There are numerous natural and man-made tourist spots spread all over Bangladesh. Today I will introduce you to another tourist spot. And today I will tell you about Durga Sagar Lake in Barishal.
Durga Sagar is a large belonging to Barishal district, south of Bangladesh. It is located in Madhabpasha union of Babuganj Upazila of Barisal district. It is situated at Madhabpasha, about 12 kilometers north of Barishal city on the side of Swarupkathi-Barishal road. In 1780, the fifteenth king of Chandradwip Shiv Narayan dug this huge lake. Durga Sagar is named after King Shiv Narayan’s wife Durgamati. In 1974, the lake was renovated by the government of that time. At present, Barisal District Administration is supervising the lake under a project called “Durga Sagar Lake Development and Aviary Sanctuary”.
Once upon a time, Barisal was known as Venice in the East. This southern region of Bengal was full of grain and wealth. For that reason, the general people of this region had to be looted by Burma and Portuguese pirates at that time. In view of this, the famous king of Chandradwip dynasty, Shiv Narayan Roy permanently established the capital of Chandradwip (ancient Barishal) in Srinagar (Madhabpasha). He was one of the twelve Bhuiyans in Bengal. There is nothing left of the palace. The descendants of the dynasty are currently residing in India. Although there are several lakes, most of them are filled up today. It is now only witnesses of that time. And the biggest lake of those lakes is the Durga Sagor (Durga Sea).
Queen Durgabati, the wife of Shiv Narayan, suggested excavating the huge lake in 1780. She was a wise queen and she loves her people. She suggested digging this lake to ease the sufferings for fresh drinking water of the people. The name of this lake is Durga Sagor (Durga Sea) known in the name of the queen Durgabati, where the word Sagor (Sea) was originally meant to the magnitude of the lake. It is saying that to prove the depth of his love for the wife Durgabati, King Shiv Narayan Roy excavated the lake by spending Tk 3 lakh from the treasury. It is also saying that the lake was excavated on as much as the place where the Queen Durgabati was able to walk in the single night. According to the legend, the Queen was walking the land about 61 Kani (‘Kani’ is a local land measuring unit) in one night.
Size and shape:
According to official estimates, the total area of Durga Sagor Lake is 45.42 acres. Its water covering area is 27.38 acres and the area of banks of four sides is 18.04 acres. The lake is 1490 feet long in the south to north and 1360 feet wide in the east to west. This is not just in Barishal but it is one of the biggest lakes of the whole southern region of Bengal. It has now become an attractive place for tourists. As a result, the visitors come here to enjoy the beauty of this lake from near and far of the country.
The beauty of Durga Sea:
To the tourists and nature lovers, Durga Sagor is a fantastic place to visit. Here a beautiful island in the middle of the lake where the guest birds tweet in winter. This area is the sanctuary of birds. There are several benches for tourists to sit on the bank of the lake. Lakeside narrow roads, dense green trees of different types also play an important role in enhancing the beauty of this lake. Amateur fish hunters can also come here, for large size fishing. There is an arrangement to catch fish by taking tickets.
There are many species of birds coming from far off Europe and Siberia every winter season. Several species of birds, along with Sarail and Balihas, took shelter in the island in the middle of the Durga Sagor Lake. They swim in the crystal clear water of the lake. Sometimes they fly on the air and spread their wings in the sky.
Once the little island of the middle of the lake was the biggest attractions of Durga Sagor to the visitors. But now the island was covered with the dense forest. Now the visitors are not allowed to go to the island. On the eighth day of month Chaitra of Bangla Calendar, Hindu religious people gather here for holy baths. A village fair is held in that time in Durga Sagor area.
Apart from these, there is a picnic spot in Durga Sagor area under the supervision of Barisal Development Board where you can arrange picnic if you want.
How to go there?
Barisal district is located in the south of Bangladesh. There is a transport system between Dhaka and Barisal through road, river, and air.
You can reach Barisal within 6 to 8 hours from Dhaka. Several buses leave for Barisal from Dhaka Gabtali Bus Terminal at 6 am to 10 pm every day. Most of the buses cross the Paturia Ghat and some buses cross the Mawa Ghat to go to Barisal. All buses coming from Dhaka stopped at the Nakhulabad bus stand in Barisal.
Few buses which run on Dhaka to Barisal route:
Shakura Transport, Phone: 01190658772, 01772556677.
Eagle Transport, Phone: 0-9006700.
Hanif Transport, Phone: 01713049559.
Fares for AC bus: 700 Taka.
Fares for a non-AC bus: 500 Taka.
Local bus fares: 250 Taka to 300 Taka.
After reaching Barishal you can easily reach Durga Sago Lake. Being located just 11 kilometers away from the city of Barishal, you will be able to come to Durga Sagar by bus or tempo from Barisal town. Durga Sagar Lake can be reached by 30 minutes by rickshaw or auto rickshaw from Nathullabad bus stand.
Where will you stay?
There are several hotels to stay in Barisal. Some hotel information is provided below for your convenience.
Hotel Paradise to International, Phone: + 88-01717072686, + 88-01724853590.
Hotel Grand Plaza, Phone: + 88-01711357318, + 88-01917458088.
Hotel Athena International, Phone: + 88-0431-65109, + 88-0431-6523.
Hotel Haque International, Phone: + 88-01718587698.