Raja Viratnagar (রাজা বিরাটনগর) palace is the most valuable historical place of Gaibandha. Raja Virat and Panchopandob (পঞ্চপাণ্ডব) whose name are seen in the play Mahabharat. In 1960, Major Sherwill mentioned this as a “Brad Rajar Ghar”. Once upon a time, there was a huge fort in this place.
Great historian Rakhaldas Bondopaddhay (রাখালদাস বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়) published a report in 1925-26 where he mentioned five bronze sculptures and 4-5 mound which were discovered in during the year 1910. Raja Virat had a huge barns (গোশালা) and about 60000 cows were about. The two younger brother of Panchapandob, namely Nakul (নকুল) and Shodeb (সহদেব), had the responsibility to take care of that barns. For that reason, the word Gaibandha came from the word barns.
First you have to go to Gobindaganj and then hire a CNG for going to Shorgachi. Finally you can hire a van or rickshaw to reach the Biratnagar.
Dhaka and Gaibandha is linked by road. You can take a bus from Dhaka to reach Gaibandha district. Some of the bus services have been listed below for your assistance.
1. S R Travels,
Gabtoli, contact: 02-8011226,
Kollanpur, contact: 02-8013793, 01711-394801,
Abdullahpur, contact: 0171944023,
Uttara, contact: 01552315318
2. Shah Fathe Ali,
Moakhali, Contact: 01193-221 085,
Uttara, Contact: 01193-221 084
3. Alhamra Travels,
Gabtoli, Contact: 88-02-9005612, 01721-802 031
4. Alhamra Paribahan,
Gabtoli, phone : 02-9005612, mobile : 01721802031
5. SR Travels
Gabtoli, contact: 02-8011226
There is one intercity train available that has one stoppage station at Gaibandha. Necessary information of the train service has been given below for your assistance:
1. Lalmoni Express:
Train operates every day except Fridays.
It may take 8 hours 17 minutes to reach the destination.
There are some notable hotels In Gaibandha. Some of the hotel services have been listed below for your assistance:
1. Hotel Al-Saiful
Shahid Suhrawardy Road,
Mobile: 01962-615415, 01764-990822, Phone: 0541-62090
2. Hotel R-Rahman
Shaheed Anwar Hossen Sarak, Gaibandha
Phone: 0541-61481, Mobile: 01713-270283, 01715464748
3. Hotel Rajmahal,
DB road, bus stand, Gaibandha
1. You may capture a lot of pictures of Viratnagar. It will obviously surprise you that how such a big area had been used for the governance.
2. You may be charmed the village area of Viratnagar.
3. Local foods items are very tasty to eat. So do not miss to take these food items such as puri, gorom misty etc.
Viratnagar is not very far away from Gobindaganj. Gobindaganj has a lot of restaurants with good facilities. Moreover, you may be attracted with local food items. Referred to where to eat in Gaibandha, click here
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