Today me and my friends 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. Also if you have further more time, that case better read it from BARD's own website which is governed by Bangladesh government.
Anyway, I think we had enough introduction. Its a lovely place to visit. If you have plenty of time in 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 (কুমিল্লা), that case, my suggestion is Do not enter BARD, and schedule another day for it. This place is cool and calm, and it will force you to stay there for more and more, that case you may miss few other places.
It will require a permission to enter the BARD. They use 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 reaching there. Choice is yours.
Inside the 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 available inside BARD, one is Nilachal (নীলাচল) and another is Banasree (বনশ্রী). You can pass the whole day there, and enjoy your time. If you are in a group of 3/4 people its one kind of fun, and if you are with a large number of people, then its another kind of fun.
How to reach at BARD:
You can reach at Comilla (কুমিল্লা) 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 per person. But if you bargain, that case you can make it 100 taka.
The final destination of the bus is Comilla (কুমিল্লা) town, but it will be better for you to get down at Comilla Cantonment (কুমিল্লা ক্যান্টনমেন্ট). Cause its nearer from Comilla Cantonment (কুমিল্লা ক্যান্টনমেন্ট) rather than Comilla (কুমিল্লা) town.
From the cantonment, take a CNG driven auto rikshaw, it will cost you 70 to 80 taka to reach the BARD. Just tell the driver that you want to go to the BARD. Remember, they will ask for 120 to 150 from you for this. Alternately there is a mini bus transport available that goes through the cantonment, it will case you 10-15 taka to reach at BARD. Within 10 to 15 minutes you'll reach at BARD. GPS coordinate is (23°26'1.72"N, 91° 7'59.32"E).
Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD),
Village: Kotbari (কোটবাড়ি),
District: Comilla (কুমিল্লা জেলা),
Country: Bangladesh (বাংলাদেশ),
GPS coordinate: (23°26'1.72"N, 91° 7'59.32"E)
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