Nilphamari Tourist Spots

The word Nilphamari borrows from those aspects of the district’s identity that have been its greatest source of pride over the years. Nil in Bengali means the color blue and indigo and Famari refers to farmland where indigo was cultivated. Taken together, this means that this place is known as the Indigo Farming Land or Nilphamari. But the farming lands are lost to the past. The district was named during the 20th century. This place was then famous among the British firstly. During this period, a number of other regions also earned recognition for different reasons. Saidpur was notable as a train maintenance place. The workshop was established during 1840 for the Assam Bengal trains. Also the first of the telephone exchanges was established in Saidpur due to its importance to the British. In addition, it was also once the largest city of North Bengal during the British Era after Dhaka and Chittagong. It had and still has the British-made airbase and airport. Also the first of the British Cantonments was established in this district.

Communication
Commuting to Nilphamari is relatively convenient and comfortable. There are adequate numbers of services from Dhaka to Nilphamari including roads, railways and air services as well. There are not many bus services available to Nilphamari but there are three services which are commonly used as they provide both A/c and Non A/c Services. The price ranges from BDT 500 to BDT 1500 usually. The services are Nabil Paribahan, S.R Travels (Pvt) Ltd and Rozina Enterprise. The train services are also not direct; the trains which are destined to Khulna and Rajshahi are mostly taken by Nilphamari commuters. There are trains services from Rajshashi to Nilphamari which is Barendra express departing at 03.30 pm and from Khulna are the Simanta express and Rupsha express departing from 09.30 pm and 08.00 am. But there is a domestic airport which made the district an ideal place for travelling to the districts nearby. The flights that are available every day are, US Bangla Airlines 151 & 153, Novoair 961 & 965 and Biman 493. The price for the flights starts from BDT 3000 to BDT 5000.

Food
There are no special foods in Nilphamari but since the area is a farming land, the fruits and vegetables are famous in the surrounding region.

Tourist spots of Nilphamari

1

Chini Mosque

Although it is still incomplete, this mosque is intricately designed. It was established in 1863. The mosque is exclusively designed with 243 Shankar Marble Stone and almost 25 tonnes’ worth China Clay. Behind the making of this mosque are the efforts of hundreds of designers and workers who toiled day and night. Today the mosque is still incomplete with 5 minarets still unfinished and 27 completed. How to go there? The mosque is situated in the Saidpur area where both land and rail way routes may be used by visitors to visit the place.
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2

Nil Sea

The original name of the lake was Binna Lake which had an area of 33 acres of space. The lake is estimated to date back to the 8th or 9th century AD where the lake was unearthed for drinking purposes. Over time its condition deteriorated due to negligence. After 1979 the government renovated it and opened it for tourist attraction. How to go there? The location is close to Nilphamari Town which makes it easier to avail local transports to the lake.
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3

Dhormopal Palace

The palace is situated by a river which is currently in ruins. The palace had several water bodies around it which made the palace even more beautiful. The palace was said to be of King Dhormopal but there are no exact documents to prove to prove the authenticity of this fable. How to go there? The location is near to Nilphamari Town making it easier for visitors to take local transports to travel to it.
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4

Nil Hut

The current officers club of Nilphamari was once a trading place for indigo cultivators. There use to be offices to monitor them. It has now disintegrated and remains only in history now except the architecture of the building. It is famous for its architecture attracting different visitors every day. How to go there? The structure is inside the Nilphamari Town where the local transports are available to the location.
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5

Tista Barrage And Canal

The dam was constructed to help the farmers with frequent supply of water and help the farmers in all seasons. The dam was build over the Tista River where the water supply is made through Tista Canal. The project was initiated during 1984 while the plan started from 1939. The area is calm, serene and rich with phenomena of scientific interest. Those interested in physics and technology can visit the place for greater insight. How to go there? The highway transports are recommended up to Dimla Upazila where there are local transports to the Barrage.
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6

Kundu Pond Shrine

Hazrat Mohiuddin Chisti (RA) was a renowned preacher of Islam who arrived in this area for spreading Islam. When he arrived, he established a shrine for his residence and work which is now known as Kundu Pond Shrine. When he arrived he had 17 disciplines with him to help. Now the current government is the governing body to monitor the activity of this mosque and do what once the preacher did when he was alive. How to go there? The shrine is in the Nilphamari Town therefore the local transports available to take tourists to go to the destination.
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7

Harishchandra Palace

The palace is of the King Harishchandra which is beside the river Charal Kata. Currently there are ruins only and only the base of the palace remains. During tides the palace rises and drowns making the palace more fascinating. How to go there? The location is at Khutmara Union of Joldhaka Upazilla. Visitors have to take highway transports till Joldhaka Upazilla then travel rest of the way using local transports.
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