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Rajshahi and Chapai Nawabganj, May 2009


Through The Lens: Bangladesh (TTL) arranges a monthly outing tour for photography. Its call TTL Safari tour and we was waiting for TTL Safari 6 to be announced. In 22nd February 2009, Shudipto da announced TTL Safari Six as TTL Mango Festival in Rajsahi and Chapai Nowabgonj. The date of the tour was from 21st May to 23rd May 2009. But duo to late of actual mango market season in Chapai Nowabgonj, TTL Scheduled the Safari after one week (from 28th May to 30th May 2009). As we was prepared for the 3rd week of month, it was free time for us, but after reschedule of the Safari, it becomes free time. In the free time Me, Kamrul, Neaz bhai and Atik bhai made another tour in Bhulagonj, Sylhet. Have a look on the blog Khadem Nagar tea estate and Bhulagonj stone mining land, May – 2009

After our Sylhet tour, was getting prepared for Rajsahi and Chapai Nawabganj. Then finally 28th May has arrived. As per plan, Shudipto da, Kamal, me, Eather, Ferdous bhai, Rakib, Afzal bhai and Akhlas bhai from sylhet, Tushar bhai, Kamrul, Biju, Anis bhai, Taufiq bhai from Chittagong reported in Rajarbag Greenline bus counter. Belal bhai, Saif bhai, Rokon bhai joined us from another counter.

Greenline Bus Counter

Greenline Bus Counter

We inside the bus

We inside the bus

After a short chat in bus, I start sleeping and weak up when we reached

Aristocrat Restaurant in Sirajganj. We had porota and beaf/chicken there and ride on bust for the final destination.

Snacks in Aristocrat

Snacks in Aristocrat

Snacks in Aristocrat

Snacks in Aristocrat

Trying self portrait

Trying self portrait

At morning 5.30am we stopped in front of Hotel Hoq’s Inn. Me, Saif bhai (Gazi Saif Sohel) and Biju bhai was partner in one room. After 2 hours sleep, Shudipto da called us and we weak up. Get ready for breakfast. 2 micro buses were waiting for us. We ride on the microbus and started for a Bindu Hole and Restaurant for breakfast. On the way we saw the new rail station in Saheb Bazar. All  peoples were looking at our big team of photographer and some was asking questions are we here for shooting or any News paper/TV Channel. Some of us also did some shooping after breakfast. Mainly the were purchasing gamcha from local shops.

Bindu Hotel and Restaurant

Bindu Hotel and Restaurant

At breakfast

At breakfast

Local shop beside Bindu Restaurant

Local shop beside Bindu Restaurant

After our breakfast and started moving for Puthiya Palace. After an around 30mins journey, we saw the beautiful palace. We stopped in front of some very old temple which is part of Puthiya Palace, its call Aanni Temple.

Aanni Temple complex

Aanni Temple complex

The Temple complex also share two other temples named Choto Gobindo Temple (small Gobinda)  and Gopal Temple.

Aanni Temple

400 yers old Aanni Temple

400 years old

400 years old Choto Gobindo Temple

200 years old temple

200 years old temple Gopal Temple

Aanni temple and X temple is 400 years old, established in Mughal period. The Shiva temple is 200 years old. Except us, saw few other tourists were also visiting the temples.

Front of Aanni temple

Front of Aanni temple

Aanni temple from other side

Aanni temple from other side

Three temples

Three temples

Temples from top view

Temples from top view

Aanni Temples

Aanni Temples

Terracotta of Aanni temple

Terracotta of Aanni temple

Terracotta of Aanni temple

Terracotta of Aanni temple

After shooting in Aanni temple we went to Puthiya Palace passing a big pond in front of the Anni temple. If anyone stands in bank of the pond, in his/her left the Anni temple will be found, front and front right Shiva temple and Dola temple and in Right, the Puthiya Palace will be found.

The Puthiya Complex

The Puthiya Complex

Puthia palace consists of a cluster of notable old Hindu Temples. It located 23 km to the east of Rajshahi city it has the largest number of Historic temples in Bangladesh. The temples were built by Hindu Zamindars Rajas of Puthia who were noted philanthropists of Rajshahi. The Palace is now used as Puthiya Degree College.

