Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Buriganga river Dhaka

Dhaka's misty skyscrapper

Sadarghat at night aerial view (pic unknown websites)
Rocket” Steamer service, a huge yellow/ brown double deck paddled steamer built in the 30's, ply Dhaka - Khulna via Barisal thrice a week. Popular among tourists for journey to the Sundarbans, its a 36 hour long journey which takes one over the mighty rivers Dhaleswari, Padma, Meghna, Arial khan and Rupsa. Apart from good food, it provides the beauty of the riverine countryside with vast stretch of green paddy field. The Launch on the right is overloaded with Eid holiday passengers not afraid of taking risky jouney.

Steamer ghat at Badamtali


Buriganga river scene

crowded shipyard and wharf

Ahsan Manzil, pink palace

Buriganga river scene

Rainbow over Dhaka sky

taken by Fitz Kapp in 1905. Honour guard at ease at Ahsan Manzil compound, Dhaka awaiting of Lt. Governor of East Bengal and Assam Sir Bampfylde Fuller.
Buriganga River, Dhaka: In the distant past, a course of the Ganges river used to reach the Bay of Bengal through the Dhaleshwari river. This course gradually shifted and ultimately lost its link with the main channel of the Ganges and was renamed as the Buriganga. It is said that, the water level during high and low tides in this river astonished the Mughals.

Dhaka is situated on the bank of river Buriganga, the river is its heart and soul. The Ahsan Manzil, Borokatra, Choto katra, Ruplal house, North Brook Hall face Buriganga. Coasters, Launches and country boats provide connection to the other parts of Bangladesh, a largely riverine country. Due to siltation, large steamers can no longer go through the river channel in the dry season. In 1989, a bridge (the Bangladesh-China Friendship Bridge) was built over the river for vehicles and pedestrians. In 2001, a second bridge over the river was built at Babubazaar for vehicles and pedestrians. Efforts are being made to improve its environment.
Also see, Buriganga River - massive river pollution, and
Buriganga river in May 2007;


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