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21 Jul 2018

Archaeological sites Kantajew Temple


This fabulously embellished temple situated about 19.32km north of Dinajpur town. Maharaja Pran Nath built it in 1752. It was originally a Navaratna (nine- towered) temple. Every inch of its surface is lavishly decorated with different scenes as described in the two Hindu Great Epics, various Hindu divinities, contemporary social life and floral cum geometric motifs.

One can start his journey for the monument from Dinajpur town or Sayedpur Airport by any kind of motorized vehicle.

How to go

The temple is about a 1 mile west of Dinajpur-Thakurgaon Highway across the Dhepa River. Various types of communications like Bus, Motor bike and Rickshaw van can get you there within hours from the Town. You have to get off the bus at the Place called ‘Kantanagar’, if you choose to walk and enjoy the country atmosphere. However the journey will be a little lengthy, if you go there by Auto rickshaw.

Accommodation

Dinajpur has some economy accommodation for your stay, just you need a booking before the start. There are two types of accommodations are: government rest houses situated at different locations across the town, while privately held are enough and affordable for you. Circuit House(teleph. 0531-63112), located west of Bara Maidan is handled by the District Authority, while Parajatan Motel(teleph. 0531-64710)located at New town Housing, is a bit expensive for ordinary travelers, however the facilities are much better than others. Ram Sagar Rest house (telph. 0531-65558) located 6km south of the town at Ram Sagar tank will be an awesome place for nature lovers, but no food is available there. You will have to arrange by yourself. Privately held Diamond Hotel(telepone.0531-64629) is renowned for its wide accommodation facilities. There are two hotels( Diamond 1, Diamond 2)under the same name, facing one another, located at Maldapatty in Dinajpur town. They have their own food facilities available near them at Bashuniapatty, 1 minute of walk away. Hotel Sonar Tari(teleph.+8801716018995) at Modern More, Ganeshtala, Hotel Unique (+8801736335264) at Nimatala, New Hotel (0531-64155) and Hotel Konica (+880181829572) at Station Road in Dinajpur are also some notable hotels for your stay. Excluding these 3 pre historic sites, there are still many other points of archeological interests located in the Northern part of Bangladesh.

21 Jul 2018

Archaeological sites Mainamati


It is a hilly terrain with an average height of 15m in the district of Comilla. It stands in a north-south alignment with its length extending over 17km and average breadth 2.5km. At the different points of its slope there lie a number of older structural ruins pertaining to temple, stupa and vihara. Along with these ruins some tools made of fossilized wood (could be of pre-historic origin), both Hindu and Buddhist sculptures, metallic coins, objects of daily use, terracotta plaques, carved bricks, ornaments, potteries, metallic utensils, seals and ceilings, copper plates etc. have also been salvaged. On stylistic ground they may be dated in the circa 7th-13th century AD. Scholars are of opinion that there lie the ruins of a southeastern Bengali capital, ‘Devaparvata’ by name, in a corner of the hill range. There was another capital called ‘Jaykarmantavasaka’ in an adjoining corner of the Mainamati-Lalmai Hill Range. There has an archaeological museum and a rest house in Salvana village which occupies the mid-most point of Mainamati-Lalmai Hill Range.

One can start the journey for Mainamati- Lalmai by any kind of vehicle from Comilla Railway Station.

It is very easy to access this place. It’s just a kilometer away from the Moynamoti War Cemetery. If you are not familiar with the cemetery, then consider the Comilla Cantonment. If you come from Dhaka, then drop at the cantonment gate from the bus. From there you take a rickshaw to go to there.

21 Jul 2018

Rangamati, Bangladesh


Rangamati, a small town located amongst the green hills, lakes and rivers of the Chittagong Hill Tracts. This is what makes it a prime Bangladesh hill destination. It is known as the Lake City of Bangladesh as this place is located on the bank of the beautiful Kaptai Lake. It is the administrative headquarter of the Rangamati Hill District, the largest district of Bangladesh and located some 77 kilometres away from Chittagong. For long time Rangamati has been a prime Bangladesh tourist destination for its location, scenic beauty, colourful tribal people, tribal homespun textiles and ivory jewellery.

