Baliati Palace is a less known tourist spot in Bangladesh to the outer world located at Shaturia in Manikganj. It is one of the finest specimens of 19th-century monuments of the Renaissance colonial style in Bangladesh. The founder of the Baliati Zamindar was Govinda Ram Shaha, who was a big salt merchant in the middle of the 18th century. He left four sons: Dadhi Ram, Ananda Ram, Pandit Ram, and Golap Ram. They built all these buildings in the palace complex. The famous Jagannath College in Dhaka was founded and endowed by a member of Baliati family, Babu Kishori Lal Roy Chowdhury.
The building complex consisted of seven separate blocks surrounded by a high enclosure wall pierced by three identical gateways, surmounted with a lion. The complex occupying an area of 5.88 acres of land and containing over 200 rooms of various shapes and dimensions. To the north, there is a tank with regular masonry landings. The central block of the upper story has a decorative hall called Rong Mohal, which is now used as a museum.
The palatial complex is now preserved as protected cultural properties (antiquities). The department of archaeology protected this site in 1987.
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Houses inside Baliati Palace (Jamidar Bari). © Photo Credit: Raw Hasan.
Visiting Hours of Baliati Palace
Summer Season (April – September)
- Tuesday – Saturday: 10.00 AM – 01.00 PM, 01.30 PM – 06.00 PM
- Friday: 10.00 AM – 12.30 PM, 02.30 PM – 06.00 PM
- Sunday: Weekly Holiday
- Monday: 02.30 PM – 06.00 PM
Winter Season (October – March)
- Tuesday – Saturday: 09.00 AM – 01.00 PM, 01.30 PM – 05.00 PM
- Friday: 09.00 AM – 12.30 PM, 02.00 PM – 05.00 PM
- Sunday: Weekly Holiday
- Monday: 01.30 PM – 05.00 PM
- Baliati Palace will remain closed for visitors during Eid day and the previous day of Eid. It will remain open as usual from the next day of Eid day.
- Baliati Palace will remain closed during any govt. holiday.
- Baliati Palace will be closed at 04.00 PM during the holy month of Ramadan.
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