Last Updated on 07/11/2021 by Alfred
The 9 Most Famous Tourist Places In Thakurgaon
1.Jamalpur Zamindar Bari Jame Mosque/জামালপুর জমিদার বাড়ি জামে মসজিদ
The historic Jamalpur Zamindar Bari is located in Jamalpur Union in Thakurgaon.
Jamal Uddin, a descendant of Roshan Ali of the then Tajpur Parganas in West Bengal, India, found the region’s estate and laid the foundation stone of the Zamindar’s house in 1862.
Still, before the construction of the zamindar house was completed, he started construction of a mosque in 1867. The mosque was named Jamalpur Zamindar Bari Jame Masjid, and the construction of the zamindar house remained unfinished until the construction of the expensive mosque.
There is a huge arch at the entrance of the nearly 150-year-old Jamalpur zamindar house. About 300-600 Muslims can pray at the Jamalpur Zamindar Bari Jame Mosque listed by the Bangladesh Archaeological Department.
The 35-foot-high 80-foot-high minaret and three carved domes of Jamalpur Jame Mosque, divided into four parts – the main room, with roof and without roofs and the main door – catches visitors’ attention.
There are hardly any mosques designed with flowers with a wonderful combination of domes and minarets. At present, the descendants of the zamindar family are in charge of looking after the zamindar house and Jamalpur Jame mosque.
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2.Ballia Mosque/বালিয়া মসজিদ
Bangladesh has many amazing travel destinations to visit. Ballia Masjid (Balia Mosque) is one of the various historical structures and archaeological artifacts of the Thakurgaon district.
On the night of the new moon, it is said that some Jinns decided to build a mosque here while flying over the area, and they kept on doing so throughout the night.
When dawn broke at the end of the night, the mosque dome was still under construction. Then the Jinns left the mosque work unfinished.
For the next centuries, this Balia mosque was abandoned without a dome. The renovation work of The Ballia Mosque started in 2005.
Later in 2010, the mosque was opened to offer prayers to Muslims. For this common phenomenon, the Balia Mosque is known to many as the Mosque of Jinn.
According to history, Meher Box Chowdhury, husband of Balia’s zamindar daughter Gulmati Chowdhurani, built the ‘Ballia Masjid.’ But there was no accurate information about the construction period of the mosque.
According to the information engraved on the mosque, the mosque was built in 1317 Bengali (English 1910). Meher Box Chowdhury died in 1317.
Therefore, it is believed that the construction of The Ballia Mosque was incomplete due to the death of Meher Box Chowdhury.
The Ballia Mosque is similar to the Mughal establishments in Dhaka. The mosque complex is built in three parts: the front door, open square, and main building.
And the main mosque is built on a 42-inch-wide wall without pillars. The rectangular mosque, 62 feet 6 inches in the east-west and 69 feet 2 inches to the north-south, stands on a platform about 5 feet 3 inches above flat ground.
There are 3 domes and 8 minarets on the roof of Balia Masjid, about 17 feet above the floor. The walls of the mosque, made of lime-surki, hand-burnt bricks, and tiles, have been cut into various designs in the shape of a lotus, colossus, bell, amla, and dish-bowls.
3.Raja Tonkonath’s Palace/Palace of King Tonk Nath’s/রাজা টংকনাথের রাজবাড়ি
Raja Tonkonath’s palace is situated on the banks of the Kulik river in Ranishankil Upazila of Thakurgaon district.
Raja Tonkonath’s Palace is 40 km from Thakurgaon Sadar and 1.3 km from Ranishankil Upazila.
It is said that Buddhinath Chowdhury, the father of King Tonkonath, was a Maithili Brahmin. He was engaged in the service of the Shyamrai temple of Katihar Ghosh or Goala dynasty.
The childless Goala zamindar, before going to Kashibas, documented the copper leaf and left it under the supervision of zamindari sevayat.
As the Zamindar did not return, Buddhinath Chowdhury got the estate. In the 19th century, Buddhinath Chowdhury started constructing zamindar houses on about 10 acres of land, but King Tonkonath completed the construction work.
In 1925, the British government awarded Tonkonath the title of Chowdhury and received King title from Maharaja Girijnath Roy of Dinajpur.
At present, on the west side of the nearly destroyed palace, the lion’s door has a sign of S.N.E.W on the directional iron rod.
King Tonkonath’s royal palace has Kasaribari, two ponds, 200 meters away from the Ramachandra (Joykali) temple. The Ramachandra temple is known to be much older than king Tonkonath’s royal palace.
In 1971, the temple was badly damaged in the liberation war and has now almost become rubble.
4.Harinmari Shiv Temple/Horinmari Shib Mondir/হরিণমারী শিব মন্দির
The nearly 400-year-old Harinmari Shiv Temple is located on Harinmari Haat, 10 km from Balliadangi Upazila in Thakurgaon district.
The 30 feet high square temple has a size of 14 x 14 feet. A terracotta plaque depicts portraits of various statues designed in the form of creepers on the south side of the Harinmari Shiv temple built in the Charchala system.
And to the east of the temple is a big pond. Due to a lack of proper maintenance and care, the roof and other parts of the Harinmari Shiv temple are on the verge of destruction today.
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5.Jogdol Rajbari/জগদল রাজবাড়ি
The Jogdol Rajbari is located in the Ranishankil Upazila of Thakurgaon district, about 8 km from Nekmord.
In the mid-19th century, the prince of Jogdol, Sri Virendra Kumar built this palace. Currently, all that is left are the ruins of the traditional palace and the temple located 100 meters away on the banks of the Nagar river.
The books of Sri Virendra Kumar’s library were donated to the then Surendranath College (now Dinajpur Government College) in 1948.
