The adjoining district of Dhaka is Narayanganj Rupganj.
In every Upazila of Narayanganj, including the capital of Isa Khan, there are many unknown and beautiful places with innumerable historical monuments.
Although 222 villages have not been visited due to his home being in Rupganj of Narayanganj, his 150+ villages have been visited from time to time. When I have time, I still come back somewhere.
The exact history of naming Rupganj is not yet known from anyone but it is difficult to know that there was an influential zamindar named Rupbanu after whom Rupganj was named.
The name Rupganj is as beautiful as every village and no part of it is less beautiful.
The Shitalakshya river, which flows through the main and central parts of the Upazila, also divides Rupganj Upazila from the Balundi river in the southwest and the Brahmaputra river in the southeast.
Historical monuments and beautiful places of Rupganj Upazila: –
#Government_murapara_college # zamindar_bari: –
The Murapara palace is situated on 72 bighas of land. This zamindar house was built by Babu Ram Ratan Banerjee who established Murapara zamindari in the area. The palace was then renovated and expanded by some of his descendants. In 189, zamindar Pratap Chandra Banerjee expanded the back of the building and settled here with his family.
His son Vijay Chandra Banerjee built a building in front of the palace in 1899 and dug two ponds. In 1909, the second floor of the palace was completed by his two sons, Jagadish Chandra Banerjee and Ashutosh Chandra Banerjee.
After the partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947, Jagadish Chandra moved to Calcutta with his family. The house has been abandoned ever since. The house was taken over by the then government of Pakistan in 1947 and a hospital and juvenile correctional facility were set up here. In 1986, school and college activities were conducted here. After the independence of Bangladesh in 1976, the Department of Archeology of Bangladesh took charge of the house and listed it as an archeological site. At present, it is known as Government Murapara College.
# Jamdani_sari: –
Jamdani is a wearable fabric made of cotton whose weaving method is unique. The design is embroidered with a third thread while weaving the jamdani. As at least 300 counts of yarn are used in muslin weaving, 70-80 counts of yarn are usually used in jamdani weaving. Hale Jamdani is made in many places but Dhaka is considered to be the original birthplace of Jamdani. The unique method of weaving jamdani has been recognized by UNESCO as a unique intangible cultural heritage.
Jamdani sari is very well known to Bengali women as the inheritor of ancient fine muslin cloth. Jamdani cloth is made by designing on muslin. Jamdani usually means sari. However, nakshi orna, kurta, turban, handkerchief, curtain, etc. were also made with jamdani. Sherwani designs with jamdani were in vogue in the 1800s. Jamdani cloth was also used to dye the regional dress of Mughal Nepal.
Jamdani is made in most of the villages of Rupganj, especially in Tarab municipality. In addition, BSIC industrial city has been set up in Noapara area of this municipality for making Jamdani
# 400_year_old_ banyan tree:
This is probably the second oldest banyan tree in Asia after Mallikpur in Kaliganj. The banyan tree exists across one acre of land. According to some, the age of the tree is 400 years, according to some, it is 500 years. Located in Kuladi mouza, this tree is especially known as Hirnal Bagbari banyan tree.
According to locals, the tree is 400 years old. The tree-lined tree by the side of the road is a place of rest for the traveler. The banyan tree has grown to a huge size by dropping one jhuri after another. The owner of this place is Al-Hadi (R.) one of the 360 Awliyas. He was the elder brother of Shah Ali (ra) of Mirpur. It is said that al-Hadi lived in this area about 500 years ago. It became khas after he died. According to the earlier dates, goats were used here. A permanent Kali Puja seat has been set up under this tree. People still swear here. However, no one has noticed yet. It is said that the then zamindar Ramratan Banerjee tried to pull the banyan tree with the help of an elephant. But could not. Jasim talked to the government about the banyan tree. He said, “My father and grandfather used to talk about this banyan tree.” According to him, the age of the tree is over 500 years. However, according to Nasir Fakir, the oldest person in Gai, ninety-five years old, the tree is over 300 and a half years old. He said, ‘My father Mojibur Rahman alias Thandu Fakir has survived for 100 years. Where is my father? My grandfather also sees this tree like that. Rabia Begum, a 50-year-old from Hirnal Bagbari, said, “We have been playing this banyan tree since we were children. Many people come here. Vows. Once there was a fire in the tree. There is a lot of dust. Later the fire was extinguished in the village. ‘
However, there is no conscious care for the banyan tree. The spectacular natural beauty of this vast banyan tree, the cool atmosphere of the birds chirping overwhelms the bewildered heart with wonder and joy.
