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16 Nov 2018

War Cemetery, Chottogram, Bangladesh

 

 

 

 

 

Location Information
Chittagong War Cemetery is in Dampara locality, No.19 Badsha Mia Chowdhury Road, 22 kilometres north of the airport and 8 kilometres from the port on a site which was formerly paddy fields, but which has now been developed. It is near the arts college and close by Finlay’s Guest Houses near Chatteshanry Road; a well known road leading to the Hindu Kali Bari Temple. There is no C.W.G.C. road direction sign. The Burial area is situated at the bottom of a slope directly behind Finlay’s Guest Houses and is surrounded by a large area planted with a mixture of jungle trees,fruit trees and flowering trees. It is not easily seen from the road. A narrow tarmacked lane leads from the entrance gate to the burial area which is entered through a metal gate flanked by two small brick chapels. The cemetery gates are open from 07.00 to 12 noon and 14.00 to 17.00. Within the cemetery will also be found the Chittagong Memorial which, together with the Bombay 1939-1945 War Memorial, to be found in the Indian Seamen’s Hostel Bombay, commemorates over 400 sailors of the former Indian Navy and nearly 6,000 sailors of the former Indian Merchant Navy who were lost at sea during the war years. Each memorial takes the form of a finely bound volume containing the names of the dead.
Visiting Information
Chittagong War Cemetery is open every day between 08:00-12:00 and 14:00-17:00. Wheelchair access possible via main entrance. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Section on telephone number 01628 507200.
History Information
The cemetery was created by the army, and there were originally about 400 burials. Graves have since been transferred to this cemetery from the Lushai Hills (Assam) and other isolated sites, and from Chittagong Civil Cemetery; Chandragona Baptist Mission Cemetery; Chiringa Military Cemetery; Cox’s Bazar New Military and Civil (Muhammadan) Cemeteries; Chittagong (Panchalaish) Burial Ground; Dacca Military Cemetery; Demagiri Cemetery; Dhuapolong Muslim Burial Ground; Dhuapolong Christian Military Cemetery; Dohazari Military and R.A.F. Cemeteries; Jessore Protestant Cemetery; Khulna Cemetery; Khurushkul Island Christian and Muhammadan Cemeteries; Lungleh Cemetery (Assam); Nawapara Cemetery (Assam); Patiya Military Cemetery, Rangamati Cemetery; Tezgaon Roman Catholic Cemetery; Tumbru Ghat Military Cemetery and Tumbru M.D.S. Hospital Cemetery. There are now 731 Commonwealth burials of the 1939-45 war here, 17 of which are unidentified. There are a further 20 Foreign National burials, 1 being a seaman of the Dutch Navy and 19 Japanese soldiers, 1 of which is unidentified. There are also 4 non war U.K. military burials.
16 Nov 2018

Natore Children Park

Natore Children Park is located at the Rajshahi-Bogra Highway, just opposite of Shankar Gobinda Chowdhury Stadium in Natore Sadar Upazila. This park consists of lot of elements. There is a big lake and a bridge over it. The big portion of the park is structured as children’s playground with several manual rides. And the small portion has animals made with clay for children attraction.

This park was established in the year 2003 by Advocate Ruhul Kuddus Talukdar Dulu, the then Deputy Minister of Land. The main reason behind building the park is to gather the general people of the locality for entertainment in various occasions. Also, because of not having available children playground, this was built to enhance their childhood, although people of all ages gather here every day.

Throughout the park, there are lots of seating arrangements. Usually every afternoon, people come here with their friends and family members to enjoy their leisure time. Also in any occasions, this park is being decorated for enlarging the tourist attraction.

How to go

After reaching at Natore Sadar, take rickshaw or Auto rickshaw to visit this beautiful park. Ask the driver to take you to the stadium where this attraction is located.

