If you arrange a beauty contest among the destination of Bangladesh, Shusong Durgapur of Birishiri will surely get the prize of the most photogenic natural look of all. Its scenic beauty is very unique. What makes it so charming is that the ceramic mountain, blue water of the mountain’s valley, Shomeshwari River, deserted coal mines and the green countryside.
Shusong Durgapur of Birishiri is located at Netrokona about 170 km north from Dhaka. It’s not only blessed by charismatic natural beauty, is also reach in ethnic culture as there are many ethnic groups like – Hajong, Garo, Achik and Mandi etc lives here. Many people around the world come here to learn the ethnic culture and livings.
The main attraction of Birishiri is the ceramic hill of Durgapur and the picturesque landscape along the Shomeshwari River. Except the rainy season it’s hard to find any water in the river and that’s why the river changes its landscape color with the seasons. There is also an ethnic museum at Birishiri. It’s a must place to visit while you are in Birishiri.
How to Go :
Birishiri is a remote place as it is situated at the Bangladesh India border. As a result all modes of transportation aren’t available here. So the best way to get in here is by road from Dhaka. You can find direct bus to Birishiri from Mohakhali bus stand at Dhaka. It will take 7 hours to get there and last half an hour may get bumpy as the last 30 km road is not well constructed. When you are there you can go around the town by rickshaws. In fact it is advised to visit the tourists spot in rickshaws as the pullers know all the places very well. For us,It took almost 7 hours to reach YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) Guest house by microbus.
Main Route to Birishiri: Dhaka-Mymensingh-Shamgonj-Jaria-Jhanjail-Birishiri-Durgapur
Where to Stay:
There is two way to get yourself accommodate. One is you can camp on the hills if you come here in a group. And the other way is to book rooms of YMCA rest house. However you stay there it will not get in your way of enjoying your stay at Birishiri. The memories you will get on that trip will be unforgettable and magnetic. You can also stay at local hotels near Susong Durgapur town. Hotel fair is Tk.100-200 per night.
What to Eat:
At YMCA Gust house you may order food to local caretaker. You can also do BBQ at the front side of the guest house.
Advise for Traveler:
Rickshaws and boats are only means of transport. We have walked a lot because of broken and muddy roads. You may carry your food as there is no hotel or restaurant out there. Use soft shoes. Don’t forget to hire a local guide and be careful while bargaining with guide and rickshaw pullers. Take fresh water and umbrellas with you.