THAKURGAON

by Mahjabeen Ferdous Prova

Photo: Anup Sadi, Nahid Danny, Govt. Site.

Bangladesh is the country of eye-catching greenery with vibrante beauty. All the districts of Bangladesh has its own flavour.

Thakurgaon is on of the north-western district of Bangladesh. It is a part of the Rangpur Division and indian borders to the west.

It was established as a district in 1 February 1984. There are 5 upazilas, 6 thanas, 53 unions, 647 mouzas and 1016 villages in

Thakurgaon. The Upazilas in this district are Thakurgaon Sadar Upazila, Baliadangi Upazila, Haripur Upazila, Ranisankail Upazila

& Pirganj Upazila.

The area of Thakurgaon is 1781.74 sq. km. Thakurgaon is in the north west corner of Bangladesh, it is about 467 km from

Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. It is surrounded by Dinajpur district on its south, Panchagarh district to the east and India

on its west and north sides, it is a part of the Himalayan plain land. Highest average temperature of this district is 33.5° celsius

and lowest average is 10.05° celsius.

In 1793, Thakuragram was established as the Thana of undivided Dinajpur district. In 1860 it was declared as a subdivision

with six sub-districts. It was rearranged in 1981 removing Atoari sub-district from it. It has been declared as a district in 1984.

By the ini􀆟a􀆟ve of a Thakur family of this town, a police sta􀆟on was established in a place near the present municipality area.

According to the name of this family the police sta􀆟on was called Thakurgaon (Thakur's village) and later the area got the

name.

This ancient town has many valuable resources of ancient civiliza􀆟on. Various regions of Thakurgaon has numerous ancient

monuments of Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim civiliza􀆟ons. Long before the arrival of Aryans, this area was inhabited including

Dinajpur with civilized people. The sign of many ancient establishments has been found in this district. Archaeological sites are

carrying tes􀆟mony to the glorious history of Thakurgaon district.

There are two protected archaeological sites by the department of archeology in this district - Dholhat Temple and Jamalpur

Jami Mosque.

The major a􀆩rac􀆟ons and the points of interest of this district are Baliadangi Surjapuri mango tree (about 200 years old) in the

village of Harin Mari, Baliadangi, Fun City Amusement Park, Rajvita, Raja Tankanath khanath palace, Haripur palace, Jagdal

palace, Signs of ancient capital in Ranisankail, Nekmarad tomb, Maheshpur Mahalbari and Bishbash tomb, Songaon Mosque,

Fatehpur Mosque, Gedura Mosque, Goraksanath Temple and wells, Gobindnagar Temple, Malduar fort, Garhgram fort,

Bangla Garh.

Thakurgaon Sugar Mill is the only heavy industrial establishment located in Thakurgaon district. This industrial complex is

situated on the main road of sadar upazila of Thakurgaon district of Rangpur division in Bangladesh. In 1956 the construc􀆟on

work of this industrial complex was started and completed in 1958 and it has been producing sugar since 1958-59. A􀅌er

independence, in 1972, the government of Bangladesh declared the mill as a state-owned organiza􀆟on. The complex includes

high school, rest house, officers club, medical center etc. It is a large area having many trees and green environment everywhere.

Every day many people come here to pass their leisure 􀆟me in a green environment.

District Overview

THAKURGAON

by Mahjabeen Ferdous Prova

Photo: Anup Sadi, Nahid Danny, Govt. Site.

Funcity Amusement Park is one of the most favorite visi􀆟ng places of Thakurgaon-Dinajpur region. It is situated beside the

highway of Dinajpur-Pirganj Road of Thakurgaon district. The park has been opened recently. There is no amusement park in

Thakurgaon district except this one. Therefore the park has already become popular among the people of this area.

Funcity is now a popular picnic spot. Many groups come here every year for picnic purpose. As the park is new, only a few rides

are available currently. However, more rides will be added in the park to entertain the visitors soon. There is also a paddle boat

on the lake inside the park. People of different ages especially children enjoy this rides very much.

The environment of the park is quiet and calm. You may relief yourself from the hue and cry of the city life visi􀆟ng the park. This

is one of the best places in Thakurgaon - Dinajpur area for ou􀆟ng and picnic with friends and family. Especially in the holiday

a􀅌ernoon people of the area come to this park with their families to spend some 􀆟me with fun and happiness.

Tangon River gets its name from a landlord of Ransankail in Thakurgaon ‘Tankonath’. It flows through Bangladesh and West

Bengal State and finally joins with River Punarbhaba at Naogaon District.

Jamalpur Zamindar Bari Jame Masjid is located at The Shibganj Hat (market) a􀅌er the airport on the way to Pirganj from Thakurgaon

town. The Jamalpur Zamindar Bari Jame Masjid is situated three kilometers west of the Hat. There is a big and beau􀆟ful

arch on the entrance of the mosque.

Once Rowshan Ali came to this region from the Zamindar Bari of Tajpur Pargana. Later his successors get the Zamindari in the

region. The founda􀆟on stone of the Zamindar Bari was laid in 1862. The construc􀆟on of the Mosque began in 1867 before the

ending the construc􀆟on work of the royal house. As a result, though the expensive construc􀆟on of the mosque was finished but

the royal house remained incomplete.

