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Mymensingh

Country
Bangladesh
State
Dhaka
City
Mymensingh
Type of Location
Multiple
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How to Reach

By Air

There is no airport in Mymensingh. Dhaka airport is approximately 2.5 hours from Mymensingh by bus.

By Train

Train is by far the cheapest means to get to Mymensingh.Apart from a number of local trains, Ekota Express, Aghnibina Express, Tista Express, Bhrammaputra Express, Jamuna Express and Balaka Express connect the town with the capital of Dhaka.Train fares range from 40 tk to 120 tk ($0.57 to $1.71) per person depending upon the class and the train itself.It takes almost 3 hours to reach Mymensingh from Dhaka by train.All intercity trains connect the city with Jamalpur town as well.Several local trains run between Mymensingh town to Kishorganj and Netrokona.

By Bus

The distance from Mymensingh to Dhaka is about 120 km (75 mi) from the Mohakhali bus stop.In 2006, the bus fare in the city was around TK.105 (US$1.5) per person and around Tk.120 ($1.71) in January 2010.However, rickshaw is the main mode of transportation within the city area and the growth of the number of cars is relatively slow.Three-wheelers started to ply toward the end of 1990s.

By Road

The city was linked with Dhaka after the railway lines were connected around 1865.The road link to Dhaka was via Tangail until 1979 when president Ziaur Rahman ordered the completion of the half-finished highway between Dhaka and Mymensingh via Bhaluka.

Key places to visit
Bishyanath Temple, Boro Kali Bari Temple, Mymensingh Museum, Zainul Abedin Museum, Anjuman Eid-gah Maidan


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Places to Visit

Bishyanath Temple

A temple dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva in Mymensingh district of Bangladesh.One of the notable temples in the district.The temple is unique because of its pagoda-like architecture.

Boro Kali Bari Temple

is one of the oldest temples in the city of Mymensingh, Bangladesh.The temple is dedicated to the goddess Kali.The main festival is Kali Puja which is celebrated every year.The temple is located 10 minute rickshaw pull from the center of the city.Hindu devotee can visit this temple during morning to night.However, the daily puja usually starts after sunset.Different types of sweets are available to purchase near the Kali temple.Other important Hindu temples in Mymensingh are the Durga Bari in the heart of the city, and the Shiva temple in Thana ghat.

Mymensingh Museum

The museum was established in 1969 at the initiative of the-then Deputy Commissioner of Mymensingh.Initially run by the Mymensingh Municipality, the Department of Archaeology, Cultural Affairs Ministry took charge of the museum in 1989.By 1995, it was enlisted in the gazette.The collection includes manuscripts and coins, though many are not on display due to insufficient showcase space.A peacock mummy comes from Mymensingh Medical College.Bamboo and cane items, preserved birds, photographs and pottery were damaged during a renovation in 1999–2001.Several articles were collected from zamindar palaces. The Muktagacha zamindar palace contribution includes a stone flower vase, a compass, antique clocks, Bakharee (an ornament), pottery, weaving machines, ornamental flower tub stands, candle stands, iron shelves and sports items; statuary and sculptures include those of Saraswati, Vishnu and a dragon; natural history items include a tiger head, two deer heads, and the head of a wild bull.Elephant heads, a sofa set, Italian statues and a huge shade used during hunting come from the Gouripur zamindar palace.A rhinoceros hide and a table with a marble stone top were acquired from The Atharabari zamindar palace.The museum contains many paintings of rural Bengal.

Zainul Abedin Museum

is an art museum in Mymensingh, Bangladesh. Established in 1975, it contains the collections of the artist Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin (1914–1976).The art gallery was established in Mymensingh as this is where the artist spent his early days.Abedin, a pioneer of the country's modern art movement, created works of art on subject matters such as the Bengal famine of 1943 and the peoples independence.The museum is located in the area of Shaheeb Quarter Park on the bank of the Old Bramaputra River.Each year in December, the gallery authority organizes an anniversary programme that includes a discussion on the life and work of Zainul, as well as a painting competition.While the art gallery does not issue publications, Bangladesh National Museum, which has a collection of 800 Abedin paintings, has issued posters and cards on behalf of the artist. Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Sangrahashala is a branch of the national museum.

Anjuman Eid-gah Maidan

Under the auspices of the governor of East Pakistan Abdul Monayem Khan, a prayer ground was established in 1962 on 27 acres (110,000 m2) of land, including a pond.Every year congregation of Eid ul-Fitr and Eid ul-Adha are held here in the morning. The prayer ground is walled on all the sides and has a nice view with coconut trees lining up the sides.This place was used to accommodate the Elephants of Maharaj Surya kanta achrya in colonial time.

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