A Mirror of Bangladesh
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Mon-Sat: 07:00 - 17:00
13 Aug 2018

Shat Gambuj Mosque, Bagerhat

Bangladesh has three world heritage sites. The Shat Gombuj Mosque in Bagerhat is one of them. Shat Gambuj Mosque is the largest of the Sultanate mosques in Bangladesh and one of the most impressive Muslim monuments in the whole of the Indian subcontinent.It is ascribed to one Khan Al-Azam Ulugh Khan Jahan, who conquered the greater part of southern Bengal and named the area khalifatabad in honour of the reigning Sultan Nasiruddin Mahmud shah (1435-59). The mosque is unique in the sense that it has 60 pillars that support the roof, with 77 low height domes. The 4 towers at 4 corners have smaller domes on the roof as well. The vast prayer hall has 11 arched doorways on the east and 7 each on the north and south for light and ventilation. It has 7 aisles running along the length of the mosque and 11 deep curves between the slender stone columns.These columns support the curving arches created by the domes. The thickness of the arches is 6 feet and have slightly narrowing hollow and round wall. The west wall in the interior has 11 ‘mihrabs’ The interior and the exterior of the mosque give a view of rather plain architecture but the interior western wall of the mosque is’ beautifully decorated with terracotta flowers and foliage. Besides being used as a prayer hall the mosque was also used as the court of Khan Jahan Ali.  The structure of the building also represents the 15th century Turki architectural view. Now it is one of the greatest tourist attractions and best architectural beauties of Bangladesh.The Mosque City of Bagerhat is a formerly lost city, located in the suburbs of Bagerhat city in Bagerhat District, in the Khulna Division of southwest of Bangladesh. Bagerhat is about 15 miles south east of Khulna and 200 miles southwest of Dhaka.

12 Aug 2018

Dhaka Shishu Park


Shishu Park is the first children’s amusement park in Bangladesh. The park was built in 1979 on the northern part of Sohrawardy Uddyan. During the 80s and 90s it was one of the most appealing places in Dhaka city. The 12 rides of the park include including a wheel train, a merry-go-round and a number of wheel-based rides. Bangladesh Air Force donated a fighter jet in 1992.The cheapest of all entertainment parks in Dhaka,

 

Visiting Hours:
Summer Season
1. Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat: 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm
2. Friday: 2:30 pm to 8:30 pm
3. Wednesday: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm (Only for poor & street children)
4. Sunday: Closed
Winter Season
1. Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat: 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm
2. Friday: 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm
3. Wednesday: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm (Only for poor & street children)
4. Sunday: Closed
Tariffs
• Entry Fee: Tk. 15/- (including VAT) per person
• Rides Coupons: Tk. 10/- (including VAT) each and are sold inside the park. There are 12 different rides to choose from.

11 Aug 2018

Baitul Mukararm Mosque, Dhaka

Baitul Mukarram Mosque is the National Mosque of Bangladesh. Its construction began on 27 January 1960 and has been going on in phases. In the late 1950s Dhaka grew very rapidly. Abdul Latif Ibrahim Bawani first came up with the idea of building a grand mosque with a large capacity. The ‘Baitul Mukarram Mosque Society’ was formed in 1959 to facilitate the project. Land was allocated for the mosque complex at the meeting point of Old and New Dhaka.

The design of the mosque reflects the architecture of the period as can be seen from the use of a white and almost cube-form for the main building. A Mosque without a dome over the roof of its main prayer hall must have been a unique experiment. The main building is eight storied and 30.18 metre high from the ground level. According to the original plan, the main entrance of the mosque was to be on the eastern side. The shahan on the east is 2694.19 square metre with ablution space on its south and north sides.

The Baitul Mukarram mosque is modern in its architectural style. But it has not discarded traditional principles of mosque architecture. It has found its place in the hearts of the Muslims because of the resemblance of its form to the famous Kaba at Mecca.

