16-Nov-2012 -- This confluence was reached toward the end of a 3-day tour of western Bangladesh during which we also reach the points at 23N 90E and 23N 89E. We were greatly aided by our companion guide and translator Shuchak and our intrepid driver Kabir. This point was about 16 km east of Bangladesh's western border with India and only about 3 km west of the Padma river, one of the largest in a country with a great many rivers. It was 16 km to the Northwest of the medium-sized town of Kushtia.
After lunch in Kushtia, we resumed travel north on the main highway which, to our good fortune, passed less than 2 km from the confluence. At this point I executed my plan derived from satelite images of simply turning left off the main highway to get onto a road that appeared to pass very close to the confluence. This was a dubious move as this "road" was nearly impassible to our car. Thanks to Kabir's bravery and skill we soon reached a more reasonable tertiary road that I probably would have chosen in the first place had I possessed any knowledge of the area. After only about 3 km on this road we reached a point that was only 15 meters or so from the confluence. The road and adjacent houses were elevated about 3 meters above the fields. While typically in Bangladesh there is a great deal of activity on and near the roads, this was an unusually peaceful and quiet area. Our good luck was further in evidence as this confluence was nearly on the exact edge of a huge set of flooded fields. With some difficulty we were able to penetrate a row of trees and get the required photos. Afterwards, a group of elderly men assembled to investigate our activities. Despite my giving them a translated letter of explanation, once they learned we were from America their primary interest was in discussing hurricane Sandy that had recently struck America's Mid-Atlantic region. On the whole this was a most wonderful confluence experience. I would further add that Bangladesh is a beautiful country with the most friendly and engaging people I have ever encountered.