If you want to see the banyan tree, you have to take a bus from Kuril Biswaroad to Kanchan Bridge. From there, by bus or by CNG, you can see this beautiful banyan tree of Hirnal along Kalni Road before Zinda Park.
Zinda Park is a famous entertainment and leisure center in Bangladesh. This park has been created at the initiative of common people. Lots of tourists come here every day.
A pioneer with about 5,000 members
Palli Samiti ”started its journey in 1970. The park was established as a result of the genuine efforts of this organization.
Zinda Park covers an area of about 150 acres. There are more than 10,000 trees of about 250 species. Lovely buildings add to the beauty of Zinda Park. It has 5 huge reservoirs. Where tourists can tour by boat. The park is a source of income for about 4,000 people. The park has 3 boards called Ops Cabinet, Ops Parliament, and Ops Commission. However, the RAJUK authorities announced their support for the development of the park. The park is open to tourists every day at 9 am.
At present, the Dhaka International Trade Fair is being held in Agargaon of the capital, but due to space crisis and traffic congestion, it has been announced to spread to Rupganj Purbachal. Although the trade fair was announced to be held in Purbachal in 2019, it was postponed to 2022 due to unfinished work and the non-availability of electricity.
In most of the villages of Rupganj, water lilies can be seen in various ponds and beels during the monsoon season and later, but only in the villages of Daudpur (adjacent to Zinda Park) lotus and red water lilies can be seen. Although lotus and water lilies can be seen all over the wide bill, it is slowly being buried under the sand. Most of the people in the area eat shapla as a vegetable.
#Winter_ mustard: –
Most of the people in this area have been cultivating mustard since ancient times. At present, farmers are gradually moving away from mustard cultivation as it is not profitable
At present most of the area of Purbachal was once a small hillock and deep forest. In addition, monkeys, tigers, foxes, and many other animals live. The modern city of Purbachal is being built by cutting down trees in the style of Purbachal and leveling the hills and filling the beels with sand. At present, 300 acres are reserved for the forest, but most have been destroyed.
Although the number of date palms is very insignificant as there are many plants in every village of Rupganj Upazila, many people gather in winter just to eat date juice.
# Autumn_flower: –
Jalsiri Housing Project is located in the western part of Rupganj Thana covering an area of 300 feet wide in Purbachal. In the autumn, the whole of this accommodation is full of cashew flowers. As far as the eye can see, only cashew flowers can be seen.
If you wish, you can go all day and take a little peace by jumping into the Shitalaksha river.
In addition, a new bridge awaiting the inauguration of the flyover and Shitalaksha Bridge has been constructed at Bhulta of the Upazila to ease traffic congestion.
Although it is around Dhaka, it is not possible to visit the entire Rupganj Upazila in 2/1 days. As there is no arrangement for you to stay, I left Dhaka in the morning. You have to go around all day and return home at the night.
How to get there: – There are two ways to go from the capital Dhaka by road.
1. BRTC bus from Kuril
2. Meghla / Glory transport from Kalabagan / Gulistan
Besides, if you want to go by water, you have to go to Kayetpara by trawler from Trimohoni of Khilgaon.
If you want to visit the whole Rupganj Upazila from Dhaka, it will cost a maximum of 1500-2000 TK in 2/3 days.