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 iniave of a Thakur family of this town, a police staon was established in a place near the present municipality area.
According to the name of this family the police staon was called Thakurgaon (Thakur's village) and later the area got the
This ancient town has many valuable resources of ancient civilizaon. Various regions of Thakurgaon has numerous ancient
monuments of Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim civilizaons. 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 tesmony 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
The major aracons 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,
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 construcon
work of this industrial complex was started and completed in 1958 and it has been producing sugar since 1958-59. Aer
independence, in 1972, the government of Bangladesh declared the mill as a state-owned organizaon. 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.
by Mahjabeen Ferdous Prova
Photo: Anup Sadi, Nahid Danny, Govt. Site.
Funcity Amusement Park is one of the most favorite vising 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 vising the park. This
is one of the best places in Thakurgaon - Dinajpur area for oung and picnic with friends and family. Especially in the holiday
aernoon 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) aer 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 beauful
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 foundaon stone of the Zamindar Bari was laid in 1862. The construcon of the Mosque began in 1867 before the
ending the construcon work of the royal house. As a result, though the expensive construcon of the mosque was finished but
the royal house remained incomplete.
The arsc 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
Hangsharaj and his son Ramhith from Uar Pradesh of India were the main arsans of the mosque. The arsans from the
Darbhanga area also parcipated in the construcon 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 Brish rule, zamindars Gauri Prasad Roy Chowdhury and Krishna Prasad Roy
Chowdhury built this zamindari. Aer 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 applicaon day aer the landlord has not been
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 anque 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 organizaon named Ranisagar Foundaon was established in the
center of the pond. In addion 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 foundaon is being
provided spends among the poor and meritorious students studying different educaonal instuons.
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 arac-
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 addion, iniaves 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 iniave for its preservaon has pushed
this beauful architecture on the brink of complete destrucon.
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 situaon. 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 renovaon, the original design of the mosque was damaged. There is an ruined imambara near Shalbari
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.
Accommodaon Opons in Thakurgaon:
Thakurgaon houses one internaonal hotel and several budgeted hotels.