Nilsagar is a popular historical dighi (big pond). It is located at Gorgram union about fourteen kilometer south-west of Nilphamari district proper. During the time of Raja Birat there were lot of cow farms at Gorgram union. Raja Birat dug a big pond or dighi for the cows. There many name such as Birat Dighi or Birna Dighi or Binna Dighi. After the independence of Bangladesh the Dighi was renamed as Nilsagar.
The total area of the Dighi (big pond) is 21.449 ha. The Nilsagar Dighi is encompassed by walls. The main embellished Front door of the Dighi was established by Raja Birat. Every year the banks of the Dighi are used as a village fair during the month of Baisakh. Every year lot of visitors and different type of migratory birds come here. Nilsagar is familiar as a recreation zone. A Hindu temple situated on the east bank and an abode of a Muslim saint on the west bank of the Nilsagar.
From Nilphamari you can take rickshaw, Local bus and also use boat to visit this area.
But, if you want to know how to reach Nilphamari from Dhaka, please click here.
There are available bus 24 hours a day. It is easy to go Nilphamari from Dhaka. The distance between Dhaka to Nilphamari is 364 km and arrival time minimum 7 hours. These bus are available from Dhaka-
1. J, B, Paribahan (Dhaka- Bogra- Nilphamari)
Address: Mohakhali Inter District Bus Terminal.
2. SR Travels (Non AC ,Route > Dhaka to Sherpur, Bagra, Naogoan, Joypurhat, Hili, Gaibandha, Rangpur, Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari)
Telephone: Kalyanpur: 01711-394801, 9033793
Mohakhali: 0155-231 5831,
Uttara: 01711-394 804.
3. Bablu Enterprise (Non AC, Route> Dhaka to Thakurgaan, Dinajpur, Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat, Bogra,)
Tel: Shyamli: 8120653, 01716 932 122
Nilphamari and Dhaka are linked by railway. There are few train services available to get from Dhaka to Lalmonirhat. Some of them are as follows:
1. Train Name: Nilsagar Express
Train Number: 765
Train Route: Dhaka Cantonment – Nilphamari – Dhaka Cantonment
Starting Station: Dhaka Cantonment
Starting Time: 08:15
Destination Station: Nilphamari
Arrival Time: 17:20
Time Taken: 9 Hours 5 Minutes
It operates every day except Mondays.
2. Titumir Express:
It operates every day of the week.
Departure time from Dhaka: 8:15 am
The accommodation facilities in Nilphamari have developed in the last few decades. However, the quality and standard of the hotels/motels of the district still requires more improvement. Some of the places you may consider staying in are listed below for your assistance:
1. Akash Residential Hotel
Contact: 0171 22 06070
2. Shihir Residential Hotel
3. R Rahman Residential Hotel
4. Navana Rest House
5. Bonoful Residential Hotel
Chalan Beel (Bengali: চলনবিল) is a wetland in Bangladesh. It is a large inland depression, marshy in character, with rich flora and fauna. Forty-seven rivers and other waterways flow into the Chalan Beel. As silt builds up in the beel, its size is being reduced.
Chalan Beel is an extensive lowland area in the lower Atrai basin, and spreads across Singra and Gurudaspur upazilas on Natore District, Chatmohar, Bhangura and Faridpur upazilas of Pabna District, and Ullahpara, Raiganj and Tarash upazilas of Sirajganj District. It consists of a series of beels connected to one another by various channels to form a continuous water body during the rainy season. Although the beel area expands into a vast water body with dense aquatic vegetation as long as the Jamuna remains flooded during the monsoon months, it dries out in the winter months, leaving only patches of water in the central parts of this zone.
Chalan Beel is fast silting up. In the past it covered an area of about 1,085 km² but was reduced to 368 km² in 1909, of which only 85 km² remained underwater throughout the year. It has since shrunk to only 26 km².
The most important factor dominating the river history in Bengal is the large proportion of silt carried by its rivers. It is the silt which has created the land and made it habitable by building it up through the centuries. It is silt which is fertilising the land, but the silt, which has been the most beneficial gift of nature, has also produced most of the river problems now confronting the people of Bengal. Silt deposited in the old river channel beds has forced them to change course, creating problems for abandoned areas while assisting in developing new areas.
The main volume of water from the Ganges River began flowing through the Padma channel in the sixteenth century. Silt from the Padma helped in building up the southern portion of north Bengal. This is the most plausible explanation for the existence of a depression around Chalan Beel. The Teesta was active in the region until it changed its course in 1787. This territory lies in between the land raised in the north by the Teesta system when it was active and that in the south by the Padma.
However, there is another explanation for the creation of the depression. The Padma has been changing its course over the centuries. In Ven den Brouck's map of Bengal, prepared in 1660, the main channel of the Padma is shown as flowing through Faridpur-Bakharganj, but there also is a suggestion of another, possibly earlier channel. This channel runs through Rampur Boalia in Rajshahi, Chalan Beel, Dhaleswari and Buriganga before meeting the Meghna. At that time the Jamunawas virtually non-existent and the Brahmaputra used to flow through its old channel.)  => Array ( [name] => Upendra Sorobor [post_id] => 8868 [post_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/places/upendra-sorobor/ [thumb_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Upendra-Sorobor-nagorpur-011-300x225.jpg [post_content] =>
Upendra Sorobor (উপেন্দ্র সরোবর) is a rectangular shaped large pond that is located at the Nagarpur of Tagnail District. In English, the word 'Sorobor' means a lake. It was dug by the famous Zamindar of Nagarpur during 1381 of Bengali calendar, which is around 80 years from now. During that time the villagers needed to go far away from the home to collect water (for drinking and household works). To ease their water crisis, the generous Zamindar took initiative to dig this large water tank.
This large pond has in total 12 ghats for taking baths. The Western side's one is the biggest one and it has a false gate on there. It also has a medium sized Banyan tree on there. Lot of local visitors use to gather here during the afternoon and they use to sit under that tree.)  => Array ( [name] => Shukhbashpur Dighi [post_id] => 8933 [post_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/places/shukhbashpur-dighi/ [thumb_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Sukhobashpur-1-300x169.jpg [post_content] => Shukhbashpur Dighi (সুখবাসপুর দিঘী), nearly hundred years old Lake situated at Hatimara, Rampal Union Parishad of Munshiganj Sadar. Almost all around the year it is filled with water. It is a rectangular shaped lake which is surrounded by different types of green trees. Its natural beauty, gentle breeze, calm and quiet environment attracts people to spend their leisure time at the edge of this dighi. Above all, its oldness and different types of myth also make people visit this place. ) )
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