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The Lalbagh Kella alias the Lalbagh Fort-an exceptional place in old Dhaka, Bangladesh with aesthetic beauty of nature, remembrance of Mughal emperor and royal heritage of the true ancestors of Bangladesh

The Lalbagh Kella alias the Lalbagh Fort-an exceptional place in old Dhaka, Bangladesh with aesthetic beauty of nature, remembrance of Mughal emperor and royal heritage of the true ancestors of Bangladesh

Name: Lalbagh Fort (Bengali:লালবাগ কেল্লা) or Fort Aurangabad (Bengali: আওরঙ্গবাদ কেল্লা)
Founder: Prince Muhammad Azam
Bengali Name: Lalbagh Kella (Bengali:লালবাগ কেল্লা)
Location: Lalbagh, Old Dhaka, Bangladesh
How to go to the Lalbagh Kella alias the Lalbagh Fort: This is located in Lalbagh area of Old Dhaka. One can go to Lalbagh from Gulistan, Shabag and Curzon Hall of Dhaka city by Rickshaw, CNG or Taxi Cab etc.
GPS Coordinates: 23.7190°N 90.3881°E
Area:19 Acres. 327 meter in the north to south and 234 meter in the East to West
Maintained by: Archaeological department of Bangladesh GOVT

Tourist attraction features:

1. Three domed mosque
2. The tomb or mausoleum of Bibi Pari (Eight rooms surround a central square room, tomb of Bibi Pari, which is covered by a false dome, octagonal in shape, and wrapped by brass plate)
3. The Diwan-i-Aam (bathing place now turned into Museum) or Hammam (Open platform, small kitchen, oven, water storage, masonry brick bath-tub, toilet, dressing room, extra room, underground room for boiling water and passage for sweepers)
4. Pond
5. Fortified of the Fort
6. The gateways
7. Beauty of nature with the combination of trees, flowers, uphills, water reservoir
8. Garden of Mughal
9. Underground hidden tunnel and secret passage goes to Buriganga river?
10. Beautiful water drainage system
11. Beautiful Fountains
12. Walkways etc.

Brief history and description:The Lalbagh Fort alias the Lalbagh Kella is a great specimen of Mughal dynasty in Bangladesh. Though this is not a ‘complete fort’ as planned, this gives the impression of the great thinking and dream of Mughal emperor due to its unique presentation of technology, military tactics, nature and architecture.

The construction of Lalbagh fort was started by Prince Muhammad Azam (Bengali: মোহাম্মদ আজম), third son of Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb (Bengali: আওরঙ্গজেব)) in 1678 AD. The construction of the fort was continued for 15 months until he was recalled by his father, Aurangzeb. Subahdar Shaista Khan (Bengali: (Bengali: নবাব শায়েস্তা খাঁ), was his successor who did not continue the remaining work of the fort till his tenure in Dhaka upto 1688. Iran Dukht Rahmat Banu, nicknamed as Bibi Pari (Bengali: পরি বিবি), daughter of Shaista khan, died in the fort in 1684. After the departure of Shaista Khan from Dhaka, the capital was moved from Dhaka to Murshidabad. After the end of the Mughal dynasty, the fort became abandoned. In 1844, the area acquired its name as Lalbagh replacing Aurangabad, and the fort became Lalbagh Fort.

Learn more about Lalbagh Fort:
http://research.omicsgroup.org/index.php/Lalbagh_Fort
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lalbagh_Fort
http://www.thedailystar.net/news/the-myths-of-lalbagh-fort

http://en.banglapedia.org/index.php?title=Lalbagh_Fort
http://www.faceofbangla.com/2010/04/lalbagh-fort-dhaka.html
http://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/1210/

Researh on LalBagh Kella:

http://irep.iium.edu.my/12394/1/MizanurICUDBE2011__2_.pdf

Article on UKEssays:

https://www.ukessays.com/essays/tourism/lalbagh-fort.php

Painting (
Johan Zoffany RA (German, 1733-1810))
on The South Gate of the Lalbagh Fort, 1787 :
http://www.benelwes.co.uk/sales/south-gate-lalbagh-fort

Lalbagh in the eye of Expat:
http://storiesfromthegrameen.blogspot.com/2010/05/lalbag-fort.html

Photographed time:2016

Courtesy and Information Reference:
1. https://wikipedia.org/
2. http://banglapedia.org/

