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14 Apr 2019

Dreamy Singapore

Singapore Zoo Overview

It’s not every day that you can have breakfast with orangutans. But at the Singapore Zoo you have a chance to do this and much more! Famous for its rare collection of animals, it’s popular with kids and adults both.

Receiving 1.6 million visitors annually, the Singapore Zoo boasts of its free-ranging habitat, where animals roam freely in their natural surroundings. Cages are almost non-existent as the animals are allowed to live almost like they would in their natural habitat.

For photographers, this is a delight as they can shoot to their heart’s content with no cage bars or wires obstructing their view.

  • Opening Closing Time Daily from 8:30 am – 6 pm, Last ticket sale at 5:30 pm
  • For Kids

Don’t miss the Animal Friends Show to enjoy some laughing out loud moments watching everyday pets performing great feats. Kids also love the Rainforest Kidzworld that gives brilliant opportunities for them to satiate their curiosity and learn through self-discovery.

  • Movie Connect

The 2006 Hrithik Roshan- Priyanka Chopra starrer Krrish was the first Indian film to be shot in Singapore. The movie prominently features the Singapore Zoo. Singapore Tourism Board till a while back had a Krrish Tour that took tourists to the various attractions around the city where the film was shot.

  • Entrance Fee Adult- $20, Child-$3 (3-12 years old)

Location: 80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729826

Merlion Park Overview

When you’re in the vicinity of the Merlion Park and One Fullerton, it’s hard to miss out on the iconic symbol, regarded as the pride of Singapore. The large Merlion statue, standing at a height of 28 feet has a lion’s head and a fish’s body and represents the city’s humble origins as a fishing village. From here, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Marina Bay.

  • Opening Closing Time Daily 24 hours
  • Entrance Fee Free Entry

Location: One Fullerton, near the Central Business District area

Jurong Bird Park Overview

The park boasts of the world’s largest walk-in aviaries with the tallest man-made waterfall (30 metres high), where visitors can enjoy a close-up view of free-flying birds from Africa and South America in a tropical setting.

The aviaries are specially designed to closely resemble the natural habitat of the feathery friends. The 50-acre sanctuary offers educational and entertaining bird shows throughout the day.

Don’t miss out on the Birds n Buddies show that showcases a stunning display of the largest collection of birds. Watch pelicans in the first ever underwater viewing gallery as they prepare to catch their lunch, have colourful and friendly lories feed right out of your hands and be amazed by the singing parrot! Don’t leave the park without paying a visit to the world’s tallest artificial waterfall.

  • Opening Closing Time Daily 8:30 am-6 pm. Last ticket sales at 5:30 pm
  • For Kids

Treat your kids to an incredible dining experience in the company of birds. Hearty laughs guaranteed as the young ones get out-talked by parrots over some great food. You may need to pay extra to enjoy this service.

  • Movie Connect

Salman Khan and Karisma Kapoor’s super hit track Jungle Hain Aadhi Raat Hain from the movie Biwi No. 1 was shot in Jurong Bird Park.

  • Entrance Fee Adult- $18, Child- $12 (3-12 years old)

Location: 2 Jurong Hill, Jurong 628925, Singapore

Singapore Flyer Overview

Hop on to the world’s largest observation wheel and enjoy breathtaking 360° views, as you spot iconic and historical landmarks along the Singapore River. Before you board the flight, go on the Journey of Dreams and be awed by an engaging multimedia showcase that helps you understand the history of Singapore and the stories behind the Singapore Flyer. Nothing is more romantic than marvelling at the gorgeous night views of the city from atop the Observation Wheel. Indulge in a romantic four-course sky dining experience that comes with a personal butler.

  • Opening Closing Time Daily 8:30 am- 10:30 pm, Last admission at 10:15 pm
  • Photo Opp

From atop the Singapore Flyer, you can capture some of the most stunning panoramic views of Marina Bay’s skyline, the city’s iconic landmarks, and a glimpse of neighbouring Malaysia and Indonesia.

