How To Reach: Khulna District
Khulna District is connected by road, river and water.
In Khulna, there is a memorial complex by the name of Rabindranath Tagore. It was his ancestors place in Bangladesh. At that time they were known as “Kushari” instead of Tagore. By and by, the family name became Thakur. However, some descendant of the bloodline still lives here and grow their own business.
A very brief History of Rabindra Tagore’s ancestors:
A descendant of the Kushari Family went near Kolkata (India) to spread his business. At that time in that place he was the only person from the “Brahman” class. That means his family members can do Hindu rituals. During that period, the Brahman class was called “Thakur” by the general people. In course of time, Thakur became their family title.
In that bloodline, the famous noble laurite Rabindranath Tagore was born. On the other hand, the root bloodline of Kushari family remain living in the greater Khulna area.
It is believed that, Five person came to spread Hinduism in the particular part of Khulna. Their descendants lately became the ruler of “Kush” village and the word Kushari became their family name.
Pithavoge Kushari bari:
After the demolition of the old house, the government of the people’s republic of Bangladesh established a one storied memorial complex in 2007 at Pithavoge where a bust of Tagore is established. There are a lot of photos of historical moments of Rabindranath Tagore to display. The unique thing is, Rabindranath drew a few artworks which are also displayed in here. The most mentionable is the self portrait of Rabindranath Tagore drew by himself.
Khulna District is connected by road, river and water.
Khulna district can be reached travelling by road from Dhaka. There are several bus services available from Dhaka to Khulna. Some of them are listed below for your assistance:
1. Hanif Enterprise:
Gabtoli Terminal, Phone: 8015366, 8011750, 9003380
From Jhenaidah: 041-810451 (Hotel Royal Circle)
041-810452 (Shivbari Mor)
2. Green Line (AC bus):
Fakirapool Counter, Phone-9356506
Sayedabad Counter, Phone-7552739
Kalabagan Counter, Phone-9112287
3. Eagle Paribahan:
Gabtoli Counter, Phone-8017698, 8017320, 04494413673
Dhaka is linked to Khulna by water. There are few Rockets driving between Dhaka and Khulna. They operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Deck Fare: TK 180
First class cabin (2 seats) fare: TK 2380
First class cabin (1 seat) Fare: TK 1190
Second class cabin (2 seats): TK 1880
Second class cabin (1 seat): TK 720
Dhaka and Khulna is also linked by railway. Some of the train services available from Dhaka to Khulna are listed below.
1. Sundarban Express: Operates every day except Fridays.
Fare ranges from TK 200 to TK 1058
2. Chitra Express: Operates every day except Mondays.
Fare ranges from TK 235 to TK 720
Some of the places to stay in Khulna are listed below for your assistance:
1. CSS Rest House
2. Hotel Castle Salam
3. Hotel Royal International
4. Platinum Jute Mills Ltd Rest House
Do not miss the Grave of Two Martyrs of The Liberation war of Bangladesh. They are Birshrestha Mostofa Kamal & Bir Bikram Mohibullah. The bus will drop you near the memorial complex at Rupsha then you can go on foot.
Local Restaurants in Khulna
If you want to visit Rbindranath’s in laws house in Fultala, then you will need to go to Sonadanga, another bus-stand in Khulna.
After the migration of Jogunath Babu, a piece of land of his belonging was taken by the government and then a Museum was built in here. It is now open 6 days a weak except its weekly holiday, Thursday. It was inaugurated in 2013 by the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.)  => Array ( [name] => Ethnological Museum [post_id] => 933 [post_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/places/ethnological-museum/ [thumb_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Ethnological_Museum_05Moheen-Reeyad-300x200.jpg [post_content] =>
Ethnological Museum is a unique treasure house, consisting of variety of tribal culture and heritage of Bangladesh. The Ethnological Museum of Chittagong was established in the first half of nineteen sixties. Inside the museum, there are 4 galleries and a small hall. This is considered as the only ethnology museum in Bangladesh which displays the lifestyles and heritage of 37 ethnic groups and four foreign countries.
