Tourist Spot

Guide for a memorable trip to Pabna

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Surroundings of Pabna

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One of the best known districts of Rajshahi division is Pabna. Currently known for the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, the Pabna district is historic, beautiful and easily accessible, making it a great place to visit. If you have a short vacation, Pabna might be your next destination for a quick gateway.

There are regular trains available from Dhaka. Any train from the Khulna or Rajshahi route will bring you to Pabna. It is recommended to line up at Ishwardi station rather than Chatmohar. Buses are also available from Gabtoli or Kalyanpur. These buses will mainly pass over the Bangabandhu bridge, but one could also use alternative routes such as Aricha or Paturia ghat.

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Now let’s move on to the most important questions. What can you visit in Pabna? Here is a list of places you must visit if you are in Pabna.

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Hardinge Bridge

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Over a hundred years old, Hardinge Bridge is a magnificent architectural marvel that still stands proudly and welcomes the trains that cross it several times a day. The truss bridge is adjacent to the Paksey (Ishwardi) railway station which is raised from the ground to the height of the bridge with the railways.

It’s quite a show. The bridge and station are a testament to British architecture and are pleasing to the eye.

Within walking distance from Paksey Railway Station, Lalon Shah Bridge runs parallel to Hardinge Bridge. The open space between the two bridges plays the role of a tourist spot. Hundreds of people gather there every day to enjoy the sunset. It is one of the most popular places in Pabna district.

Located in the heart of the city of Pabna, the Rajbari is well known as one of the oldest palaces in the region. The two-storey building has a European influence in its design and houses a beautiful courtyard garden. It is heard that Banmali Roy Bahadur established the edifice in the 18th century. If you are a history buff, this place is a must visit for you.

The spectacular old mosque is in Chatmohar Upazila, just outside Pabna. A Persian inscription at Tughra, which is currently housed in the Rajshahi varendra research museum, places its construction in 1582 AD by Khan Muhammad bin Tuwi Khan Qaqshal. The influence of the sultanate in the mosque is noticeable and it is one of the earliest shrines in Mughal Bengal.

Dublia Fair is a seasonal attraction. Every year during Durga Puja, the month-long fair was held at the premises of Dublia High School. Due to COVID in recent years, the fair has been short-lived lately. With so many colorful sights and sounds and all the attractions of a fair, this place will make sure you remember Pabna.

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Paksey Railway Station

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With the growing number of travelers and foreigners in the area, the number of resorts in the neighborhood is increasing. The resort town of Paksey is one of the most eye-catching and well worth a visit if you are looking for a place to stay or just sit back and relax.

Not far from Ishwardi Upazila, Sara ghat offers an unobstructed view of the Padma River. During the rainy season, the water level rises a little and offers a picture of the mighty Padma. The floats are accessible by boat and might give you a breath of fresh air with a spectacular view.

You probably thought of this one as soon as you saw the name Pabna. Well known throughout the country, the psychiatric hospital is located at Hemayetpur, just on the outskirts of Pabna sadar.

Only a few hundred meters from the Pabna Medical College, the psychiatric hospital is not a tourist spot, but parts of the facility can be visited. Whatever you expected from this place, I assure you it is very different from this. But it would be a cardinal sin if you visit Pabna and don’t pass by this place.

That being said, many might suggest that you visit the nuclear power plant as well, but the said project is very strict on safety and is not a tourist spot and should therefore be avoided.

If you visit Pabna during the summer, you will have the chance to experience the famous ‘Bombay Lychee’ directly from the gardens. In winter, there will be date juice and winter cakes. ‘Malai cha’ is quite popular in Pabna and the unmissable ‘Para’ Sandesh. If you love sweets, you’ll be hooked on the first bite of ‘Para’ which gives ‘Para Khai’ a whole new meaning.

Places like Chalan Beel once offered natural sights but the beel is no longer at its peak. Neither might the mighty Padma. It should remind us that the environment will lose its appeal if we are not careful.

Last but not least, if you visit Pabna, don’t forget your sunscreen, because it is very hot there.