Khulna Museum is the Divisional Museum in Khulna, situated in the Shibbari Mor/KDA Avenue area at Khulna City. Established by the department of Archaeology in 1998, this museum mainly shows the different earthen and pottery samples. However, there is a gallery to display the mythological characters of Hinduism made by Black Basalt. Additionally, on the way of entrance, there is a photo gallery too to let people aware about the historical structures of Khulna Division. Some terracotta, toys made with clay and building tiles are also there to display.
Ticket: All Bangladeshi citizens can get entry by paying 20 taka. For foreigners, it is 100 taka.
Time Table: During Winter it is Open from 9 Am to 5 Pm. In the summertime the timetable is from 10 Am to 6 Pm. Lunch brake is from 1 pm to 1:30 Pm. Sunday Closed.
From anywhere of Bangladesh, Shibbari is easy to reach by bus.
Khulna District is connected by road, river and water.
Khulna district can be reached travelling by road from Dhaka. There are several bus services available from Dhaka to Khulna. Some of them are listed below for your assistance:
1. Hanif Enterprise:
Gabtoli Terminal, Phone: 8015366, 8011750, 9003380
From Jhenaidah: 041-810451 (Hotel Royal Circle)
041-810452 (Shivbari Mor)
2. Green Line (AC bus):
Fakirapool Counter, Phone-9356506
Sayedabad Counter, Phone-7552739
Kalabagan Counter, Phone-9112287
3. Eagle Paribahan:
Gabtoli Counter, Phone-8017698, 8017320, 04494413673
Dhaka is linked to Khulna by water. There are few Rockets driving between Dhaka and Khulna. They operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Deck Fare: TK 180
First class cabin (2 seats) fare: TK 2380
First class cabin (1 seat) Fare: TK 1190
Second class cabin (2 seats): TK 1880
Second class cabin (1 seat): TK 720
Dhaka and Khulna is also linked by railway. Some of the train services available from Dhaka to Khulna are listed below.
1. Sundarban Express: Operates every day except Fridays.
Fare ranges from TK 200 to TK 1058
2. Chitra Express: Operates every day except Mondays.
Fare ranges from TK 235 to TK 720
Some of the places to stay in Khulna are listed below for your assistance:
1. CSS Rest House
2. Hotel Castle Salam
3. Hotel Royal International
4. Platinum Jute Mills Ltd Rest House
You will see the second largest collection of sculptures made by Black Basalt.
A lot of local restaurants are available in Khulna. Specially in the “Moylapota” Area.
Inside the museum, the photography is prohibited.
The Panchagarh Rocks Museum is the first rocks museum of Bangladesh. It is located in Panchagarh Govt. Prof. Nazmul Haque, principal of Panchagarh Govt. Mohila College, established the rocks museum on March 1, 1997. The Rocks museum is separate into two galleries, external and internal. In the external gallery there has a vast number of rocks; and in the internal gallery, there are small stones of different ages.
Collection of Rocks: Petrified Wood and Fossilized Rocks, Granite, Quartzite Shell, Lime Stone, Sits, Hard Rock, Basalt, Silica, Nice, Clay-Rock etc. have been keep in the Rocks museum for display. These are almost 60 pieces of rocks from different age sized by 3-4 inches to 10 feet.
In the museum there are some other important collections. Two antiquarian boats which built with only one truck of tree and about 500 to 1000 years ago and Multicolored sand and earth, petrified 'shall wood' and net, very old pictured bamboo fearing, different type antics, very old writings.)  => Array ( [name] => Gandhi Ashram Trust [post_id] => 10840 [post_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/places/gandhi-ashrom-trust/ [thumb_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/124-300x225.jpg [post_content] =>
Mahatma Karamchand Gandhi, the father of India, was the pioneer of the liberation movement of India from the British Empire. He visited Noakhali in 1946 and the place he lived is now turned into a memorial complex situated 25 kilometers away from the Noakhali District.
The very brief history of India: In 1946, just before the liberation of Pakistan from India, there were some social anarchy began in the undivided India. At that time, he decided to visit different places where the massacre started. According to his plan, he visited Noakhali and gave a peace speech. Gandhi was interested to set up a technical training institute at "Joyag" area for the rural uneducated people because he believed that only education can change the mind of a man and keep themselves away from being involved in crimes like killing/looting etc. At that time, a local lawyer, named Hemanta Kumar invited him to stay at his home. Hemanta was believed as the first barrister in this region on that time. He donated his land and building to Gandhiji and Gandhiji was pleased to him too. Gandhi used to drink only goat milk and he always carried a goat with his team. One night, the goat of Gandhi was stolen from the complex. After that he returned to Bihar (India) but willing to come again to continue the activities of the vocational training center. After that, Pakistan got independence from India. In 1948, Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated by fire and never managed to came back to Noakhali before his death. That was his only visit. In 1971, the east part of Pakistan declared themselves independent and named Bangladesh. Noakhali belongs to Bangladesh now. The Institute is now running autonomously in collaboration with the Bangladesh government.