How To Reach: Natore Sadar Upazila

  • By Road
  • By Train
  1. Shamoli Paribahan:
    12, South Kollyanpur, Mirpur Road, Dhaka.
    Tel: 02-900331, 02-8034275.
  2. Hanif Enterprise:
    Dhaka Offices: Panthopath: 0173-402670,
    Arambagh: 01713-402671, Sayadabad: 01713-402673
  3. Green Line Paribahan:
    Kallyanpur Branch: 3/2, South Kallyanpur, Dhaka.
    Mobile: 01730-060080.
  4. Modern Enterprise (AC Chair Coach)
    >>Head Office: Lake Circus, Panthapath, Kalabagan, Dhaka.
    Phone: 9123743, 327293
    >>Branch Office: Gabtoli Booking Office, Intercity Bus Terminal,
    (Counter No. 19), Mirpur, Dhaka. Phone: 806099

Where to Stay

Accommodation facilities in Natore are as follows:

  1. Hotel VIP
    Address: Borohorishpur, Natore
    Direction: 1 km West of Central Bus Terminal and East of Madrasha more.
    Phone: 0771-66097, +880 1718 673735
  2. Hotel Millat
    Address: Madrasha More, Natore Sadar, Natore
  3. Hotel Prince
    Address: Railway Station Bazar, Natore Sadar, Natore
    Phone: 0771-61356
    Mobile: 01746029429
  4. Hotel Raj
    Address: Madrasha More, Natore Sadar, Natore
    Phone: 0771-66660
    Mobile: 01727371500
  5. Hotel Rukhsana
    Address: Kanaikhali, Old bus stand, Natore Sadar, Natore
    Phone: 0771-62431
    Mobile: 01739987017
  6. Natore Boarding
    Address: Nichabazar, Hospital Road, Natore Sadar, Natore.
    Phone: 0771-62001
  7. Natore Sugar Mills Guest House
    Address: Natore Sugar Mills area, Natore Sadar, Natore

Things to do

  1. You can dine at Cicily Chinese Restaurant, just in the South-East corner of the park.
  2. You may lookout the Stadium if it’s open.
  3. You can visit the DC Park, just to the North-West of the Children Park and observe the small roadside lake and fountain.
  4. Also, you can take a tour in Television Center (permission required) and Horticulture Center nearby.

Travel Tips

You are advised not to swim in the lake as you may find the water unhygienic.

04 Oct 2018

A Dream Tourism Destination, Bangladesh

Bangladesh can be a dream destination for foreign tourists who wish to visit any Asian country if required facilities like a vibrant night life for tourists and digital promotional activities could be ensured, says an expert.

“What we’ve are extraordinary, natural and God-gifted ones. But we need to do much more to attract foreign tourists in line with their desires,” Dr M Afjal Hossain, a professor of Dhaka University’s Tourism and Hospitality Management department, told UNB.

The direct contribution of travel and tourism to GDP was Tk 427.5 bn or 2.2 percent of total GDP in 2017 and is forecast to rise by 6.1 percent in 2018, according to World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) data.

In 2017, travel and tourism directly supported 1,178,500 jobs (1.8 percent of total employment). This is expected to rise by 3.0 percent in 2018.

Since Bangladesh is witnessing rapid development with growing infrastructure, he said, the tourism sector will be able to contribute to the national economy in a big way within next five years with increased number of foreign and domestic tourists.

“Bangladeshi people are hospitable and friendly ones. We’ve stability. We’re no more a country of ‘bottomless basket’ or a country of beggars. We need to communicate these positive things about Bangladesh with foreigners,” said Prof Afjal.

He laid emphasis on massive promotional activities using digital technology and digital platforms and highlighting positive Bangladesh abroad.

Stressing the importance of smooth connectivity, the tourism sector expert said if foreign tourists can visit the prime locations of Bangladesh at the shortest possible time, foreigners will feel encouraged to come to Bangladesh.