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6.Lokayan Life Diversity Museum/লোকায়ন জীবন বৈচিত্র্য জাদুঘর
Lokayan Jibon Boichitro Jadughor (Lokayan Life Diversity Museum) is an exceptional sightseeing place located in Akcha village of Thakurgaon district.
Among the museum’s highlights are:
- Folk culture.
- Various achievements made by working people.
- The diversity of small ethnic groups.
In 2006, Dr. Muhammad Shahid-uz-Zaman established the Folk Life Diversity Museum to beautifully present the history and heritage of thousands of years of Bengali to the new generation.
The Lokayan Jibon Boichitro Jadughor has about 70 different fruits and 120 medicinal plants across the vast complex.
Although the journey was initially started as a Trinamool folk gallery, it was later added to the small ethnic gallery, river gallery, and liberation war gallery on different thematic plains.
It has preserved various elements of agricultural use and folk traditions since ancient times, everyday use of working or common people, ancient marital equipment like madol, Sanai, palki and topapar, various musical instruments including ektara, dotara, river, fisheries, and aquatic plant information, various equipment and history used in the liberation war, vague documents written by the British era, correspondence, books, and Zamindar’s treasury collection receipts.
The Life Diversity Museum, full of bird buds, has various entertainment slots for the little ones, including swings, charki, dheki, bamboo matcha, tree trunk chairs, and tables for visitors to sit on.
Again, traditional events like Varshamangal, Nabanna, and Pitha Festival are organized in the museum premises focusing on monsoon, late autumn, and winter.
Songs, poems, and tribal dances of the local folk drama religion were performed on these occasions.
Schedule & Entry Price
The Lokayan Life Diversity Museum is open from 9 am to 5 pm every day from Monday to Saturday.
The entry ticket is priced at Rs 20 per person for all ordinary visitors, but students on an education tour can enter free of cost.
- Adress: College Para (Govindnagar), Thakurgaon – 5100
- Phone: +880-561-52149, +880-561-61599
- Mobile: +88-01714-063360
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: www.lokayanmuseum.org
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7.Haripur Rajbari/হরিপুর রাজবাড়ি
Haripur Rajbari stands in the heart of Haripur Upazila of Thakurgaon district as a witness to the time.
Raghavendra Roy Chowdhury, a Ghan Shyam Kundo, laid the foundation stone of the Haripur zamindar house built-in 1893. Later, his son Jagendra Narayan Roy Chowdhury completed the zamindar house.
It is said that in 1400 Ghan Shyam Kund came to Haripur for the Andi textile business. At that time, Mehrunnesa, a Muslim widow, was the Zamindar of the region.
When part of some of the estates of Mehrunnesa was auctioned, Ghan Shyam Kundo bought them. Jagendra Narayan Roy, son of Raghavendra Roy, a descendant of Ghan Shyam Kundo, started work on the Haripur palace in the late 19th century.
The British government awarded Jagendra Narayan Roy “Rajrishi” for various philanthropic activities.
Many ancient artifacts have emerged in the spectacular carvings of the more than a century old Haripur palace. On the eastern wall of this Zamindar’s house are leaves designed by Rajrishi Jagendra Narayan’s fourteen busts.
On the eastern side is the 400-year-old terracotta-designed Shiv and Nat temple. In 1900, due to the division of Ghanshyam’s descendants, Haripur Rajbari was divided into two parts, the palace on the big side and the palace on the small side.
At present, various rooms of the abandoned Haripur Palace are used as offices for various organizations, including the Local Women’s Association, The Land Officers Association.
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8.Baliadangi Surjopuri Mango Tree/Baliadangi Surjopuri Aam Gaach/বালিয়াডাঙ্গী সূর্য্যপূরী আমগাছ
There is an exceptional ancient mango tree in Mandu Mala village on the Harinmari border of Baliadangi Upazila of Thakurgaon district, which people have a special interest in seeing.
Known as the Baliadangi Surjopuri Mango Tree, the mango tree covers about 2.5 bighas of land along the Indian border. As a result, it has been recognized as the largest mango tree on the Asian continent.
The Baliadangi Surjopuri mango tree is about 80-90 feet high and is about 35 feet wide. 19 thick branches have grown on 3 sides of the mango tree.
From a distance, every branch of the tree seems to be a mango tree. Even though no one could give proper information about when this famous mango tree was planted, it is believed that the Baliadangi Surjopuri mango tree is more than 200 years old. Every day many visitors come to see this tree.
Noor Islam and Saidur Islam are the current owners of the Baliadangi Surjopuri mango tree in the heirship.
Noor Islam’s father’s grandfather planted the tree. Every year the tree has a lot of mangoes, each weighing about 200-250 grams.
The mangoes of this tree are particularly popular with the people of Thakurgaon, so the price of this mango is very high.
Tin fences have been placed around the tree for people’s interest, and 15 people regularly maintain the tree. To see the Mango Tree from near per person have to pay 20 Taka.
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9.Funcity Shishu Park/Funcity Amusement Park/ফানসিটি শিশু পার্ক
The spectacular Funcity Children’s Park (Funcity Amusement Park) has been set up across about 10 acres in front of the Pirganj municipality office in Thakurgaon district.
The park has become one of the picnic spots in the Thakurgaon district in a short period. Funcity children’s park’s excellent architectural style and various interesting rides entertain incoming visitors.
Funcity Children’s Park has various historical events, sampan boats, toy trains, music chairs, motorcars, video games, swings, spectacular bridges, mango and litchi gardens, and its car parking system.
And on every wall of the park are paintings of various poets, writers, and scientists.
The entry fee for Funcity Children’s Park is Rs 20 per person and Rs 10 to enjoy each ride. The entry fee for the minibus coming for the picnic is Rs 500, and the entry fee of the microbus is Rs 300.