Darasbari Mosque is located near a place called Ampur in Chapainawabganj Sadar. The locals know the place of this mosque as Darasbari. According to the inscriptions of the mosque, the Darasbari Mosque was built in 1498 during the reign of Sultan Shamsuddin Yusuf. Initially the name of the mosque was Firozpur Mosque but after the establishment of Darasbari Madrasa in 1504, the name Darasbari Mosque became known to the people.
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There are many similarities between the Darasbari Mosque made of terracotta bricks and the Chamchika Mosque in India. The rectangle inside the mosque is divided into two parts and its main dome is very interesting to see. The Darasbari Mosque is 99 feet 5 inches long and 34 feet 9 inches wide and has a verandah 10 feet 6 inches long on the east side of the mosque. The mosque has a total of 9 ornate arches. And on the north side of the mosque, there is a huge tank of about 60 bighas.
The Yusuf Shahi inscription in Togra script from the historic Darasbari Mosque is now preserved in the Kolkata Museum.
How to go
You can go to Chapainawabganj from Dhaka in different ways. If you want to go to Chapainawabganj by bus from Dhaka, you can go to Chapainawabganj via Rajshahi or directly. However, if you want to go by train or plane from Dhaka, you have to come to Rajshahi first and then to Chapainawabganj. Modern, Hanif and Shyamoli Paribahan buses can easily reach Chapainawabganj via Rajshahi. From Chapainawabganj city you can go directly to Darasbari Mosque near Chhota Sona Mosque by CNG, autorickshaw or bus.
Dhaka to Rajshahi
There are road, rail, and air routes from the capital Dhaka to Rajshahi. Greenline from Dhaka’s Gabtali, Kalyanpur, and AC buses of Desh Travels travel to Rajshahi at a fare of 800 to 1000 Taka. Non-AC buses like Shyamoli, Hanif, National Travels, Bablu Enterprise, etc. run at a fare of Tk 400 to Tk 500.
The Silk City Express train leaves Dhaka’s Kamalapur railway station for Rajshahi at 2.40 pm 8 days a week except for Sundays. Besides, the Padma Express train leaves Dhaka for Rajshahi at 11:10 pm every day except Tuesday. The fare for these trains is 350 rupees for a comfortable chair, 604 Taka for a soft chair, 625 Taka for an AC seat, and 1061 Taka for an AC berth.
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If you want to go to Rajshahi by air, you can travel from Dhaka’s Shahjalal International Airport by Biman Bangladesh Airlines and United Air for Tk 3,500 to Tk 4,500.
From Rajshahi you can take a local bus to Kansat for 60 Taka and from there you can reach Darasbari Mosque with an auto fare of 10/15 Taka.
Where to stay
There are several hotels in Chapainawabganj for overnight stays. Notable hotels include Hotel Rose (01761-855471), Lal Boarding (01718-279841), Hotel Al Nahid (01713-376902), Hotel Swapnapuri (01711-416041), Nawabganj Boarding (01715-167646), Hotel Rangdhan. (339687).
Where to eat
There is no food in the vicinity of the small Sona Mosque. However, in Chapainawabganj you will find several different quality hotels/restaurants for food. However, do not forget to eat the original spoon of Shibganj.