“Foreign tourists want comfortable journeys and cover maximum locations at the shortest possible time (considering time and budget),” said Prof Afjal.

Responding to a question, the expert said a foreign tourist must be given at least 10 hours of 24 hours to spend happily in any tourism spot. “We need to have theatre hall, open stage, musical event and theme park. Only sea beach is not enough to spend 10 hours. We need to offer more.”

He said it is not true that foreign tourists will come to Bangladesh only to take wine. “But some tourists may ask for wine. We don’t have something called ‘night life’. We need to have Bars … we don’t have any problem if they take it in exclusive zones.”

Talking about the budget, Prof Afjal said the budgetary allocation that the tourism sector gets annually is not adequate at all.

He said some 8.4 lakh foreigners visit Bangladesh annually but the pure tourists are very limited. On the other hand, some 1.37 crore domestic tourists visit tourism spots in the country annually.

“We need to boost foreign tourists’ inflow. And we hope the number of domestic tourists will exceed 4-5 crore annually,” Prof Afjal said.

Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister AKM Shajahan Kamal on Thursday urged the students and young generation to positively represent the tourism sector of Bangladesh all across the world through social media like Facebook and Twitter.

He said in many countries tourism is considered as a major source of economy. “If we want to develop our tourism industry, we must use digital platforms for promoting our tourism industry to attract foreign tourists.”

Despite having huge potential, Minister Kamal said, Bangladesh is yet to ensure required facilities for the foreign tourists in the country.

Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry Secretary M Mohibul Haque said the government wants to work round the year for the development of the tourism industry and laid emphasis on coordinated efforts for branding Bangladeshi tourism products abroad.

As one of the world’s largest economic sectors, travel and tourism creates jobs, drives exports, and generates prosperity across the world.

In WTTC’s annual analysis of the global economic impact of travel and tourism, the sector is shown to account for 10.4 percent of global GDP and 313 million jobs, or 9.9 percent of total employment in 2017.UNB.

Ref: The Daily Independent online desk.

19 Sep 2018

Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka.

Jahangirnagar University is a public university in Bangladesh based in savar, Dhaka. The university was established in 1970. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the University Grants Commission of Bangladesh, Jahangirnagar University (JU) is a large (unirank enrollment range: 15,000-19,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Jahangirnagar University (JU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the unirank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 48 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students’ past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 0-10% making this Bangladeshi higher education organization a most selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment.

If someone is planning to make a short jaunt near Dhaka, then he/she is welcome to a place which is full of life & nature and opens up all its serenity especially in winter. I can give you surety that the place will bring you back to life from the dusty city-routine. The place is not far from the capital and located at 30 kilometers north of Dhaka city. The name of the place is Jahangirnagar University which is the only fully residential university in Bangladesh.

Now, a sweltering summer days went down with the sun throughout the country. But summer is the time when nature starts to come into bud. And Jahangirnagar is a place where one can really see the splendor of nature in this scorching summer day as the campus looks like heaven in spring.

As Jahangirnagar University (JU) is one of my preferred places for a quick getaway, the campus become vibrant with tourist in weekends. Some Krishnachura in bloom will welcome you right beside the main gate.

You have to make the plan to set the journey according to the season. It would better to start journey at 6:30 am in winter and after 4:00 Pm in summer when the sun becoming tired.

How to reach

There are plenty of public transports available from almost all parts of Dhaka but the quickest way would be to drive your own vehicle. Depending on from where you are commuting, it will take from 1 hour to 1.8 hours for you to reach JU.

Rickshaw is the best way to travel around Jahangirnagar University Campus while you will have to pay around 35-50 taka. You can walk around the campus in around 60 to 85 minutes covering the whole area of 5-6 kms.

Getting around natural beauty

Jahangirnagar University is called the realm of natural beauty. To take a fresh breath and to see the natural campus, thousands of people visit this university every year.

