Manikganj Tourist Spots

Manikganj district was a part of Faridpur District of Bangladesh once and then joined Dhaka in 1865 and finally became an independent district in 1984. The district is currently under Dhaka Division and is one of the outskirt districts to Dhaka. Manikganj was held as an important district during the liberation war as it was the gateway to Dhaka during the 1971 liberation war. Several notable battles took place in this city during that time which led to making the area historically very significant. The freedom fighting team orchestrated very deadly, strategic and organized guerilla warfare and they left no table unturned to save Dhaka from entering through this part of the entrance.

Geographically Manikganj is neighbored by Dhaka, Shirajganj, Tangail, Faridpur and Rajbari and the mightiest river Padma and Jamuna rivers flows through this district. The city also holds the distinct flavor of bygone Mughal and British era.

Communication
As Manikganj is near to Dhaka, the local transports are good enough for the travelers to visit the district. Direct to the city there are both local and counter services where fares vary from BDT 50 to BDT 100. Some services can be like, Shuvojatra Service, BRTC service, Village Line, Padma Line and a few more. The services are usually available from Dhaka Gulisthan, Gabtoli and Babu Bazar of Old Dhaka area. As for being closer to Dhaka, CNG services are also there but the costs are mostly contractual based and it depends from place to place and customer to customer. Of information to mention, the Manikganj holds the prestige of having one of the famous roads of Bangladesh, Dhaka Aricha Highway which is linked with the Bangabandhu Multipurpose Bridge over Jamuna River and the soon to be South East Asia’s longest bridge Padma Bridge over Padma River. With the massive constructions on the go, the district is added to serve the most important roads of Bangladesh which are soon to get added to the rails and airways also.

Tourist spots of Manikganj

1

Baliati Palace

The palace was basically a complex of Hindu religion preaching, a contemporary medical center and an entertainment place in the middle of the Baliati pond. This was built by the times richest landlord Baliati Family who ruled Bengal in the full of 19th century and a partial of the 20th century. They used to live in this palace as well which is now perfectly taken care by the Bangladesh Archeological Department. How to go there? There are local buses from Manikganj Town and would cost approximately BDT 15. The palace is in Saturia Upazilla and the places are almost 18 km apart.
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2

Teota Landlord Palace

This is another palace in the Shibaloy Upazilla of Manikganj. The palace was basically of two landlord brothers namely Babu Hema Shankar Rai Chowdhury and Babu Joy Shankar Rai Chowdhury and they were the landlords only of the Teota Area of this upazilla. Currently the palace is fully abandoned while some homeless people have taken shelter in few parts. How to go there? There are bus service available from Manikganj Town to Shibaloy first then rickshaw ride to the palace. Bus fare would be BDT 15 and rickshaw fare can depend with number of riders. There are also tempos available from Shibaloy to the palace which would cost similar to bus fare.
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Teota Nabaratan Shrine

The shrine is a part of the two landlord brothers’ superiority in the Shibaloy Upazilla. The reason to build the shrine was religious purpose but now the shrine is fully abandoned. The shrines are a part of the Teota palace area. How to go there? The place is adjacent to Teota palace and the communication way and medium is also same.
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Shiv Siddeshwari Temple

The temple was built and inaugurated during the time of Queen Victoria. The temple used to be a glory and prestige during the time and had marble made Shiv idol along with other idols too. They were stolen in the time of 1961-62 and now have cement made idols. The temple is still active and everyday preaching is going on. Currently it is in very crucial conditions and can have any calamities sooner or later. How to go there? The temple is near the Manikganj Town and going to the place can be made by rickshaw and tempo. The distance is 3km from Manikganj Town.
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5

Machain Mosque And Shrine

Manikganj starting accepting Islam very lately and it started during the British era. Therefore most of the Islamic Architecture found here are relatively new in compare to the ancient Hindu architecture. And this mosque and shrine is one example of the first of the Islamic rulings in here and it is well preserved by both the locals and government as well. How to go there? The mosque and shrine is very near to the town and mostly rickshaw is ideal to visit the place.
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6

Bathoimuri Shrine

This is a shrine of two Islam preachers among them on is the master while other is the follower. Afaz Uddin Pagla was the master while Shariat Ullah was the follower. This is 150 to 200 years old shrine where the tombs of the preachers are still there and annually a fair is hosted beside the shrine. How to go there? There are direct bus services to Ghior Upazilla, where the spot is, from Manikganj Town. The spot is near the bus stand.
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7

Kobiraj Bari

This is a landlord palace where the landlord gave the permission to many Kodiraj (herbal medicine practitioner) to stay. The reason was for the family medical issues that were in the family and as they have practiced, much of the treatments were solved in here. Along with that, many of the herbal medical inventions were found here and since then the place is a very tourism spot. How to go there? The spot is on the outskirts of the town where the local transports like rickshaws are the ideal medium to go.
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