Gopalganj: The Mausoleum of Bongobondhu

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Earlier this morning, today we have visited the SM Sultan Memorial and later came to the Gopalganj district(গোপালগঞ্জ জেলা) through a long journey. It wasn't that much comfortable. We have to used several poor local bus services on our way. Local bus of Narail(নড়াইল) wasn't that much comprehensive, but it was awesome at Gopalganj(গোপালগঞ্জ). The highway was smooth and wide enough, and had lot of spaces, even inside the local bus either. From Gopalganj(গোপালগঞ্জ) we have visited the Court Mosque and later moved for the Tungipara(টুঙ্গিপারা) to visit the Mausoleum of Bongobondhu(বঙ্গবন্ধু).

Its another bright and sunny day and we have just entered inside the premise.

We have reached at Tungipara(টুঙ্গিপারা) after having a 30-35 minutes of bus journey from the town. Being Saturday, and also for the middle of the day, the road was totally vacant, and also the mausoleum. It seemed like we were the only travelers there for that time, later few more added. It was a vast area, but all together only 5/6 visitors were exploring the things.

Its probably the minaret of the mosque, and look at the sky!!

For your information, it doesn't require any ticket to visit the mausoleum. It was a very bright and sunny day. The sky was full with clouds and that time, everything was looking awesome. In fact I was trying to shot only the clouds from the sky using my camera.

The gallery of the open stage.

But after entering inside the mausoleum, it had a rain for 20-30 minutes. So we had to stay under a roof. This time we have explored the display gallery that was having lot of photos of Bongobondhu(বঙ্গবন্ধু) from different occasions and times. It is probably a gallery and library together, I can't remember right now. It has an open stage with an 'audience gallery' beside the library.

Open stage for cultural program may be.

After disappearing the rain, we have moved for the grave of Bongobondhu(বঙ্গবন্ধু). It requires to go through a long path from the gallery to the grave. The grave is covered under a nicely designed structure. I have seen few people were reciting the Holy Qur'an there. Everyone is allowed to enter inside the structure, but not allowed to take any photographs. I don't know why, but there may be some reason.

The rain is just started.

After exploring everything around, we have returned back from there and came outside. There have several fast food shops which basically sell the Chotpoti(চটপটি) and Fuchka(ফুচকা). We just required to have a sit for a while for refresment. Also we had no changes in our hand, all were big monetary notes. So we have decided to have few snacks from there, that would help us to change the currency as well as provide some rest.

View of outside as soon as the rain is disappeared.

It had a vast paddy field beside that area. Mostly were under water as it was rainy season. The sky was full with clouds. The gentle bridge was bonus and awesome. So the taste of the snacks weren't that much important that time. I wanted to prolong our staying further, but couldn't as we had to move for our next destination. In fact it was the Arpara Munsi Bari that we have explored after leaving the place.

Gallery inside the library for visitors.

How to Go:

The mausoleum of Bongobondhu(বঙ্গবন্ধু) is located at the Tungipara Upazela(টুঙ্গিপারা উপজেলা) of Gopalganj district(গোপালগঞ্জ জেলা). To visit this mausoleum, you have to come to the Tungipara(টুঙ্গিপারা) first. Here are the steps to visit this place.

1) Take a bus from the Launch Ghat of Gopalganj(গোপালগঞ্জ) town. Just ride on a bus that will go beside the Tungipara(টুঙ্গিপারা). It will basically drop you at the Patgati of Tungipara(পাটগাতী, টুঙ্গিপারা). Bus fare will be 25 Taka per person. GPS Coordinate of the Patgati(পাটগাতী) is (22°53'40.30"N, 89°53'25.90"E).

2) Take a battery drive vehicle to reach at the Mausoleum from the Patgati(পাটগাতী). It will be 10 Taka per person and will take around 6-10 minutes.

GPS Coordinate of the Mausoleum is (22°54'15.29"N, 89°53'56.11"E).

A lovely interior inside the library.

About Bongobondhu(বঙ্গবন্ধু):

More detail about Bongobondhu(বঙ্গবন্ধু) can be found from the following wikipedia link.

Photo of Young Bongobondhu, I have seen this on wikipedia before.

A road inside the premise.

This attractive monument holds the grave of Bongobondhu inside.

This attractive monument holds the grave of Bongobondhu inside.

This attractive monument holds the grave of Bongobondhu inside.

This attractive monument holds the grave of Bongobondhu inside.

Bongobondhu lived here.

The dome of the mosque, and the clouds.

A magnificent path through the lights and shades.

This is what I was enjoying while I was having my snacks outside the mausoleum.

The mausoleum of Bongobondhu,
Upazela: Tungipara(টুঙ্গিপারা),
District: Gopalganj(গোপালগঞ্জ),
Country: Bangladesh,
GPS Coordinate (22°54'15.29"N, 89°53'56.11"E).

This article is written by Lonely Traveler,
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