The whole campus is encircled by various types of trees and 12-13 lakes. The water features sprawled around the campus make an excellent habitat for the winter birds that flock in every year in thousands. In winter, the migratory birds come here to escape from severe cold of their native countries. There has a beautiful lake named Padda Pukur behind the VC residence where thousands of migratory birds sing their song with their own tune in winter  which will pleased you very much. The road between Kabir Sharoni to Chourasta should be most attractive as you will be greeted with thousands of Migratory Birds and red water lilies.

If you are fortunate person, then you could find some wild life here as the zoology department of Jahangirnagar University conducting a wild life rescue center which conserves some wild life helping to marmalade the ecological balance.

Have you ever know about Butterfly Park? Jahangirnagar University has a butterfly research centre and a butterfly park which is unique in Bangladesh. You will be able to see a wide verity of beautiful butterfly in a single area.

The highest Monument commemorating the language movement is situated in Jahangirnagar University. This sculpture named Amor Ekushe is well known all over the country and lots of people visit this University to see the highest language movement monument in Bangladesh. The Shahid Minar is a place where you can enjoy a hangout with your friends and family and enjoy some tea. There are two other monuments nearby which can be worth seeing.

Moreover, there has a big play ground named centre field and a beautiful central Mosque located near the main entrance.

Monni Shoroni and Chourongi yard are also well-known place in Jahangirnagar University.

You may enjoy drama and cultural programmes at Muktomoncho, a platform which established by the great artist Selim Al Deen. Different cultural groups usually performed here regularly. Shaptam Chayamancha is a great attraction for the visitors.

Where to Eat

Jahangirnagar University is a place where you can get food in very cheap rate and the item is claimed to be hygienic. Bot Tola, Tarzan Point, Dairy and Prantic gates are the popular places for food. If you are longing for a desi meal, Bot Tola is your best bet where you can have your lunch or dinner at a very low cost.  Bot Tola is famous for meals like 25 kinds of fried vegetables, as well as fish and meat curries. About 20 to 25 types of Bhorta are available here which prices ranging from 5-10 taka. If your want to take the test of Hilsha and Taki fish bhorta then you have to pay 10 taka while rests are in 5 taka.

The dishes are reasonably priced and the quality is good, almost like homemade food and claimed to be hygienic. An average meal will cost Tk 30-100 only. On weekends, different rich items like polao, tehari and khichuri are available, too.

Tarzan Point is popular for its Chotpoti and Fuchka. And Pitha Chattar is filled with many local pitha shops.

If you are craving for Fast Food items then no tension as there are also six fast food places around the two entrances of the university, Dairy and Prantic gates. You can get it within the 5 minutes of order.

16 Sep 2018

University of Dhaka

The University of Dhaka is the oldest university in modern Bangladesh. The university is ranked number one on the Bangladesh University Ranking 2017. It opened its doors to academic activities on 1 July 1921 as a residential university. it has made significant contributions to the modern history of Bangladesh. After the Partition of India, it became the focal point of progressive and democratic movements in Pakistan. Its students and teachers played a central role in the rise of Bengali nationalism and the independence of Bangladesh.

Today, it is the largest public university in Bangladesh, with a student body of 33,000 and a faculty of 1,800. It was identified by Asia Week as one of the top 100 universities in Asia However, since the 1990s, the university has suffered from intensely politicized, partisan, and violent campus politics promoted by Bangladesh’s political parties.

It was established in the Ramna area of Dhaka City with approximately 600 acres of land. A large portion of its initial infrastructure comprised with the teachers of the Dhaka College and its buildings (present Curzon Hall).The University started its activities with 3 faculties (Arts, Science and Law), 12 teaching departments, 60 teachers, 847 students and 3 residential halls. There were eight departments under Arts faculty viz. Sanskrit and Bangla, English, Education, History, Arabic and Islamic Studies, Persian and Urdu, Philosophy, and Political Economy; the faculty of Science started with three departments viz. Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics; and the faculty of Law started with the Department of Law. Out of the total students enrolled in the three faculties 386 were admitted in the Dhaka (Shahidullah) Hall, 313 in the Jagannath Hall and 178 in the Salimullah Muslim Hall as resident and non resident students.

