Sunday, 3 July, 2022
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Nilphamari has huge potential for tourism

NILPHAMARI: Tourism in Nilphamari could be a boon for the country’s economy as the district has glorious historical and natural sites.

Of the prominent tourist spots in Nilphamari, one is the 12th century Buddhist temple at Gar Dharmapal village in Jaldhaka upazila of the district.

A huge potential and pre-requisite for tourism industry to grow in Nilphamari district due to most attractive tourist spot like Teesta Barrage with its cannel and neighboring Indian border, historic Nilsagar pond along with so many tourist spots including park are built in the district recently.

The Teesta barrage and it’s cannels that stretches in Nilphamari and its neighboring districts, historic Nilsagar pond dug by a feudal lord Raja Virat in ancient times at Dhoba Danga village in Sadar upazila of the district. A flock of migratory birds from Siberian countries come to Nilsagar pond on every winter season it was declared as a bird sanctuary. A good place for entertaining tourists as the chirping of birds and their bathing in water amazes people.

Meanwhile, the historic Nil Kuthi at Notkhana village in Sadar upazila built by English indigo traders during the British era may also be a good tourist spot along with some other historical ruins of the past feudal lords and kings like Harish Chanrda are may be use.

On the other hand, people are also greatly attracted to the Saidpur railway workshop, which is the largest of its kind in Bangladesh, and the Nilphamari museum.

Advocate Jahangir Alam Sarker, author the book of ‘Nilphamarir Itihas’ and PhD researcher told the daily sun, “Nilphamari may grow a tourism industry, due to most attractive tourist spots including historic structures are in various parts of the district.”

Talking to daily sun, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Nilphamari Md Azaharul Islam said, “The district administration has working for the tourism. The International railway link from Chilahati to Holdibari between Bangladesh and India was recently inaugurated by the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina officially. Accordingly, the international train named as ‘Mitali Express’ is ready to run on the route. As a result a vast creating enthusiasm among locals about the possibility of traveling to the nearby Indian tourist spot of Darjeeling by this route very soon”.

However, Darjeeling is the most attractive tourist destination in the world. Bhutan is a country full of mountains and natural beauty is very near to the district. As such there is an opportunity to attract tourist bound for those destinations, as they must cross in Nilphamari district, while going there. People of Nilphamari are expecting that, the industry will be getting a priority to the government.