The National Martyrs’ Memorial

(জাতীয় স্মৃতি সৌধ Jatio Sriti Shoudho)

Jatio Sriti Shoudho or National Martyrs’ Memorial is a historical monument in Bangladesh. It symbolizes the valour & the sacrifice of those who were killed during the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971, which brought the Independence of Bangladesh from Pakistani rule. The monument is located in Savar, about 35 km north-west of Dhaka & was designed by Syed Mainul Hossain.

Remit2Home Blog - Bangladesh - The National Martyrs' Memorial - Send money to Bangladesh via Remit2Home

Remit2Home Blog – Bangladesh – The National Martyrs’ Memorial

History:
Soon after Bangladesh gained Independence in the year 1972, plans for the monumental structure were initiated. In June 1978, a nation-wide design competition was held for the site selection, road & land development, out of the evaluation of 57 submissions, Syed Mainul Hossain’s design was chosen. In the year 1982, the main structure, the artificial lake and other facilities were completed.

Remit2Home Blog - Bangladesh - The National Martyrs' Memorial - Send money to Bangladesh via Remit2Home

The National Martyrs’ Memorial in Bangladesh

Structure:
The monument is composed of 7 isosceles triangular pyramid shaped structures, with the middle one being the tallest. The tallest one has the smallest base while the broadest base has the lowest height. The highest point of the monument is 150 feet. The pyramids shaped isosceles are folded at the middle and are placed one after the another. This unique arrangement of the pyramid shaped isosceles had created a structure that seems to change its configuration when viewed from the different angles. There is an artificial lake, and several mass graves in front of the main monument. The architect has used concrete for the monument while all the other structures and pavements of the complex are made of red bricks. Use of different materials has added to the gravity of the monument.

Remit2Home Blog - Bangladesh - The National Martyrs' Memorial in Bangladesh

The National Martyrs’ Memorial in Bangladesh

Complex:
The entire complex is spread over an area of 34 hectares (84 acres) which is again wrapped around by a green belt of 10 hectares (24.7 acre). Several mass-graves and a reflection water body are placed in front of the monument. Once one enters the complex through the main gate he or she can see the monument axially but to reach it, one has to walk through different ups and downs of pavements and cross an artificial lake by a bridge. The entire set of the complex is unique as it represents the struggle for Independence by the great Martyrs’ of the country.

Remit2Home Blog - Bangladesh - The National Martyrs' Memorial

Remit2Home Blog – Bangladesh – The National Martyrs’ Memorial

Project:
The complete project was executed in three phases. The first phase began in the year 1972, involved in acquiring the land and constructing the road for the project at a cost of Tk 26 lacs. During the second phase in the year 1974 – 1982, Tk 3.77 crores were spent in order to build the mass-graves, heli-pad, parking space, pavements etc. Finally the third phase, began in August in the year 1982, when the main structure was built apart from the artificial lake, green belt, cafeteria, housing etc. The third phase expenses were around Tk 848.65 lacs.

Remit2Home Blog - Bangladesh - The National Martyrs' Memorial represents the struggle for Independence

The National Martyrs’ Memorial represents the struggle for Independence

Send money to Bangladesh via Remit2Home

Recipe – Bhapa Ilish

Bhapa Ilish (Steamed Hilsa)

Remit2Home Blog - Recipe – Bhapa Ilish

Recipe – Bhapa Ilish

Ingredients:
• Hilsa (ilish) 1/2 kilogram
• Salt to taste
• Turmeric powder 1 teaspoon
• Mustard seeds 1 teaspoon
• Green chillies 2 – 3 in number
• Ginger 1 inch piece
• Mustard oil 3 tablespoons

Method:
• Sprinkle fish slices with salt and half teaspoon turmeric powder.
• Make a smooth paste of yellow mustard seeds, black mustard seeds, green chilies, ginger, salt & the remaining turmeric powder.
• Take a pan and place the fish in it and place the pan on the ring in the pressure cooker.
• Spread paste liberally on fish.
• Pour mustard oil on top.
• Place ring in the pressure cooker.
• Pour three cups of water into the cooker and place the pan with the fish on the ring.
• Cover with lid and steam the fish for eight to ten minutes.
• Serve hot.