Puthiya Palace

Puthiya Palace & Pancharatna Gobinda Temple

Puthiya Palace

Puthiya Palace

Puthiya Palace

We have been guided to Pancharatna Gobinda temple inside of the palace. On the shot way we found a real big wooden gate. I dont have idea, now a days will anyone dare to make such a gate for Tample or Masjid.

Gate of Pancharatna Gobinda Temple

Gate of Pancharatna Gobinda Temple

Gate of Pancharatna Gobinda Temple

Gate of Pancharatna Gobinda Temple

Pancharatna Gobinda temple, the grandest temple in Puthia, the Govinda temple was erected in mid-nineteenth century by the queen of Puthia. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. The temple has exquisite terracotta ornamentation depicting the divine romance between Krishna and Radha.

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Pancharatna Gobinda temple

Pancharatna Gobinda temple

Pancharatna Gobinda temple

Ruins of other part

Other ruin part of Pancharatna Gobinda temple

Backside of Pancharatna Gobinda temple

Backside of Pancharatna Gobinda temple

Some desing

Some desing

As well we have seen some birds inside the temple. Spotted Owlet, Purple Sunbird (Male & Female), Bulbule are major. But I only managed to shot so many Purple Sunbirds.

Purple Sunbird - Female

Purple Sunbird – Female

From the temple, there is a clear view of Dola Temple and Shiva temple. In middle of Dola temple and Puthiya Palace, there is a big field where young boys was playing cricket. I asked a local people about Dola temple, said the name of the temple and also said Kings used to play holi (Play with wet color) in the Dola Temple.

Shiva Temple, Dola Temple and young boyes

Shiva Temple, Dola Temple and young boyes

Dola Temple

Dola Temple

Dola Temple

Dola Temple

After Pancharatna Gobinda temple, we moved to Shiba temple.

Shiba Temple

Shiba Temple

Shiba temple was built in 1815 by the queen of Puthia and dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva, is the largest Shiva temple in Bangladesh. The corridors have a touch of Jaipur architecture and in the sanctuary, lies a very large black basalt Shiva Linga, one of the largest in the country.

Shiba Temple

Shiba Temple

Shib in Temple

Shib in Temple

Shiba

Shiba

Pond behind the temple

Pond behind the temple

Front of the temple

Front of the temple

Down stairs to the pond

Down stairs to the pond

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Temple from the pond

Temple from the pond side

Temple from the pond side

Temple from the pond side

Temple from the pond side

Temple from the other side

Temple from the other side

Temple from the other side

Temple from the other side

Shiba Temple from the small architecture beside it

Shiba Temple from the small architecture beside it

Other architecture beside the Shiba Temple

Other architecture beside the Shiba Temple

Outside of the temple

Outside of the temple

A door to go inside

A door to go inside

The temple suffered damage in the 1971 War of Liberation of Bangladesh. The destroyers attempted to displace and break the Shiva Linga, but were unable to move it from its position.

Shiba temple from the Puthiya Palace Pond

Shiba temple from the Puthiya Palace Pond

Top of the temple

Top of the temple

Top of the palace

Top of the palace

After shooting Shiba temple, we went to Kajla more for lunch. In middle of the road we get down in Banessor mango market. Took many photographs of mango shopping. Banessor bazar is another famous place for Mango Market. Its the one of the biggest market in Rajshahi.

At Banessor Mango Market

At Banessor Mango Market

People around the mango

People around the mango

Banessor Market

Banessor Market

Banessor Market

Banessor Market

Banessor Mango Market

Banessor Mango Market

Mango traders

Mango traders

People purchasing mango

People purchasing mango

Mango traders

Mango traders

Mango traders

Mango traders

Mango traders

Mango traders

Mango traders

Mango traders

Mango market

Mango market

Part after the lunch becomes more memorable for me. It was Birding in Rajshahi University. For the first time we (me and Saif bhai) meet Moni (Israt Jerin Moni) in RU Campus. She is one of the great bird watcher I’ve ever seen. After a little chat she went back home and we started birding. The first surprise for me was watching an Asian Paradise-flycatcher. It’s the only paradise-flycatcher among 12 species. Suddenly I saw Saif bhai was shooting same another bird from different place. Couldn’t stop myself to go there and shot.

