Korotia Zamindar Bari (করটিয়া জমিদার বাড়ি) is located at the Korotia of Tangail (করটিয়া, টাঙ্গাইল). The famous Zamindar (জমিদার) of Tangail, Wajed Ali Khan Panni (ওয়াজেদ আলী খান পান্নি) built that palace beside the Putia River (পুটিয়া নদী) at Korotia (করটিয়া). The whole Zamindar palace premise having 1000m x 500m dimension comprises of lot of old buildings and ponds.
The main gate of the building is currently locked and no outsiders are entertained to have an entry. So if you go there, make sure you can have an entry, or you have to return from there without visiting that archaic building. According to the local people, the palace is open for public at 1st and 12th boishak (বৈশাখ) of Bengali calendar, and the two Eid days.
Near the Zamindar Bari (জমিদার বাড়ি) an old mosque is available. The mosque is having eight domes in two rows. First row is having five equal sized smaller domes and the second one is having three domes where middle one is the largest. At the eastern side of the mosque, a 15 feet tall minaret is available with old stairs. I don’t know the exact built date of the mosque. If you know, you can share as a comment at below.
1. Take a bus from Mohakhali (মহাখালী) Bus Stand and come to Korotia (করটিয়া). Best bus services are Nirala, Jhotika, Dholeswari (নিরালা, ধলেশ্বরী, ঝটিকা), etc. Bus fare is 100-120. GPS of the Korotia (করটিয়া) Bus Stoppage is (24°12’32.06″N, 89°58’50.33″E). It will take around 3 hours to reach there.
2. From the Korotia (করটিয়া) stoppage, take a rickshaw or auto to reach at the Zamindar (জমিদার) Palace premise. GPS of the palace is (24°13’24.59″N, 89°58’43.25″E). It will take around 10 minutes to reach there by spending 10-15 taka.
3. GPS of the mosque is (24°13’20.08″N, 89°58’46.74″E).
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
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
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.
1) Palash house / night gandha residential hotels
Mosque Road, Tangail
2) Al Faisal Hotel Residential
Mosque Road, Tangail
3) Hotel Sagor Residential
New makert Road, Tangail
4) Apharin Hotel
Mosque Road, Tangail
5) S.S rest House
akuratakur para, Tangail
6) Rural Electrification rest House
7) L.E.G.D rest House (Government)
8) Sugandha Hotel
Old busstand, Tangail
9) Nirala Hotel
Nirala Mor, Tangail
10) Piyasi Hotel
Nirala Mor, Tangail
11) Hotel Kicokhon
Nirala Mor, Tangail
12) Hotel Aditya (residential)
13) Hotel drim touch (residential)
14) Salban Residential Hotel
15) Islamia guest house
16) Vai Vai guest house
17) Jamuna Resort Ltd.
syamasaila Vinod luhuriya kalihati, Tangail
18) Elenga Resort Limited residential hotels
Elenga kalihati, Tangail
Take pictures or pray in the mosque.
You can find many restaurant nearby to eat.
It is possible to go there and come back within the same day. So you don’t need to worry about your accommodation.
Balia Zamindar House or Palace is once known as a symbol of dignity in this region. Still some of the ancestors of this zamindari estate living in Kolkata. Interviewing local folks ORB team came to about its identity and partial history, which could be possibly will help to rebuild its actual history in near future.
So far we came to know from different sources that, this zamindari was founded by man named Zamindar Malik Muhammad Box (জমিদার মালিক মুহাম্মদ বক্স) who came to this region from Multan. His son Hazi Malik Karim Box (হাজি মালিক করিম বক্স) was chronologically the second successful famous zamindar of this estate who donated a big amount of money from ‘Kashmir & Kyed-E-Azam relief fund’.
According to the old people of Balia this building is more than 400 Years old. There is a little difference between this Zamindar house with others. It’s one of the few Zamindari estate in Bangladesh which was being founded by Muslim zamindars where as rest of others being established by Hindu zamindars.
This old house is on the way to ruin, most of its building material is being removed. Except its tall dome and a triangular pediment rest others element is lost in course of time.There is a three domed Mosque in front this old House which could be possibly built in some later time.)  => Array ( [name] => House of Jogunath Roy [post_id] => 9551 [post_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/places/house-of-jogunath-roy/ [thumb_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Jogunath-Roy-1-169x300.jpg [post_content] =>
House of Jogunath Roy is located in Sreenagar Upazila of Munshiganj District. Jogunath Roy was intended to live here even after the Liberation War in 1971, but the social condition did not permit him to stay in his motherland. He was then migrated in India.
