Khoniadighi Mosque, located at Shibganj in Chapainawabganj district, is an ancient and historical architectural monument of Bangladesh. The distance from Chapainawabganj district headquarters to Khaniyadighi mosque is 36 kilometers. To the locals, this ancient mosque is well known as Rajbibi Mosque and Chamchika Mosque. The Khaniyadighi Mosque was built between 1450 and 1585 when Gaur was the capital.
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The Khaniyadighi Mosque is 72 feet long and 42 feet wide. The use of stone in the pillars and cornices of the ornate mosques can be noticed in the terracotta and brick designs. The main square room of the Khaniyadighi Mosque, built in Mughal architecture, is 27 feet long on each side. The walls of the mosque are about 6 feet wide, so the environment inside the mosque stays cool even in extreme heat. The roof of the main mosque has a giant dome and the roof of the verandah has 3 small domes. And the name of the huge tank next to the mosque is Khaniya Dighi.
Way to go
The easiest way to get to Chapainawabganj is by bus. Desh Travels, National Travels, Grameen Travels, Tuhin Elite’s AC and non-AC buses go directly to Chapainawabganj from Kalyanpur and Gabtali in Dhaka. Non-AC bus fare is 580 Taka and AC bus fare is 1100 Taka. Khanyadighi Mosque can be easily reached from Chapainawabganj district town with Mahendra or CNG fare.
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Besides, you can go to Rajshahi by train from Dhaka and from there to Chapainawabganj district by bus. However, if you want to travel one day, it is better to go directly by bus. In that case, you will leave the night before and reach the next morning, you will be able to travel all day and leave for Dhaka by evening bus.
Where to stay
If you need to stay overnight, there are several quality hotels in Chapainawabganj district town. Notable hotels include Hotel Rose, Hotel Al Nahid, Hotel Swapnapuri, Nawabganj Boarding, and Hotel Rangdhanu. However, the environment is not so good. If you want to stay somewhere good, you have to move to Rajshahi city. In Rajshahi city, you will get rooms of different quality for 1900 to 4800 Taka in the motel of Bangladesh Tourism Corporation. Among other residential hotels, Hotel Hawks Inn, Nice International, Mukta International, Dallas International Shukran, etc. will get rooms at Tk500 to Tk3,000.
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