  • Entrance Fee Adult- $33
    Child- $21 (3-12 years old)
    Family Combo- $78 (2 adults and 1 child)

Location 30 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039803

Sentosa Island Overview

Kick back and enjoy a day out with your family and loved ones in Singapore’s playground with its beaches, nature walks, spas, restaurants, entertainment and much more. This quaint island boasts of plenty of tourist attractions for all age groups. Open to visitors throughout the year, Sentosa Island is a must on your to-do list.

  • Opening Closing Time Varying operating hours depending on the different attractions
  • Entrance Fee There is a small entrance fee to enter Sentosa Island that varies depending on the mode of transport used to get there.

Location: Sentosa Island

Singapore History Museum Overview

Housed in the elegant and impressive National Museum building, the Singapore History Museum explores the rich heritage of the people of Singapore. The museum is known for its natural history collection of Southeast Asia as well as its ethnology and archaeology collections.

  • Opening Closing Time Singapore History Gallery: 10 am-6 pm (last admission- 5:30 pm)
    Singapore Living Galleries: 10 am-8 pm (last admission- 7:30 pm)
    Daily free admission from 6 pm-8 pm
  • For Kids

Curiosity is piqued and satiated here. Kids can choose their own paths of interest in the museum and enjoy an extra ‘walk and learn’ session in economics or the revolution or another subject they like.

  • Entrance Fee Adult- $10, Student (tourist with valid student pass) and Senior (tourists 60 years and above- $5, Family Package (3 adults and 2 children)- $30, Child (6 years old and under)- Free

Location: 30 Merchant Road | Riverside Point, Singapore 058282, Singapore (Singapore River).

Gardens by the Bay Overview

The 101-hectare super park, popularly known as Gardens by the Bay offers amazing views of the Marina Bay skyline. Surrounded by lush lawns, tropical palm trees and beautiful pavilions, it is perfect for an evening stroll or picnic with family and friends.

  • Opening Closing Time Bay South Outdoor Gardens: 5 am-2 am
    Ticketing Hub: 9 am-8 pm
    Cooled Conservatories: 9 am-9 pm
  • Photo Opp

Besides capturing beautiful photographs of some of the most unique flora and fauna, the waterfront promenade offers stunning views of the Marina Bay financial district skyline.

  • Entrance Fee Outdoor Gardens South Bay- Free Entry
    Conservatories- Adult and Senior Citizen- $28, Child (3-12 years old)- $15

Location: 18 Marina Gardens Drive Singapore 018953

St. Andrew’s Cathedral Overview

Originally constructed in 1832, the building was struck by lightning twice and demolished. The new cathedral was completed in 1862, in an English Gothic style and is Singapore’s largest cathedral with its majestic facades and a glossy white exterior.

  • Opening Closing Time Monday to Saturday 9 am-5 pm
  • Entrance Fee Free Entry

Location:  11 St Andrew’s Rd, Singapore 178959

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum Overview

Located in the heart of China Town is a Buddhist temple and museum housing the Sacred Buddha Tooth Relic, in a stupa consisting of 320 kilograms of gold donated by devotees. Take a tour through all four floors as you learn about the rich history and culture of Buddhism.

  • Opening Closing Time Viewing of Buddha Tooth Relic: 9 am- 6 pm
    Buddhist Culture Museum and Relic Chamber: 9 am-6 pm
    Emiment Sangha Museum: 7 am-7 pm
  • Entrance Fee Free Entry

Location: 288 S Bridge Rd, Singapore 058840

14 Apr 2019

Most Important Tourist Spot in India

India is the world’s seventh-largest country stretching from the high mountains of the Himalayas to the tropical greenery of Kerala, and from the sacred Ganges to the sands of the Thar desert. Its more than one billion inhabitants are divided into two thousand ethnic groups and speak over 200 different languages. Conform its size and population, India has an almost endless variety of cultures, landscapes, monuments and places to explore. From the ancient ruins, fascinating religious structures, exotic cities and diverse landscape there is an endless collection of tourist attractions in India that will never cease to awe and fascinate the visitor.