The Bangladeshi ethnic groups includes Chakma, Marma, Tripura, Chak, Tanchangya, Murong, Khumi, Garo, Bawm, Pankho, Lusai, Khyang, Monipuri, Khashia, Oraon, Hajong, Mandai, Dalue, Hodi, Bona, Polia, Koch, Rajbangshi, Santal, Munda, Ho and many more. This museum not only preserving the past, but also growing and developing in line with the growth and development of the country, and therefore documenting the present for future generations to look back on its reflection.)  => Array ( [name] => Mir Mosharrof Hossain Memorial Museum [post_id] => 22069 [post_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/places/mir-mosharrof-hossain-memorial-museum/ [thumb_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/P_20151017_143917_1_p-300x169.jpg [post_content] => Mir Mosharraf Hossain (মীর মশাররফ হোসেন) was a famous Bengali language novelist, playwright and essayist in 19th century. He is popular among the people for his famous novel Bishad Sindhu (বিষাদ সিন্ধু). It is a novel based on the tragic death of the grandchildren of Holy Prophet Mohammad. The incidents behind "Ashura" is being well written in here. He is considered as the first novelist to emerge from the Muslim society of Bengal. He was born and brought up at Lahinipara in Kushtia District. Though he was born in the village of Lahinipara (লাহিনিপাড়া) in Kumarkhali (কুমারখালী), Kushtia in 1847, but after that he spent most of his life in Padamdi in Baliakandi Upazila under Rajbari District. He was born in a Muslim aristocrat family. The original house at Kumarkhali being demolished almost 130 years ago. In the year 2008, government established an auditorium in that place along with a primary school. That place is used as a museum too, which is named as Mir Mosharrof Hossain Memorial Museum. Inside the Museum, visitors may not discover a significant number of collections. But, a few collections will make the visitor remember the lifestyle of this great novelist. There are only some agricultural tools, chairs, glasses and some armors used by Mir Mosharraf Hossain is being displayed for the visitors. There are some rare and historical photographs too. Mir Mosharraf Hossain died in 1912 in Padamdi. In 1999, Government of People's Republic of Bangladesh decided to build a memorial complex in his family graveyard in Padamdi, Rajbari. Which make the traveler confused as two of these structures are almost in similar pattern concentrating on the memories. But a traveler has to keep in mind that one is in Kushtia and another one is in Rajbari. )  => Array ( [name] => Abul Barkat Memorial Museum [post_id] => 10968 [post_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/places/abul-barkat-memorial-museum/ [thumb_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/123-169x300.jpg [post_content] =>
On 21st February, a rally of students were coming towards Dhaka Medical College during the Language Movement in 1952. The police shoot towards the rally and instantly some of the protesters of the first line were killed immediately. One of them was Shahid Abul Barkat (1927-1952). Few days after, the Central Shaheed Minar was built in here and from 2000, UNESCO declared 21 February as the Mother Language Day.
Previous History: In 1947, Pakistan got independence from India. There was two parts of Pakistan- the east and the west. Eastern Pakistan was green by the bless of river God and populated with a lot of people and on the other hand, the western Pakistan was nothing but a desert, population was also low. Demographic, social and economical lifestyle of these two parts of land were completely different, language was different too. But the capital was established in the west and the rulers ruled the entire country living in the west. From 1947, Urdu was the only state language of Pakistan whereas the students of Dhaka university always wanted to make Bengali as a secondary language. Finally in 1952, after some students were killed in the language movement, the government decided to make Bengali as a second language. Later, the eastern part of Pakistan became an independent country by the liberation war in 1971 named Bangladesh.
Early Life of Abul Barkat: Abul Barkat was a student who came to Dhaka for his higher studies. He was born at Murshidabad, West Bengal (now India). He stayed at his maternal uncle's home during his stay in Dhaka. He was a student of Masters level while he is being killed by the police open fire on 21 February, 1952 (aged 24).The Abul Barkat Memorial Museum: Abul barkat was died in Dhaka Medical College hospital on 21st February after 8:30 PM. Many people were killed on that day. It is strongly believed that, more than 90% of the dead bodies were hidden by the government which did not receive any ritual and never found. Abul Barkats body might be one of them but fortunately his body was found and identified and buried in the Azimpur Graveyard, Dhaka according to proper procedures of Muslim believe. Many stories have written about the killings of 21 February in the Bengali Literature. The Memorial Complex is actually a library, a seminar hall and a gallery of photographs of the language movement. It was built and inaugurated in 2012 in the Palashi, Dhaka University area by the funding of the government. It is actually a language martyr museum not only just for Abul Barkat. It is just named after Abul Barkat. The Museum is open 6 days a week from 10 AM to 4 PM, except Fridays and national holidays (only 21 February & 16 December is an exception). No ticket or entry fee is needed to enter into the two storied memorial complex. From December to March, the institute arranges special video programs for the young students to let them aware of the language movement and the liberation war.
The Language martyr Abul Barkat was honored with the "Ekushee Padak" (the highest non military achievement in Bangladesh) by the Governmnet of the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh in 2000. His grave is situated in Azimpur Graveyard in Dhaka.) )
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