Faculty Name Established Number of Departments First Dean
Faculty of Arts 1921 16 Dr. R. C Majumder
Faculty of Science 1921 6 Professor W. A Jenkins
Faculty of Law 1921 1 Dr. N. C Sengupta
Faculty of Medicine 1946 Affiliated medical colleges Major W. J Virgin
Faculty of Education 1956 Affiliated colleges and institutes Md. Osman Ghani
Faculty of Post-Graduate Medicine and Research 1972 Affiliated medical colleges Professor Dr. N Islam
Faculty of Business Studies 1970 8 Professor Abdullah Faruque
Faculty of Social Sciences 1970 11 Professor Mirza Nurul Huda
Faculty of Biological Sciences 1974 9 Professor A. K. M Nurul Islam
Faculty of Pharmacy 1995 3 Professor Muniruddin Ahmed
Faculty of Fine Arts 2008 8 Professor Abdus Shakur Shah
Faculty of Engineering and Technology 2008 3 Professor Nimchandra Bhawmick (acting)
Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences 2008 2 Professor Muhammad Kamrul Hasan (acting)

 

Institute Name Established Number of students First Director
Institute of Education and Research 1961 800 Dr. G. D Morison
Institute of Statistical Research and Training 1964 393 Dr. Qazi Motahar Husain
Institute of Business Administration 1966 838 Professor M Shafiullah
Institute of Nutrition and Food Science 1969 238 Professor Kamal Uddin Ahmed
Institute of Social Welfare and Research 1973 954 Professor M. A Momen
Institute of Modern Languages 1974 1076 Professor A. H. M Abdul Hai
Institute of Health Economics 1998 120 Dr. Sushil Ranjan Hawlader
Institute of Information Technology 2001 146 Professor Ahmed Shafi

Today, there are 13 faculties, 67 departments, 8 institutes, 30 Bureau and research centres, 1,693 teachers, about 32,540 students and 17 residential halls and three hostels. Two-thirds of the present faculty members possess degrees from universities of Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. Many of them achieved international renown for their scholarship. Many also have the experience of teaching in well-known institutions of higher learning abroad. Dr. Muhammad Yunus, a student of this university and a renowned economist of Bangladesh and founder of the Grameen Bank, won the Nobel Prize for peace in 2006.

Initially, the teachers and students of the university worked hard to build up an outstanding record of academic achievement, earning for itself the reputation of being the ‘Oxford of the East’. The university contributed to the emergence of a generation of leaders who distinguished themselves in different walks of life.

Until the Partition of Bengal in 1947, it maintained its unique character of being one of the few residential institutions of higher learning in Asia. In 1947, it assumed academic authority over all educational institutions above the secondary level falling within East Bengal. In the process it became a teaching-cum-affiliating institution. This transformation, coupled with its unprecedented growth in the years that followed, put strains beyond reckoning on its human as well as material resources.

The emergence of several new universities later did little to ease the burden of Dhaka University. Its academic life was severely disrupted during the war of liberation when a large number of its distinguished teachers and a considerable number of students and employees lost their lives.

The teachers, who were killed, include Dr. GC Dev (Department of Philosophy), Dr. ANM Muniruzzaman (Department of Statistics), Santosh C Bhattacharya (Department of History), Dr. Jyotirmoy Guha Thakurta (Department of English), AN Munir Chowdhury (Department of Bangla), Mofazzal Haider Chowdhury (Department of Bangla), Dr. Abul Khair (Department of History), Dr. Serajul Hoque Khan (Institute of Education and Research), Rashidul Hasan (Department of English), Anwar Pasha (Department of Bangla), Dr. Fazlur Rahman (Department of Soil Science), Giasuddin Ahmed (Department of History), Dr. Faizul Mohee (Institute of Education and Research), Abdul Muktadir (Department of Geology), Sarafat Ali (Department of Mathematics), Sadat Ali (Institute of Education and Research), Ataur Rahman Khan Khadim (Department of Mathematics), and Anudaipayan Bhattachariya (Department of Physics). The university’s chief medical officer, Dr. Mohammad Mortuza, and a teacher of the University Laboratory School, Mohammad Sadeq were also killed.

