The 8 Best Tourist Spots In Kurigram To See
1.Bongo Sonahat Bridge/বঙ্গ সোনাহাট ব্রিজ
Bongo Sonahat Bridge is a historic bridge over the Dudhkumar river in Bongo Sonahat Union of Bhurungamari Upazila of Kurigram district.
In 1887, a 1200-foot-long Bongo Sonahat railway bridge was constructed on the Dudhkumar river in Bhurungamari as part of the railway line to facilitate the transfer of English troops and supplies from Lalmonirhat in Bangladesh to Manipur, India.
During the liberation war in 1971, freedom fighters demolished a portion of the bridge to disrupt the contact of Pakistani soldiers. After the war, the bridge was renovated and used as a regular bridge.
Many travel-thirsty visitors come here for picnics in winter. Pateshwari Bazar, 1 km west of The Bongo Sonahat Bridge, was once very vibrant.
There is an ancient mosque built by Mirjumla just a few kilometers from Pateshwari Bazar. And This Historic Mosque Was Built In The 1660s.
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2.Tupamari Pond/Tupamari Dighi/টুপামারী পুকুর
Tupamari Pond (Tupamari Dighi) is the only picnic spot in the city located in the Durgapur Union of Ulipur Upazila of Kurigram district.
The picnic spot has been set up across about 25 acres of land around The Tupamari Pond. Amateur fisheries hunters from the district around Kurigram come to this pond for fishing.
Apart from picnicking in the pleasant surroundings of the pond in winter, the number of visitors visiting to enjoy the natural beauty is no less.
According to locals, the site was a low wetland before the Tupamari pond was excavated in 1980. In 1981, saplings of different species of trees were planted in the Tupamari pond to enhance the aesthetic beauty of the surroundings besides cultivating fish and turtles.
It later became quite popular with the locals as a modern picnic spot. Every 6 months, different species of fish are released into this pond.
Fish and turtle cultivation and sale of various fruits earn around Rs 4-5 lakh per year from Tupamari Pond.
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3.Ulipur Munshi Bari/উলিপুর মুন্সি বাড়ী
Ulipur Munshi Bari is located in the Dhoronibari Union of Ulipur Upazila of Kurigram. The huge buildings of Munshibari stand witness to time on about 39 acres of land just 2 km from Ulipur Bazar.
In the 18th century, this Munshi Bari of amazing architecture was built under the supervision of Sri Brajendra Lal Munshi, the foster son of Vinodi Lal.
The main building has bedrooms, dining halls, kitchens, drawing rooms, restrooms, and guest houses. At the back of the main house are the Shiv Temple, the Open Swing Stage, tulsi altar, Nat Temple, Durga temple, and bathroom with wells.
Beside the main gate are jackfruit-pressed flowering trees and shan-built pond ghats.
History suggests that after the death of Krishnanath Nandi, the 7th zamindar of Kasim Bazar, Binodi lal, a Munsef or Munshi, worked as an accountant under his wife, Maharani Swarnmayi Devi.
One day Binodi reportedly, while hunting, saw a frog hunting a snake and eating it. In the past, people believed that living in a place where frogs catch snakes could lead to owning much wealth.
So Binodi Lal built a house at this place with permission from Maharani Swarnmayi.
Then, during the liberation war in 1971, Munshilal’s descendants moved to Kolkata, and the ownership of the house changed several times.
At present, Ulipur Munshibari is registered as a preserved antiquity under the supervision of the Bangladesh Archaeology Department.
And two rooms of the main building are being used as Dharnipur Union Land Office. Apart from this, puja is offered daily at Govind temple in Munshibari.
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4.Martyred Freedom Fighter Memorial Block/Shahid Muktijuddho Srity Folok/শহীদ মুক্তিযুদ্ধ স্মৃতি ফলক
During the liberation war in 1971, a martyred freedom fighter memorial plaque (Freedom Fighter Memorial Block) was constructed at Ghoshpara in Kurigram city in memory of the martyrs in the brutal attack by Pakistani invaders in Kurigram.
After Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s historic 7th March speech, 20 villagers and the whole of Bangladesh were excited to resist the Pakistani forces.
