Last Updated on 07/11/2021 by Alfred
The 7 Stunning Nilphamari Tourist Places To See
1.Chini Mosque/চিনি মসজিদ
Among the commercial cities of Bangladesh is the ancient tradition of Syedpur in the Nilphamari district. As a result, Syedpur, known as a railway city, has some ancient architectural artifacts.
One of the architectural artifacts located in Syedpur is the Chini Mosque or The China Mosque.
The Chini Mosque, 20 km from the Nilphamari Sadar, was built in 1863. Haji Baker Ali and Haji Muku built the mosque using Islambagh Chhon and bamboo.
The mosque was then rebuilt with the help of residents and later by a Hindu man named Shanku. The mosque, built with spontaneous participation from the residents, uses Chinese plates and broken glass parts, marble stones, and brick-and-mortar.
This method is called sugaring or sugar graining. And since then, this mosque has been named the Chini Mosque or the China Mosque.
The mosque is also known as the China Mosque, wrapped in broken parts of Chinese earthen plates. The ceramic oil used in the mosque was brought from Kolkata.
Md. Mokhtul and Nabi Box designed the historic Chini Mosque. Flowers, moons, stars have been bloomed in perfect carvings on the walls of the mosque.
Also, the Arabian caliptra of the mosque revealed the creativity of the architectural design of the time. The Chini Mosque has 5 domes and 32 lovely minarets. And behind the mosque is an ancient Christian cemetery.
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2.Harishchandra Path/হরিশচন্দ্রের পাঠ
Harishchandra Path is the ruins of an ancient palace belonging to the Khutamara Union of Jaldhaka Upazila of Nilphamari district.
Surrounded by 5 large black stone blocks on about a bigha of land on the southern bank of the Charal Kata river, the area seems to be a mound of high soil from a distance.
The height of the mound was 50-60 feet at one time, but it has decreased to 10 feet now. Although it is common, the stones thus sink under the ground of the mound and float again.
Many palagans and jatrapalas have been written about the demon king Harish Chandra. Before his death, King Harish Chandra started constructing a Shiv temple but could not complete it.
After his death, the temple work was completed at the initiative of the local Hindu community. In ancient times there were several statues, which are no longer there.
There are many myths about the Shiv temple. If anyone takes away a piece of soil, bricks, or stones from this temple and surrounding area, the person dies of bleeding from his nose.
When the renovation work of the temple started during the British period, the doors of the temple were suddenly closed when eight people working at that time entered the temple.
Excavations were stopped, and no other renovation work was carried out after that. Every year 3 religious festivals are celebrated in the Shiv Mandir with grandeur.
Apart from the temple, Harish Chandra village has the ruins of King Harishchandra’s ancient structures.
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3.Dharmapal’s Garh/ধর্মপালের গড়
An archaeological artifact located in Garh Dharmapal village in Dharmapal Union on the eastern bank of Deonai river in Jaldhaka Upazila of Nilphamari district is called Dharmapal Garh.
The excavation was not completed completely when excavation swelled here in 1990. Later in 2016, Dharmapala Garh was discovered when re-excavated under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture.
According to historical sources, after the death of Gopal Pal, the founder of the Pal dynasty, his son Dharmapal sat on the throne and established the capital 20 km from Jaldhaka Upazila to run the state.
Later, he built a wall of soil around to protect the capital from external enemies. Since then, this place has been named the Garh of Dharmapala.
1 mile east of this average, the Pal period capital ruins and ancient Buddhist temples are found.
In addition, Chandan path Dighi, spread over about 33 bighas of land, is still remembering the Pal period. At present, a housing project called Garh Dharmapal has been developed near this debris.
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4.Syedpur Railway Workshop/সৈয়দপুর রেলওয়ে কারখানা
Syedpur in Nilphamari district is one of Bangladesh’s ancient cities. Syedpur has become known to many as a ‘railway city’ as the largest railway factory (Railway Workshop) in Bangladesh is famous for its business.
