Suryakanta Acharya Chowdhury, the successor of the Muktagacha Zamindar dynasty. He built a beautiful two-story residence in Mymensingh named Shashi Lodge after his adopted son Shoshikanta. Suryakanta Acharya Chowdhury decorated this spectacular building with many sorts of decorative things gathered from various locations around Paris and Europe. The great earthquake of 1897 AD destroyed this original location. Shoshikanta then restored the palace in one story between 1905 and 1911.
It is a vast space, roughly nine acres in size, and is reached by an enormous semi-circular arched doorway. You can see a long grassy lawn between the palace and the entrance with an ornate marble fountain featuring a lovely classical statue. On the west side of the center structure, you can see an ancient pond. A two-story marble stone bathing pavilion is located in the middle of the pond from the north corner. When you enter the palace through the central entrance, you will find a foyer that leads into a spacious hall with a timber floor that was previously used as a ballroom. Colorful glasses was used to adorn the doors and windows.
When the government established Women Teachers Training College at Shashi Lodge in 1952, officials used the main building of the house as the principal’s office and office. Later, On 4 April 2015, the Directorate of Archeology of the Government of Bangladesh acquired Shashi Lodge to set up a museum.
How to go to Shashi Lodge
From Dhaka, you can go to Mymensingh by Ena, Alam Asia, Shamim Enterprise, Shoukhin or Safe Transport bus. To travel from Dhaka to Mymensingh will take two and a half to three hours. Then you can get down at Masakanda bus stand and take an auto or rickshaw to visit Shashi Lodge.
If you want to travel to Mymensingh by train from Dhaka, you can directly board any of these trains: Teesta Express, Mohanganj Express, Jamuna Express, Brahmaputra, and Haor Express. It will take 3 to 4 hours to go. Then you can go to Shashi Lodge by renting a rickshaw from the railway station.
where will you stay
You can choose the best hotel from various quality hotels in Mymensingh city. Moreover, you can rely on Amir International or Hotel Mustafiz in Mymensingh.
where to eat
In Mymensingh city, you can taste the taste of Chicken Pulao at Press Club Canteen. Apart from this, Hotel Dhanshiri and Hotel Sarinda have a great reputation for quality food.
For Google Map Location of Shashi Lodge, click here.
Read about the architectural wonder of Bangladesh, the Sixty-domed Mosque in Bagerhat District of Khulna Division, click here.