Residential Hall/Hostel

Name of the Hall Established Number of residential students First provost
Salimullah Muslim Hall 1921 805 Sir A. F Rahman
Shahidullah Hall (Dhaka Hall) 1921 1225 Professor F. C Turner
Jagannath Hall 1921 1802 Dr. Naresh Chandra Sengupta
Fazlul Haq (Muslim) Hall 1940 766 Dr. Muhammad Shahidullah
Zahurul Haq (Iqbal) Hall 1957 1325 Dr. Mofijuddin Ahmed
Ruqayyah Hall 1963 1904 Mrs. Akhter Imam
Surjasen (Mohammad Ali Jinnah) Hall 1966 1047 Professor M Shafiullah
Sir P. J Hartog (International Hostel) International Hall 1966 124 Professor M Afsaruddin
Haji Muhammad Mohsin Hall 1967 1192 Professor Md. Innas Ali
Shamsun Nahar Hall 1971 1350 Dr. Syeda Fatema Sadeq
Kabi Jasimuddin Hall 1976 387 Professor K. M. A Qamruddin
Sir A. F Rahman Hall 1976 1000 Dr. A. M. M Nurul Hoq Bhuiyan
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall 1988 730 Professor Abu Zafar
Muktijoddha Ziaur Rahman Hall 1988 944 Dr. A. F. M Khudadad Khan
Bangladesh-Kuwait Maitree Hall 1989 700 Dr. Hamida Akhter Begum
Amar Ekushey Hall 2000 596 Dr. Shahid Akhter Hossain
Begum Fazilatun Nesa Mujib Hall 2000 649 Dr. Nasrin Ahmed
Begum Sufia Kamal 2012 To be admitted in the next academic session Dr. Nilufar Nahar

The university demonstrated an inherent strength in its activities during its eventful and often critical existence of over 90 years. Today, it provides about 70% of the trained human resources of Bangladesh engaged in education, science and technology, administration, diplomacy, mass communication, politics, trade and commerce, and industrial enterprises in all sectors.

07 Sep 2018

Gulistan, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Gulistan is a very busy and important street of Dhaka city in Bangaldesh. Gulistan means ‘Flower Garden’ in Persian, which lead to the speculation that in medieval times there might be prominent flower gardens. Several important streets are connected to Gulistan which makes it busy and crowded. The street is full of roadside shops. Thousands of people visit this place for their daily needs. The road is always occupied with traffic and passersby. One of the oldest transports of Dhaka City ‘Tom Tom’ can be seen in this street. There is a shrine right at the middle of the road. It is called “Golap Shah’s Shrine”. Thousands of people show their devotion to this shrine everyday and make donations so that their desire can be fulfilled. There is one major bus stand situated in Gulistan, called the Gulistan (Fulbaria) Bus Station. Most of the buses here are public and the number of buses is very few according to the number of passengers. People often get on top of the bus as there are no longer spaces inside the bus. Some people can be seen hanging at the doorways. Banga (or Bango) Bazar is the prime shopping place here. New and fashionable clothes can be found here with reasonable price. There are hundreds of shops inside the place. The narrow pathways make it hard to roam inside the vicinity. The place is so congested and hot that it is hard to stay long time inside the complex. There used to be a Cinema complex (‘Gulistan Cinema Hall’) here which was one of the oldest architectural monuments. Even though the design was not eye catching and the structure was bizarre, it was one of the modern buildings in Dhaka city. The 11-km-long Gulistan–Jatrabari Flyover was opened in October 2013 to ease traffic jams and reduce travel time from the usual one hour to just five minutes. Osmani Uddyan park, Dhaka City Corporation, Dhaka GPO, Bangabandhu National Stadium, National Mosque Baitul Mukarram and many other important infrastructures are very close to this street. ref:wikipedia