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The Baliati Jamidar bari alias the Baliati Palace, an unexplored and less known attractive place Near Dhaka, Bangladesh with aesthetic beauty of nature, remembrance of British colonial era of 19th century and royal heritage of the ancestors of Bangladesh

The Baliati Jamidar bari alias the Baliati palace, an unexplored and less known attractive place Near Dhaka, Bangladesh with aesthetic beauty of nature, remembrance of British colonial era of 19th century and royal heritage of the ancestors of Bangladesh

Location: Baliati Palace or Baliati Jamidar bari (Bengali: বালিয়াটি জমিদার বাড়ি), Saturia sub-district, Manikganj, Bangladesh

How to go to Baliati Jamidar bari:This is located near Saturia Upazila Sadar. One has to turn right from Kalampur of Dhamrai in the Dhaka-Aricha highway and go straight to reach to Saturia Upazila Sadar(Bengali: ঢাকা-আরিচা মহাসড়কের ধামরাইয়ের কালামপুর থেকে ডানে ঢুকে সোজা গেলে সাটুরিয়া উপজেলা সদর। উপজেলা পরিষদের পাশেই বালিয়াটি প্রাসাদ বা বালিয়াটি জমিদারবাড়ি).

1. One can go straight from Gabtoli, Dhaka to Saturia, Manikganj by Bus with the cost of Tk. 70 / 80 and from Saturia, Manikganj to Balihati Jamindarbari with the cost of Tk. 10 by CNG vehicle.

2. Even one can go from Gabtoli, Dhaka to Manikganj through bus with a cost of Tk. 70 / 80 and from Manikganj to Baliati Jamidar bari by CNG with a cost of Tk. 200 / 300 through local CNG vehicle.

Distance: About 35 KMs away from the Capital

Photographed time: 2016

Brief history and description: This place was made by Govinda Ram Prasad Saha (Bengali: জমিদার গোবিন্দ রাম সাহা) which is spread over nearly six acres of land with seven south faced structures. The place has more than two hundred rooms of different sizes. This palace is protected with high boundary walls and four entrance; each arcade with semi-circular arches in the shape of a lion carved.

Once reached into the arcade of the palace, one can see 4 different decorated palaces with Gothic-style which can remind you the British colonial era. All the palaces are protected by the Archaeological Department of Bangladesh Government. One of the palaces (no. 2) is used as museum. About 15 empty iron lockers have been in the ground floor of the museum. In the eighteenth century it was used to keep the valuables of the zamindars. There is a wooden stair to the first floor which is known as the Rangmahal, used as the museum.

There are also five rooms with big hall room in the Rangmahal. All the rooms are bright with the presence gramophone box, cash box, name plate, hurricanes, hazak lights, vessel, hanging lamps, the sacred seat, glass chimney, stone chaidani, wall mirrors, wood lockers, cows and tables of marble stone, chandelier, Shiva Lingam of stone, wooden cupboard / Almirah, vases, chairs, English rack, rifle stand, wooden Padastambha and Khat. The Zamindars were residing In the harem back of the palace. In this harem, there are bathrooms, kitchen and Prakkhalon room. Back of the Harem, there is a pond with 6 landing Whart. There are 6 wells inside or outside of the wells which were used to collect drinking water.The palatial complex is now preserved as a protected cultural property (antiquities). The department of archaeology protected this site on 1987.

Brief about the Jaminder or Jamidar:This is known that the founder of the Baliati Zaminder was Govinda Ram Shaha, who was a big salt merchant in the middle of the 18th century. He left four sons: Dadhi Ram (Bengali: দধিরাম), Ananda Ram (Bengali: আনন্দরাম), Pandit Ram (Bengali: পণ্ডিতরাম), and Gopal Ram (Bengali: গোপালরাম). Five Jamindar houses were built by 4 brothers-Baliati GolaBari, Purbo Bari, Poshchim Bari, Moddho Bari and Uttor Bari approximately by the year of 1790. They built all these buildings in the palace complex. The famous Jagannath College in Dhaka was founded and endowed by a member of Baliati family, Babu Kishori Lal Roy Chowdhury in 1884. Ronoda Prosad Saha (R.P. Saha) (Bengali:রণদা প্রসাদ সাহা(আর.পি সাহা)) a famous Danobir, was the son of law of this house who got married to the daughter Sambika Choyon (Bengali: শাম্বিকা চয়নে) Kiran Bala (Bengali: কিরণ বালা) A theater is still available here where the Durga pooja is observed every year. Theatre groups used to come to join here. The landlords were left the country in 1965 by boats fully loaded with things of their houses.