  1. Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal in Agra is an immense mausoleum of white marble, built between 1632 and 1653 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife. Called “a teardrop on the cheek of eternity” it is one of the masterpieces of Mughal architecture, and one of the great tourist attractions in India. Besides the white domed marble mausoleum the Taj Mahal includes several other beautiful buildings, reflecting pools, and extensive ornamental gardens with flowering trees and bushes.

  1. Varanasi

Situated on the banks of the River Ganges, Varanasi is sacred to Hindus, Buddhists and Jains and also one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. In many ways Varanasi epitomizes the very best and worst aspects of India, and it can be a little overwhelming. The scene of pilgrims doing their devotions in the River Ganges at sunrise set against the backdrop of the centuries old temples is probably one of the most impressive sights in the world.

  1. Ellora

Cave art is taken to new heights at Ellora Caves, one of the largest monastery-temple cave complexes in the world cut from rock. Ellora has 100 caves, though only 34 are open to the public. The largest single monolithic rock excavation is found at the Kailasa Temple, which covers an area double the size of Parthenon in Athens Constructed between the seventh and ninth centuries, the caves are devoted to Hindu, Budhist and Jainism deities.

  1. Jaisalmer

Located in Rajasthan’s remote westernmost corner close to the border with Pakistan, Jaisalmer is the quintessential desert town. The yellow sandstone walls of the “Golden City” rise from the Thar desert like a scene from the Arabian Nights while the Jaisalmer Fort crowns the city. Uncontrolled commercialism has dampened the romantic vision of Jaisalmer, but even with all the touts and tour buses, it remains one of the most popular tourist attractions in India.

  1. Harmandir Sahib

The Harmandir Sahib, better known as the Golden Temple is the main tourist attraction in Amritsar, and the most important religious place to the Sikhs. Construction of the temple was begun by Guru Ramdas ji. in the 16th century. In the 19th century, Maharaja Ranjit Singh the upper floors of the temple were covered with gold. It’s a stunning temple, and always full of thousands of pilgrims from all over India, excited to be at a place that they usually only see on television.

  1. Kanha National Park

Kanha National Park is among the most beautiful wildlife reserves in Asia and one of best places to catch a glimpse of a tiger in India. The lush sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows and ravines of Kanha provided inspiration to Rudyard Kipling for his famous novel “Jungle Book” and make this one of the top attractions in India.

  1. Palolem

Palolem is the most southerly of Goa’s developed beaches and also one of the most beautiful. It is a natural bay surrounded by lofty headlands on either sides, resulting in a calm, idyllic sea with a gently sloping bed. For those who believe a beach cannot be paradise without a decent selection of cheap restaurants and good hotels, a dose of nightlife and plenty of like-minded people Palolem is the place to be.

  1. Virupaksha Temple
Virupaksha Temple in Hampi, Karnataka, India

The Virupaksha Temple in the city of Hampi started out as a small shrine and grew into a large complex under the Vijayanagara rulers. It is believed that this temple has been functioning uninterruptedly ever since the small shrine was built in the 7th century AD which makes it one of the oldest functioning Hindu temples in India.

  1. Lake Palace

The Lake Palace in Lake Pichola in the city of Udaipur was built as a royal summer palace in the 18th century. Today it is a luxury 5 Star hotel, operating under the “Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces”. The Lake Palace hotel operates a boat which transports guests to the hotel from a jetty at the City Palace on the east bank of Lake Pichola. The palace became famous in 1983 when it was featured in the James Bond film Octopussy, as the home of titular character.

  1. Kerala backwaters
Traditional Houseboats in the backwaters of Kerala, India

The Kerala backwaters are a chain of lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Arabian Sea coast in the Kerala state. The Kerala backwaters are home to many unique species of aquatic life including crabs, frogs and mudskippers, water birds and animals such as otters and turtles. Today, houseboat tourism is the most popular tourist activity in the backwaters, with several large Kettuvallams (traditional rice boats, now converted into floating hotels)ply the waterways.

