To Mymensing, a town by the river Brahmaputra.
Long long afterwards...
I had not been to anywhere outside the city of Dhaka for a long time. My mind was getting crippled, and my eyes were devoid of anything green. It was some religious holidays, and I had nothing to do other than staring at my ceiling or smoking a few cigars with disgust. Suddenly this idea came to us. We decided to go to a place nearby. Well, ideally the bus ride should not take more than a couple of hours. But, thanks to our unique city with numerous cars to block the roads. We already knew that the ideal two hours can turn into four to five or even more. However, we were kind of happy that during that holiday season the city becomes a lot less crowded. We picked a day and decided to start the journey on a hot September morning (Well, in our country even September is not refreshing at all).
Welcome to the river Brahmaputra
Although we planned a day out, and we decided which town to visit, we actually did not have any idea what our day's plan would be. It was kind of a surprise plan without any specific direction. None of us had known the place real well. My friend had lived in that small town of Mymensing about 15 years ago, the town must have changed a lot after that. The only place she remembered was this river, the Brahmaputra. Some of you have probably heard the name of the Ganges, that flows from the Himalayas.... this Smaller one, Brahmaputra has also flowed from the Himalayas and has merged to a part of the Ganges a few miles across the place I had visited.Although we planned a day out, and we decided which town to visit, we actually did not have any idea what our day's plan would be. It was kind of a surprise plan without any specific direction. None of us had known the place real well. My friend had lived in that small town of Mymensing about 15 years ago, the town must have changed a lot after that. The only place she remembered was this river, the Brahmaputra. Some of you have probably heard the name of the Ganges, that flows from the Himalayas.... this Smaller one, Brahmaputra has also flowed from the Himalayas and has merged to a part of the Ganges a few miles across the place I had visited.
Mymensingh and Buriganga
The Agricultural university of Bangladesh and how to go there?
After some quick brainstorming, we decided that we would visit the Agricultural University of Bangladesh. The campus is just beside the Brahmaputra river and has a vast campus area covered in trees, plants and nurseries. And the place is not too far away from either of the Mymensing railways station or the bus station. And going there is not particularly difficult either. How to get to Bangladesh is something you will figure out yourself. And most of the tourists land at Dhaka, the capital city where I live. If you want to visit Mymensing once you are in Dhaka, you can either take a train to the town from 'Kamalapur railway station' or a bus from 'Mahakhali bus terminal'. In fact, these two are the places where you have to go if you want to use public transports for visiting Bangladesh.
The frequency of bus services to Mymensing is pretty high, and you can get you ticket booked easily from the terminal. When we were going there, there was no rush due to the holiday season, and we booked out bus ticker in just five minutes, and the journey started within half an hour. It took us 3 hours to go to Mymensing, and from the terminal, we took a rickshaw (the most common human pulled the vehicle in Bangladesh) to go by the riverside.
Magic of Colors
Colors always have a definite sort of magic. The day was sunny and bright, and there were colors everywhere, in the boats on the rivers, in their sails, in the green fields, and probably in the minds of the lovebirds sitting by the riverside. I probably tried to take a few snaps of them. Somehow did not... thinking about their privacy. My friend was insisting me that we should get into those small and colorful boats and see the other side of the river. I was a little scared at first, but the idea kind of proved fascinating later on. Within a couple of tens of minutes, we were in the middle of the river on a tiny boat, strong waves were swinging us, and I guess I was still scared. Nonetheless, I loved it all.. the breeze was brisk, and there were a few shadowy clouds showering some shadow on us. After roaming on the river for half an hour, we went to the other side, went to a tiny tea store in the village, had a few cups of tea and then came back to our side.
The joint venture of colors
The lonely one
The unmindful sailor of our ship :-P
The tiny tea house :)
I am deserted!
Some random walks around the town
After the river cruise, we went to a tiny road side place to have our lunch and then started our random town walks with nowhere to go, nothing specific to do. The walk was amusing, as the town had a few old buildings and temples. I can't remember when I ever did stuffs like this. Life in here, in this "tiny little" country is tough and struggling, and we are so consumed with our daily chores that I doubt I will be back to that place anytime soon. I wish I could do though.