Opening day: All days except the Sunday and half-day on Monday.

Opening time: 9 AM to 5 PM

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The Musa Khan Mosque

The Musa Khan Mosque (Bengali: মুসা খান মসজিদ)

Location: Near Karjon Hall, Dhaka University

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The Rajmoni Pyramid, The pride of Bangladesh

The Rajmoni Pyramid (Bengali: রাজমনি পিরামিড) of Bangladesh, The pride of Bangladesh

Location: Rajmoni Pyramid, Perabo, Sonargaon, Narayanganj

Entrepreneur: Ahsan Ullah Moni

How to go to Tajmohal:
From Mirpur-10, Dhaka to Sign board, Narayanganj, and Sign board to Modon Nagar cross road , Narayanganj by Bus, Turn left and Pick-up CNG or Auto rickshaw to move directly to Tajmohal (7 KMs distance), Perabo, Sonargaon, Narayanganj.

Brief History:

 

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The Curzon Hall-A historical place with the remembrance of lord Curzon in the heart of Dhaka University

The Curzon Hall -A historical place with the remembrance of  lord Curzon in the heart of Dhaka University

Location: Dhaka University, Dhaka

Brief History:
The Curzon Hall (Bengali : কার্জন হল) is an ancient building which is used as the Faculty of Science at the University of Dhaka. Lord Curzon, the Viceroy of India of England King, had laid the foundation stone in 1904 at the time of establishing of Dhaka University by the year of 1921.

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The Bangladesh Lok O Karu Shilpa Foundation-A place where local heritage, Bengali culture, architectural presentation and mother nature exists hand in hand

The Bangladesh Lok O Karu Shilpa Foundation (Bengali: বাংলাদেশ লোক ও কারুশিল্প ফাউন্ডেশন)-A place where local heritage, Bengali culture, architectural presentation and mother nature exists hand in hand
Location: Narayanganj

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The Panam City-A place of glorious past of Bangladesh with great archaeological housing structures of 19th century

The Panam City (Bengali: পানাম সিটি)-A place of glorious past of Bangladesh with great archaeological housing structures of 19th century

Location: Sonargaon, Narayanganj, Bangladesh (around 40 kilometers off the capital, Dhaka.)

How to go to the Panam city: From Gulisthan, Dhaka to Sonargaon, Narayanganj

Brief history:
Sonargaon, the city of gold, was a historic administrative, commercial and maritime center in Bengal. It was the seat of the medieval Muslim rulers and governors of eastern Bengal. The city was described by numerous historic travelers, including Ibn Battuta, Ma Huan, Niccolò de’ Conti and Ralph Fitch as a thriving center of trade and commerce. It served as the capital of Sultan Fakhruddin Mubarak Shah, Isa Khan and the Baro-Bhuyan Confederacy.

Panam ancient Painam, a locality now in Sonargaon upazila of Narayanganj district, about 2.5 kilometer to the north of Dhaka-Chittagong highway at Mograpara point.

Panamnagar, a unique township, stretched in a single street 5 meter wide on the average and 600 meter in length. All the buildings have the character of urban street front houses and are lined up on either side of this street which ends up at the Panam bazar. Fifty-two houses exist in dilapidated and disused condition having 31 in the north side of the street and 21 on the south. Panamnagar appears to be well protected by artificial canals all around. Two fairly wide canals run parallel to the street on its either side and joined by a narrow canal on the western side over which is the entrance bridge (Panamnagar Bridge). On the eastern side, the canal on the south swerves rightward and goes eastward crossing the north-south road that passes through the Panam bazar. The northern canal, the Pankhiraj Khal, runs eastward to meet the Meghna-Menikhali stream.

Monuments and structures of Panam, built blending the Indo-European architectural styles, reflect the socio-economic condition and lifestyle of merchants and the elite class in the British colonial period. The city was established as a trading center of cotton fabrics during British rule. Hindu cloth merchants built their residential houses following colonial style with inspiration derived from European sources.

The New York-based World Monument Fund in 2006 included Panam Nagar in its World Monuments Watch List of 100 Most Endangered Sites. At present this area is protected under the department of archeology of Bangladesh.

