Chapai Gachhi Beel - Kushtia

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Jhaudia is an attractive place for the travelers if they want to do something different. There is a wetlands named Chapai Gachhi Beel (not sure may be this one known as Jhaudia beel) located there. Local people also call this wetland as Nainda Majhi Para Beel (or Nandia). This is just around 5-10 minutes of rickshaw rides from Jhaudia Shahi mosque. This is a nice natural place to explore during winter, rainy season, or summer. It is a nice meeting point of several rivers and canals.

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The black rectangle is marked to show the Beel position

This is not listed at anywhere for the travelers. But this spot caught my eyes when I saw the map. I found an arc shaped area inside the map where 5 river or something like that joined together. So I've planned to visit the place to see and know what actually the place is. You can find the map in above image, and I have marked the area with a black rectangle.

During my visit it was a dry season (typical summer of May). Water level was so low that you could almost see the muddy bottom of the Beel (wetland). Also due to the dry season it made the shape of the wetland too narrow. After talking with the local people I came to know that during rainy season this wetland looks very beautiful and it uses to have prolific amount of flows in the water.

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Most of the villagers near the proximity of the Beel are living on fishing from there along with few cultivation. 80% of them are fisherman. Due to the dry season some people use to work at farms or pulling vans or rickshaws as a part time seasonal job. Local people are very frank and friendly. They have helped me a lot by providing company and information during our exploration. Would have nice to have some boat riding there but couldn't as I didn't see there any.

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I already knew that it has the meeting point for several rivers. So I have asked the fishermen about the rivers. But they didn't know the exact name of the rivers. But they told that the Beel would get inflow of water combined from three rivers and two canals. One of the river name they've said was Kali Gang, and the two canal names were Dakatia Khaal and Sagarkhali Khaal. This is what they knew more or less.

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The hospitality of the local people were such lovely that it convinced us to go there once again in Winter season. They claim that during the winter lot of migratory birds use to visit the Beel. They use to call those birds as Bideshi Hash (Foreign Duck). They assured us that the colorful birds would make us happy if we could come once again in winter. I've believe them cause the Beel was vast and it could easily draw attention from the migratory birds.

Our Van driver, his name is Shamim. This boy helped us a lot.

How to Go

Take the bus of Kushtia-Haushpur from the Chourhash mor of Kushtia town. Leave the bus at Jhaudia and it cost us around 20 Taka that time. From there take local vehicle to reach at the Jhaudia. You could hire a three wheeler like van or rickshaw to explore the area.

Chapai Gachhi Beel (or Jhaudia Beel),
District: Kushtia,
Country: Bangladesh,
GPS coordinate (23°47'21.5"N, 89°02'28.1"E).

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Sunday, 09th May 2010