Asian paradise-flycatcher

Asian paradise-flycatcher

I’ve a separate blog on the beautiful bird, for more please visit Asian Paradise-flycatcher, most beautiful bird of Bangladesh

After a while, went another place in RU Campus. I was just becoming mad watching soo many birds in campus. Have shoot Jungle Babbler with many others. Finally some one told me if we went in Botany campus, we should have more birds. Me, Taufiq bhai and Tushar bhai moved there. After a long walk we saw nothing there and get frustrated. Tushar bhai already backed then. Me and Taufiq bhai was a little slow but because of this we saw Stork-billed Kingfisher. Also find Common Kingfisher, Magpie Robin, Spotted Dove,  Black-rumped Flameback. During back, we saw a nest of Asian paradise-flycatcher.

Oriental Magpie Robin

Oriental Magpie Robin

Storked-billed Kingfisher

Stork-billed Kingfisher

Common Kingfisher

Common Kingfisher

Common Kingfisher

Common Kingfisher

Storked-billed Kingfisher

Stork-billed Kingfisher

We shot squirrels on the way.

Squirrel

Squirrel

Squirrel

Squirrel

RU Campus

RU Campus

After few time we found rest of all waiting for us to leave the campus. We ride in our microbus and start moving toward Padma’r Par. After coming down from microbus, saw a rickshaw pooler was sleeping on his rickshaw.

Sleeping rickshwa driver

Sleeping rickshwa driver

Didn’t wait to shot that. In opposite side of the river we saw minimum 100+ Asian openbill was sitting.

Asian Openbill

Asian Openbill

In a tree just beside me, saw two Black-rumped Flameback was sitting. This time didn’t miss to shot them.

Black-rumped Flameback

Black-rumped Flameback

By the time Saif bhai called from opposite side of road that few spotted owlet was sitting in a jackfruit tree and also captured them.

Spotted Owlet

Spotted Owlet

Spotted Owlet

Spotted Owlet

Spotted Owlet

Spotted Owlet

Then started planning to go opposite side. Reserved a boat and went to opposite side but before we reach to Openbills, they fly away. We were very disappointed. But it didn’t stop our plan to cross the river.

A useless bote in bank of Padma

A useless bote in bank of Padma

In the land we took some rest. Most of us were very tired. We found many birds there as well. Green Bee-eater, Asian palm-swift was in leading number.

Green Bea-eater

Green Bee-eater

Grassbird

Grassbird

Also saw Grassbird and few other which are unknown to me. We saw many people visit the place in evening section of day. We pass time there till sunset. After sunset we leave the place and went back to hotel.

Sunset at Padma

Sunset at Padma

Took bath and rest in hotel till we start mango eating party in Sudipto da’s room. Finished 10Kgs of mango in 7 minutes by 10 peoples. Took lunch at 9.30pm and went to Rajshahi Rail Station after lunch. Unfortunately I didn’t bring my camera to station, so cant share any photograph this time. After coming back from station, just went to bed for sleep.
As per plan with Shudipto da, weak up at 4.45am for another birding round in RU campus but we failed to get inside of campus because of security issue. As an alternative, we entered in RUET campus. Team member was only me, Saif bhai and Shudipto da. We passed one hour in RUET campus and shot Black-rumped flameback, Indian Pond Heron, Storck-billed Kingfisher, and Coppersmith Barbet. Also seen Asian koel (female) and few others.

Blue-throated Barbet

Blue-throated Barbet

Stork-billed Kingfisher

Stork-billed Kingfisher

We back hotel after shooting and was waiting for everyone to get ready. Around after one hour, we started our journey for Chapai Nowabgonj. In the highway, we took our breakfast.

Then we direct we went to Khania Dighi Masjid in bank of Khania Dighi which is about a quarter mile away from the high mud wall of the ancient city of Gaur on the north and the Balia Dighi on the west in Nawabganj district.  It’s a 14th century masjid, a valuable archeological heritage of Bangladesh.

