Dhanbari Nawab Palace
The Dhanbari Nawab Palace is located in Dhanbari Upazila near the Madhupur of Tangail District. Hundred years of old Palaces of landlords scattered throughout the country are our witness to history. The ruined walls of their palaces tell us the story of our rich history and heritage. The architectural walls of the luxurious palaces of the landlords are not just walls, as the book of the living history, from which our young eyes can read a thousand years of history. Such a traditional palace is Dhanbari Nawab Palace. This was built by Sayed Nawab Ali Chowdhury (1863-1929).
Once a ruler named Dhanpati Singh ruled here. So this area has been named Dhanbari. It is speculated that warlord Ishkander Khan and Monwar Khan established zamindari in Dhanbari after defeating Dhanpati Singh during Mughal emperor Jahangir’s rule. Syed Nawab Ali Chowdhury was the son of this landlord family. He was the secretary of the founding committee of Dhaka University. Nawab Ali Chowdhury was the first proponent of the state language Bengali and the first Muslim minister of the British government. In 1919, Nawab Ali Chowdhury built this palace to welcome English Lord Ronaldshay. Lord Ronaldshay came near the Koyra in the steamer and then he was greeted with 30 elephants.
As a Tourist Place:
There is no longer Zamindari governance system in Bangladesh, Dhanbari is no exception. There is no landlord, but the palace of the landlord is standing in high esteem and traditions as a witness to history. Due to the amazing architecture, the Dhanbari Nawab Palace has become an attractive place for tourists. So the heirs of the Nawabs built a picnic spot in the palace, which has earned fame as Nawab Syed Hasan Ali Royale Resort. A private house named Lite House Group is responsible for managing the resort.
In addition to this palace, there are also a few small-medium buildings, a beautiful Mosque, a huge lake and an ancient graveyard where the landlord Ishkander Khan and his brother Monwar Khan are buried.
Located in the region between the Bangshi and the Bairan river, this ancient palace is truly beautiful and charming in the wonderful architecture and craftsmanship. But after the construction of the resort, the glitter and modernity of Nawab Palace increased.
This century-old Nawab Palace, built with a four-domed Mughal architectural style. The entire Nawab Palace is surrounded by the wall. The palace is south-facing and has a long porch. There is a large gate east of the building. There are two rooms for the guard on either side of the gate. The gate was built by landlord Nawab Ali Choudhury to welcome the British governor. In this part, there are also flower gardens, zoos, salon, Nayebghar, Kacharighar; which you can still see.
Visitors have the opportunity to visit some of the rooms inside the palace Apart from this, you can see the materials used in the Mughal period, which are arranged in the verandah, and you can also touch them if you want. These will impress you. Besides the palace, there is a huge lake of 10 acres. There are two boats, visitors can also ride.
Besides, there are horses and horse carriage to explore the whole resort area in Nawabi Style. If you wish, Garo’s culture and dance can be seen. For this, you have to inform the resort authority beforehand. Apart from that, you will see the extinct stick game here.
The Nawab Mosque:
Another great attraction of the resort is the Nawab Mosque. A 700-year-old mosque is located right next to the Royal Resort. It is believed that Iskander Khan and Monwar Khan established the mosque. 200 people can pray in this mosque together. There are three chandeliers in the Mughal era still inside the mosque.
Signs of Mughal architecture the mosaic of this mosque and the finest craftsmanship of marble stones on the floor are remarkable. There is a room beside the mosque, Sayed Nawab Ali Chowdhury’s shrine. Since the death of Nawab in 1929, the Quran is being recited for 24 hours, which has not yet been stopped for one minute. Currently, there are seven reciters recite the Qur’an one after another every two hours.
The shape of the mosque built in Mughal architecture has been changed several times. There is a beautiful and elegant Minar beside the three-domed Nawab Mosque. The venerable tradition is still in the mosque. The mosque is built over 670 square meters of land. The original mosque was rectangular. Then its length was 13.72 meters (45 feet) and the width was 4.57 meters (15 feet). But after the reform, the size of the mosque has been changed.
The present mosque is square shaped. It is now contrasted with a common three-domed rectangular Mughal mosque. After the renovation, many of its specialties have adopted different forms and has disappeared from its antiquity but the glamor has increased. On the eastern side of the mosque, there are three entrances of several cylindrical arched entrances, and there are two more entrances to the north and south. After the enhancement and renovation of the mosque, the impressions of antiquity on three domes and five entrances are notable.
There is an ancient graveyard beside the mosque. Its area is about 7300 square feet. The graveyard is surrounded by a lofty wall. Iskander Khan and Monwar Khan are buried here.
Every day, hundreds of domestic and foreign tourists visit The Dhanbari Nawab Palace and Nawab Syed Hasan Ali Royale Resort. They come, see, know and go back home with a lot of peace.
The entry fee for the resort is 30 BDT for 2 hours.
How to go there?
Dhaka-Dhanbari direct bus service is available from Mohakhali bus stand of Dhaka. You will be able to reach Dhanbari with 150-200 BDT of fare by the buses of Binimoy, Mahanagar or Shuveccha Transport. Nawab Palace is not far from the Dhanbari bus stand. If you want you can reach the Nawab Palace by walk or rickshaw.
Where will you stay?
Here you will be able to stay in Nawabi Style. But it depends on your budget. There are four types of accommodation arrangements. Manzil (original palace), Palace (kachari house), Villas (200 years old tin-shade buildings) and cottage (recently made tin-shade bungalow). All the furniture including Sofas and bedsteads of Manzil and Palace were used to be the ancient period by Nawabs. But the furniture of nawabs cannot be found in villas and cottages. Rent one to five thousand Takas. If you visit with a team, you can get great discounts.
Apart from this, there are three residential hotels named Aditya, Saikat and Dreamtach situated in Madhupur Upazila city near Dhanbari Nawab Palace. There are beautiful arrangements of AC and non-AC rooms.