Hajiganj Fort

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Hajiganj Fort (হাজীগঞ্জ দুর্গ) also called Khizrpur Fort, situated at Hajiganj locality of Narayanganj on the western bank of the Sitalakshya (শীতলক্ষ্যা). Having the characteristics of a water fort, it was originally built just at the point where the old Buriganga (বুরিগঙ্গা) discharged into the Sitalakshya. It may have been built soon after Islam Khan established the Mughal capital at Dhaka, and was intended to countercept the raids of the Magh and Portuguese pirates.

The fort, quadrangular in size, consists of a pentagonal curtain wall machicolated for muskets with rounded corner bastions. On the inner side of the curtain wall there is 1.22 meter high rampart walkway from the base of the curtain wall which is itself pierced by several musketry holes. Each of the corner bastions has staircase inside up to the rampart level and its merlons have wider holes in between meant for gun firing. In a corner of the fort quadrangle there is a free tall square column of brickwork which seems to be a guard tower. The existence of this column links the fort with other water forts of the time. The existence of the elevated platform for the setting of cannons is an important feature of the fort.

The only small gateway of the fort towards the river side suggests that the means of communication was by the river. The pentagonal gateway is placed in a rectangular structure with engraved rectangular arches on the both sides. The top of the gateway is decorated with lotus finial. There having no other structure inside the fort, it seems that the fort was occupied only in the rainy season when the pirates were expected, and that the occupants used tents as their shades. The fort area is now being used as the Fire Brigade headquarters of Narayanganj.

How to go

Hajiganj Fort is located at the center of the Narayanganj town. You shouldn’t face any difficulties to locate this fort. At first,Come to the Chashara (চাষাড়া) of Narayanganj using BRTC or any similar buses departing from Gulistan. Fare is around 40 taka per person. You can use train too. From Chashara take a rickshaw and ask the driver to drop you at the Hajiganj Fort. Local people know this as Kella instead of Dugo/Fort.

How To Reach: Narayanganj District

The distance from Dhaka to Narayanganj is 28.1 km, which is around 47 minutes travel from the Dhaka city. By air, the distance between Dhaka and Narayanganj is 13.71 km. This distance is equal to 8.52 miles, and 7.4 nautical miles. These directions are for planning purposes only. You may find that construction projects, traffic, weather or other events may cause conditions to differ from this, and you should plan your route accordingly. You must obey all signs or notices regarding your route.

By Road:
1. Bandhan (From Motijheel to Narayanganj, Direct)
From Motijheel to Narayanganj

2. Ekata (From Gulistan to Narayanganj)
From Gulistan to Shib Market, Narayanganj

3. Ullash (From Gulistan to Narayanganj)
From Gulistan to Narayanganj

Where to Stay

1. Hotel Meheran
Shonaton Pal len road

2. Hotel Shonali
1no. Railgate, Pal road

3. Hotel Narayanganj
1no. Sirajuddoula road

4. Hotel Shugondha
Liakat Super Market,12/20 Digu babur bazar

5. Hotel Shurma
17no. Shahid Sohrawardi road

6. Hotel Rupayan
6no. S.S. road

Things to do

There are a few number of Water fort existing in different region of Bangladesh. This is one of those. Similarity in architectural properties with Idrakpur Mughol water fort proves that it might be constructed in the temporary timeline. If you would like to study and observe Mughol stylistic water fort, then it’s a better option awaiting just nearby Dhaka.

Eating Facilities

There are many local restaurants and hotels are available around the Bandar area. Beside those, Referred to where to eat in Narayanganj, click here


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