Send money to Bangladesh via Remit2Home – Safe Money Transfers Worldwidehttp://www.remit2home.com

Upcoming Festivals – Bangladesh

Bangladesh

Festival: Pohela Boishakh (Bangla New Year)
City: All cities throughout the country
Event Type: Bangla New Year Celebrations
Venue: Through-out Bangladesh
Date & Time: 14th April 2014 Monday – Entire Day

Remit2Home Blog April - Festivals in Bangladesh

Festivals in Bangladesh

United States Of America

Event: COBCA (Central Ohio Bengali Cultural Organization) 2014 Spring festival
City: Worthington, OH
Event Type: Cultural program
Venue: McConnell Arts Centre of Worthington, 777 Evening street, Worthington, OH 43085.
Date & Time: 11th May 2014, Sunday, 4 pm onwards.

United Kingdom

Event: Trinity Folk Festival 2014
City: Surrey
Event Type: Folk music event
Venue: Holy Trinity Church, High Street, Guildford, Surrey
Date & Time: 3rd May 2014, Saturday – 2 sessions, 1 pm to 6 pm and evening 7 pm onwards.

Remit2Home Blog April - Festivals in Bangladesh

Festivals in Bangladesh

Send money to Bangladesh via Remit2Home – Safe Money Transfers Worldwidehttp://www.remit2home.com

Nijhum Dwip – The quiet island of Bangladesh

Remit2Home Blog - Nijhum Dwip

The quiet island of Bangladesh – Nijhum Dwip

The virgin island of “Nijhum Dwip” is enriched with plants, animals and natural beauty. It is raised on the estuary on the channel of the Meghna River on the mouth of the mighty Bay of Bengal. The geographical location of Nijhum Dwip has been identified just two kilometres south west of Hatia Upazila and directed under the jurisdiction of the Noakhali District of Bangladesh. Nijhum Dwip consists of more than 4 / 5 small islands like Char Kamla, Char Osman, Corner of Char Osman and isolated from the mainland by Hatia channel.

Remit2Home Blog - The quiet island of Bangladesh - Nijhum Dwip

Bangladesh Island – Nijhum Dwip

Four decades ago, the island was submerged under deep water. But, the alluvial island surfaced over the period in 1972 as a discovery by the people of the forest department. This second mangrove forest of the country was designated as the Nijhum Dwip National Park in 2001 by the government of Bangladesh. Now this island has been declared as the unique eco-tourist spot for its ideal natural setup with the rich bio diversification factors and the perennial mangrove forest of Bangladesh.

Remit2Home Blog - The quiet island of Bangladesh - Nijhum Dwip

Nijhum Dwip

The forestry department of Noakhali District created lush mangrove forests in Nijhum Dwip as part of preservation efforts for the area. One of the major attractions in these mangrove forests is the herd of Spotted Deer, whose numbers have increased to over 20,000 as per a recent update. The Keora tree was planted here for its fast growing root system; it is known to anchor itself into the soft sandy ground. The leaves of this tree are the favorite food of spotted deer’s, but most of the leaves of this tree are too high for the deer. This is an excellent example of how animals help one another; the resident monkeys of the forest shake or pluck the leaves from the trees and then they drop leaves where the deer can pick them up. The wood of the trees is used in the construction of local housing, and also as raw material for building boats. It is also used as the fuel for domestic use.

Remit2Home Blog - The Keora Trees in Nijhum Dwip

The Keora Trees in Nijhum Dwip

Wild animals, the spotted deer, monkey, buffalo, snakes and 35 species of birds are the major attractions for the tourists. Every year nearly thousands of guest birds migrate to this island to add more glamour to its beauty. Oysters and snails of different types can be easily seen in the island. The tourists can enjoy breathtaking sunrises and awesome sunsets from the island.

Remit2Home Blog - A herd of Spotted Deer

Remit2Home Blog – A herd of Spotted Deer

Besides this Nijhum Dwip presently has six big bazaars with mainly the grocery shops, small restaurants and drug stores. These bazaars are the only places in the islands to have electricity from generators. The uniqueness of this silent island is considered as a piece of heavenly beauty in winter and is bit adventurous and enjoyable for the tourists visiting this island. Tourists from Dhaka can board a steamer plying between Sadarghat to Monpura, then by motor boat. It takes only two hours to reach the island from the capital.