The ar􀆟s􀆟c view of the mosque is eye-catching, bewitching and praiseworthy. The mosque has three large-size domes with

crystal work on its top. The special feature of the mosque is its 28 minarets. Usually such a huge number of minarets are not

found in any mosque. Each minaret is 35 feet high and has various designs on it. The domes and the minarets have created an

elegant beauty.

Hangsharaj and his son Ramhith from U􀆩ar Pradesh of India were the main ar􀆟sans of the mosque. The ar􀆟sans from the

Darbhanga area also par􀆟cipated in the construc􀆟on work.

Haripur Zamindar House or Haripur Rajbari is situated in Haripur union. Donated property The Haripur zamindarbari is also

known as Rajbari. Many people from different parts of the country came to see this land. You can not understand anything from

the outside of the three-storey zamindari which is situated on the banks of the Titas river on the west side of Haripur village.

You will see the original building crossing a huge verandah. The architectural style of the zamindarabali is not as nice as the

artwork of the wall of the temple. The real doors of landlords are no longer there. Currently there are about 30 families living

here. It is said that about 175 years ago, during the Bri􀆟sh rule, zamindars Gauri Prasad Roy Chowdhury and Krishna Prasad Roy

Chowdhury built this zamindari. A􀅌er the death of Krishna Prasad Roy Chowdhury, Haripada Roy Chowdhury and Shan􀆟 Roy

Chowdhury inherited the zamindarbari. Then the inheritance of the zamindari house went away from them to Upendra Roy

Chowdhury and Harendra Roy Chowdhury. It is going to lose its appeal and applica􀆟on day a􀅌er the landlord has not been

repaired

Ramrai Dighi is located at Ranisankail , Thakurgaon. Ramrai (Rani Sagar). Ranaikail upazila of Thakurgaon district is located at 3

km southwest of Moga upazila headquarters of Hosaingaon Union. The pond has a total of 42.2 acres, with 18.34 acres of

good-quality high and 23.82 acres of water. Ramra dighi Varendra land is the second largest in the ancient water bodies. The

length of the pond is 900 meters in the north-end and 400 meters east-west of Pankim.

There are numerous an􀆟que monuments spread across the country which are not reaching people due to lack of publicity.

One such history is called Ramra. In 2003, a volunteer organiza􀆟on named Ranisagar Founda􀆟on was established in the

center of the pond. In addi􀆟on to more than 1200 litchi trees along with other fruit trees and various herbal and forestry

plants have been planted in the pond of the pond. By selling the fruits of litchi trees every year, the founda􀆟on is being

provided s􀆟pends among the poor and meritorious students studying different educa􀆟onal ins􀆟tu􀆟ons.

The gorgeous green beard and the water tank of Dighi can not be fascinated by any nature lover. In the litchi tree of the

countryside and in the water of the dighi, the khajan of different spectral birds makes the beauty of Ramrai more a􀆩rac-

􀆟ve. Rani Shanki Lal Ramra Dighi The oldest and largest dighi of Thakurgaon district can be of five hundred thousand years

old. The exact history of this is not known. In addi􀆟on, ini􀆟a􀆟ves have been taken from district and upazila to develop this

large pond as entertainment park and tourism hub.

Palace of Raja Tonka Nath is located at Ranisankail , Thakurgaon. The ancient ‘Rajbari’ or palace of Raja Tonkonath lies on

the bank of Kulik River, one kilometre east of Thakurgaon’s Ranishankail Upazila town. Son of Raja Buddhinath Chowdhury,

Tonkonath finished building the palace on 10 acres of land in 1915. A total lack of ini􀆟a􀆟ve for its preserva􀆟on has pushed

this beau􀆟ful architecture on the brink of complete destruc􀆟on.

Jagadal Rajbari is located at Ranisankail , Thakurgaon. The Rajbari of Raja Dherendranath is situated in Jagaddal in the

boarder area of Ranisankail upazila if Thakurgaon district. The area is very close to the boarder of India-Bangladesh. It

survives in a very awkward situa􀆟on. Yet this palace is one of the popular place for tourists.

Shalbari Mosque and Imambara is located at Thakurgaon Sadar, Thakurgaon. It is known that the mosque was built in

1215. Due to the renova􀆟on, the original design of the mosque was damaged. There is an ruined imambara near Shalbari

mosque.

There are some other historical places in Thakurgaon such as, King’s Palace, Khunia Dhighi Memorial, Haripur Rajbari,

Ranishankail Jomidar Bari. There are several mosques aswell, Balia Mosjid at Balia Union, Sangah Shahi mosque, Fatehpur

mosque, Shalbari mosque, Medini sagar jame mashjid and a temple named ‘Gorokkhonath temple’. There are various

other places also which include natural beauty as well and those are Senua Bridge, the river of Kulic etc.

Best 􀆟me to visit Thakurgaon:

From the beginning of winter season to the middle of summer season is the ideal 􀆟me to visit Thakurgaon.

How to go:

There are many bus companies offering services from Dhaka to Thakurgaon.

Accommoda􀆟on Op􀆟ons in Thakurgaon:

Thakurgaon houses one interna􀆟onal hotel and several budgeted hotels.