Dhanbari Nawab Manzil

Type: Palace
Contributed By: Nayeem


Dhanbari Nawab Manzil (ধনবাড়ি নবাব মনজিল) is locally known as Nawab Bari (নবাব বাড়ী). This is now owned by the descendants of Nawab Ali Chowdhury (নবাব আলী চৌধুরী). They have been taking a good care of this palace and also built several cottages inside the premise for the tourists for staying. This is the only heritage resort from our Bangladesh. This is also known as Dhanbari (ধনবাড়ী) Royal Resort. Inside the premise is very much neat and clean, adequate amount of stuffs and guards are around there to take care of everything.

Most of the Zamindar (জমিদার) mansions from Bangladesh were owned by the Hindu Zamindar (জমিদার). After the division of the country during 1947, and also later 1971, most of those powerful owners were coerced to leave the country, or cringed away to avoid the secular vandalism. Which results their mammoth mansions left unprotected. Later government has taken control of few of those buildings and used as their official purpose (which are still in a presentable state). But others are in total ruin by now a days for lack of care.

But this Nawab (নবাব) Palace is totally different from those. As it was owned by the Muslim landlords, they didn’t have to leave the country or had nothing to fear. They were powerful during their ruling period. And yet still they are powerful on that region now a days. That’s why this palace is still in a very good condition and has been taken proper care to maintain its state.

This palace was built by the Nawab Ali Chowdhury (নবাব আলী চৌধুরী) during 1919 to invite the British Lord Ronaldshay. He Came near Koyra (কয়ড়া) using the Steamer and had a reception with 30 elephants. [Reference: www.dctangail.gov.bd].

One of the decedents from the Nawab (নবাব) Family named Nawab Hasan Ali Chowdhury (নবাব হাসান আলী চৌধুরী) was the Industrial Minister during the reign of East Pakistan. Also he was a member of the Parliament during 1978. Later, after his death, his daughter Saiyeda Asheka Akbar (সৈয়দা আশেক আকবর) was the member of the Parliament during 1981. This information will give you an idea about their power and now you understand why the palace is still in a good condition.

You’ll require to buy a ticket for 30 Taka to enter inside the palace premise. Each ticket is valid for 2 hours of visiting. The area is highly secured and the stuffs and guards around there are very much friendly. No unauthorized entries are entertained there. So no one will bother you while you are enjoying the surroundings.

How to go

Best way to go there using the private vehicles. Cause the available bus service is not that much handy. The service of that Bus is very poor. Using your private vehicle it will require around 4-4.5 hours to reach there.

If you want to use public transport, then Binimoy (বিনিময়) Bus Service is the option. This will start from Dhaka-Mohakhali (মহাখালী) Bus Terminal and stops exactly at the Dhanbari (ধনবাড়ী), beside the palace. Since this is a very much local service and has hundreds of stoppage, it will take around 6-7 hours to reach near there (or even more). For your information, that bus takes people standing inside, like the local bus of Dhaka.

Another option could be the Nirala (নিরালা) Bus service. Using that from Mohakhali (মহাখালী), you can come to the Tangail (টাঙ্গাইল) within around 3 hours. It’s a direct bus service with no stoppage. From Tangail (টাঙ্গাইল), you can use CNG auto rickshaw to reach near the palace. It will be around 2 hours of CNG ride.

Another option can be coming at Tangail (টাঙ্গাইল) is using the train service. But the train’s time schedule is not that much reliable in Bangladesh. So choice is yours.

How To Reach: Tangail District

It would take approximately 1 hour and 55 minutes to go Tangail from Dhaka City, via Kaliakair and Tongi. The distance is around 84.0 km. From Mohakhali (মহাখালী) bus terminal, several buses use to run for this district. It takes around 2-3 hours to reach there. Probably the Nirala (নিরালা) is the best service. After that Jhotila (ঝটিকা), Dhaleswari(ধলেশ্বরী) can be second choice. Also, you can go there by train, but I don’t know much about locomotive services.

1. Nirala Paribahan has the following regular routes from Dhaka: (Only Non-AC chair coach and normal bus services are available)

Dhaka – Tangail – Dhaka
Dhaka Counter of Nirala Paribahan:
Abdullahpur Board Bazar Bus
Counter: 01711-595776

Departure Places in Dhaka:

Transport Fare from Dhaka:
Transport fare from Dhaka to Tangail is Tk. 150 per person (subject to review).

2. Dhalessory Seatting Service
From Dhaka to Tangail
First trip 5:30am – Last trip 9:00pm
Fare: 90/=
Condition: Chair Coach
Address: Mohakhali counter, Mohakhali, Dhaka

3. Al-Rafi Paribahan

Address: Saydabad Counter
Phone: 01195374361, 01711357182

Passengers should to reach at bus stand at least before 10 minutes.
Passengers cannot carry illegal goods with him/her. In case of carrying illegal goods, the authority is not responsible for that.
Smoking is not allowed in bus.
If passengers come late at the bus stand and miss the bus, transport fare will not be given back to them.

Where to Stay

1) Palash house / night gandha residential hotels

Mosque Road, Tangail
phone: 0921-53154

2) Al Faisal Hotel Residential
Mosque Road, Tangail
phone: 0921-53918

3) Hotel Sagor Residential
New makert Road, Tangail
phone: 0921-54308

4) Apharin Hotel
Mosque Road, Tangail
Mobile: 01916782389

5) S.S rest House
akuratakur para, Tangail
phone: 0921-55180

6) Rural Electrification rest House
phone: 0921-53390

7) L.E.G.D rest House (Government)
phone: 0921-54261

8) Sugandha Hotel
Old busstand, Tangail
Mobile -01674-346815

9) Nirala Hotel
Nirala Mor, Tangail
phone: 0921-61363

10) Piyasi Hotel
Nirala Mor, Tangail
phone: 01711-352493

11) Hotel Kicokhon
Nirala Mor, Tangail
phone: 0921-55219

12) Hotel Aditya (residential)
Madhupur, Tangail
Mobile: 01716-796065

13) Hotel drim touch (residential)
Madhupur, Tangail
phone: 01717218799

14) Salban Residential Hotel
Madhupura, Tangail
Mobile: 01713-462103

15) Islamia guest house
Madhupur, Tangail
Mobile: 01917566234

16) Vai Vai guest house
Madhupur, Tangail
Mobile: 01190975539

17) Jamuna Resort Ltd.
syamasaila Vinod luhuriya kalihati, Tangail
Phone: 09239-76032-4
Fax: 09239-760325

18) Elenga Resort Limited residential hotels
Elenga kalihati, Tangail
phone: 02-9884322
Fax: 02-9881290

Things to do

Take pictures of the palace

Eating Facilities

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