Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Comilla: Beauty inside the BARD

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Its Saturday, 3rd April 2010. Me and other friends of mine had a chance to visit the BARD at Comilla. BARD stands for Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development. This used to work with the poor people all around. You can know more about BARD from wikipedia, the link is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangladesh_Academy_for_Rural_Development. Also if you have further more time, that case better read more from BARD's own website http://www.bard.gov.bd/ which is governed by Bangladesh government.

Anyway, enough about the introduction about BARD. Its a lovely place to visit. If you have plenty of time on your hand, then I'll suggest you to visit BARD. But if you are running out of time, and you have lots of places to cover from Comilla, that case, my suggestion is "Do not enter BARD". This place is cool and calm, and it will force you to stay more and more, that case you may miss other places.

How to reach at BARD:

You can reach at Comilla by bus or train. Its around 2 hours bus or train journey. I went there by bus. From my experience, "Asia Lines" and "Tisha" are the two affordable transport facilities that you can use. It will cost you 110 taka. But if you bargain, that case you can make it 100 taka.

The final destination of the bus is Comilla town, but it will be better for you to get down at Comilla Cantonment. Cause its nearer from Comilla Cantonment rather than Comilla town.

From Cantonment, Take a 'CNG Auto Riksha', it will cost you 70 to 80 taka to reach the BARD. Just tell the driver that you want to go to BARD, and you want to pay that much amount. Remember, they will ask 120 to 150 from you for this. So careful. Also there is mini bus transport through the cantonment, it will case you 10-15 taka to reach at BARD.

Within 10 to 15 minutes you'll reach at BARD. It will require a permission to enter the BARD. They used to provide entry for everyone long time back. But now they are strict about it. So, at first the security guard won't allow you to enter the BARD. We didn't have any permission, and after a heartiest request from us, they security gave us an access. But it may not work for you. So better arrange a permission before reach there. Choice is yours.

Inside BARD, you'll find several places to pass your time. For example at cafeteria, at the tennis ground, or other play grounds. Also there are two places, one is "Nilachal" and another is "Banasree" inside BARD. You can pass the whole day there, and enjoy your time. If you are a group of 3/4 people its one kind of fun, and if you are large number of people, then its another kind of fun.

Entrance of the BARD

Map of BARD

corridor from BARD administrative buildingA corridor from BARD administrative building.

Flower garden from BARDFlower garden from BARD

Bansree from BARDBansree from BARD

If you are planning to stay at Comilla town at night, that case you can go and book any hotel from Comilla town. I have no idea about this.

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