Birishiri: A Piece of Heaven
If you go to Birishiri then you may think that you have traveled to a place outside Bangladesh. We have become habituated to see such beautiful places only in view cards or on television. However, you can enjoy the scenic beauty inside the country and it is not very far from the Dhaka city. If you want to properly use your vacation and create some memorable moments then this is the perfect place for you.
Birishiri is situated at Durgapur upazila of Netrokona district, which is almost 170 km north of the city of Dhaka. This far-flung locality is close to Bangladesh-India border. These two neighbouring countries have been separated by the Someshwari River which on the other end connects the Meghalaya state of India. This rural area is placed at the foots of Garo Hills from where Someshwari River originates (Nokrek Peak). This river divides the Garo Hills into two parts. However, in Bangladesh, it passes through Shusong-Durgapur and other areas of the Netrokona district.
Because of its captivating natural beauty, the entire Birishiri area can be considered a piece of heaven. Visitors become attracted and fascinated by its glamour. It is difficult for naturalists and tourists to visit the whole place in a single day. It is better to list the main attractions of the place before going there. Locations that catch attention of the people a lot are Someshwari River and its surrounding green countryside, ceramic (China Mati) mountain of Durgapur and the blue water underneath the mountain valley (blue lagoon), deserted coal mines, palace of the Susang Maharaja (king), the Dasha Busha Temple, Orange Garden, Gajarie forest, the Ramkrisna and Loknath Baba Temples.
The picturesque landscape of Someshwari River and sand covered banks are sure to fascinate anybody. It changes its beauty with the rise and fall of the water level along with the change of seasons. Someshwari remains almost dry except the rainy season. In the dry months, water level goes down allowing people to cross the river on foot and can see the fields of golden colour sands on both sides of the river. During winter season, river water becomes very clear and greenish in colour that you can see the bottom of the river. When the sun rays fall, sands beneath the river water glitter. That is why, it is also called golden river. This white sand has high demand in making building. Coal and stones, which are the main sources of the local people’s livelihood, are also found in this river. However, you can see the difference scenario during the rainy season as the river swells in size. Boat is the main transport to cross this slow-flowing river.
Crossing the river by boat, you have to trek another tourist spot named ceramic mountain, which is around half an hour journey by motorbike. You cannot contemplate what is waiting for you until you reach there. Visitors would be astonished seeing different colours of hills- white, red, pink, violet, purple etc. You will get a clear image of the local tribal people and their quarters from the peek of the hills. People mainly visit here to see the white ceramic hill and blue water at the mountain’s valley. Colour of the water in this lake distinguishes it from other lakes of the country. If you are a good swimmer you can take a swim in the blue water, but if you do not know how to swim then it is better not to get down into the water as it is 60-80 feet deep, according to the local people.
It looks like that Creator has bestowed this place with natural beauty. Wherever you look, you will see green and green. While walking through the orange forest, Gajarie forest and spice garden, which is filled with Cinnamon and Bay Leaf trees, travellers will feel relaxed as well as relieve from stress. The journey into the forests will be worth remembering.
Other places are- the palace of Susang king, the Dasha Busha Temple, Loknath Baba Temple and the Ramkrisna temple near Kula Para. Without visiting there, your journey will remain incomplete. Ranikong Mission, which is situated on a hill, is close to ceramic hills. In that mission, you will also find church, convent etc. It should be noted here that Durgapur was once under the Shusong (Susan) king. That is why, this area is also called Shusong Durgapur. It is also the home of comrade Moni Singh, the leader of Tonk movement, the local meaning of Tonk is local land lord.
Home of tribal groups:
Apart from natural beauty, it is also blessed with rich ethnic culture because of the population of many ethnic groups like- Hajong, Garo, Achik, Mandi etc. So, it can be a perfect place for researchers to learn and experience cultures of different ethnic groups and their lifestyles. There is Birishiri Tribal Cultural Academy and ethnic museum at Birishiri. If you go there, you should not miss the opportunity to visit there.
Road trip from Dhaka is perhaps the best way to go there. Bus service is the cheapest and easiest option for travel. In Mohakhali bus stand, you will find direct bus to Birishiri. It will take 5-7 hours to reach the destination. Ticket price will not cost more than Tk. 200. You can also choose local train as an alternative mode of transportation. If you board the train then you have to get down at Jaria and then from there you have to take either motorbike or rickshaw. As the road is muddy and rough, it is better for tourists to choose motorbike. Then you can go from one place to another place very quickly.
If you plan on staying there for one or two nights then you have to book hotels or guest houses as soon as you get off there or prior your journey. It would be better if you find a hotel or guest house closer to the tourist spot. Keeping it in mind, you can go for- YMCA (Young Mens’ Christian Association) and YWCA (Young Womens’ Christian Association), guest houses run by missionary organizations. Even you can stay in the rest house of Tribal Cultural Academy. Standard quality hotels are also available in Mymensingh city, but the only problem is that it is little bit away from Birishiri. However, hotel room or bed rent may cost Tk. 200-400 per day. In order to make it a pleasant journey, you can carry tent along with you to camp in the forest or on mountain.
Hope you have enjoyed the whole article about Birishiri.