Remit2Home Blog - Sunset from the Nijhum island

Sunset from the Nijhum island

Send money to Bangladesh via Remit2Home – Safe Money Transfers Worldwidehttp://www.remit2home.com

Upcoming Festivals – Bangladesh

Upcoming Festivals for Bangladeshi's and NRBs

Upcoming Festivals for Bangladeshi’s and NRBs

SHOHID DIBOSH (International Mother Language Day)

Bangladesh

Festival: Shohid Dibosh
City: All Cities
Event Type: Tributes paid to the martyrs for their sacrifices made to establish the rightful place for Bangla language.
Venue: Shoheed Minar in every district of Bangladesh
Date & Time: 21st February 2014 Friday – Entire Day

Festival: Vasant Panchami Or Saraswati Puja
City: All Cities
Event Type: Puja & Cultural events
Venue: Various locations in all districts
Date & Time: 4th February 2014 Tuesday – Entire Day

United States of America

Event: Saraswati Puja 2014
City: Fremont
Event Type: Puja & Cultural Show
Venue: Centerville Junior High School, 37720 Fremont Blvd, CA
Date & Time: 8th February2014, Saturday-11.00am to 6.00pm

United Kingdom

Event: Saraswati Puja – Basant Utsav 2014
City: South London
Event Type: Cultural Event
Venue: Old Palace of John Whit gift School, Melville Avenue, South Croydon – CR2 7YN, UK
Date & Time: 8th February 2014, Saturday – 5.30 pm onwards

Send money to Bangladesh via Remit2Home Online Money Transfers.

Chingri Shutki Bhorta – Recipe

Chingri Shutki Bhorta (Spicy Dry Prawn Mash)

Remit2Home - Food from Bangladesh - Chingri Shutki Bhorta

Food from Bangladesh – Chingri Shutki Bhorta

Ingredients:

 120 gm dry small prawns
 2 medium sliced Onions
 2 tbsp thin sliced garlic
 2 green chillies chopped
 3-4 dry chillies
 2 tsp thin sliced onion
 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
 2 tbsp mustard oil
 2 tbsp oil
 Salt to taste

Method:

– Roast the prawns and grind them to powder.
– Fry dry chillies in oil and keep aside
– In the same oil fry 2 sliced medium onions till it becomes golden brown and keep aside
– In the same oil fry garlic and keep aside
– Now mix all the things with mustard oil
– Serve chingri shutki bhorta (spicy dry prawn mash) with hot rice

Send money to Bangladesh via Remit2Home Online Money Transfers.

Bandarban: The Panoramic Beauty of Bangladesh

Bandarban is the remotest & least populated district in South-Eastern Bangladesh, it is a part of the Chittagong Division and Chittagong Hill Tracts. The lure of the tallest peaks of Bangladesh, treks through virgin forests gives a chance for the tourists to meet more than 15 tribes of the region & it’s regarded as one of the most exotic tourist destinations in Bangladesh. Bandarban has only one town that approaches anything near a city known as “The Bandarban town”. The rest of the area is divided into 7 upazilas, which are in turn divided into varying numbers of unions. Each union is a cluster of paras and villages.

About Bandarban in Bangladesh

About Bandarban

Tourist spots in Bandarban:

Boga Lake
Buddha Dhatu jadi
Chimbuk Hill & Tribal Villages
Keokradong
Meghla Parjatan Complex
Nilachal Tourist Spot
Mirinja Parjatan
Sangu River
Nilgiri & Thanchi

Boga Lake – Boga lake is 18 km away from Ruma Sadar Upazilla in Bandarban. The area of Boga lake in Bandarban is about 15 acres. It is situated at about 3000 feet above sea level and is the most beautiful natural lake in Bandarban. It is also known as Bagakain Lake. The colour of water of this Boga lake is blue and very much eye catching. There are many mythological stories behind the creation of Boga lake.

Remit2Home - Boga Lake in Bangladesh

Boga Lake

Buddha Dhatu Jadi – The Buddha Dhatu Jadi is located at Pulpara, 4 km from Balaghata town and 10 km from the remote Bandarban hill district. The Buddha Dhatu Jadi is a Theravada Buddhist temple known as the Bandarban Golden Temple. The Bandarban Golden Temple is the largest Theravada
Buddhist Temple with the second largest Buddha statue in Bangladesh.

Remit2Home - Buddha Statue at Buddha Dhatu Jadi

Buddha Statue at Buddha Dhatu Jadi

Chimbuk Hills & Tribal Villages – Chimbuk hill is just 26 km away from Bandarban Sadar. This hill is about 2500 feet above the sea level of Bangladesh. It is the third highest mountain in Bangladesh. Chimbuk is one of the most familiar tourist spots in Bandarban. The road to this hill is zigzag and very adventurous for a traveller to ride in a jeep moving through the indigenous villages
of Bandarban.

