Muktagacha & Mymensingh

Muktagacha is an Upazila of Mymensingh District in the Division of Mymensingh, Bangladesh. Muktagacha has always been a place to nourish the various cultural activities. The Zamindars of Muktagacha were always conscious of cultural activities. Raja Jagat Kishore Acharya Choudhury was a true patron of culture. He brought famous cultural people like Ustad Alauddin Khan, Hafiz Ali Khan, Dabir Khan and many more famous people to Muktagacha. A lot of people are directly nourishing the field of culture. People here practice Rabindra Sangeet, Nazrul Sangeet, Kirtan, Lalon Geeti etc. In addition, various cultural activities are held around the year. Muktagacha is famous for the beautiful palace and its delicious Monda (round sweetmeat that is the speciality of the region).

Mymensingh (pronounced moy-mon-shin-haw), officially the City of Mymensingh is the capital of Mymensingh Division of Bangladesh. It is a major financial centre of North Central Bangladesh. The city is known for educational institutions like agriculture university, medical college, teacher’s training college, women’s college, engineering colleges and many other important educational institutions. Other landmark institutions include Mymensingh Army Cantonment. Mymensingh Cantonment Once has the HQ of 19th Infantry Division. It’s now the Headquarters of ARTDOC. It consists of its Headquarters, Battle Group and all the Training Institutions of Bangladesh Army. Historically, Mymensingh district was known for jute production which was termed ‘golden fibre’ due to the revenue it generated as a cash crop. Due to the high demand for polythene bags and other economic reasons, the jute industry has been significantly declined today. As Mymensingh is the capital of Mymensingh Division, government employees make up a large percentage of the city’s workforce. Mymensingh also has a large unskilled and semi-skilled labour population, who primarily earn their livelihood as hawkers, Rickshaw puller, taxi drivers, mechanics and other such proletarian professions. Agriculture is the most important sector contributing to GDP, followed by the growing service sector in the city. The increasing demand for fish in the local and global markets has generated a new opportunity for local fishermen as well as businessmen to exploit fishing in Mymensingh and today it is very important to the economy.

History: Mymensingh is one of the 16 old districts of Bangladesh which was constituted by the British East India Company on 1 May 1787. Being more than 220 years old, Mymensingh has a rich cultural and political history. At the beginning, Begunbari was chosen as the headquarters of the district. However, the district headquarters was relocated to Mymensingh when Begunbari devastated by the flash flood. Earlier Mymensingh was called Nasirabad. During the British Raj, most of the inhabitants of the town were Hindus. From the early 20th century Muslims moved into town. Since then this city has played an important role as a centre for secularism. The Vidyamoyee Uchya Balika Vidyalaya and Muminunnesa Women’s College have played a great role in educating Bengali Muslim women. A majority of first-generation successful Bangladeshi women have attended these schools and colleges.

*(All the above information are from Wikipedia.)

Transport:

Airport: There is no airport in Mymensingh. The nearest airport is Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka at a distance of 110 km.

Rail: There are several train services from Dhaka to Mymensingh. It takes almost 3 hours to reach Mymensingh from Dhaka.

Road: There are several bus services from Dhaka to Mymensingh. Buses leave from the Mohakhali bus stand in Dhaka to the Mashkanda bus stand in Mymensingh. SEPL, Ena and Soukhin operate bus services.

Local: For local transportation within the city and around there are buses, auto rickshaw and manual rickshaws.

Tourist Interest:

Muktagacha Rajbari: This beautiful old palace is situated in Muktagacha. Renovation work is in progress and this monument will be converted into a museum after the restoration is complete.

The other places of interest are the famous Monda House, Vishwanath Temple, Brahmaputra river, Alexandar Castle, Zainul Abedin Art Gallery, Mymensingh Museum and others.

Tour Planner:

This tour planner is made on the basis of the location of the destinations. One can make changes as per their interest, convenience and accessibility and duration of the trip.

Day 1: All the major places in Mymensingh can be covered in a day. One can stay in Mymensingh or in Dhaka and travel to Mymensingh and back.

Hotels: There are a few hotels in Mymensingh where online booking was not available till date. The hotels here are Hotel Amir International, Hotel Hera, Hotel Mustafiz International, Nirala Rest House.

Read my experience in Mymensingh.

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