04 Aug 2018

Ahsan Manzil, Dhaka

Ahsan Manzil is one of the significant architectural monuments of the country. Established on a raised platform of 1 metre, the two-storied palace measures 125.4m by 28.75m. The height of the ground floor is 5 metres and that of the first floor 5.8 metres. There are porticos of the height of the ground floor, both on the northern and southern sides of the palace. An open spacious stairway has come down from the southern portico, extending upto the bank of the river through the front garden. There was once a fountain in the garden in front of the stairs, though it does not exist today. The spacious north and south verandas of both the floors rest on semicircular arches. The floor is covered with marble.
To construct the dome of Ahsan Manzil, the square room on the ground floor was given a round shape with brickwork in the corners. The room was then given an octagonal shape near the roof by squinches. This octagonal shape took the form of the drum of the dome. Finally, the kumud kali (buds of lotus) shaped dome was constructed by gradually slanting the eight corners to the peak. The dome is 27.13 m high from the ground.
Internally, the palace is divided into two symmetrical halves on either side of the dome. There is a large drawing room in the east wing of the first floor. On its northern side there is a library and a card room, and in the eastern corner there are four square room’
On the western wing of the first floor there is a spacious Jalsaghar with a Hindustani room on the northern side and four square rooms in the western corner. The vaulted artificial ceilings, made of wood, in the drawing room and the Jalsaghar, look very exquisite. The floors of these two rooms are made of wooden planks. On the ground floor there is a big dining hall and six square rooms in the eastern part. In the western side, there is a gigantic darbar hall and to its north is a billiard room.
The floors of the dining and darbar halls are decorated with white, green and yellow coloured ceramic tiles. The famous strong room, where the valuables of the nawabs used to be stored, was the middle of the five rooms located in the western half of the ground floor.
There are attractive wooden stairs in the room that is attached to the north of the room covered with the dome. The balusters were ornamented with vine leaves made of iron along the railing of the stairs. The wooden ceiling of the room, decorated with geometric designs, is very elegant. A visitor’s book bound in gold used to be kept by the stairs during the halcyon days of the nawabs. Distinguished visitors to the palace would note down their observations in it.
The thickness of the walls of the palace is about 0.78 metres. The doorways are placed within semicircular arches. The inner doors had multi-coloured glasses and the exterior ones were of wood with designs. Wooden beams supported the roof of these rooms.
The height of the two-storeyed inner house is slightly less than the Rang Mahal. Nevertheless, the wide southern verandas on both floors and the parapet on top offer a delicate look that is in harmony with the Rang Mahal. Iron beams have been used in constructing the roof.

Visiting Hours:

April to September (Summer)      Sat – Wed : 10.30 AM – 17.30 PM         

                                                          Friday : 15.00 PM – 20.00 PM

October to March (Winter)           Sat – Wed : 10.30 AM – 17.30 PM

                                                          Friday : 15.00 PM – 20.00 PM

Ramadan                                         Sat – Wed : 10.00 AM – 16.00 PM

Weekly Holiday : Thursday and Government Holiday and during the Ramadan Thursday and Friday.

Entry Fees:

    • Bangladeshi Citizens : 20 Taka
    • Children (3 – 12 Years) : 10 Taka
    • Citizens of SAARC Countries : 20 Taka
    • Other Foreign Citizens : 100 Taka
02 Aug 2018

Bangladesh National Zoo, Dhaka.


Bangladesh National Zoo are wildlife conservation through collection and breeding of rare and endangered species of wild animals, research & education and recreation. Conservation of wild animal’s diversity, education and research on wild animals and promotion of public awareness about these species of animals. All the exhibits are correctly named and described. Endangered and extinct species are illustrated with elaborate description along with.
About 4 million visitors visit Bangladesh National Zoo every year. It is a center for healthy recreation of peoples of all ages and corners. Calm environment of the zoo attracts people to gate relief from the bustle and monotony of urban life.
Dhaka Zoo is the most favorite place to the kids. This is the largest zoo in Bangladesh. Many species of animals are available here: Monkeys, Snakes, Ziraf, Tiger, Lion, Birds, and mamy many other.
Entrance feces:
Main gate entrance fee above two years Tk. 30.00 BDT, Zoo museum entrance fee Tk. 05.00 BDT.
Children are free entry ages of below 02 years and students are half with show ID card (with condition).
Hours:
Sunday Closed
Monday 9AM–6PM
Tuesday 9AM–6PM
Wednesday
(National Mourning Day) 9AM–6PM
Hours might differ
Thursday 9AM–6PM
Friday 9AM–6PM
Saturday 9AM–6PM

02 Aug 2018

The Museum of Independence

The Museum of Independence was opened to public on March, 2015 on 45th Independence Day of Bangladesh. The museum is part of a 67-acre complex at Suhrawardy Uddyan, the site from whereSheikh Mujibur Rahman gave his historic speech declaring the struggle for independence, and where the Pakistani forces surrendered after the War of Liberation.

This Museum in the Suhrawardy Udyan has history associated with it. It was from this Place that Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had made the historic Speech for Struggle for Independence in March 1971 and within 9 months or so it was here that Pakistani Forces surrendered in December 1971 and Bangladesh was born as an Independent Country.

The Museum of Independence first underground museum in Bangladesh. A long terracotta mural runs along the entire length of the complex, depicting the struggle of independence and quotes from Bengali poets from both Bangladesh and West Bengal, India.

The museum has a collection of over 300 historic photographs in 144 glass panels that depict the history of Bangladesh. The gallery also showcases some of the significant archaeological sites and monuments of Bangladesh. A replica of the table, where the eastern zone commander of Pakistan Army Lieutenant General Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi signed the surrender document, is kept in the gallery.