Kania Deghi Masjid

Kania Dighi Masjid

Entrance Kania Dighi Masjid

Entrance Kania Dighi Masjid

Desing in the masjid

Desing in the masjid

Kania Dighi Masjid

Kania Dighi Masjid

A door of the Masjid

A door of the Masjid

Inside of Kania Dighi Masjid

Inside of Kania Dighi Masjid

Inside of the Masjid

Inside of the Masjid

Inside of the Masjid

Inside of the Masjid

Inside of the Masjid

Inside of the Masjid

From inside of the Masjid

From inside of the Masjid

Kahia Dighi Masjid from the mango garden

Kahia Dighi Masjid from the mango garden

There is a mango garden between Kania Dighi and the Kania Dighi Masjid.

Mango of Kania Dighi Mango garden

Mango of Kania Dighi Mango garden

Kania Dighi Mango garden

Kania Dighi Mango garden

Kania Dighi Mango garden

Kania Dighi Mango garden

Kania Dighi Mango garden

Kania Dighi Mango garden

In Kania Dighi we have shot Great Cormorant, White-breasted Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher in Khania Dighi.

Great Cormorant

Great Cormorant

Great Cormorant

Great Cormorant

Indian Pond Heron

Indian Pond Heron

White-breasted Kingfisher

White-breasted Kingfisher

White-breasted Kingfisher

White-breasted Kingfisher

Pied Kingfisher

Pied Kingfisher

Pied Kingfisher

Pied Kingfisher

After shooting there, we start for Choto Sona Masjid. I was amazed to see a graveyard in front of Choto Sona Masjid. There were may other tourists in the Masjid.

Choto Sona Masjid Entrance

Choto Sona Masjid Entrance

After ablution we entered in masjid and take photographs. It was very harsh light to take photos, everyone have to straggle to get proper exposure. Well everyone managed somehow with their photography technique. Almost every angel was captured by everyone. The masjid built by Sultan Wali Muhammad bin Ali during the reign of Sultan Hossain Shah in between year 1493-1519.

Choto Sona Masjid

Choto Sona Masjid

Inside Choto Sona Masjid

Inside Choto Sona Masjid

Inside Choto Sona Masjid

Inside Choto Sona Masjid

Inside Choto Sona Masjid

Inside Choto Sona Masjid

Inside Choto Sona Masjid

Inside Choto Sona Masjid

Choto Sona Masjid

Choto Sona Masjid

Doors of Choto Sona Masjid

Doors of Choto Sona Masjid

Choto Sona Masjid with the ancient graveyard

Choto Sona Masjid with the ancient graveyard

Choto Sona Masjid with the ancient graveyard

Choto Sona Masjid with the ancient graveyard

Choto Sona Masjid with the ancient graveyard

Choto Sona Masjid with the ancient graveyard

Choto Sona Masjid with the ancient graveyard

Choto Sona Masjid with the ancient graveyard

Two Important graves in the graveyard

Two Important graves in the graveyard

Choto Sona Masjid

Choto Sona Masjid

Choto Sona Masjid

Choto Sona Masjid

After shooting Masjid, we had took tea in road side and shot Common Myna there. I think I’ll never be able to be so close of a bird that the Myna allowed us.

Common Myna

Common Myna 01

Common Myna 02

Common Myna 02

Common Myna 03

Common Myna 03

Next destination after Choto Sona Masjid is Kansat Mango Market. We not only photographs there, but purchased some mangos for us as well. Its the biggest mango market of Bangladesh. Kansat market supply mango to all over Bangladesh.

Kansat Mango Market

Kansat Mango Market

Anis bhai with his Mangos

Anis bhai with his Mangos

In a Mango shop of Kansat

In a Mango shop of Kansat

Mango shop of Kansat

Mango shop of Kansat

We are the the shop manager

We are the the shop manager

Local people of Kansat also love mangos

Local people of Kansat also love mangos

Local people of Kansat

Local people of Kansat

Kansat Mango Market

Kansat Mango Market

After the kansat bazaar, we come back in hotel. During back, we all slept in microbus. After coming back in hotel, we all become fresh and didn’t wait to go back to the bus counter.