08 Mar 2019

Zinda Park

  • গন্তব্য যদি হয় খানিকটা দূরে, আর হাতে যদি থাকে সারা দিনের সময়, তাহলে ঘুরে আসতে পারেন নারায়ণগঞ্জের জিন্দা পার্ক (Zinda Park) থেকে। ঢাকাতে সময় কাটানোর মতো অনেক পার্ক আছে,তবে নোংরামি ও অশ্লীলতার কারনে পার্কগুলোতে যেতে এখন মানুষের ভয় করে৷ ঢাকার যানযট, কোলাহল থেকে কিছুক্ষনের জন্য মুক্তি পেতে হলে ঘুড়ে আসা উচিত জিন্দা পার্ক থেকে৷ অসাধারন স্থাপত্যশৈলীর ব্যাবহার ফুটিয়ে তোলা হয়েছে পার্কটিতে৷ পার্কটি কোন সরকারি উদ্যাগের ফসল নয়। আবার কোন বাণিজ্যিক প্রতিষ্ঠানের নির্মাণও নয়। পার্কটি তৈরী হয়েছে এলাকাবাসীর স্বতঃস্ফূর্ত অংশগ্রহণ এবং তাদের প্রাণান্ত অংশগ্রহনের মাধ্যমে। এলাকার ৫০০০ সদস্য নিয়ে “অগ্রপথিক পল্লী সমিতি” ১৯৮০ সালে যাত্রা শুরু করে। এ দীর্ঘ ৩৫ বছরের অক্লান্ত পরিশ্রম আর ত্যাগের ফসল এই পার্কটি। এ রকম মহাউদ্দেশ্য, এত লোকের সক্রিয় অংশগ্রহন এবং ত্যাগ স্বীকারের উদাহারণ খুব কমই দেখা যায়। অপস ক্যাবিনেট, অপস সংসদ এবং অপস কমিশন নামে পার্কটিতে ৩টি পরিচালনা পর্ষদ রয়েছে। বর্তমানে জিন্দা গ্রামটিকে একটি আদর্শ গ্রাম ও বলা হয়৷

    জিন্দা পার্ক এর অবস্থান নারায়ণগঞ্জের রূপগঞ্জে। ১৫০ এখর জায়গা জুড়ে এটি বিস্তৃত। ২৫০ প্রজাতির ১০ হাজারের বেশী গাছ-গাছালী আছে পার্কটিতে। গাছের এই সমারোহ এর পরিবেশকে করেছে শান্তিময় সবুজ, কলকাকলীতে মুখর করেছে অসংখ্য পাখীরা। শীতল আবেশ এনেছে ৫ টি সুবিশাল জলাধার। তাই গরম যতই হোক পার্কের পরিবেশ আপনাকে দেবে শান্তির ছোঁয়া।

    ফ্যামিলি পিকনিকের জন্য জিন্দা পার্ক এখন বেশ পরিচিত জায়গা। কাঠের ব্রিজ পার হয়ে দিঘির মাঝামাঝি তৈরি করা বাঁশের টি রুমে বসে প্রিয়জনের সঙ্গে এক কাপ চা কিংবা জলে পা ডুবিয়ে বসে থাকার সময়গুলো দারুণ উপভোগ করবেন। সঙ্গে গাড়ি না থাকলেও সমস্যা নেই। বাড়ি ফেরার জন্য পার্কের সামনেই পাবেন গাড়ি, সিএনজি। আর হ্যাঁ, পিকনিক করতে চাইলে দু-তিন দিন আগেই যোগাযোগ করুন। পিকনিকের খাবারের ব্যবস্থা পার্ক কর্তৃপক্ষই করে।