 

Visiting Hours:

April to September (Summer)      Sat – Wed : 10.30 AM – 17.30 PM         

                                                          Friday : 15.00 PM – 20.00 PM

October to March (Winter)           Sat – Wed : 10.30 AM – 17.30 PM

                                                          Friday : 15.00 PM – 20.00 PM

Ramadan                                         Sat – Wed : 10.00 AM – 16.00 PM

Weekly Holiday : Thursday and Government Holiday and during the Ramadan Thursday and Friday.

Entry Fees:

    • Bangladeshi Citizens : 20 Taka
    • Children (3 – 12 Years) : 10 Taka
    • Citizens of SAARC Countries : 20 Taka
    • Other Foreign Citizens : 100 Taka
01 Aug 2018

Bangladesh national Museum, Dhaka

Bangladesh 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.

Visiting Hours:

April to September (Summer)      Sat – Wed : 10.30 AM – 17.30 PM         

                                                          Friday : 15.00 PM – 20.00 PM

October to March (Winter)            Sat – Wed : 10.30 AM – 17.30 PM

                                                          Friday : 15.00 PM – 20.00 PM

Ramadan                                         Sat – Wed : 10.00 AM – 16.00 PM

Weekly Holiday : Thursday and Government Holiday and during the Ramadan Thursday and Friday.

Entry Fees:

    • Bangladeshi Citizens : 20 Taka
    • Children (3 – 12 Years) : 10 Taka
  • Citizens of SAARC Countries : 20 Taka
  • Other Foreign Citizens : 100 Taka
25 Jul 2018

Shalbon Bihar, Mainamati

Shalbon Bihar, Mainamati an isolated ridge of low hills in the eastern margins of deltaic Bangladesh, about 8 km to the west of Comilla town is a very familiar name in our cultural heritage, where archaeological excavations have revealed very significant materials. A landmark of our ancient history, it represents a small mass of quasi-lateritic old alluvium. The ridge, set in the vast expanse of the fertile lower Meghna basin, extends for about 17 km north-south from Mainamati village on the Gumti River to Chandi Mura near the Lalmai railway station. In its widest parts, the ridge is about 4.5 km across and its highest peaks attain a height of about 45 metres. These highlands were once thickly wooded with an abundance of wild life, but modern developments have rudely disturbed its serene and idyllic setting.

The twin names – Lalmai- Mainamati – of the place have significant link with the past: Lalmai or the southern part is identical with Lalambi-vana of the Chandra epigraphs, while the northern part recalls the name of the legendary Chandra queen ‘Maynamati’, mentioned in local ballads and folk-songs. The archaeological finds have now established beyond any doubt that the cultural and political centre of ancient Vanga-Samatata (southeast Bengal) was located here. The glory and magnitude of that remarkable past is emphatically manifest in the innumerable monuments, mounds and excavated remains, adequately supplemented by an impressive array of stray finds from the area.

The Discovery During the course of rebuilding the old axial road through these hills in 1875, workers accidentally uncovered the ruins of what at that time was thought to be ‘a small brick fort’. It was actually a Buddhist monastery. Some 72 years earlier (1803), from the same area, was discovered the first Mainamati relic, the copperplate of Ranavankamalla Harikaladeva, dated 1220 AD, which records a description of the capital city of Pattikera as ‘adorned with forts and monasteries’. The name now survives in the modern Patikara pargana of the locality.

23 Jul 2018

Nandan Park, Savar, Dhaka

There are very few places in Bangladesh where people can have fun with family and kids. Nandan Park is one of them. It has nice setups and design such as Water coaster, Moon racer, Paddle boat, Cable Car Caterpillar, Tilt-a-whirl, Bumper car, Net-a-ball, Iceland, Zip slide etc. 5D movie is interesting. It is a huge park with natural beauty and that is why it is enjoyable time passing experience even if you just walk around without any rides.

23 Jul 2018

Ahsan Manzil

Ahsan Manzil:

Ahsan Manzil is one of the most historical places in Bangladesh. Its situated in the midst of old town, just beside the bank of Buriganga River. The magnificent architecture was the first thing that attracted me to the palace; its rich history is what kept me intrigued. It reflects the lavish lifestyle of the Nawab dynasty, and portrays the economical circumstances it experienced in its earlier life as a trading house for the French. Later on, it became the residence of Khwaja Abdullah after the English-French war in the 18th century. New additions to the old building and renovations has made this beautiful monument into ever popular pink palace it is today.

A huge green lawn welcomed us as we entered the premises and the smell of the old, creaking house enthralled us as to how something so ancient could remain so alive. Everything from the utensils to armours to sofas and beds were put on display Reading through the small notes under each item, I thought to myself: at which point did I begin to appreciate history? Apparently, right then.

The balcony looks out into the river and we could see small boats perched to take on passengers for a ride. I couldn’t help but wonder how it worked for the Nawabs.