Natore is one of the more frequented tourist spots in Bangladesh. It was a beacon of attraction for decades as a romantic tourist spot due to heavy literary influences. However interest in this town as a tourist location has faded a lot in the recent years thanks to the declining habit of reading books. It still boasts some beautiful scenic locations and quaint historical structures worth visiting. Originally, Natore was just a huge water body that was converted into a city through the efforts of Raja Ramjibon Rai during the 16th century. It is mainly notable for a large scale war during the liberation war and the home town of Queen Bhabani who was the first woman to encourage female education actively all over Bengal.
Natore has two primary modes of travel from any part of the country; by road and by rail. The distance form Dhaka to Natore is about 203 km, a roughly 5 hour journey without any problems or obstacles. Most major transport providers like Ena, Green Line, Shohag, Hanif, SA Paribahan and SR paribahan provide daily and weekly transportation services. The average bus fare from Dhaka to Natore costs between Bdt 250 to Bdt 400 depending on the transport operator chosen for the journey. Journey by train is also equally viable with regular trains leaving for Natore in every 8 hour intervals. The train fare from Dhaka to Natore costs between Bdt 140 to Bdt 250. The train journey takes around 3 hours which is quicker than the bus journey.
Accommodation & Food
Due to the limited tourist and visitor presence in Natore there aren’t that many good hotels or motels. The district is mainly renowned for its sweets kachagolla and roshmalai. Both are milk-based sweets found best in Natore. Some of the hotels in Natore are given below.
As mentioned before, Natore is less frequented by tourists and visitors compared to other parts of Bangladesh. While there are some historical and natural locations, the more attractive locations are the modern ones that have been established over the last few years. Some of the most notable points of interest in Natore are described and detailed below.
The Uttara Gonobhavan was established in the 18th century as a resort for the Nawabs and Zamindars modeled on the British style and standards. It was made by Raja Doyaram during the benevolent rule of Rani Bhavani, the pioneer of women’s education establishment in Bengal history before the likes of Sufia Kamal or Begum Rokeya. Different decoration parts and pieces of the Uttara Gonobhavan were exported from Europe, primarily from Italy. It is also locally known as the Dighapatia Rajbari. Located near Natore town, currently it is used as the prime ministers vacation residence in the country’s northern parts. During the British rule it served extensively as the base of administrative operations in the region for harvesting of indigo plants. During the Pakistan rule it also served as the vacation point for then President Ayub Khan and the East Pakistan Governor Abdul Monem Khan. It is a huge complex sprawling over 43 acres of land and it is widely tegarded for the gardens and architectural beauty.
How to go there?
The Uttara Gonobhavan lies in the peripheries of Natore town and as a result is a very easy place to reach. One can easily take a rickshaw or CNG to travel to the location from Natore town. View more
Chalanbeel is one of the most famous, ‘beel’ or wetlands in Bangladesh. It is mostly famous and popular for its ecological and biological diversities. It is the biggest wetland in Bangladehs with over 50 rivers and waterways flowing through it. Some of the biggest rivers in Bangladesh like Sitalakhya, Padma and Meghna also flow through Chalanbeel. The beel is spread over a huge area covering the Gurudaspur and Singra upazillas also. Chalanbeel is basically a vast interconnection of water networks over a huge area. Different trees and plants like kash, babla, nol, simul and date trees grow in the beel enhancing its beauty. Different species of amphibian reptile like frogs and snakes inhabit the ecological environment in the beel. In recent years this location has suffered a lot due to excessive use of pesticides by farmers. This place is not very safe to visit during monsoon.
How to go there?
One can travel to either the Singra or Gurudaspur upazilla of Natore to visit this locaton. To reach either destination one has to avail bus service. After reaching the respective upazillas a rickshaw can be hired to reach the banks of the beel. View more
Another notable place of historic interest in Natore is the Natore Rajbari. It used to be the home residence for the Zamindars of Natore, who were once considered the biggest zamidars in all of Bengal. It was constructed by the Zamindar brothers Ramjibon and Raghunondon. Rani Bhabani was the daughter-in-law of Ramjibon zamindar. It is built over a large area of 42 acres, almost as big as the Uttara Gonobhavan. Currently the Rajbari serves as the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Natore. The rooms of the Rajbari are large and spacious with beautiful murals and decorations used tastefully throughout the interior. There are also many statues of Hindu gods and goddesses in the Rajbari.
How to go there?
Natore Rajbari is located inside the town of Natore itself. So, to travel there one need only avail a rickshaw to reach the location. View more
The only important Christian church in the region, the ST. Mary Catholic Church is one of the earliest churches established I Bengal during the early stages of British rule. It was the main base for Church activities in Natore during the British rule. It has been well maintained from its inception and as a result it looks comparatively new unlike most of the similar structures dating back to the same time period in Bangladesh.
How to go there?
The St. Mary Catholic church is located in Borogram upazilla of Natore. One can easily reach there by hiring a local CNG or rickshaw. View more