Hotel Hoq's Inn

Hotel Hoq’s Inn

Our bus starts at 6.00pm. After a 30 minute chat, we all fall in sleep again. Weak up again when bus stopped in Sirajgonj for a break. After final start we passed Bangabandu bridge. We reached in Dhaka at 12.00am.
In summary it was a nice tour, but for hot temperature I become so lazy to take more photos which I should. I missed photos of many places. Both Rajshahi and Chapai Nawabganj. I didn’t take photos of Rajshahi city, local lifestyle, Rail Station, Reshom Institute, Tomb of Hazrat Shah Makhdum, Jami Mosque, Bagha Mosque, Bagdhani Mosque, Tomb of Hazrat Shah Sultan and many other places in Rajshahi.
Places I didn’t visited in Chapai Nawabganj are Rajbari (palace), Baragharia Kacharibari (revenue office), Chapai Mosque, Naoda Stupa (Buddhist monument), Jora Math (twin monastery), Nachole Palace, etc. When next time I’ll visit the places, I’ll try to visit the places.


Comments (17)

  1. Atik Ullah Sayeed

    This is really a gr8 gr8 documentary Arif bhai..really i like the shots also…especially the bireds….

    keep it up brother.

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  2. Saud

    i missed this trip…but trust me after going through ur blog…i already had a virtual visit…

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  3. Zohurul Haque

    Great collection!
    I am a Chapai Nawabganj guy and really amazed to see my places. Birds are titled with their names scientifically – which is really a good researchwork.

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  4. Diwan Rashidul Hassan

    Super fast Rail Service Extension demanded from Chapai Nawabgaunj -Rajshahi- Dhaka-Chittagong
    for the Common people of Bangladesh.

