Raja Tonkonath’s Palace in ruins

  • The palace of Raja Tonkonath is located on the bank of Kulik River, one kilometre east of Ranishankail Upazila town. The palace has turned into a ‘haunted house’ from years of neglect to save it from ruins. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

    The palace of Raja Tonkonath is located on the bank of Kulik River, one kilometre east of Ranishankail Upazila town. The palace has turned into a ‘haunted house’ from years of neglect to save it from ruins. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

  • Raja Tonkonath’s Palace is falling apart on all sides as no initiative to preserve it has been taken. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

    Raja Tonkonath’s Palace is falling apart on all sides as no initiative to preserve it has been taken. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

  • Anyone can take a rickshaw ride to the palace located on the bank of Kulik River, one kilometre east of Ranishankail Upazila town. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

    Anyone can take a rickshaw ride to the palace located on the bank of Kulik River, one kilometre east of Ranishankail Upazila town. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

  • Raja Tonkonath’s Palace now looks like a ‘haunted’ one because of its desolate look. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

    Raja Tonkonath’s Palace now looks like a ‘haunted’ one because of its desolate look. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

  • Raja Tonkonath’s Palace is falling apart on all sides as no initiative to preserve it has been taken. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

    Raja Tonkonath’s Palace is falling apart on all sides as no initiative to preserve it has been taken. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

  • Raja Tonkonath’s Palace is falling apart on all sides as no initiative to preserve it has been taken. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

    Raja Tonkonath’s Palace is falling apart on all sides as no initiative to preserve it has been taken. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

  • The palace of Raja Tonkonath is located on the bank of Kulik River, one kilometre east of Ranishankail Upazila town. The palace has turned into a ‘haunted house’ from years of neglect to save it from ruins. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

    The palace of Raja Tonkonath is located on the bank of Kulik River, one kilometre east of Ranishankail Upazila town. The palace has turned into a ‘haunted house’ from years of neglect to save it from ruins. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

  • Locals now use the palace to raise cattle. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

    Locals now use the palace to raise cattle. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

  • The staircases have been stolen as there is no one to look after the palace. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

    The staircases have been stolen as there is no one to look after the palace. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

  • Raja Tonkonath’s Palace is falling apart on all sides as no initiative to preserve it has been taken. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

    Raja Tonkonath’s Palace is falling apart on all sides as no initiative to preserve it has been taken. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

  • As people have stopped coming to the palace, animals have made the place their own. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

    As people have stopped coming to the palace, animals have made the place their own. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

  • As people have stopped coming to the palace, animals have made the place their own. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

    As people have stopped coming to the palace, animals have made the place their own. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

  • The artistic designs on the palace were stunning, which once upon a time used to drew thousands of tourists but now the place is always uninhibited. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

    The artistic designs on the palace were stunning, which once upon a time used to drew thousands of tourists but now the place is always uninhibited. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

  • The verandas are breaking down too. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

    The verandas are breaking down too. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

  • The verandas are breaking down too. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

    The verandas are breaking down too. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

  • The artistic designs on the palace were stunning, which once upon a time used to drew thousands of tourists but now the place is always uninhibited. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

    The artistic designs on the palace were stunning, which once upon a time used to drew thousands of tourists but now the place is always uninhibited. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

  • A tunnel that was hidden in its heyday inside the palace. Locals say this is a very long tunnel and they have no idea where it ends. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

    A tunnel that was hidden in its heyday inside the palace. Locals say this is a very long tunnel and they have no idea where it ends. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

  • All his life, Bashir Mahmud, 100, has seen this palace standing on the bank of Kulik River and slowly go to rack and ruin. He thinks tourists will start coming again if the palace is renovated. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

    All his life, Bashir Mahmud, 100, has seen this palace standing on the bank of Kulik River and slowly go to rack and ruin. He thinks tourists will start coming again if the palace is renovated. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

  • Several years ago, the locals had taken an initiative to renovate the palace, but that did not come to fruition. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

    Several years ago, the locals had taken an initiative to renovate the palace, but that did not come to fruition. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

  • Locals now use the palace to raise cattle. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

    Locals now use the palace to raise cattle. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

  • The staircases have been stolen as there is no one to look after the palace. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

    The staircases have been stolen as there is no one to look after the palace. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

  • Raja Tonkonath’s Palace is falling apart on all sides as no initiative to preserve it has been taken. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

    Raja Tonkonath’s Palace is falling apart on all sides as no initiative to preserve it has been taken. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

  • Anyone can take a rickshaw ride to the palace located on the bank of Kulik River, one kilometre east of Ranishankail Upazila town. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

    Anyone can take a rickshaw ride to the palace located on the bank of Kulik River, one kilometre east of Ranishankail Upazila town. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

  • As people have stopped coming to the palace, animals have made the place their own. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

    As people have stopped coming to the palace, animals have made the place their own. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

  • As people have stopped coming to the palace, animals have made the place their own. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

    As people have stopped coming to the palace, animals have made the place their own. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

  • The artistic designs on the palace were stunning, which once upon a time used to drew thousands of tourists but now the place is always uninhibited. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

    The artistic designs on the palace were stunning, which once upon a time used to drew thousands of tourists but now the place is always uninhibited. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

  • The verandas are breaking down too. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

    The verandas are breaking down too. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

  • Raja Tonkonath’s Palace now looks like a ‘haunted’ one because of its desolate look. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

    Raja Tonkonath’s Palace now looks like a ‘haunted’ one because of its desolate look. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

  • Raja Tonkonath’s Palace now looks like a ‘haunted’ one because of its desolate look. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

    Raja Tonkonath’s Palace now looks like a ‘haunted’ one because of its desolate look. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

  • Raja Tonkonath’s Palace is falling apart on all sides as no initiative to preserve it has been taken. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik

    Raja Tonkonath’s Palace is falling apart on all sides as no initiative to preserve it has been taken. Photo: asaduzzaman pramanik