Riverine Bangladesh is enriched with the essence of Bengali culture and heritage of thousands of years. Myriad beauties of six seasons, lash greenery of hills and plains, endless nuances of colors and joys and the murmuring of the thousands of rivers have made Bangladesh unique and unparallel. The Padma and the Meghna, the two great flowing streams of Bangladesh summit the dauntless Dakatia to form a confluence of three mighty roaring rivers at Chandpur. The ‘City of Hilsha’ is being developed here on this charming, sonorous and mind blowing tri-tidal congregation. Chandpur, famous for the names of folk-tale figures such as Chand Sawdagar or Chand Fakir and being nourished with the flows of the Meghna, remains out of the focus of the tourists’ thirsty sight till now.
In order to take the culture, heritage and traditions of Chandpur to the windows of the tourists’ mind, the book is an effort for branding Chandpur. Hilsha is a unique product of Chandpur. It is a highly acclaimed and enticing aqua-treasure, an asset of immense prosperity and pride. World conquering tasty Hilsha, though a fish of deep sea, spends a pretty good time in the waters of the Meghna. Like a pregnant lady`s returning home for parturition, egg bearing Hilsha comes to the Meghna to release her eggs, coming to Chandpur. The Hilsha lays her eggs at the sweet water of the Meghna. The Hilsha grows here with such ease and comfort as if Chandpur were her own home. That`s why ‘City of Hilsha’ has become a unique and popular slogan to Brand Chandpur in the light of tourism. Not only for the taste of Hilsha, Chandpur is also an ideal resort for making holidays for those nature loving people to overcome the fatigues and melancholy of the tiring city life. The boat riding and enjoying the silky beams of moonlit night, or the long silvery sands (chars) of the Meghna will certainly be amazing .
Moreover, there are numerous sights and relics of archeological and historical significances in the 08 Upazilas of the district Chandpur. This unique confluence of the three mighty rivers and the river cruise at the moonlit night in the Dakatia, known as the Thames of Bangladesh, flowing by the town of Chandpur will make the tourists really spellbound and enchanted. Chandpur is also famous for her valiant sons in the War of Liberation. The purpose of bringing out of this publication is to make the pride and glory of river-bound Chandpur acquainted to the world people in a broader perspective.
I express my heartfelt thanks and gratitude to those who extended their support in this noble effort in every stage.I think our labour will prove successful if this publication ‘Ilisher Bari Chandpur’ or ‘City of Hilsha’ meets the quest of the tourists and history loving people of both home and abroad. We regret in advance for those unwanted faults or errors and encourage constructive opinions. Let Chandpur be an ablazing full moon to all with her indigenous taste of Hilsha.