The history of Dakshin Dinajpur dates back to the sen and Pal dynasties of North Bengal. It shares rich legacies and a rich heritage.
Highly developed civilizations flourished here since archeological excavations have been quite a familiar thing in Dakshin Dinajpur.
The people in this district are largely dependent on agriculture for their livelihood. The four rivers namely Atreyee, Brahmani, Tangon, and Punarbha flow through this district and thus it acts as a source of livelihood for a large community of fishermen.
In this article, you will get to know about the following places to visit in Dakshin Dinajpur,
- Dargah of Shah Ata
- Mahipal Dighi Resort
- Dogacha and Danga
- Kaldighi Park
- Angina Bird Sanctuary
Let’s see each of these places in detail…
The historical site of Bangarh is located in Gangarampur in the Dakshin Dinajpur district.
The ancient city of Bangarh served as the territorial division’s administrative hub and was previously known as Devikota and Kotivarasa.
It was a part of the larger Pundravardhana Bhukti administrative region, with Mahasthangarh as its capital during the Chandra, Varman, and Sena eras.
The archeological site of Bangarh reflects the early history of Bengal in the pre-Mauryan period.
A number of antique items were found during the excavation of the ruins like terracotta plaque, bastions and citadels, the basalt head of Buddha, and artifacts from the Shauivaite form of Hinduism from the Pala period.
Recent evidence has found traces of pottery, copper objects, wattle, black and red ware, and daub houses.
2. Dargah of Shah Ata
There is a historical structure called the Dargah of Shah Ata in Gangarampur which is close to Dhaldighi Lake.
The structure is a brick and roofless stone mausoleum that serves as Mollah Atar-Uddin or Shah Ata’s final resting place.
The mosque has niches, and inscriptions, and the lower portion is built of stone. It stands in the middle of the green extended field.
3. Mahipal Dighi Resort
Mahipal resort is an eco-resort located near the Mahipal Dighi. The resort has small houses built on an elevated platform.
The resorts offer you stunning views of the Dighi. From the balconies, you can have a wonderful view of the surrounding.
The place is often visited by the local birds. If you love photography you can capture adorable pictures of the lakefront.
The staffs of the resort are very amicable and the services are very fast and reliable. Since the area is pollution free you can have a great time relaxing amidst the peaceful atmosphere.
Most importantly as the place is not so crowded, couples can enjoy a good time here. The place is also perfect for paid fishing.
4. Dogacha and Danga
The forest of Dogacha and Danga is one of the main natural attractions of South Dinajpur. The forests are shaded by tall trees.
Through the dense forests, narrow lanes cross, which lead to the main villages and towns. You can stroll through these lanes lazily and also click photos of nature.
You can spot many animals and birds in this forest too.
You can also arrange a picnic in the interiors of the forests. The cool atmosphere of the forest and the green shades around are ideal to relax and enjoy all day long.
5. Kaldighi Park
Kaldighi Park is one of the lovely tourist spots in South Dinajpur. The park is surrounded by the peaceful ambiance of green trees, and the lake.
There are well-maintained gardens and small pavements that allow the visitors to leisurely stroll around and soak in the natural vibes of the park.
You can sit for hours and witness the placid Kaldighi lake. There are many sitting areas and rides for children too. Undoubtedly, people of all ages can come here and spend a good time here.
6. Angina Bird Sanctuary
Angina Bird Sanctuary, which is under the Kumarganj block of the South Dinajpur district, attracts many tourists every year.
Many species of migratory birds used to come here every year to Angina wetland during the emergence of winter and delight the visitors.
According to the South Dinajpur tourism department, the Angina bird sanctuary attracts innumerable tourists every year during the peak season, therefore the department has also taken initiative for the necessary implementation of facilities nowadays.
Tourists come from neighboring districts like Malda and Raiganj of North Dinajpur. Picnic parties throng the area, particularly from the end of December to the entire of January.
These are some of the popular places to visit in Dakshin Dinajpur.
This district boasts rich cultural attractions and it is quite a peaceful area for a weekend destination for visitors.
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