Sirajganj is more reputed for its jute production and handloom products than travel and tourism. Despite that fact, there are a lot of beautiful places and tourist spots in the district to visit. Incidentally, it is also home to some of the most renowned Bengali personalities such a Suchitra Sen, Ismail Hossein Siraji, as well as the notable Bengali politician and reformist Mawlana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani. It was originally a sub-division under Pabna that was later on recognized as a district. Sirajganj is bordered by multiple districts; on the north side lie Natore and Bogra, on the east Manikganj and Tangail, on the west Natore and on the south side also, Natore. Currently, it is of strategic importance due to the Jamuna Bridge running through it.
Due to its past glory as the jute capital of Bangladesh SIrajganj has a good overall communications system and network. Travelling to Sirajganj is viable by road, railway and waterways. The average road journey from Dhaka to Sirajganj takes about 4 hours, the distance being 130km. Almost all of the major and minor bus transport operators provide regular service to Sirajganj with the average ticket price ranging between Bdt 250 to Bdt 350. Also, train travel is also possible with multiple trains leaving for Sirjganj during various time of the day. Actually, train travel is more preferred from Dhaka to Sirajganj since the district is in close proximity and it takes less time to travel there by train. The average train fare from Dhaka to SIrajganj is between Bdt 150- Bdt 200. Besides these methods, water travel and transportation is also available in very limited scope. The only port in SIrajganj is located at Baghabari of Shahjadpur upazilla. Mainly this route is used for commercial purposes between Chittagong and Sirajganj.
Accommodation & Food
Due to a substantial volume of trade and commerce occurring in the area, there are a small number of hotels in Sirajganj though none of them are of premium quality and service. Sirjganj doesn’t have any specialized local delicacy that is unique to SIrajganj. Standard Bangla cuisine is available in Sirajganj. There are also some local sweets found only in Sirajganj that resembles candies.
As mentioned above, despite the commercial importance there are a lot of worthwhile places in Sirajganj to visit. Some of the most magnificent places to visit while in Sirajganj are mentioned below.
One of the biggest eco-park initiatives in Bangladesh, this tourist spot has not been able to realize its full potential due to bad management. It is home to a diverse variety of flora and fauna that includes various fruits and medicines. However due to lack of proper facilities it doesn’t receive much recognition. Despite the fact, it is still a very beautiful place to visit. The 600-acre park was established back in 2008 with the initiative to draw international tourists to Sirajganj. One of the main zoo attractions in this park is the spotted deer.
How to go there?
The Bangabandhu Jamuna Eco Park is located in Soydabad of Sirajganj. One can directly travel form Dhaka to Soydabad or travel to Sirajganj and go to the park from there. The common mode of transport in both cases will be taking a bus and then rickshaw to reach the final location. View more
Shahjadpur mosque is one of the major historical attractions of Sirajganj. Built in 1528, it is commonly asserted that Shah Mokdum (R) is the founder of this mosque. No inscription denotes any specific details about its establishment. Observing the architecture, archeologists concur that the mosque was built during the Sultanate period of Bengal. The mosque is characterized and differentiated from similar structures in other districts by the 8 distinct black pillars that support the entire edifice.
How to go there?
The Shahjadpur mosque is located in Hurasagar of Durgapara. To reach the location one has to travel to Hurasgar from Sirajganj town by bus. After reaching there one can avail a local van or rickshaw to travel to the destination. View more
Another place to visit in Sirajganj that is of significant cultural heritage is the Eliot Bridge. It is a quaint structure dating back to the British period that has no pillars. This bridge is also a monument to some of the major historically significant events in Bengal, including the liberation war. The initiative for the bridge was started by Bitsonbell, the governor of Bengal before Sir Charles Eliot became the governor. Bitsonbell observed the hardships of the local people and took the initiative to build the bridge along with the then businessmen of Sirajganj. Later on Sir Eliot established the foundation for the 180 ft long bridge that stands proudly to this day.
How to go there?
Eliot bridge runs over Baral region of Sirajganj, Since it is situated on the highway one can travel there by personal transportation or get down at Baral and hire a rickshaw to the bridge’s location. View more
Bangabandhu Bridge is the main connecting structure that connects the eastern and western part of Bangladesh with the central part of Bangladesh. Constructed in 1998, it is considered the 11th longest bridge in the world as well as the 6th largest bridge in Asia. The north Bengal is connected to this bridge through Bhuapur and Tangail. One can view the bridge and the scenic beauty by going near the bridge as only vehicles are allowed on the bridge.
How to go there?
One has to stay on the highway to visit the location. The easiest way to go there is to stop at either Aristocrat or Food Village Highway Restaurants to park transportation. From there one can hire a rickshaw or walk on foot to reach the destination. View more