[We need more detail information of this spot. If you have more information and photos, please be advised to add and share in our website. Your name will be published as a Content Contributor])  => Array ( [name] => Kusumba Mosque [post_id] => 3656 [post_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/places/kusumba-mosque/ [thumb_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/84463426-300x199.jpg [post_content] => Kusumba Mosque is named after the village of Kusumba, under the Manda upazila of Naogaon district, on the west bank of the Atrai River. It is inside a walled enclosure with a monumental gateway that has standing spaces for guards. It was built during the period of Afghan rule in Bengal under one of the last Suri rulers Ghiyasuddin Bahadur Shah, by one Suleiman who was probably a high ranking official. The inscription tablet in Arabic (only the word ‘built by’ is in Persian) dating the building to 966 AH (1558-59 AD) is fixed over its eastern central entrance. Although built during Suri rule, it is not influenced at all by the earlier Suri architecture of North India, and is well grounded in the Bengal style. The brick building, gently curved cornice, and the engaged octagonal corner towers are typical features. The mosque, presently protected by the Department of Archaeology of Bangladesh, was badly damaged during the earthquake of 1897. Although the main fabric of the building is of brick the entire exterior walls, and the interior up to the arches of the pendentives have stone facing. The columns, platform, floor, and perforated side screens are of stone. The mosque has a rectangular plan with three bays and two aisles, three entrances on the east and two each on the north and south sides. The central mihrab is projected in the west. The interior west (qibla) wall has two mihrabs on the floor level opposite the central and southeastern entrances, but the one in the northwestern bay is above a raised platform ascended by a staircase on the east. The presence of such a platform in a non-imperial mosque indicates that not only royalty, but nobility and high-ranking officials were also separated from the general public during prayers. The mihrabs have elaborate stone carving. They have cusped arches crowned with kalasa (water pot) motifs, supported on intricately carved stone pillars which have projections and tasseled decorations hanging from chains. Bunches of grapes and vines curve in an almost serpentine manner on the mihrab frames, and kalasas, tendrils and rosettes are reduced to dots. The platform edge has grape vine decoration, and there are rosettes on the spandrels of the arches supporting the platform, as well as on the mihrab wall. The stone used in the exterior facing is of a coarse quality and carved in shallow relief. Mouldings are most prominent decorative feature on the outside. They divide the walls into upper and lower sections, run all along the curved cornice, around the corner towers, in a straight line below the cornice, and frame the rectangular panels in the east, south and north walls. The spandrels of the central entrance arch are filled with small kalasa and rosette motifs. The north and south sides have screened windows. )  => Array ( [name] => Alexander Castle [post_id] => 21791 [post_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/places/alexander-castle/ [thumb_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/P_20151013_170743_1_p-300x169.jpg [post_content] =>
Alexander Castle is one of the most amazing and renowned structure in Mymensingh District. It was built by Maharaja Suryo Kanta Acharya Chowdhury(মহারাজ সুর্যকান্ত আচার্য চৌধুরী) in 1879 in the memory of the 1st zilla magistrate of Mymensingh Mr. N .S Alexander at the time of Jubili festival. It covers an area of 27.155 acres.
It is a nice small archaic building having two Greek statue at both sides of the front gate. Though the arms of those statues are currently broken, but still those looks great. The whole building is placed over a high plinth, probably to avoid the flood from the nearness river.
It cost 45000 taka at that time. Alexander Castle is a two storied building made by metals and woods in a high concrete base. This building was used as a rest house for the guests of Maharaja Maharaja Soshi Kanta Acharya Chowdhury. Many great personalities of the world stayed at this castle when visiting Mymensingh city. Nobel Laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore arrived in Mymensingh around the midday of 15 February 1926. He stayed in the Alexander Castle as a guest for 4days. Mahatma Gandhi also stayed in this castle in 1926.
Lord carzon, Chittaranjan Das, Nawab Sir Salimullah, Kamal Pasha also visited Alexander Castle. This house was decorated by royal furnitures and items at that time. There is a big field in front of this house. You can see two fascinating silver statue which makes the place more beautiful. There is also a big garden and a pond still remains behind the castle. It is said that Maharaja used to keep big cats in his garden so he surrounded the garden with big still cages.At present this house is being used as library of teachers training college(male) in Mymensingh.) )
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