    টিকেট মূল্য

    প্রাপ্তবয়স্ক প্রতিজন ১০০ টাকা। ছোট বাচ্চাদের ৫০টাকা। খাবার নিয়ে প্রবেশ করলে টিকিটের মুল্য হবে ১২৫টাকা। এছাড়া লাইব্রেরিতে প্রবেশমুল্য ১০ টাকা এবং পুকুরে নৌকায় ঘুরে বেড়াতে পারেন, খরচ পড়বে ৩০ মিনিট ২০০ টাকা।

    পার্কিং খরচ

    পার্কিং খরচ গাড়ি ভেদে ৫০/- থেকে ১০০ টাকা।

    জিন্দা পার্ক যাওয়ার উপায়

    ঢাকা থেকে জিন্দা পার্ক এর দূরত্ব ৩৭ কিঃ মিঃ। ঢাকার যেখানেই থাকুন না কেন প্রথমেই চলে যান কুড়িল বিশ্বরোড। কুড়িলের বিআরটিসি বাস কাউন্টার থেকে কাঞ্চন ব্রিজের টিকিট কেটে নামতে হবে কাঞ্চন ব্রিজ। এ পর্যন্ত ভাড়া পড়বে ২৫ টাকা। কাঞ্চন ব্রিজ থেকে জিন্দা পার্ক বাইপাসে যেতে লেগুনা বা অটোতো গুনতে হবে ২০-৩০ টাকা। বাইপাসে নেমে ডিরেকশন অনুযায়ী হেটেই পৌছাতে পারবেন পার্কের গেট পর্যন্ত। তবে রিক্সায় গেলে ভাড়া পড়বে ৮০-১০০ টাকা। রিক্সা করে সরাসরি পার্কের গেটে চলে যেতে পারবেন।

    ফেরার সময় একইভাবে অটো বা রিক্সায় কাঞ্চন ব্রীজ চলে আস্তে হবে। সেখান থেকে বিআরটিসি বাসে কুড়িল বিশ্বরোড। কাঞ্চন ব্রিজ থেকে ১৫ মিনিট পর পর বাস পাবেন।

    খাওয়া দাওয়া এর ব্যবস্থা

    খাওয়ার জন্য পার্ক এর ভিতর মহুয়া স্ন্যাকস অ্যান্ড মহুয়া ফুডস রেস্টুরেন্ট আছে। ভাত/ভাজি/ডাল/মাংস ২০০/২৫০ টাকা। এছাড়া জিন্দা পার্ক থেকে বের হয়ে পার্কের ঠিক সামনের রাস্তায় অবস্থিত “নাহার হোটেল এন্ড রেস্টুরেন্টে” খাওয়া দাওয়া সারতে পারেন। জনপ্রতি ১৫০/- থেকে ২০০/- বেশ ভালো মানের লাঞ্চ করতে পারবেন।

    তবে পার্কে ঘুরা শেষে ৩০০ ফিট এসে খেলে ভালো হয়। ৩০০ ফিটে খাওয়া ভালো এবং খরচও কম হবে। তবে বাহিরে থেকে খাবার নিয়ে পার্কে যেতে চাইলে অতিরিক্ত ২৫/- জন প্রতি দিতে হবে।

    থাকার ব্যবস্থা

    জিন্দা পার্ক এ ঘুরতে ঘুরতে যদি কখনও মনে হয় যে রাতে থেকে যেতে পারলে মন্দ হতো না, সেক্ষেত্রেও কোন চিন্তার কারন নেই। কারন রাতে থাকার জন্যে আছে মহুয়া গেস্ট হাউজ।

    জিন্দা পার্কের যোগাযোগের ঠিকানা

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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

Nogore Nishorgo, Dhaka

In Wari, exactly at “Tati Bazar Mor” there is a lovely place inside a boundary which is called “Nogore Nishorgo”. This initiative had been taken by the Bangladesh government as a process of embellishment the Dhaka City. It is hard to find any beauty at this Dhaka city, almost no sign of green. Authority just wanted to give some green flavor by creating some artificial structures of this park.

