Traveller’s Tales Visit to Nikli Haor – A Sequel to Tanguar Haor- Sindh Courier-0

Traveller’s Tales: Visit to Nikli Haor

Travelogue

Traveller’s Tales Visit to Nikli Haor – A Sequel to Tanguar Haor- Sindh Courier-0The peak period to visit this Haor is from June to August. Water recedes after this time and gradually a huge portion of the Haor becomes available for cultivation. We were nearly two months late to visit this place. But still the large-ness of the Haor was observed. Its flora and fauna is in abundance.

By Tanvir A. Khan

It so happened and we were really fortunate to visit two Haors (High Tide Area) in a matter of a week.

This time around our trip cannot be called a normal one since this was on an invitation of the Industries Minister Mr. Nurul Majid Humayun MP. Mr. Nurul Alam as usual was in charge of organizing the whole trip.

On Oct 16, 2020, eleven members of the Lake Club with their spouses formed the entourage totaling nineteen participants. Again the same Tour Bus was engaged as in Tanguar Haor. The plan was to follow the Minister’s cavalcade to take advantage of the police car which would steer the whole team without any traffic stoppages. And so was it!

We reached our first stop within two hours.

Breakfast was waiting for us courtesy – the Upazila Nirbahi Officer. She was accompanied by the AC, Land who was also a woman. We felt proud that women are fast becoming officers in our country’s bureaucracy and the recently published facts of the South Asian countries reflect that Bangladesh is relatively doing better in the social indicators.

It was a sumptuous breakfast! What more important was the presentation of the table wares and the whole paraphernalia. This was a restaurant in Bhairab on the highway called ‘Jannat’ where people stop for food as well as to refresh themselves. That these restaurants have come of age has been a pleasant surprise for all of us. A Vote of Thanks was offered to the Hosts.

The next stop was the Circuit House at Kishoreganj. The Minister was given a Guard of Honor. The Circuit House was being renovated to give it a new look. The President of Bangladesh hails from this district and the recent activities reflect the government’s desire to respect him for his long service to the country. He was elected seven times to the Parliament from this constituency. Currently his son is the sitting Member of Parliament.

All the members of entourage refreshed themselves. As usual snacks were provided with tea.

We took the road to Nikli which is an upazila of Kishoreganj.

Traveller’s Tales Visit to Nikli Haor – A Sequel to Tanguar Haor- Sindh Courier-2The plan was to take the speed boat from Chamrar Bandar to Mithamain upazila. Five speed boats were engaged for us by the local administration. It took us nearly 40 minutes to reach Mithamain over the Nikli Haor.

The most important feature of the visit was to see first-hand the road over the Nikli Haor which was recently opened for public by the Prime Minister. The cost of the road was nearly nine-hundred crore Takas. The road looks splendid. It is nearly 30 kilometers linking Itna upazila with Austogram upazila with Mithamain upazila in the middle. Austogram is popularly known for its local cheese.

The peak period to visit this Haor is from June to August. Water recedes after this time and gradually a huge portion of the Haor becomes available for cultivation. We were nearly two months late to visit this place. But still the large-ness of the Haor was observed. Its flora and fauna is in abundance.

Boats as in Tanguar Haor could be hired for the day. They are equipped with life-jackets. Food could be cooked on the boat. You can carry with you one-time plates and glasses. You can also carry with you bottled water, tissues, lotion for sanitization, and other essential things that you think are necessary. ‘Use-me’ are provided by the boat owners and no one is allowed to litter the Haor.

Four luxury police-vans were allocated for us. Each could take up to eight passengers. First we were taken to Astogram and then to Itna. We stopped on the way. The best place to view the Haor is from the bridges. One can have an aerial view. We took photos of the important features of the Haor. There are submersible roads and electric poles pointing out from the water were the indicators. During full flood the trees and the poles are inundated not to talk about the islands of habitation. By being late for two months to this place, we could see these roads and the villages appearing above the water.

Quite a lot of boats were plying in the Haor. Most of them were tourists. Boats were also carrying sand. Those boats which were empty looked big but once loaded with sand, it seems as if it is going to sink. The top of the boat leveled with the water and it seemed another additional bucket of sand would ultimately sink it. But we were sure the boatmen knew what they were doing.

After the two extreme locations were visited (Itna and Austogram), the entourage returned to the Mithamain Dak Bungalow for lunch.

Traveller’s Tales Visit to Nikli Haor – A Sequel to Tanguar Haor- Sindh Courier-3We met the Member of Parliament of the Kishoreganj-4 constituency, Mr. Rizwan Ahmed Toufiq and the Chairman of Mithamain upazila, Ms. Asia Alam. They are respectively the President’s son and sister. They have been elected MP and Chairman. We were their guests. As usual the lunch was a splendor. Fresh fish from the Haor were tabled and a variety of them. Another three or four dishes accompanied the fish curries. It seemed as if the day was demarcated for food and everyone was having the pleasure of enjoying the delicacies. We thanked the hosts and took leave from them.

Traveller’s Tales Visit to Nikli Haor - Sindh Courier-5Again the speed boats were our transport from Mithamain to Chamrar Bandar where our Tour Bus was awaiting us. We boarded for our return journey to Dhaka but for one other stop at Narshindi Club for our Dinner hosted by the Minister and his gracious spouse. It took us nearly two hours to reach Narshindi.

We bade farewell to the Nikli Haor! Sad that we were departing from this notable environmental location and thinking if ever we can visit this again in the future. Two more visits were due for assessing the Haor in its right perspective. One, when it is full flood and the other, when all the water has receded to observe the cultivation scenario.

We entered the nicely decorated Narshindi Club where the Club President ushered the Minister and his entourage with bouquet of flowers. Since it was nearly 8.00 pm, dinner was served. It will be less said if we do not properly acknowledge the warm hospitality of the Hosts.  Gracious as Hosts and provision of fresh fish from the river Meghna, where many took a second helping, were the evening’s star points. A Vote of thanks was offered to the Hosts.

We reached Gulshan, Dhaka at 10.30 pm ending our day-long enjoyable journey longing to go back to beautiful Nikli Haor.

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Dr. Tanvir Khan is the former VC USET, and Hamdard University, Bangladesh

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