Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development - Comilla

Bangladesh Academy for Rural DevelopmentEntrance of the BARD

Today me and my friends had a chance to visit the BARD at Comilla. BARD stands for Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development. This uses to work with the poor people all around. You can know more about BARD from wikipedia. Also if you have more time, that case better read it from BARD's own website which is governed by Bangladesh government.

corridor from BARD administrative buildingA corridor from BARD administrative building.

Anyway, I think we had enough introduction. It's a lovely place to visit. If you have plenty of time in your hand then I'd suggest you to visit BARD. But if you are running out of time, and you have lot of other places to cover from Comilla, that case my suggestion is Do not enter BARD, and schedule another day for it. This place is a cool and calm, and it'd force you to stay there for more and more, that case you may miss few other places.

Walking path inside 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 reaching there.

Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development - Comilla
Inside BARD, Comilla.

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 and another is Banasree. You can pass the whole day there, and enjoy your time. If you are in a group of 3/4 people then it's one kind of fun. And if you are with a large group then that's another fun.

Bangladesh Academy for Rural DevelopmentMap of BARD

How to go:

You can reach at Comilla by bus or train. It's 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.

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

BARD on google map.

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).

A flower garden inside BARD.

A nice walking path having plenty of trees at both sides.

It says Imaginary tree.

Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development - Comilla
A mosque inside the BARD.

I didn't get much time to explore the forest.

Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD),
Village: Kotbari,
District: Comilla,
Country: Bangladesh,
GPS coordinate: (23°26'1.72"N, 91° 7'59.32"E)

This article has written by Lonely Traveler,
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Saturday, 03 April 2010


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