Bangladesh - Chimbuk Hills and Tribal Villages

Bangladesh – Chimbuk Hills and Tribal Villages

Keokradong – Keokradong is about 4,035 feet high from the sea level of Bangladesh. It is situated 30 km away from the Ruma Sadar upazilla of Bandarban. Keokradong is the second highest
mountain of Bangladesh covered with dense forests, birds & animals. This remote area is full
of natural beauty. Travelers and nature lovers can see many small and big mountains and hills here.

Mount Keokradong in Bangladesh

Mount Keokradong in Bangladesh

Meghla Parjatan Complex – Meghla Parjatan Complex is located in the contiguous area of the Bandarban hill district council on the gateway of Bandarban & is maintained by the Bandarban district administration. Meghla Parjatan Complex is one of the most amazing tourist spots for the
travellers and tourists coming from all over Bangladesh and world.

Meghla Parjatan Complex

Meghla Parjatan Complex

Nilachal Tourist Spot – Nilachal is known as “Tiger hill” & is about just 5 km away from “The Bandarban Town”. It is situated at Tigerpara, which is near about 2000 feet above the sea level. This place is very beautiful & is situated near the Meghla Parijatan Complex. Same as Meghla, this place is also maintained by the Bandarban district administration. The view of Nilachal is so
spectacular for snapping that it is regarded as one of the must visit tourist spot.

Nilachal - The Tiger Hill

Nilachal – The Tiger Hill

Mirinja Parjatan Complex – Mirinja Parjatan complex is situated at Lama Upazilla of Bandarban district in Bangladesh. It is a wonderful tourist spot in Lama & is about 1500 feet high from sea level. The Parjatan Corporation had developed an attractive tourist spot for the visitors where in good weather; one can view Maheskhali Island, Bay of Bengal, Matamuhuri River & Lama upazilla at a glance from the observation tower.

Mirinja Parjatan Complex, Lama Bangladesh

Mirinja Parjatan Complex, Lama Bangladesh

Sangu River – Sangu river follows a northerly circuitous course in the hill tracts up to Bandarban entering the district from the east and flows west across the district and finally falls into the bay of Bengal at the end of a course of 270 km. This river is also referred as a complete part of the natural beauty of Bandarban as its been flowing through the hills since thousand years. It is an important route to communicate with Ruma and Thanci Upozilla. It has huge financial interests for the population of Bandarban. This river is widely used for transportation of agricultural and other necessary products for the people of remote community. In the winter season the current of the river almost becomes stagnant compare to the rainy season when it is aggressive. Visitors are attracted with the beautification scattered on both sides of it where there are hills, forests, waterfalls & picnic spots.

Sangu River

Sangu River

Nilgiri & Thanchi: – Nilgiri (or Nil Giri) is one of the tallest peaks and beautiful tourist spot in Bangladesh. It is about 3500 feet high and situated at Thanci Thana. It is about 46 km south of Bandarban on the Bandarban-Chimbuk-Thanchi road. Beside this spot one can see Mro villages, the colourful culture and living style here is surely an unexplored experience for the visitors. In rainy the scenery here is spectacular, it becomes a cloudy experience for the visitor as the whole spot is covered with the blanket of clouds. Winter here is quite foggy & it’s a season for campfires, one can enjoy the moonlit nights & the serpentine course of the Sangu river making it the most spectacular tourist spot in Bandarban managed by the Army brigade of Bandarban.

The tall peaks of Nilgiri and Thanchi

The tall peaks of Nilgiri and Thanchi

Things To Do At Banderban:

Cruise On River Sangu
Hiking
Guided Tour

Cruise On River Sangu – One highly admired activity here is a boat trip in a sampan (a double oared boat with a blunt raft and a flat bottom) or a regular boat down the River Sangu. The trip can vary from a 1-hour trip, including a stop-over to take tea, to a whole day cruise including stop-over’s to have food. One can find people working on river with bamboos. The river is not very deep in the dry season. Many times your boat might get stuck with the soil under the river.

Hiking – A hike to either Keokaradong (883 m) or Tahjindong (1003 m), the two tallest peak is an exhilarating experience. On the side of both the peaks reside the remotest tribes-people of
Bangladesh – the Khumi and the Kuki. Boga Lake, one of the two highest lakes in Bangladesh
lie directly on the trek, while the other one, the Raikhiang Lake lies only a little off the way.

Guided Tour – It is recommended to take a available regular guided tour package offered by various guides & travel agencies where one can visit all the tourist spots of Bandarban compare to the available irregular tour package organized by the Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation where a tourist can only visit Nilachal & Meghla.

Send money to Bangladesh via Remit2Home Online Money Transfers.