Tangail has about 185,000 residents (2015).
Tangail is the home of the weavers and internationally known for “Tangail Saree” a handloom saree made of both cotton and silk. This saree is widely used by women and girls of Bangladeshi and Indian origin living all over the world.
Madhupur has forests and hilly areas. A lot of pineapples, bananas and jackfruits are planted in Modhupur gor.
Tangail is proud of some of its world famous sons like the independence leader Moulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani, the magician Jadu Samrat, P.C. Sarkar, and the second president of independent Bangladesh, the late Abu Syed Chowdhury son of Abdul Hamid Chowdhury.
The famous Kagmari Conference (1957), Sannyasi revolt (1850) and Peasant revolt (1858) began in this district. Mawlana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani lived for a long time in Santosh near the Tangail town.
During the Liberation War, Abdul Kader Siddiqui of Tangail independently led military operations against the Pakistan army. His group, named Kaderia Bahini, led many successful guerrilla operations in this district. This is a unique event of the war because the leader was a civil person. The most noted successful operation of the Kaderia Bahini was the capture of a Pakistani ship with huge amount of arms and ammunitions at Bhuapur.
During the Liberation War, in September 1971, Vobishoth Bahini founder “Lalmiya” (Md. Shah-Nur-E-Aziz) who was just 11 years and eight months old then, led his group to assist the Mitra Bahini (Indian Satri Bahini, or Indian Airdrop Army) and Mukti Bahini (Bangladesh Liberation Army).
In 1996, a devastating tornado caused heavy damage to some subdivisions of Tangail.
Tangail is about 100 km from Dhaka. Trains and buses make this trip in 1½-2 hours.
Tangail has a lot of heritage and also many beautiful places. Historical places are:
- Atia Mosque (1608),
- Ichamati Dighi,
- Nagarpur Dighi,
- Khamarpara Mosque,
- Dhanbari Mosque (1685),
- Dhanbari Zaminderbari,
- Hemnagar Zaminderbari (Gopalpur),
- Graveyard of Mawlana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani (Shontosh),
- Madhupur Gor,
- Beautiful Jamuna Resort and Majestic Jamuna Brige,
- An ancient tree named Tomal at Gupta Brindaban in Ghatail
Important traveling spots in Tangail district include:
- Pakundia Jamider.
- Upendra Sharobar.
Consider buying a saree for yourself or a female friend or relative of yours.
Tangail is famous around the country for the special sweet, Porabari Cham-Cham.
- Chom Chom
- Roso Malai
- Kalo jamun
- Historical Pineapples
- Jack Fruit
- Special Doi