One day at Baliati Zamindarbari

One day at Baliati Zamindarbari

Baliati Palace is one of the few historical buildings in Manikganj. This palace is locally known as Baliati Zamindarbari.

Gobindram Shah built this zamindarbari in the middle of the 18th century, which stands on about 5.88 acres of land. The entire area is surrounded by a high wall. It has seven palatial buildings, 200 rooms. During the British rule, the Zamindars ruled this area for almost two hundred years. During this time they built various important structures. In 1987, the Directorate of Archeology declared this palace as a protected antiquities.

About 26 of us, who are all members of the Dhaka University Journalists’ Association, left to see this antiquities. We all had breakfast together at Nilakshet in the capital and started the bus journey to Gabtali. After half an hour we went down to Gabtali. Then we boarded another bus and got off at Saturia Upazila. From there we took an autorickshaw to our destination.

Arriving in front of the zamindarbari, the first thing one notices are four lion statues made of stone. There are four entrances below the lion statue. There is a ticket counter just after the first entrance. From there we collect tickets and enter inside.

Upon entering, I saw that the zamindarbari was divided into several buildings. There are five large buildings inside it named Purba Bari, Paschim Bari, Uttar Bari, Madhya Bari and Gola Bari. Various parts of the zamindarbari were built by the heirs of the Baliati zamindar family. Five similar sections adjacent to the main palace were constructed separately. One part of the eastern side is completely destroyed, but the remaining four still survive.

Various crafts and statues can be seen on the front walls of the main buildings. The ancient wall built around the Baliati zamindarbari still survives. There are now four beautiful buildings within the four walls. Two two-storied buildings in the middle of four quarters and two three-storied buildings on either side. There is a large pond behind the buildings. There are six shaanbandhan ghats around the pond.

Finally we go to the museum on the second floor of building number two. There is a Rang Mahal on the second floor. Here the relics used by the landlords are kept for the visitors. Artifacts include numerous chests used by the landlords, mirrors, chandeliers, lanterns, white stone bulls, white stone tables, couches, racks, wooden, cane chairs and more. Majlis rooms have precious chandeliers. The majlis room has hand painted pictures on the walls. There are three buildings in its interior. Here was the guest accommodation, kitchen. The most attractive lamps.

how to go

Saturia can be reached in just two hours by public bus or SB Link Gatelock Paribahan bus from Dhaka’s Gabtali bus stand. Bus fare will be 80 taka per person. You can go to Baliati museum by rickshaw fare from Saturia bus stand for just 30 taka.

Ticket price

Ticket price per person at Baliati Museum is Tk 20 for domestic visitors, Tk 100 for SAARC visitors and Tk 200 for foreign visitors. The museum is closed for a full day on Sundays and half a day on Mondays. This palace is closed on the day after Eid. Open from 9am to 5pm on rest of the week.

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