Around Dhaka, Bangladesh | Jamdani | Sonargaon | Goalde Mosque | Sardarbari | Panam | Meghna River

Welcome to Bangladesh! On our third day in
this fascinating country we explored places around Dhaka and here’s the itinerary. Firstly,
we visited Narayanganj District to learn about the Traditional Art of Jamdani Weaving. Then
we headed to the historical city of Sonargaon and after that we concluded the trip by experiencing
a boat ride along the Meghna river. After the 20 kilometres drive to the southeast
of Dhaka, we reached the banks of Shitalakshya River at ten in the morning. Today, there
are many centres of artistic weaving on its banks and we inspected few weaving factories. So, this is called Jamdani. Jam means flower. Dani means vase. At the moment, in Bangladesh
this is the legacy, legacy of the girls and ladies to wear. Jamdani muslin was very popular. Who used to wear these were Kings, royal families, the rich, the businessmen. One Jamdani takes seven days to weave or two to six months if it is a complex design. There are workshops in the village with huge machine tools and machine-made textiles, but
such fabrics are, of course, cheaper. The art of weaving jamdani has been declared
by UNESCO as intangible cultural heritage of Bangladesh in 2013. Men and women sat right
on the floor, surrounded by bamboo looms and, like their ancestors, who created unearthly beauty
hundreds of years ago using high-quality cotton and gold threads. At 12:00 noon we arrived at the territory of Bangladesh Folk Art and Crafts foundation. The territory is green, clean and well-groomed, and there is a
pond. We headed to the recently restored Bara Sardar Bari. Excellent beautifully decorated gates led
us to a pleasant patio without a roof, many rooms, and two floors. Near the palace is
a clean and without debris lake with muddy greenish water. There were many clay jugs
samples of folk art were specially placed on the green grass. Then we went along the alley into the park.
There were many palm trees, flower beds, and other trees around. Our goal was the Museum
of Art – an impressive massive red brick building. The museum has several floors and orientation,
of course, there are art objects, ceramics, weaving crafts and their development. After cooling off at the Museum we went the
Sonargaon Royal Resort for lunch. The hotel grounds are neat and tidy, the architecture
is pompous. We ordered a fish pomfret with rice, vegetables and a chicken in curry. Then we headed to the Panam city. Today it
is called a ghost town but in the 19th century, the Sonargaon was conquered by the British.
With them, the neighborhood of Panam City developed with townhouses, offices, temples,
and mosques. European architecture influenced the design of these buildings. At the time,
Panam City was a wealthy textile business center, particularly for cotton fabrics. After the independence of India and its division
with Pakistan, the attitude towards Indian merchants in Bangladesh deteriorated sharply. And it spilled over into the anti-Indian riots of 1964. They had to leave their palaces and
hastily escape. Surprisingly, the palaces themselves have been abandoned so far and
Panam Nagar has become a ghost area, and Sonargaon has become an ordinary district center. While Mahadi, our local guide agreed with
the boatman, we watched the active life on the pier, especially the sight of the person
bathing with soap and shampoo in the Meghna River was impressive. Meghna in this place
clearly looked cleaner and better compaired to the Buriganga river in Old Dhaka. Of course, we
were the only foreigners here. The boats for transporting people and goods,
as well as for riding rare tourists like us, were quite spacious. A wooden boat with a
motor. Each boat had a semi-circular capital roof, in case of rain, on which it was possible
to sit and sail with the breeze. There was a village on the island, the main
income of which was from farming and raising livestock and chickens. The landscape was
very green and authentic. It became surprisingly comfortable, calm and pleasant. The locals
were busy harvesting hay for livestock. There were many people working in the fields. Some
children were swimming in the river. Some children enjoyed taking pictures with us.
They were really curious to see their selves in the camera screen. Everything was simple
in the village. It was truly a world away from the manic Dhaka. [End of Tour.]

13 thoughts on “Around Dhaka, Bangladesh | Jamdani | Sonargaon | Goalde Mosque | Sardarbari | Panam | Meghna River

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  2. I wish the best for you. Can't Wait For more. I want to Be youtube friends 😮

  3. Thank you for sharing sis.. You have a. Good voice to explain everything new friend here❤️✅

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