06 Sep 2018

Dhaka Tourism Bangladesh

Are you looking for a travel tour operator in Bangladesh. Dhaka tourism Bangladesh is one of the leading tour operator in Bangladesh which typically combines tour and travel packages to create customized holidays in Dhaka for you according to your needs. One can select tours to Bangladesh according to themes on honeymoon tours, adventure tours, historic tours, archeological tours and many more of such kind.  We also provide all tour & travel related services like car/coach rental, hotel reservation, budget holiday tour, economy packages etc. You can contact with dhakatourismbd.com

31 Aug 2018

Folk Art Museum

The Folk Art Museum, or Folk Art and Crafts Museum, was established in Sonargaon in 1975,

This museum is built  to fulfill the dream of the celebrated painter Shilpacharya Zainal Abedin. It has a very rich collection of folk-themed objects of both aesthetic value.

Open: Saturday to Thursday, 9.00 AM – 5.00 PM

27 Aug 2018

Bangabandhu Safari Park, Gazipur

Bangabandhu Safari Park, Gazipur  is the best tourist spot near the capital city Dhaka in Bangladesh. You will get the taste of visiting wild Africa here. It is new and attractive visiting place. It is mostly known as Gazipur Safari Park. This Safari Park of is enriched with such kind of thrill. After getting inside the park, you will see tiger, lion, kangaroo and even dinosaur. But these are not alive. All of these animals are sculptures indeed for welcoming the visitors. The whole park consists of about 4909 acres of land. At present, 31 local and international species of animals are seen here. The authority has built a her barium of about 300 types of trees. The tourists, the students and the researchers can obtain huge knowledge from this museum. You can start your visiting with “Tiger safari”. It is a big and safe restaurant surrounded with glasses so that you can see the roaring tigers and take coffee or tea. The workers of the park can call the tigers and they respond to him. Your feeling will be that you are watching National Geographic or Animal Planet channel. After that you can start visiting with using Micro bus. After thrilling with tigers you can come to the kingdom of lions. You can talk to them as you like. But never try to open the window of the microbus. You can see also white lion here. Moving your transport forward you will see bear, deer, zebra, African wildebeest and more. The elephants are adorable. They will salute you according to the order of worker of the park. You can watch giraffes going to nearer to them. Don’t disturb them and take some snaps. You have to use transport for moving and visiting some areas. You should walk watching the other areas. Now you can enter in the birds safari. If you wish you can take photograph with Macao keeping on your shoulder. Grey parrots are very much attractive and beautiful. Another great area of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Safari Park is Fancy Ducks Garden. You will see a lake here. Get on a boat and watch big black swans, white swans etc. Try to look at the beauty of various kinds of birds. Never forget to visit the areas of crocodile, vulture, emu, ostrich etc. Make a visit to see python and various reptiles. It will be enjoyable if you see peacock. The two lakes and the other watery zones are fantastic to enjoy for the tourists.

Entry and visiting cost of Gazipur Safari Park Entry fee: BDT 50/per adult For Kid: BDT 20 Foreign visitors: $5 or Bangladeshi currency (TK 450) Food: Inside park (light food available) Safari by AC Bus for Adult: 100 Tk For Kids: 50 Tk (The bus will take you into the Lion and Tigers area. Don’t worry about your safety. You will be fully secured) Living with Bird: 10 Tk Living in the Jungle: 10 TK Paddle Boat riding: 50 TK.