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The Tajmahal of Bangladesh alias the Banglar Tajmahal, The pride of Bangladesh

The Tajmahal of Bangladesh alias the Banglar Tajmahal (Bengali: বাংলার তাজমহল), The pride of Bangladesh

Location: Banglar Tajmohal, Perabo, Sonargaon, Narayanganj

Entrepreneur: Ahsan Ullah Moni

How to go to Tajmohal:
From Mirpur-10, Dhaka to Sign board, Narayanganj, and Sign board to Modon Nagar cross road , Narayanganj by Bus, Turn left and Pick-up CNG or Auto rickshaw to move directly to Tajmohal (7 KMs distance), Perabo, Sonargaon, Narayanganj.

Brief History:
The Taj Mahal of Bangladesh (Bengali: তাজমহল বাংলাদেশ) is the brain child of Mr. Ahsanullah Moni (Bengali: অহসানুল্লাহ মনি), a film-maker of Bangladesh. He announced his ‘Copycat version’ of Taj Mahal project in Bangladesh in December, 2008. The cost of the project estimated as about US $ 56 Million. Mr. Moni came up with the idea of building a Taj Mahal in 1980 when he visited the real Taj in Agra, northern India for the first time. According to him, he had built the Tajmahal as half of the population living in Bangladesh below the poverty line  and they cannot afford to travel to India to see the real thing. Everyone dreams about seeing the Taj Mahal but very few Bangladeshis can make the trip because it’s too expensive for them. Mr. Moni had visited the original in 1980 for the first time and paid six return trips. He hired a group of architects and sent them to India to measure it. He claimed that he used the same marble and stone as in the original Taj. He also claimed that he used machinery which saves time to build the entire Tajmahal in Bangladesh. Otherwise it would have taken 20 years and 22,000 workers to complete it. The Tajmahal of Bangladesh was built 20 miles northeast of Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh.

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The Shadhinota Ishtombho alias the independent monument

The Shadhinota Ishtombho alias the independent monument (Bengali:স্বাধীনতা স্তম্ভ)
Location:
 Historical grounds of Suhrawardy Udyan, Shahabagh, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Brief History:
The Shadhinota Ishtombho (or Swadhinata Stambha) alias the independent monument (Bengali: স্বাধীনতা স্তম্ভbuilt with a tower of light made of stacked glass sheets surrounded by artificial water body in three of its side built in Suhrawardy Udyan (Bengali: সোহরাওয়ার্দী উদ্যান) is the first of its kind in Bangladesh. This tower is built on the top of steel structure. The height of this tower is 150 feet and the width of this tower is 16 feet in two sides. Crystal glasses are placed on the above of this structure.

The tower is placed in the center of 67 acres-wide Suhrawardy Udyan. The glass tower was built on the place where the commander-in-chief of East Pakistan Army Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi signed the papers of his surrender in 1971.The total cost of this project is Tk. 175 crore or Tk. 17.5 million. A paved floor (Bengali: পাকা চাতাল বা প্লাজা) with 5669 square meter was also built in front of the tower. The rays of the light built in the glass tower is thrown 5 KMs above the tower. The tower looks elegant as the rays of light come out from every single inches of the tower during the night time. The whole tower turns into a white pillar.

An underground museum (Bengali: স্বাধীনতা জাদুঘর) was also built under this tower. A 155 seated auditorium is built top of the museum.The museum includes a mural works, multi-media projection theater, amphitheater, a number of walk ways, marble floors, a water body and other ancillary facilities.The underground museum of the project comprises a total of 144 photographs with historical values. A large photograph of the historical March 7 speech of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and and another large photograph of the surrender of the commander-in-chief of East Pakistan Army Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi is another attraction of the underground museum. Some terracotta murals on war-heroes and the events of the Liberation War, a 2000-seat auditorium, and an open-air theater was also enriched the museum. There is a waterfall in the center of the underground museum which is also attraction of this museum.

The Sikha Chironton alias the Eternal Flame (Bengali: শিখা চিরন্তনী) stands near this tower. A Wall painting was also made based on the history of liberation war.

This tower is built with the cost of Tk. 138 core or TK 13.8 million. The chief architect of Arbana, Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury and Marina Tabassum had contributed the drawing which came through a nation-wide competition. Based on this design, the construction was started back in 1999. The Manager of this project was Md Shahbuddin. This was inaugurated on 26th March, 2015.

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