How to go

How To Reach: Old Dhaka

You can reach Old Dhaka by taking local transport from any part of Dhaka city.

Things to do

You can take photos in that park, pass some leisure time with friends in that beautiful park.

16 Nov 2018

Satchari National Park

Satchari National Park, a total area of 243 hectare, is located in Habiganj, 55 km south-west of Sreemangal Upazila. Though it is less popular than Lawachara rain forest it has a higher diversity of plants and animals and far less human disturbance. There are seven streams; the origin of the name “Satchari” came from these seven streams. A fair number of hillock gibbons, fishing cats, jungle fowl, pygmy woodpeckers and adaptive pied hornbills are the major features of this park.

How to go

Satchari National Park is located at the Chunarighat Upazila of Habiganj district. You can take buses from Dhaka to go directly in Chunarighat Upazila. Also, you can travel Sylhet or Habiganj. From Habiganj, take local buses or other transports to reach that place.

How To Reach: Sreemangal Upazila

  • By Road
  1. Shaymoli Paribahan:

Head Office, 25/B-1, Khilji Road, Mohammadpur, Shaymoli, Dhaka, Phone-9124139
Kalabagan Counter, Dhaka, Ph-9141047, 0171-1130862
Uttara Counter, Abdullahpur, Dhaka, Phone-0171-2839111
Kalyanpur Counter, Dhaka, Phone-9003331

  1. Green Line
    9/2, Outer Circular Road, Momen Bagh, Rajarbagh, Dhaka, Tel: 8331302-4, 8353004-5
  2. Hanif Enterprise
    22/3, Block-B, College Gate, Dhaka, Tel: +8802 9008480

Where to Stay

Sreemangal Tea Resort:
Accommodation: Bungalows BDT 3,500-5,500, Suites BDT-3,500/-, Ip rooms BDT-2,500/-. Have to add 15% vat & 7% Service charge.
Address: Bangladesh Tea Board, Bhanugach Road, Srimangal, MauloviBazar.

Hotel Tea Town:
Accommodation: Deluxe non A/c BDT 1,000-1,250, Couple BDT 1,350/-, Suite BDT-1,550-1,850/-
Have to add 15% vat & 5% service charge
Address: Dhaka Sylhet Road, Sreemongal.

  1. Grand Sultan Tea Resort & Golf
    Arman Khan (Act GM), Sreemangal, +8801730793552-(59)

Things to do

  1. Bird safari- It’d be a journey which leads to expedition. As a result tourist might find pleasure while exploring the beauty of different birds.
  2. Jungle safari- It’s a great forest for safari. It has an extensive area to cover with an adventurous mind. It’s really an ideal place for forest trekkers.
  3. A photography lover should visit this place to click the wilderness at this national park.
  4. You may also visit other tourist spot in Madhabpur, Fruits valley, largest tea garden in Asia (Surma tea garden), Baghasura raj Bari, Teliapara Memorial monument, Hazrat Shah of solemana phatehagaji Mazar-i-Sharif.

Eating Facilities

A plenty of local restaurants are available at Chunarighat or Madhabpur.

Travel Tips

  1. Best Time to Visit is from 01 October to 30 April.
    2. You may consider carrying their own food and water as there are no restaurants inside the forest.
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.

16 Nov 2018

Arshinagar Park

Arshinagar Park and mini zoo is next to Narsingdi Railway Station. Literally, Situated in the east side of the Railway station.There is a big banyan tree outside the park and mini zoo. Where people used to take rest after a long walk or a tiring journey. Under the tree there is a nice place of public sitting. Under this banyan tree, Late M.P. used to sit every day and listened people ‘ Grievances’. And after his death, he was buried under this tree. His graveyard is nicely decorated with shiny tiles.

To the North of this graveyard, Arshinagar park and mini zoo is located, which was built by late M.P. Shamsuddin. The entry ticket will cost 10 BDT. There you can take a look of different kinds of wild animals, birds, parrots and peacocks etc.

