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Bangladesh is a country full of wonderful heritage sites. However, as most of these heritage sites are out of Dhaka or in Old Dhaka, it's not always possible for us to go and see them. It is in this regard that Concord Group has done us a huge favour, as they have built miniature replicas of a few of our heritage sites, and so now we can get an idea of what they look like without having to leave our 'beloved' Dhaka. All you have to do to see these replicas is go to a place called Heritage Park, which is located right beside Fantasy Kingdom.
In order to enter the park you'll have to pay an entrance fee of Tk 60 per person. On entering the park you'll find replicas of: Sat Gambuj Mosque, Ahsan Manzil, Paharpur Bouddha Bihar, Puthia Rajbari, Kantajir Temple, Chunakhola Mosque, National Monument, National Assembly Building, Sita Kotbihar & Darbar Hall of Lalbagh Fort. The replicas are quite good, and so we assure you that you won't be disappointed to see them.
Besides replicas of heritage sites, the park has a few rides like: Paddle Boat, Mini Pirate Ship, Battery car etc. Most of these rides are for children, but if you want to revisit your childhood don't hesitate to have a bit of fun by getting on the rides!
Well, there you have it. Heritage Park is truly a place where you can have fun and also learn about Bangladesh's rich heritage. The next time you have some spare time don't forget to check out this praiseworthy project of Concord. The park is open seven days a week, and it is usually open from 11am to 9pm.
Sayeed Mahmud Nizam
With the arrival of heat waves, life takes on a dreary toll. Almost every day is spent enclosed within four walls while the fans and air conditioners work tirelessly in an effort to decrease the immense heat, while you spend your days working in closed offices, or within the confines of your home. After all, duty calls.
However, the weekend is a time when you can let go and enjoy yourself. And, in this weather, what better way to enjoy oneself than a visit to the beach? Chittagong's beach (the common one) has declined considerably in quality over the years. Now with another new beach (Parki), there's hope for those few people who would like a few hours of peace.
With the beach being slightly far away, it's a good thing if you start early. With a journey of two hours by road, starting at around noon (rather than the after) will enable you to enjoy some relaxing time there, and finish if off with a perfect beach sunset view.
However this suggestion were for residents of Chittagong only, but surely the Dhakaites would also want to have a fun day at the beach. You can always drive to this wonderful city one Thursday night after work, or take the bus or train or even catch a flight. Book a hotel, spend a splashing Friday at the beach and return to work Saturday. If its too hectic take Saturday off from work, kids don't have school, remember? So dwell on this thought.
For the perfect beach adventure remember these essentials, and you're on your way!
Firstly, sunscreen. Choose one that suits your skin, and apply it liberally before your reach there. Remember, every time you go for tiny dips into the water, your sunscreen washes off, and you have to reapply it. Don't overlook this, and apart from the discomfort caused by severe sunburn, too much extra exposure to harmful UV rays can also lead to skin cancer. You wouldn't want a harmless, relaxing day at the beach lead you to skin cancer in the future, now would you?
Secondly, fluids. You wouldn't be aware of this, but a day at the beach can lead to severe dehydration. Sea air is dry and while it helps absorb sweat from your body, it also makes you feel cooler, it also consequently dehydrates you as your body loses huge amounts of water. Take a good supply of fluids, while keeping away the temptation of tasty, but harmful soft drinks. Natural fruit juices are good, but water is best! And while you're at it, remember that it's best to take your own home cooked food, rather succumbing to outside food. Enjoy your day at the beach!
By Jennifer Ashraf
Here is a thought
for all the grown ups, take a break from shopping cause this week's
shoptalk is for kids only.
pack for baby grooming
mini optical mouse
Z key chains
By Ehsanur Raza Ronny
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