Built on about 110 acres of land in 1870, the railway factory carried out all kinds of work, from nut-bolts to repairing railway broad gauge and meter-gauge line coaches.
The green square in front of the railway factory office last has a British-era narrow gauge engine used on the Bagerhat-Rupsa section in 1972.
In 1901, a few other engines, other than engines manufactured by the Vulcan Company of England, were displayed at the Loco Transport Museum at the Syedpur Railway Factory.
Many students come from various institutions to learn the reality of education tours at the Syedpur railway factory.
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Nilsagar is a historical Dighi located in Godgram Union of Nilphamari district. The distance from Nilphamari district headquarters to Nilsagar is about 14 km.
In the eighth century, the Vedic king ‘Virat’ is believed to have excavated this historic Dighi. After the great king, Dighi was once known as Virat Dighi.
Later many started calling it Binna Dighi, and in 1979 it was named Nilsagar. The total land area of Nilsagar is 53.90 acres. Of these, the total area of a water share is 32.70 acres, and the land area on Dighi bank is 21 acres.
At present, various reforms have been carried out to make the environment around the Nile suitable for the entertainment of the traveling people.
A rest house, entrance arch, and mosque have been built. And to keep the future beauty of Dighi’s bank intact, several different types of trees have been planted on the banks.
On the banks of the Nilsagar Dighi are rows of unknown flowers and fruit trees, including Banbabul, Coconut, Mehogny, Children, and Akashmani.
And famous for its natural beauty, the Nile sea has numerous guest birds in winter. The Nilsagar was declared a bird sanctuary in 1998.
In addition, every year, the Hindu community organizes the Baruni bathing festival in Nilsagar on Chaitrasankranti. On the eastern bank of the Nile is a temple and on the west bank is the Darvesh hideout.
Almost every day, body-theory music is held in Darvesh’s hideout. In addition, Rural fairs are organized here during the full moon of the month of Chaitra.
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6.Teesta Barrage/তিস্তা ব্যারেজ
Teesta Barrage or Teesta Irrigation Project is the largest irrigation project in Bangladesh.
On one side of the Teesta barrage on the Teesta river is the Doani village of Goddimari Union under Hatibandha Upazila in Lalmonirhat district, and on the other side is Dalia of Khalisa Chapani Union under Dimla Upazila in Nilphamari district.
In 1937, the then government planned to construct the Teesta barrage to provide irrigation facilities on non-residential land in Rangpur, Dinajpur, Nilphamari, and Bogra districts.
Later, in 1979, the construction of a 615-meter-long barrage with 44 radial gates was started, which was completed in 1990.
Green enclosures have been built on both sides of the Teesta barrage river. There are also a few picnic spots in the barrage area.
The beautiful beauty of running along the black pitch road of the barrage or the surroundings draws visitors closer to a miraculous illusion.
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7. Railway Catholic Church, Syedpur/রেলওয়ে ক্যাথলিক গির্জা, সৈয়দপুর
The first and oldest Catholic Church (Roman Catholic Church) in the northern region is located 9 km from Syedpur in Nilphamari district.
The church was built in 1886 for Anglo-Indian Catholic and Protestant Christians working on the Syedpur Railway. Syedpur has been a hub of business and trade in the past.
The importance of Syedpur increased considerably when the Assam Bengal Railway was established during British rule. A small loco shed was set up right north of the railway station, and a railway factory was set up around 110 acres around the loco shed.
The railway factory employed Bengalis and Biharis and the British and Anglo-Indians’ Roman Catholic and Protestant communities.
On both sides of the Saheb neighborhood, the British government constructed two churches for working Christians, combining Roman and European architecture.
The church adjacent to the railway factory gate is dedicated to Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ. In 1892, the British government had a priest building on 3 bighas of railway land next to the church. Many from far and wide visit these two churches rich in ancient art.