There is a pond inside the park which is dispersed in majority area of this spot. On the edge of this pond, there are several brick built sitting places where the visitors can sit and take a look at the natural beauty of this park. There is also a kids’ zone inside the park, where the children are entertained by different kinds of riding.

Communication

You can go to Narsingdi from Dhaka by Bus from Gulistan and Mohakhali. If you would like to ride on a Dhaka to Bhairab Bus then you will have to step off at Bhelanagar Bus stand, Narsingdi. If you would like to ride on a Bus from Gulistan, then you will have to step off at Narsingdi old Bus stand and then have to find out a auto-rickshaw or rickshaw to get there.

You can ride on a train from Dhaka to Narsingdi. Which will cost less than Bus-service and will bring you very near to the Park.

How To Reach: Narsingdi District

The communication system of this district is very good. The Dhaka-Sylhet highway, one of the important highways of Bangladesh, passes through Narsingdi. It is only 1/2 hours distance from Dhaka. Inter-district road communication is also better from here.

Water way communication is also very good as lots of river flows through Narsingdi. Dhaka-Chattogram and Dhaka-Sylhet, two most busiest rail route of the country goes through Narsingdi. People can easily go Narshingdi by boarding this buses.

From Gulistan -Meghalay Luxury, from Sydabad & Gulistan bus terminal – Monohordi Paribahan, Anna Super Service, BRTC Bus. From Mohakhali Bus stand – PPL, Chalan Bil Transport, Arabian Transport, Badsha Paribahan.

  • By Road
  • By Train

Mohakhali, Airport Bus-stand, Abullahpur, Tongi (station road):

  1. BRTC
    Address: BRTC Bus Depo, Kamlapur, Dhaka.
    Phone: 9333803, 9002531
  2. BRTC AC Bus Service
    Route: Roptani-Abdullahpur-Narsingdi-Bhairab
  3. Badsha Paribahan (Pvt.) ltd.
    Route: Dhaka- Bhairab
    Phone: 01710-856066, 01842-526223
    Fare: 120-145 BDT
  4. Chalanbill Tranport Limited
    Route: Dhaka to Bhairab
    Phone: 01715-019550
    Fare-120-145 BDT
  5. PPL Super
    Route: Mohakhali – Narsingdi
    Phone: 01817074515, 01845950701, 01831343894
    Fare: 90-105 BDT
  6. Meghalay Luxury
    Phone: 01711-609199, 01711-523079
    Fare: 80 BDT

Where to Stay

1) Circuit House, Narsingdi (Government)
Phone: 02-9462083
Mobile: 01735-840294

2) District Council Postal Bungalow (Government)
Postal Bungalow Road, Narsingdi
Phone: 029463765
Mobile 01712-521274

3) Dak bungalows (Government)
Roads and public departments, Narsingdi
phone: 029463222

4) Rest House (Government)
Civil surgeon’s office, Narsingdi
Phone: 029463181

5) Rest House (Government)
LGED Office, Narsingdi
Phone: 029462260

6) Hotel Nirala
Library parti, Narsingdi market, Narsingdi
Phone: 029463393
Mobile: 01711-196699

7) Hotel Al-Arafat
215/1 siendabi Road, busstation, Narsingdi
Phone: 029463393
Mobile: 01712-130139

8) Hotels Mamataj
Patilbari Road, Narsingdi
Mobile: 01711-952120

9) Hotel Aziz
Patilbari Road, Narsingdi
Mobile: 01712070231

10) Hotel Riyaj
Patilbari Road, Narsingdi
Phone: 946 to 516
Mobile: 01712-609045

11) Hotel Tanim
Patilbari Road, Narsingdi
Phone: 9463982
Mobile: 01718-916143

Things to do

  1. You may take the pictures of wild animals.
  2. You can let the kids ride on different riding.
  3. You can have a view of near dying hari-dhoa river.

Eating Facilities

Referred to where to eat in Narsingdi, click here

Travel Tips

Entry ticket may cost 10 BDT and preserve it until your exit.

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.