‘Jessore, a city in the Khulna division of Bangladesh, has a lot to see and explore’
Jessore district once belonged to the ancient Janapada kingdom of Banga Janapada. In the 15th century, Jessore was a part of the kingdom of Pratapaditya. The fiscal administration was then placed in English hands, having been transferred to the East India Company with that of the rest of Bengal in 1765. On December 6, 1971, Jessore became the first district of Bengal to be liberated from the Pakistani forces. And Jessore is the first digital district in Bangladesh.
Points of interest
Benapol Land Port
The main factor of the economics of Jessore is Benapol Land Port, which is situated in Sharsha Upazila. Much of the import and export trading between Bangladesh and India is done through this port. On the other side of the border is Petropool. The port is important for making government import taxes.
Michael Madhusudan Dutt Memorial Museum
Michael Madhusudan Dutt, or Michael Madhusudan (25 January 1824 – 29 June 1873) was a popular 19th-century Bengali poet and dramatist. He was a pioneer of Bengali drama. His famous work Meghnad Badh Kavya, is a tragic epic. He was born in Sagordari, a village in Keshabpur Upazila, Jessore District of Undivided Bengal (now Bangladesh).
Mound of Dam Dam Peer
Mound of Dam Dam Peer is an ancient archaeological heritage at Manirampur Upazila of Jessore District in the Division of Khulna, Bangladesh. The experts think that at first the Buddhists lived here. After that, the Hindus came and the Muslims came here at last. Most probably they made a dormitory of saints for preaching. The signs and existence of three civilisations have been detected here. It is thought to be the most ancient relic of Bangladesh, which is about 1800 years old. It is located at the village Sonargram of Bhojgati Union in Manirampur Upazila.
Chanchra Shiv Temple
Near the town of Jessore is the suburb Chanchra. A Chanchra Rajbari once stood but has deteriorated. Visitors can see the Lord Shiva Temple, which is almost restored; the remains of the Dosh Mohabid-da Temple, unique in Bengal; and Jora Shiv Temple at Murali in a deteriorated condition.
Haji Muhammad Mohsin Imambara
An old small edifice named Haji Muhammad Mohsin Imambara is located in the Jessore town. Haji Muhammad Mohsin was one of the greatest magnanimous, philanthropist, and munificent person during his time. This old house was built by her step sister named Munnujan Khanom who was a wealthy woman (later Mohsin inherited her wealths). It was built during the year 1802. Later, the Department of Archaeology has declared this as a protected edifice. Also the Jessore Collectorate Building, Shani mosque, Godkhali kalibari, Gazir Dorgah, Jashore Airport, Jessore Cantonment and Air Force Base Matiur Rahman, Jamidar Bari at Shridhorpur, Grave of Birshrestho Lance Nayek Noor Muhammad Sheikh are the tourist attraction of Jessore.
How to go
Jessore, being a major commercial centre, is well-connected to all parts of the country. It is very easy to access the city through road, rail, or air.
Jessore is well connected to the capital city Dhaka. Several domestic flights connect Jessore to Dhaka every day. Biman Bangladesh is one of the prime airlines to operate Dhaka-Jessore-Dhaka every day.
It’s about 199 km (approximate 6.30 hrs) by road to Jessore from Dhaka. Train services are also available in the route.
By: Taslima Zaman Shubhra