Overnight trip to Manikgonj

RTB17: Overnight trip to Manikgonj


Manikgonj, a district in central Bangladesh, is known for the three largest Zamindaris (Mansions of Landowners) based in the estates of Baliati, Teota and Dhankora.

Proshika HRDC Trust, one of the largest non-governmental organizations in Bangladesh, is situated in the Saturia Upazilla of Manikgonj. Here Proshika has its own organic agricultural plan, the second largest tissue culture project in Asia, an apiculture project and honey processing plant, sericulture (silk) projects, a shrimp hatchery, handloom fabric production and processing projects, a bio gas plant, its own water treatment plant and large nursery. Several of their products are for sale on site.

Day – 01

After breakfast leave Dhaka for Manikgonj, located about 70 km from Dhaka. Upon arrival check-in the guesthouse and have lunch. After lunch drive to Baliati (28 km). With over 200 rooms, the Baliati palace is one of the largest and finest in Bangladesh. It was built by Zamindar (landlord) Govinda Ram Saha during mid of the 18thcentury. A twenty minute walk through the picturesque landscape brings you to the Baliati Sri Sri Gobinai Mothe, a Hindu temple, and a Ram Krishna mission. On the way stop at the Eshore Chandra High School, the first certified high school in East Bengal. The nearby Pakutia Zamindaris has been converted into a college. Return to the Proshika guesthouse for dinner. All foods served here are produced on their own property in Manikganj. Overnight stay in Proshika guesthouse.

Day – 02

After breakfast you are invited to visit the project of Proshika HRDC Trust here in Manikganj. Among their currently operating projects are organic agriculture, tissue culture, apiculture and honey processing plant, sericulture project, shrimp hatchery, handloom weaving, natural vegetable dyes, a biogas plant, water treatment plant and a nursery covering a large portion of the property. Several of their products are for sale. Start return journey to Dhaka after lunch at the Proshika guest house. Along the way visit artisan communities engaged in traditional iron and brass work. Stop for a brief visit to the National Martyr’s monument in Savar. Return to Dhaka by late afternoon.

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