The rich natural resources, diverse flora and fauna makes Rangamati a Bangladesh Eco-Tourism destination. The road leading to Rangamati circles and winds through hilly terrains covered with lush green forests and creates a memorable experience for years to come. A stay here provides a glimpse into the lifestyle of various tribes living there. The ethnic tribes of Rangamati are the Chakma, Marma, Tonchongya, Tripura, Murong, Bome, Khumi, Kheyang, Chak, Pankhoa, and Lusai. The mix of different races, cultures, religions and customs creates an interesting community at Rangamati. It is said that without visiting Rangamati a tourist will miss a colourful slice of Bangladesh.

Visit Rangamati during October to February as the temperature remains cool and usually there is no rainfall, however, the beauty of Rangamati unleashes during the monsoon as the forest becomes greener, bursts with life and the rivers and waterfalls becomes replenished.

21 Jul 2018

Bangladesh National Museum


Bangladesh National Museum, formally inaugurated on 17 November 1983, is one of the largest museums in South Asia. Dhaka Museum, formally inaugurated on 7 August 1913, was its forerunner. Bangladesh National Museum is devoted to archaeology, classical, decorative and contemporary art, history, natural history, ethnography and world civilization. Bangladesh National Museum has splendid collections which range in date from prehistory to the present time. Both in number and uniqueness, the Museum is extremely rich in stone, metal and wooden sculptures, in gold, silver and copper coins, in stone inscriptions and copperplates and in terracottas and other artifacts of archaeological interest.
The Museum has one of the largest collections of arms and armour in the Indian subcontinent. Quite fascinating are its collections of decorative art, especially of woodwork, metalwork and embroidered quilts. It has items of natural history and ethnographic interest. The Museum is noted for its collection of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin and works of other contemporary artists. The Museum also illustrates the freedom struggle culminating in the liberation of Bangladesh.
Sources:BNMW

18 Jul 2018

Saudi Arabia to issue tourist visas soon.

Saudi Arabia plans to start issuing tourist visas “soon”, the authorities said, as the ultra-conservative kingdom seeks to attract international visitors in a radical overhaul of its oil-dependent economy.

Tourism is seen as a major driver of growth as the kingdom attempts to wean itself off its dependence on petro-dollars amid a protracted oil slump.

“Tourist visas will be introduced soon,” Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, head of the Saudi tourism authority, was quoted as saying in a statement on Tuesday. He did not specify a time frame.

Aside from millions of Muslims who travel to Saudi Arabia for the annual haj pilgrimage, most visitors currently face a tedious visa process and exorbitant fees to enter the kingdom.

Prince Sultan’s comment comes ahead of Saudi Arabia’s first archaeology convention in Riyadh next week as the government seeks to showcase some of its historic sites.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in August announced a massive tourism project to turn 50 islands and a string of sites on the Red Sea into luxury resorts.

Although richly endowed with natural beauty, the kingdom is hardly seen as a tourism hot spot.
Alcohol, cinemas and theatres are still banned in the kingdom, an absolute monarchy and one of the world’s most conservative countries.

But the authorities in recent months have sought to project a moderate image with a string of reforms, including the decision allowing women to drive from next June.The kingdom is also expected to lift a public ban on cinemas and has encouraged mixed-gender celebrations – something seldom seen before.

The moves appear designed to project the kingdom in a favourable light as it seeks to attract badly needed foreign investment.AFP.
source: Independent online desk

18 Jul 2018

UAE announces new rules for tourist visas

Tourists travelling to the UAE during the summer won’t need to pay visa fees for dependents aged 18 years or below, the UAE Cabinet announced on Sunday.

The fee exemption will be applicable between July 15 and September 15 every year and is expected to boost tourist numbers during the off peak season.

The decision follows the exemption of transit tourists from visa fees for the first 48 hours.

Travel agents in the UAE have welcomed the move, saying it would help boost tourism during the summer season, Khaleej Times reports.

A 14-day express tourist visa costs Dh497 per head and a 30-day multi-entry tourist visa costs Dh917 if the traveller purchases it online.However, according to tour operators, the most popular tourist visa is the 90-day multi-entry tourist visa, which is priced at Dh945.

“The total visa costs for a family of four (parents and two children) would be Dh3,780. With the exemptions, families will have to pay only Dh1,890, excluding taxes,” a travel agent from Sharjah-based Sharaf Travels explained.

Rifa Dalvi, a travel consultant from Cozmo Travels, said the move would help residents who stay without their families in the UAE to bring their loved ones for a visit.
sources: Independent online desk report