Travel to the Marvelous City of Mymensingh
The city of Mymensingh (also known as Nasirabad), situated on the banks of the river Brahmaputra, is the capital of the district of the same name in Dhaka division, Bangladesh. The district of Mymensingh covers an area of approximately 4,363 kilometers consisting mainly of flat open cultivated fields well watered by numerous rivers, with some elevated jungle areas and nature reserves as well as a game sanctuary
Mymensingh city is almost four hundred years old and has a rich political and cultural history. A number of noteworthy figures were born and raised in Mymensingh, including political figures Monsur Ahmed and Syed Najrul Islam – who served as the acting President of Bangladesh during the Bangladesh Liberation War. The famous Bengali novelist, Shirshendu, was also born in Mymensingh.
During British rule (1858-1947) the majority of the inhabitants of Mymensingh were Hindus. Starting in the early 20th century, Muslims moved into the town and are currently in the majority. The town has, however, played an important role in promoting secularism as well as in educating Bengali Muslim women. There are 28 schools and colleges in the city, including the Bangladesh Agricultural University, and two medical colleges, earning it the nick-name of “City of Education”. The previous palace of Mymensingh Rajbari situated on the banks of the Brahmaputra, which was built between 1905 and 1911, is considered to be an architectural landmark and is a tourist attraction as well as a teacher training college for women. The city of Mymensing has also hosted the annual conference of World Vision, attended by forum members and development group leaders of World Vision Bangladesh to discuss issues related to the fight against poverty and food shortages.
There are a number of places of interest for visitors to explore, including Zainul Abedin art gallery, Mymensingh Rajbari, Monument of the Liberation War, Circuit House and Park, and the Gafar goan-Hossainpur Bridge. The Agricultural University has an extensive botanical garden which is used for research purposes and is open to the public.
A boat ride on the river Brahmaputra offers visitors a unique view of the city of Mymensingh and surroundings. The sun setting over the river is an unforgettable sight – why not experience it for yourself when you next visit Bangladesh?