17 Aug 2018

National Parliament House

The Constituent Assembly of Bangladesh and the first Parliament held their sittings in the building that now houses the Prime Minister’s Office and which is often referred as the old Shangshad Bhaban (old Parliament House). The second Parliament also held most of its sittings in that building, the last sitting being on 10 July 1981. It was during the tenure of the second Parliament that the present Parliament building, or Shangshad Bhaban, located at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, became functional. Its eighth, and incidentally the last session, commenced on 15 February 1982 in the new building.

The legislative enclave at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar is among the largest legislative complexes in the world and is bound by Rokeya Sarani to the east, Mirpur Road to the west, Lake Road to the north and Manik Mian Avenue to the south. Its total area is approximately 200 acres. Situated in the enclave are the impressive structure of the Parliament Building, a Members hostel, residences for parliamentary functionaries, two large lush green lawns and a lake. Residences of Speaker and Deputy Speaker, which were included in the master plan for this enclave are yet to be constructed.

The design of the Parliament Building, made by the famous architect Professor Louis I. Kahn, was evolved from the basic human requirement of protection from the glare and fury of nature. This has been achieved through the overall arrangement of the complex in different groups of buildings in which normal external lines are deeply recessed by porticoes with huge geometric openings on its outer facade, forming the visual characteristics of the building. Thus conventional methods of protecting external windows have been effectively substituted, resulting in the compositional effect of these huge openings, befitting the scale of the building. The use of exposed concrete walls to contrast the surrounding buildings with exposed brick exteriors, merges with the land and its culture. The lake on three sides of the main building, extending up to the Members hostel not only creates visual relief for the beholder but also echoes the riverine beauty of Bangladesh. The entire complex has a floor area of 8,23,000 sq. ft. in the main building, 2,23,000 sq. ft. in the South Plaza and 65,000 sq. ft. in the Presidential Plaza.

The Parliament Building consists of three major components: the South Plaza, the Presidential Plaza and the main Building. The South Plaza, gradually rising to 20′ height, serves as the visual base as well as the formal entrance to the Parliament Building. It contains:

controlling gates;
a driveway;
a main mechanical plant room;
a large car parking space;
a telephone exchange;
offices of maintenance engineers;
equipment stores; and
an open plaza with steps and ramps leading directly to the main building.

The Presidential Plaza to the north, serves as an intimate plaza for MPs and other dignitaries. It contains marble steps, a gallery and an open pavement. Its ground floor is partly open and partly occupied by stores. The Parliament Building itself consists of nine individual blocks of which, eight peripheral blocks rise to a height of 110′ while the octagonal block rises to a height of 155′. All of these nine blocks surrounding the ambulatory contain different groups of functional spaces and have an interplay of different levels, inter-linked horizontally and vertically with corridors, lifts, stairs, light courts and circular areas. All have blended into a harmonious whole.

The total seating capacity in the Parliament Chamber is 354 plus the podium and two V.I.P. galleries. The Chamber has a maximum height of 117′ with a parabolic shell roof at its top. There is here a splendid feature: a clear story above the parabolic shell that lets in daylight, which reflects from the surrounding walls and octagonal drum filters into the Parliament Chamber, demonstrating the ability of Louis Khan to combine architecture with light. The artificial lighting system of the Parliament Chamber has been devised in such a manner that it does not obstruct the infiltration of daylight. A composite chandelier, consisting of a metallic web, supports the individual light fixtures and is itself suspended from the parabolic shell.

At the upper levels of this block are the visitors and press galleries as well as communication booths, which overlook the Parliament Chamber. Among others, it also contains at level one, a library, MPs lounges at level three, and Party rooms at the upper level. The main committee rooms are located in one of the peripheral blocks at level two. All parliamentary functionaries, including Ministers and chairpersons of some of the Standing Committees, have offices in this building, as does the Parliament Secretariat.

Source: http://www.parliament.gov.bd/