Because of this, on March 31, a combined force consisting of local police, ansars, students, and EPRS of Kurigram was formed. Several freedom fighters were martyred in a series of firings against Pakistani forces.
Later, when the Pakistani forces and Razakars left Kurigram to capture Lalmonirhat, the freedom fighters ordered the people of Kurigram to go to a safer shelter.
Pakistani forces left Lalmonirhat and Rangpur to attack Kurigram again. Pak invaders entered Kurigram almost unhindered and brushed fire on four prison guards, including Sheikh Hedayat Ullah, in charge of the then Kurigram sub-jail jail, near the current circuit house.
Lal Mohammad, Ansar Ali, Sajjad Hossain, and Zaheer Uddin were the martyred four prison guards. Later, Harunur Rashid Lal, a local freedom fighter and solidarity executive from Kurigram, arranged for the burial of the martyrs with the help of his comrades.
Four prison guards were buried on the east side of the main prison wall behind the prison barracks, and in-charge Sheikh Hedayat Ullah was buried at the western end of the prison.
The names of these four martyrs, Samadhi and other freedom fighters martyred in the Kurigram district, are listed on the memorial plaque of the martyred freedom fighter.
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5.Dhorla Bridge/ধরলা ব্রিজ
Bangladesh-India inter-border river name Dhorla. The Kurigram Water Development Board has set up a park on the northwest bank of the Dhorla river.
And on the southern bank is a vast field known as Madan’s ground. The Dhorla and Brahmaputra rivers have merged near Kurigram. A bridge over the Dhorla river was constructed to maintain connectivity between Nageshwari and Bhurungamari Upazila with Kurigram.
This bridge is well known as Dhorla Bridge. Numerous visitors arrived in the Dhorla Bridge area to spend a lively time in the afternoon, take boat trips or see sunset scenes.
The Sheikh Hasina Dhorla Bridge or 2nd Dhorla Bridge was constructed in Kulaghat in Lalmonirhat Sadar Upazila and Ramprasad in Shimulbari Union Phulbari.
The construction of the second Dhorla Bridge in 2014 started and ended in June 2018. The 2nd Dhorla Bridge, 950 meters in length and 9.80 meters in width, has 19 spans. The length of the first Dhorla bridge is 648 meters.
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6.Bhetarbandh Zamindar House/ভেতরবন্দ জমিদার বাড়ি
Bhetarbandh Zamindar Bari is located in Nageshwari Upazila, just 16 km from Kurigram Sadar.
During British rule, Rajshahi was the headquarters of the Bhetarbandh Parganas. After permanent arrangements, the headquarters of this pargana was shifted to the Bhetarbandh village of Nageshwari Upazila.
Nearly half of the wood-built Bhetarbandh zamindar house has been lost in time, with the remaining half of the currently surviving zamindar house being run as the office of the Bhetarbandh Union Parishad.
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7.Chandamari Mosque/চান্দামারী মসজিদ
Chandamari Masjid (Chandamari Mosque) is a historic structure located at Mandalpara in Rajarhat upazila of Kurigram district.
The distance from Rajarhat Upazila Sadar to Chandamari Mosque is 4 km. The mosque, consisting of Sultani and Mughal architecture, has three domes.
The Chandamari Mosque also has three spectacular mihrabs. The Chandamari Mosque is believed to have been built between 1584 and 1680 as there were no inscriptions on the mosque.
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8.Naodanga Zamindar House/নাওডাঙ্গা জমিদার বাড়ি
Naodanga Zamindar House (Naodanga Jomidar Bari) is a traditional ancient structure. The location of Naodanga Zamindar House is about 8 km from Phulbari Upazila in the Kurigram district.
Before establishing undivided India, Bahadur Pramdaranjan Bakshi, the then zamindar of Naodanga Parganas, built the house.
Bireshwar Prasad Bakshi, the successor of the next estate, established a minor school and primary school at Naodanga Zamindar House, which is now known as Naodanga Primary School and Naodanga School and College.
Bireshwar Prasad Bakshi started organizing a swing fair in the field in front of Naodanga Zamindar’s house every Dolpurnima on the auspicious birth anniversary of Lord Krishna, which is still in operation.