Gandhi Ashram Trust

Type: Museum
Contributed By: Nayeem


Mahatma Karamchand Gandhi, the father of India, was the pioneer of the liberation movement of India from the British Empire. He visited Noakhali in 1946 and the place he lived is now turned into a memorial complex situated 25 kilometers away from the Noakhali District.

The very brief history of India: In 1946, just before the liberation of Pakistan from India, there were some social anarchy began in the undivided India. At that time, he decided to visit different places where the massacre started. According to his plan, he visited Noakhali and gave a peace speech. Gandhi was interested to set up a technical training institute at “Joyag” area for the rural uneducated people because he believed that only education can change the mind of a man and keep themselves away from being involved in crimes like killing/looting etc. At that time, a local lawyer, named Hemanta Kumar invited him to stay at his home. Hemanta was believed as the first barrister in this region on that time. He donated his land and building to Gandhiji and Gandhiji was pleased to him too. Gandhi used to drink only goat milk and he always carried a goat with his team. One night, the goat of Gandhi was stolen from the complex. After that he returned to Bihar (India) but willing to come again to continue the activities of the vocational training center. After that, Pakistan got independence from India. In 1948, Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated by fire and never managed to came back to Noakhali before his death. That was his only visit. In 1971, the east part of Pakistan declared themselves independent and named Bangladesh. Noakhali belongs to Bangladesh now. The Institute is now running autonomously in collaboration with the Bangladesh government.

Current Condition of Gandhi Ashram Trust: After his death, the Pakistani government tried to destroy his memories and work. The Pakistanis always hated Gandhi and all the Hindu people. During the period of 1947-1971, Pakistani people and their supporters forced Hindus to settle in India and destroyed their properties. After 1971, the Independent country Bangladesh began to preserve his history. The Vocational instituted was then named “Gandhi Ashram Trust” and started to serve local rural people. But now after 2000, the training activities started to decline. People are much more interested to move towards to a city now. Now the building is converted into a museum where lots of photos of Gandhi’s earlier life is found.

The Ashram Trust is located in Joyag, Sonaimuri, Noakhali district. It is actually situated at Noakhali – Ramganj (Laksmipur) highway. There are some other branches of Gandhi Ashram are established to achieve the mission of Mahatma Gandhi in many different districts of Bangladesh. But actually the historical place where Gandhi resided in Bangladesh is in Noakhali.

How to go

From Maijdi/Choumohoni a Bus moving toward Ramganj which has stoppage at Joyag. From joyag you can hire a Rickshaw to the trust or you may walk.

How To Reach: Noakhali District

Noakhali, a traveler’s unique destination, is located in the South-Eastern part of Bangladesh. On the north, the beautiful district is bounded by Comilla, the Mehgna River. On its south, resides the Meghna River and The Bay of Bengal. While Feni and Chittagong districts lie on the east, Lakshmipur and the Bhola districts are located on the west side.

Dhaka and Noakhali districts are linked by road. You can take bus from Dhaka to reach Noakhali. Some of the bus services are listed below for your assistance.

1. Ekushey Paribahan
Contact: 01678047382
Departure: Mirpur- 6:00 am; Jigatola- 6:30 am; Sayedabad- 7 and 7:30 am

2. Bilash
Contact: 01712693836
Counter: TT Para, Sayedabad

3. VIP
Contact: 01819120623
Counter: TT Para, Sayedabad
Time: 6:30 am to 9 am

4. Shahi
Contact: 01913628038
Departure: Mirpur- 4:40 am; Jhigatola- 5:40 am; Sayedabad- 6:40 am and 7:40 am

Where to Stay

Some places to stay in Noakhali are listed below for your assistance.

1. Pubali Hotel
Address: Main road (Paurakalyan High School), Maijadi Court, Noakhali
Contact: 0321-61257

2. Hotel Al Morshed
Address: Main road (Jame Masjid turn), Maijadi Court, Noakhali
Contact: 0321-62173

3. Hotel Rafsan
Address: Main road, Maijadi Court, Noakhali
Contact: 0321-61395

4. Noakhali Circuit House
Address: Noakhali Sadar Upazila
Phone: 0321-621510

5. Zila Parishad Dak Bungalow
Address: Sonapur, Noakhali
Phone: 0321-62296

Things to do

You can visit the “Jiner Mosjid”(জীনের মসজিদ) in Ramganj, Laksmipur.

Eating Facilities

Referred to where to eat in Noakhali, click here


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