Metal craft village
Savar full day
Savar is a place filled with history. The city, located 23 km northwest of Dhaka, is well known as the home of the National Martyrs’ Memorial. You will never forget your first view of the Jatiya Sriti Saudha, a 50-meter high monument in memory of the Liberation War. The ground is also a symbol of hope with a garden for trees planted by world leaders.
You can step back in time and feel like a jamidar when you arrive at the 200 room Baliadi Palace, the largest rajbari in Bangladesh. This breath taking home, surrounding lawns and ponds give you a glimpse of how rich landowners presided over this fortress near the banks of the Jamuna river.
*jamidar – landlord ; rajbari – kings house
Living history can be seen in Dhamrai, the metal craft village 5 km from the memorial. The tradition of brass working has been passed on from generation to generation, father to son. Skilled artisans work with metal etching, pottery and the lost wax method as has been done here for centuries. You can visit small family owned shops where you watch the final touches placed on a piece you will treasure. Perhaps visit a 200-year-old factory in a historic mansion and see beautifully decorated Hindu Temples are in daily use.
If your interest lies in nature, the campus of Jahangirnagar University is the prime destination for migratory birds in Bangladesh. Hundreds of birds make their winter home on the lakes. You can sit, count the many species or enjoy the Shapla, water lily- the national flower.