চাঁদপুর) town was at 2:40pm, and after that next one at 9:30 at night. We didn't want to stay for so long, and also didn't want to make a nightlong journey. So decided to return back before 2:40pm. Which means we had only 2.5 hours in our hand.

It's not the Moon, rather its the Sun under the fog.

So we have reserved a CNG driven auto rickshaw and started for the Lohagor Moth, an old temple. That took us almost near to the temple. The road was having a development work and we had to walk for a while. It proved eventually good for us. It gave us the opportunity to explore from the around. During this walking we have observed the paddy plantation by the village farmers. Found a flock of Chestnut tailed starling around the date plant. They were sipping the nectar that was oozing out from the tree.

Sun behind the fog and cloud.

We have gone near to the temple using the longest path (through the puccaa road). But while returning, we have used a narrow walking path that was beside the river, and some portion was through the property of villagers (house sort of things). Basically we were running out of time. We were having a vie with the time. And we have succeeded once again, grabbed the auto rickshaw, and returned back to the launch terminal by 2:30pm. Which means 10 minutes before the targeted time.

Muktarpur bridge at Munshiganj (মুক্তারপুর ব্রীজ, মুন্সিগঞ্জ).

This time the launch was much bigger and better than previous one. It's name was Shonar Tori (সোনার তরী). We were hungry, and finished our lunch before moving to the roof (the lowest priced option for us). The lunch menu was Nola fish (নলা মাছ) with rice and cost 140 Taka per person. The food quality wasn't that much extraordinary, but wasn't bad either.

Going to school?

Once again we have observed the beauty of around from the launch's roof. It was still a cloudy day (for fog), and I was feeling cold from the wind that was coming from the river. It was too much chilling but I was enjoying that. At the end of the day I expected to view the sunset. But it wasn't a clear sunset today.

Didn't see before this kind of fishing technique.

We have reached at the Sadarghat (সদরঘাট) at 6:20pm of the evening. It was like a crash tour for us. Everything happened quickly, and also we have returned into the Dhaka within the day. That actually made me feel like nothing happened!

Didn't see before this kind of fishing technique.

How to Go:

The journey to Chandpur (চাঁদপুর) is really relaxing and it's very near from the Dhaka. Only takes around 4 hours to reach there. No traffic jam, so the required time is fixed. There are several launches use to go from Dhaka. First one starts at the morning 7:00am. After that several launches use to start having an hour interval (most of the cases). I didn't use any cabin or chair. I have paid 100 Taka for the standing ticket. But you can go for the cabin, or chair. A cabin is usually 500-800 Taka based on the quality. And for chair, it is 180-255 Taka per person.

Didn't see before this kind of fishing technique.

A beautiful riverside view.

Our launch was passing beside this small boat.

It was a distant shot through the fog, and edited later.

Road is at the right side. For this development, we had to walk for a while.

Well, its a river that is packed with water hyacinth.

Another busy day for the farmers.

Another busy day for the farmers.

He is transplanting the paddy plant.

A Chestnut-tailed starling.

A Chestnut-tailed starling taking a sip from the date plant nectar.

A Chestnut-tailed starling pair.

A green Potato field.

Some trees beside the field.

Fishing is on.

Fishing is on.

It is probably a traditional fishing boat that used to go into the sea.

A heavenly view of the river.

Hide and seek between the sun and the clouds.

Hide and seek between the sun and the clouds.

A small fishing boat.

A small fishing boat.

A beautiful riverside view.

A busy dredging machine

The day is about to call an end.

A series of boats are placed on a straight line.

Flying gulls with our launch.

A beautiful display from the sun, it was far from our launch.

A day trip to Chandpur (চাঁদপুরে একদিন),
District: Chandpur (চাঁদপুর জেলা),
Country: Bangladesh (বাংলাদেশ)

This article has written by Lonely Traveler,
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Friday, January 30, 2015

Bagerhat: Government Buffalo Farm (মহিষের খামার)

Saturday, 03 January 2015

Last night I was having a sound sleep at my hotel room. But at the middle of the night my mom called me to get updates from me. After that I really had to struggle to have a sleep again. That time I was traversing the google map and spotted this Government Buffalo Farm (মহিষের খামার). It is on the way to Chondro Mohol, and very near from there in fact. So instantly I have added this thing in my list.

The entrance to Government Buffalo Farm (মহিষের খামার).

After visiting the Chondro Mohol, we have stopped our car in front of the Buffalo Farm that was beside the highway. We found several guys were inside the main gate and asked for a permission to visit this area. I had a doubt about getting the permission as it is a government property. But was happy to got that easily. We have parked our car inside the premise and had a quick visit on there.

A shaded road inside.

I didn't hear about any Water Buffalo Farm in Bangladesh (but later found that we have few in BD). This was started by the government at 1984 for the better reproduction of buffalo. Also they had a plan to supply the hybrid buffalo to the farmers in a low cost, so that they can use that for plowing the land. But similar to many other government's concerns, this project also never got enlightened latter.

Inside a buffalo shade.

It is a vast area and one side is bounded by a canal or river. It has a very wide open field inside (for grazing). But the field was empty, and only few buffaloes were inside the shade. It was unexpectedly a hot day despite of being at the middle of winter. And we weren't feeling that much comfortable under that direct ray. So we have decided to move forward for our next destination.

A buffalo shade.

How to Go:

This place is on the Khulna-Mongla highway and few kilometer after the Katakhali Bus Stoppage (the place from where one road goes to Bagerhat, and another goes to Mongla). GPS coordinate of the Buffalo Farm (মহিষের খামার) is (22°42'51.19"N, 89°38'35.22"E). Also FYI, this place is just few kilometers before the Chondro Mohol.

Inside a shade having only few buffaloes.

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 :-).

A small buffalo shade.

It is on the other side and looked empty. So didn't go near there.

Roadside view, probably grass plantation.

Probably they are cultivating grass here.

Not sure, but is it Napier grass?

Outside the main gate. We are leaving.

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.

Government Buffalo Farm (মহিষের খামার),
Village: Shukdara (শুকদাড়া),
Union: Piljong (পিলজঙ্গ ইউনিয়ন),
Upazela: Fokirhat (ফকিরহাট উপজেলা),
District: Bagerhat (বাগেরহাট জেলা),
Country: Bangladesh (বাংলাদেশ),
GPS coordinate (22°42'51.19"N, 89°38'35.22"E)

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