Chandpur is a small district of Bangladesh. It is a part of Chittagong division, but previously it was a part of greater Comilla division. In the Baro Bhuiyan time, it was under the rule of Chand Narayan Roy. Historian J F Sengupta thinks Chandpur was named after Chand Narayan Roy. Besides some historians believe that Chandpur was named after Chand Fakir of Purindor Moholla which is current Koralia. However, the city is significant for the meeting place of two mighty rivers, and for this reason, Chandpur is visited by many tourists all through the year. One is the mighty Meghna, and another one is the mighty Padma.
AT A GLANCE Name: The meeting place of Padma and Meghna River Location: The meeting place of Padma and Meghna River, Chandpur, Bangladesh. Destination: Dhaka to Chandpur Transport: Al Arafa, Madina,Padma,BRTC etc bus services from Saydabad, Gabtoli etc.Meghna Rani, A V New Al Borak, M V Eagle, Bagdadia, Shonad Tir 1 and 2 etc. lunch services from Sadarghat. Fair: BDT 250 to 500(Bus), BDT 100 – 2500(Lunch) Time: 3.5 - 4 Hours (Bus), 3.5 - 4Hours (Lunch) Explore: The joining place of Padma and Meghna River, Chandpur, Bangladesh. Distance: 110 km from Dhaka. Cost: Depend to coverage tourists spots. Accommodation: Hotels available. Food: Available. Advice: Keep dry foods, water, medicines, saline, glucose, extra money, and kits.
The beauty of Chandpur, along with so many natural places and historical sites, is majestic and grand because it contains the meeting point of these two vast rivers. The environment is also very charming in the meeting point of Padma and Meghna River. Hilsha is the national fish of Bengali nations, and this district is also known as “City of Hilsha”, and this is because the fishes found in this part of the river are tasted more delicious than the other parts of the river.
Moreover, the sunset on the river bank is the most charming as well as mind refreshing. Another beautiful part of this district is their folk culture. As it was a part of the most magnificent Comilla, therefore it also has some practices on the folk songs, dramas as well as on games. They perform them at different times and occasions of the year or different festivals. The folk games they play Bauchi, Dariabandha, Lai Khela, Panchgani, kumara Khela and so on. Chandpur is a lovely city with its riverine beauty and cultural values. People live there try to practice and perform to maintain their cultural identity.
The confluence of the Padma and Meghna River is impressive to see. The water of the Meghna River is clean, and water of the Padma River is a bit grayish which creates a beautiful contrast in the meeting point of these two Rivers. Tourists will have to go on a boat or launch to see this view. The Meghna originates from the Bhramaputra River, flows south to meet the Padma River and joins the Bay of Bengal. Tourists can avail boats from an area name Rokto Dhara located in Chandpur Boro Station area.
From there they can hire a boat, or go on launch, to visit the point where Padma and Megha meet, indeed a subliminal view to watch where tourists will be able to witness the grandeur and the vast immensity of nature. The expanse of water all around is enormous, and the horizon from all directions is the same, the limitless expanse of water with distant views of buildings and streets of Chandpur. It is a must visit for all tourists visiting Chandpur.
How to visit the Chandpur from Dhaka
Tourists can travel to Chandpur by bus, train or most preferably by launch. Most tourists use waterway to travel through the beautiful and magnanimous Meghna River and reach Chandpur. There is launch such as Meghna Rani, A V New Al Borak, M V Eagle, Bagdadia, Shonad Tir 1 and 2, and some few other launches are there which can take tourists directly from Dhaka to Chandpur. The departing time of these launches from Dhaka to Chandpur are within these times – 09:25am, 09:55am, 10:15am, 07:30pm, 08:30pm, 09:00pm, 11:20pm, 12:00pm, 12:30pm.
By launch, the sceneries of water are just beautiful to observe, and as it takes around 3.5 to 4 hours to reach Chandpur from Dhaka tourists can hire the rooftop of the launch and observe the beauty and grace of big water bodies of Bangladesh.
There are other ways to reach Chandpur such as by taking bus services. For example, Padma Paribhan is a bus service which goes from Dhaka to Chandpur starting their trip at 6 30 A.M., and their last trip is in 9 A.M .
The horizon fills with various shades of green, and from the bus windows, such things are amazing to observe. There are other bus services such as Al Arafa, Madina which departs in various points of Dhaka such as Saydabad, Gabtoli etc. and these bus services will take tourists directly from Dhaka to Chandpur. The journey takes around 4 hours, and the cost of the bus ticket is within the range of 250 to 500 taka.
Living and Food Accommodations in Chandpur
Hotel Rajanigandha and Paras Palace are two of the most renowned hotel in Chandpur. There are also other hotels where people can stay. Their services are moderate. Also, there are some local restaurants in Chandpur, where Chandpur’s local delicacy which primarily includes the fish items can be tasted by tourists. Fish, Rice, Curry, Fried Rice etc. are available in these restaurants at a very reasonable price.