Current Condition of Gandhi Ashram Trust: After his death, the Pakistani government tried to destroy his memories and work. The Pakistanis always hated Gandhi and all the Hindu people. During the period of 1947-1971, Pakistani people and their supporters forced Hindus to settle in India and destroyed their properties. After 1971, the Independent country Bangladesh began to preserve his history. The Vocational instituted was then named "Gandhi Ashram Trust" and started to serve local rural people. But now after 2000, the training activities started to decline. People are much more interested to move towards to a city now. Now the building is converted into a museum where lots of photos of Gandhi's earlier life is found.
The Ashram Trust is located in Joyag, Sonaimuri, Noakhali district. It is actually situated at Noakhali - Ramganj (Laksmipur) highway. There are some other branches of Gandhi Ashram are established to achieve the mission of Mahatma Gandhi in many different districts of Bangladesh. But actually the historical place where Gandhi resided in Bangladesh is in Noakhali.)  => Array ( [name] => Lalon Academy and Museum [post_id] => 22046 [post_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/places/lalon-academy-and-museum/ [thumb_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/P_20151017_123549_1_p-225x300.jpg [post_content] => Lalon Shah is the father of folk music in Bengali and the Emperor of the Baul (বাউল) empire. He was not only a singer and poet but also a great thinker and philosopher. He had knowledge on all religions and people did follow him for his diverse knowledge. Nobody knows from where Lalon Shah came from. According to locals, in 1774 an honorable Muslim man of locality named Molom Shah found Lalon floating over a river. Lalon was very sick and was going to die almost. But Molom Shah took very well care and gradually Lalon became well. After getting a new life Lalon became a follower of a great thinker and singer Shiraj Shah. But Shiraj Shah found something strange inside of Lalon and he became the follower of Lalon. Lalon Academy-Museum and The Shrine of Lalon Fakir is two adjacent building. The collection of this Museum is not so rich. Lalon Academy: The place where the tomb is situated is very nice. It has been developed now with a VIP Auditorium, an indoor and an outdoor Auditorium, a complex building of Lalon Academy, a car parking area, a market and a museum. There is also a beautifull garden inside of the area. Lalon Museum: If a traveler wants to see the tomb only then it’s free of cost. But if someone wants to see the museum then he/she will have to pay 5 taka for the Bangladeshi and 20 taka for foreigners as entry fee. In the gallery of this Museum traveler can discover some utensil being used by Lalon Shah. There are also some paintings of Lalon Shah inside the museum. )  => Array ( [name] => Mir Mosharrof Hossain Memorial Museum [post_id] => 22069 [post_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/places/mir-mosharrof-hossain-memorial-museum/ [thumb_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/P_20151017_143917_1_p-300x169.jpg [post_content] => Mir Mosharraf Hossain (মীর মশাররফ হোসেন) was a famous Bengali language novelist, playwright and essayist in 19th century. He is popular among the people for his famous novel Bishad Sindhu (বিষাদ সিন্ধু). It is a novel based on the tragic death of the grandchildren of Holy Prophet Mohammad. The incidents behind "Ashura" is being well written in here. He is considered as the first novelist to emerge from the Muslim society of Bengal. He was born and brought up at Lahinipara in Kushtia District. Though he was born in the village of Lahinipara (লাহিনিপাড়া) in Kumarkhali (কুমারখালী), Kushtia in 1847, but after that he spent most of his life in Padamdi in Baliakandi Upazila under Rajbari District. He was born in a Muslim aristocrat family. The original house at Kumarkhali being demolished almost 130 years ago. In the year 2008, government established an auditorium in that place along with a primary school. That place is used as a museum too, which is named as Mir Mosharrof Hossain Memorial Museum. Inside the Museum, visitors may not discover a significant number of collections. But, a few collections will make the visitor remember the lifestyle of this great novelist. There are only some agricultural tools, chairs, glasses and some armors used by Mir Mosharraf Hossain is being displayed for the visitors. There are some rare and historical photographs too. Mir Mosharraf Hossain died in 1912 in Padamdi. In 1999, Government of People's Republic of Bangladesh decided to build a memorial complex in his family graveyard in Padamdi, Rajbari. Which make the traveler confused as two of these structures are almost in similar pattern concentrating on the memories. But a traveler has to keep in mind that one is in Kushtia and another one is in Rajbari. ) )
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