After a cumbersome drive through the half broken roads that lead to Naogaon, the car finally made a halt in front of a 300 year old Palace that belonged Raja Rajendranath Rai Chowdhury. Most of the palace is now in ruins, but from looking at it, one can tell that it was once a huge compound. As told by a few villagers, the palace was 9 vigha and when first built, it had about 206 rooms, and 7 lawns.
The palace may have washed out over the years, but the story behind the building of it is enough to attract audience. But even more interesting is to meet the villagers, who have bits pieces of information to give about the Palace, and the Raja. According to a shopkeeper who sells tea around the corner of the Palace, the Raja’s son and his best friend, Rabindranath Rai Chowdhury is still alive and lives in Naoga.
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It is a pity that such magnificent structures that could potentially make Bangladesh even more of a historically rich country, are so blatantly ignored instead of being restored, or even just nicely maintained.
Fortunately, Tiger Tours Limited will shortly publish a more detailed explanation and history of these and more of the palaces of North Bengal to let the world know about these great structures of Bangladesh.