DHAKA


HATIRJHEEL:

People of the megacity Dhaka are awfully busy. Here open door recreational facilities are insufficient. But city dwellers have less chance to go outside the city for recreation. To fulfill the demand of recreation of the city people Rajdhani Unnayan Kortipokho (RAJUK) has undertaken an initiative to excavate an attractive lake on the Begunbari- Hatirjheel cannel. On the completion of the project the city dwellers will get opportunity of sail across the lake. There are fine bridge across the lake for the motorist. Super roads across the lake will reduce the traffic jam of the adjacent areas of Carwanbazar, Gulshan, Rampura, Tejgoan, Badda and Moghbazar. Government was acquisitioned 300 acres of land for the project. 7 bridges, 20 km walkway, 16 km road and overpasses are also included in the project. The cannel gets polluted water from nearby areas through drainage system. WASA will purify the water. Finally a water treatment plant of 5 lacks liter capacity will be set up. It will treat the water of the lake and then the lake will get fresh water free from bad odor. The walkway, garden flower bush and everything in the project have changed the place into a beautiful spot.




NATIONAL MUSEUM:


Situated at Shahbag in Dhaka. Things of historical and cultural heritage of our country and world civilization are kept here for display. In the British period the governor of Bengal Lord Karmichel inaugerated Dhaka Museum is a room of the then secretariat in 1913. In 1983 this museum was shifted at its present building with the status of national museum. The Museum stands on 8 acres of land and has four floors with 43 galleries to exhibit different items.


EXIBITS OF THE GROUND FLOOR:

1. Introduction of Bangladesh. 2. Rural Bangladesh. 3. Royal Bengal Tiger in it’s natural environment. 4. Rocks & minerals 5. Flora & fauna 6. Birds 7. Elephants 8. Boats of Bangladesh 9. Pottery 10. Terra cota 11. Metal, Wooden & Terra cota sculpture 12. Stone sculpture 13. Architecture of Bangladesh 14. Coin, Medal & Ornaments.


FIRST FLOOR:

1. Metal & glass crafts. 2. Porcelain crafts. 3. Leisure & entertainment. 4. Dolls & history of dolls in Bangladesh. 5. Musical instruments of Bangladesh. 6. Garments. 7. Nakshi Katha. 8. Wooden crafts of Bangladesh-1. 9. Wooden crafts of Babgladesh-2 10. Manuscript, Cover picture, letters & documents. 11. Art of Eid & Muharram and miniature art. 12. Arts of Zoynul Abedin. 13. Memorable and venerable personalities and their sculpture. 14. Mukti Juddho – 1
15.Mukti Juddho – 2


SECOND FLOOR:

1. Manuscript, Cover Photo, Letters & Documents. 2. Ancient Art and miniature. 3. Zoynul Abedin Gallery. 4. Contemporary Art -1 5. Contemporary Bangladesh. 6. Historic Documents & successful son of the soil. 7. Picture of the successful son of the soil. 8. Martyred Intellectuals. 9. Mukti juddho -1 10. Mukti Juddho – 2 11. World Art – 1 12. World Art -2
13. Picture of world’s Important Personalities


N.B. There is also a nice auditorium with all modern facilities and a gallery in the museum building. Various programs and exhibitions are arranged regularly in the auditorium and in the gallery.




MIRPUR ZOO:

This vast Zoo is situated in the Mirpur area of the capital. It remains open form 7am to 5 pm. Entry fee – Tk. 5/- per person. The Zoo is one of the places of attraction in the city. Especially it is very favorite to the children.


Botanical Garden

is situated just opposite of the Zoo. It is also an attractive place to visit. The Botanical Garden remains open from 10 am to 6 pm every day. Entry fee-Tk. 3/- per person.




SHISHU PARK:

Shishu (Children) Park is situated at Shahabag. It was first established in 1979. But from 1983 it runs as a recreational center. Area: 15 acres. It has 12 rides. Among them are a toy train, a merry-go-round and a number of wheel rides are worth noting. It remains open from 2 pm to 7.30 pm on Friday. From Saturday to Thursday opening hour is 2pm to 7 pm. Sunday is the off day. On an average more than 6000 people visit the park every day. During the two Eid Festival visitors increase to a great extent. It’s a nice place to enjoy with the children.




AHSAN MONJIL:

It’s a historical building situated on the bank of the river Buriganga. Many historic events occurred centered around this establishment. Once this building was the residence of the Nawabs of Dhaka who awarded with the title of British India Government. In the mid-eighteen century, the Landlord of Jalalpur Pargana (Fairdpur-Barisal) Sheikh Enayet Ullah built an Entertainment building ‘Rongmahal’ at the place of present Ahsan Monjil. After his death this building was sold to French businessmen. They built here a trade cottage. Later father of Nawab Abdul Gani, Khawaja Alimullah purchased this house and converted it into a residence. Nawab Abdul Gani rebuilt this palace in 1872 and name it ‘Ahsan Monjil’ after his beloved son Khaja Ahsanullah. Lastly, the palace has been converted into a museum. The ground and first floor of the building contain the memories of the gorgeous life of Nawab dynasty. As the sign of ancient civilization the palace bear great historical importance. The architectural design of this buildings also worth notable.