Haripur Zamindar Bari is located on the east bank of the river Titas in the village of Haripur in Nasirnagar Upazila of Brahmanbaria district. This is where the shooting of Ghetuputra Kamala took place. Some call the house Rajbari, Barbari and some call it Zamindar Bari. On the way from Nasirnagar to Madhabpur, on the west side of the road at Haripur village on the last border of the Upazila, on the bank of the river Titas, there is a huge two-domed three-storey house. Nasirnagar-Madhabpur road on the east side of the house. The rest is the empty space of the Titus River. The main house with many large verandas. The two-storey palace is huge. In front of the palace is a wide haor on the horizon. Huge paved ghats.
The three-story zamindar house, established on about 480 per cent land, has about 60 rooms, a rang mahal, a durbar hall, a paddy field, a barn, a kitchen, a dance hall, a mall pond, a playground, a temple, and a boundary wall. There is no rod masonry anywhere in the whole building of the huge house. Two high domes on either side of the red brick Surki masonry building proudly proclaim the heritage of the zamindar dynasty. There are six stairs on each side of the two-story ascent and two stairs on each side of the three-story ascent. There are six bedrooms in the additional west-north corner and four on the east bank of the main pond and four on the west bank. To the west of the house are the tombs of Krishna Prasad Roy Chowdhury on the north side of Paka Ghatla on the banks of Titas river and Gauri Prasad Roy Chowdhury on the south side.
The house was built about 175 years ago by zamindars Gauri Prasad Roy Chowdhury and Krishna Prasad Roy Chowdhury. The style of construction of the house built during the British period is great. After the death of Krishna Prasad Roy Chowdhury on 12 Chaitra (Dol Purnima) of Bengal in 1343, Haripada Roy Chowdhury and Shanti Roy Chowdhury inherited the house in stages. Upendra Roy Chowdhury and Harendra Roy Chowdhury got the ownership and zamindari of the house from them. Eventually, after the partition of the country in 1947, when the zamindari system was abolished, they left their homes and moved to Calcutta.
The zamindars left the priests when they left the house. Descendants of the priests are still living in the dilapidated zamindar house. Apart from Ghetuputra Kamala, Shakur Majid’s Naori and Narayan Chandra Ghosh’s Madhumalati were shot in this palace in the past.
How to get there
You can take any bus from Dhaka to Sylhet and get off at Madhabpur Upazila. Get off at Madhabpur and ask someone which way the CNG-powered autorickshaw is going to Haripur? Will show you Get in the car and tell me to get off in front of Haripur Rajbari. If you want to go by train, you can take the Sylhet-bound Parabat Express train from Kamalapur railway station at 8.40 am. Buy a ticket to Nayapara and reach Nayapara by 10 am. You can take an autorickshaw from Nayapara by reserving it at Haripur Zamindar’s house. Or come to Madhabpur first and then to Haripur. You can go to Nayapara again to return to Dhaka. There is a Dhaka-bound Parabat Express train at 6:20. Let’s go to Dhaka with that. And if you have time, you can visit Satchhari National Park.
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