    Urgent and efficient Officers and employees services needed to generate income for BANGLADESH RAILWAY(BR). ??? SILK CITY, PADMA AND DHUMKETU Express trains …if run ..from Chapai-Nawabgaunj -Rajshahi- to Chittagong via Mymensingh..Dhaka.. this is our expectation. This area is neglected from 1947 again 1972 … with slight improvement/developmet…64 years passing. Income generating from Sona Masjid Bandar. But crores of money being sanctioned only to develop chittagong port, cox’s Bazar and other areas of the country, according to newspaper reports.People do not find any changes under the Ministry of Communications. Now that the luxurious Bus and Steamer services have eaten away a big chunk of ‘captive’ customers of BR, their management started feeling the heat and trying to go for efficiency and productive mantras. There are still hopes in BR that with better Human Resources Management, this white elephant may come back to life and serve the nation and its people.Profit lies in ELECTRIC TRAIN. Write to Develop Bangladesh Railway for common people demanding separate ‘MINISTRY OF RAILWAY’ in Bangladesh. News papers and news agency reports including Urgent BBC Sanglap and VOA Reporting and interviewing needed to modernize Bangladesh Railway in the public interest. http://www.railring.com/. Contribute much to raise public awareness on this vital issue. It is the only when ignorance is replaced by knowledge we shall be able to say we have done our human best—and this certainly means constant vigilance and continuing awareness of Railway campaigns. Public Relations Department of Bangladesh Railway should be upgraded with professionsals from the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications of the University of Dhaka. Public Relations Officers needed degree with JOURNALISM for better publicity and to build up the image of the Bangladesh Railway.Any way, comparative study between Bangladesh railway and neighboring Indian and Chinese railways is needed for taking firm decision. Selling of advance and return ticket system of Bangladesh Railway will encourage the passengers. Complaint Book vanished from the Guard of Railway Train. Every Station Master Should keep Complaint Book for writing comments by Passengers of the train. Development of office work culture, security officials of Railway should be upgraded. News papers and news agency reports including urgent BBC Sanglap and VOA Reporting and interviewing needed to modernize Bangladesh Railway in the public interest.Government should look into intellectual honesty and physical abilities of Bangladesh Railway Officers and Employees first. They can get ahead if they work diligently behind the scenes. For profit of Bangladesh Railway ……..……..Start DHUMKETU’, ‘SILK CITY’ AND ‘PADMA’ Inter-city trains from Chapai-Nawabgaunj to chittagong via mymensingh –Dhaka for the businessmen, Government officers, Teachers,students and families as well as to devlop TORISM INDUSTRY in Bangladesh. If necessary, Bangladesh Railway should appoint travel agents to sell railway tickets as we saw in India. Even Bangladesh Biman sells threir tickets through Tavel agents.Prices of essential commodities will come down if the Bangladesh Train runs smoothly and normally in schedule time. It appears in the daily newspapers that dishonest Traders, unscrupulous businessmen, a section of Government officers and employees of Bangladesh Railway selling Government properties like diesel, petrol, instruments, slippers, grabbing railway lands encouraging passengers without tickets. Everyday rail accidents…. Bus –Truck owners takes excessive fare from passengers and goods. Rail journey is cheaper and comfortable for general public. Poor Management blocked the development of Bangladesh. Separate Railway Ministry needed urgently for the common people.Let us work for developing Bangladesh Railway for common people . Excess fares taking AIR .. BUS-TRUCK – LAUNCH Owners. Road Transport is costlier compared to railway and water transport and it becomes further costlier because of the extortion money traders have to part with at different points.So, In my opinion, First of all develop ‘Bangladesh Railway’ for comfortable journey. Because Communication is the development. Subsequently other works will be done for development. Bus Truck owners taking excessive fares from common people. Rail Journey will be cheaper for goods transport. Prices of essential commodities will come down immediately. This is for economic development of poor people of Bangladesh. See Operations of Indian Railway. Earn knowledge and Experience for them to develop Railway Tracks, Boggies, Goods trains etc. See Indian Railway and other foreign Railway administration for further reference to develop Bangladesh Railway. We have urged the Government several times. But no action has so far been taken by the Government. We should think about the Railway Income generating activities Railway should encourage passengers to travel by train. In every RAIL CROSSING of the country (Perhaps 2,500 rail crossings as I saw in the newspapers) Government should construct double ‘HIGH SPEED BREAKERS’ in each side to prevent RAIL ACCIDENTS. It will save man power and Government money. Everywhere(less important places) points’ man with Red and Green Flag is not necessary. We have seen some Railway workers- point’s men do not work properly when train arrives. They are gossiping in the shops or moving here and there. Even they do not raise green or red flag which is customery. This is not allegation. It’s a reality. Government should consider regarding construction of speed breaker to save life of the Public. FORM TASKFORCE TO REFORM BANGLADESH RAILWAY URGENTLY.ELECTRIC TRAIN needed for Bangladesh to save Petrol, diesel etc. since the oil price is high worldwide. ELECTRIC TRUM (Like Calcutta and other places of India or other developed countries) needed for Dhaka,Chittagong,Rajshahi,Khulna and other populated cities. Seperate RAILWAY MINISTRY with new efficient Minsiter needed immediately for considering above for general people of Bangladesh. Bus -Truck taking excess fares from the public. Indian railways, the largest rail network in Asia and the world’s second largest under one management are also credited with having a multi gauge and multi traction system. Source: http://www.chinatoday.com.cn. In the mid- to late-1990s, Chinese railway transport experienced great difficulty owing to fierce competition. In 1998, despite floods and the Asian financial crisis, the Chinese railway industry performed a miracle and decreased its losses by 1.9 billion yuan. …This is the link about The Development of Chinese Railways.
    Honorable Ministers, Members of the parliament, Political Leaders are, therefore, requested to take up the matter with the government to redress the situation in the public interest.

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  5. Marium

    Beautiful pictures, i truly enjoyed the pictures as well as the blog. I live in the US, but visit Bangladesh frequently, however I have never visited any of these sites. Your blog has certainly inspired me to explore next time i am in Bangladesh!
    Great job!

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  6. soniya akbar

    darojbari mosque
    dorajbari madrasa
    tah khana
    shah neamot ulla mosjid
    shah neamot ulla somadhi
    soto sona mosjid

    Can you please share pictures of above locations with me? I am a history student and will prepare a report on that part of bangladesh.

    Thanks.

    Soniya

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