Welcome to Mymensingh, the capital of Mymensingh Division in Bangladesh. Situated on the bank of the Brahmaputra River, this city is a major financial center and educational hub of north-central Bangladesh. With a rich cultural and political history spanning more than 220 years, Mymensingh is a city that offers a unique blend of old-world charm and modern amenities. Let’s explore some of the top attractions of this fascinating city.
One of the most iconic landmarks of Mymensingh is the Anjuman Eid-gah Maidan, established in 1962. The prayer ground, spread across 27 acres of land, is walled on sides with coconut trees growing. Every year, Eid ul-Fitr and Eid ul-Adha are held here in the morning, attracting thousands of devotees.
For those interested in history, a visit to the Old Town Hall is a must. Built by Maharaja Surya Kanta Acharyya in 1878, it had hosted thousands of drama, meeting, and cultural functions. Though the age-old Town Hall was demolished in 2006, it is being rebuilt by the Mymensingh Pourashava.
Mymensingh is also known for its religious diversity. The city is a melting pot of Muslims, Christians, and Hindus, who live together in harmony. The Durga Bari Temple is one of the main religious centers for the Hindus living in Mymensingh. Kirtan is recited in the temple throughout the week. The Ramakrishna Math and Mission is a monastic organization for men brought into existence by Sri Ramakrishna.
The cuisine of Mymensingh is a must-try for any foodie. The staple food is plain rice with a curry of fish or meat. Traditional snacks and savories include seasonal pitha of various kinds, dal-puri, and shingara. Home-made desserts include Khyr, Payesh, and Shemai. Sweets soaked in syrup of sugar, such as Jilapi, are mostly bought from shops. For dinner or lunch, a simple formula is to prepare khichuri, the broth of rice and lentils, seasoned with spices, and served with chutney or pickles. Ghee (butter) may be spread just before eating. The meal may end with sweet curd.
Mymensingh also offers a range of shopping options. Ganginarpar, Boro Bazaar, Choto Bazaar, and Mechua Bazaar are some of the traditional shopping areas. You can find manufactured products and clothing on the main road from Notunbazar to the railway station & C.K. Ghosh Road to Charpara.
Mymensingh is a city that has something for everyone. Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, or a shopaholic, Mymensingh will not disappoint. Plan your trip to this hidden gem of Bangladesh today!