The City We Built

Published:  12:00 AM, 31 December 2016

Nuhash Polli

A heart touching world of fantasy

Nuhash Polli

Nuhash Polli, now a serene picnic spot, was founded in 1987 by prolific writer and visionary filmmaker, the late Humayun Ahmed. Nuhash Polli was Humayun Ahmed's private getaway spot where he used to spend most of the last years of his life. As a director, he used this heavenly location to shoot most of his movies and TV dramas.

It is initially covered 22 bigha of land. Now it covers around 40 bigha. The heavenly 'village' was named after Nuhash, Humayun Ahmed and Gultekin Khan's (his first wife) son. 

It is located in Pirozali village, under Mirzapur union of Gazipur Sadar Upazila, are lined with thick Shal forest. Nuhash Polli is 25 km from Gazipur Sadar. This was the heaven of Humayun Ahmed, a magician of words, who spent most of his time there after he started directing TV plays and films.

There is a dighi (big pond) at the extreme north end of Nuhash Polli. A wooden bridge has been constructed over the pond. A tent was placed on an artificial island in the middle of the pond.

Humayun Ahmed's wife, Meher Afroz Shaon, conceived a daughter who died before seeing the light of day. Humayun Ahmed called her Leelaboti, after whom the pond was named.

A building called 'Bhutbilash' was constructed adjacent to the pond while the writer was receiving treatment in the USA. The last time he visited Nuhash Polli, inaugurated 'Bhutbilash', hoping to behold a 'ghost', seated on the veranda of 'Bhutbilash' at midnight.

There is a large number of sculptures crafted by local sculptor Asaduzzaman Khan. Spectators cannot but be impressed by a sculpture, 'Ma O Shishu' (mother and child) at the entrance to Nuhash Polli. Ghost- shaped and frog-like sculptures have been made to amuse children. A tree house is a delight for children.

Humayun Ahmed enjoyed rainfall and moonlit nights. He created a room called "Brishti Bilash' from where he could observe the pattering rain. The green yard was always kept clean and tidy to indulge Ahmed's passion for watching the waxing and waning moon. The manager of Nuhash Polli, Bulbul, led a nine-member of team in overseeing the overall management of the idyllic locale.

Whenever Humayun Ahmed traveled within and outside the country, he would collect various types of trees. About 300 species of medicinal and fruit trees can be found in Nuhash Polli. The writer also had a tea plantation at Nuhash Polli, which still exists. A swimming pool stands near the bedroom of the deceased writer. He would swim there at times with his dear ones. Once he swam with noted Indian litterateur Sunil Gangopadhyay.

Nuhash Polli is located around 8 km east of Hotapara bus-stand of Dhaka-Mymensingh Road. To reach there you can take buses from Dhaka or Mymensingh like provati-bonosri through Sripur, Maona, Kapasia to Hotapur. Fare is around 50-70 taka per person.
There is no hotel or restaurant for meals inside Nuhash Polli. You need to bring your own food or cook for yourselves.
Picnic in Nuhash polli is allowed just for a day. 4 rooms are allocated in Cottage. You can hire for the picnic from November to March. The group may be a maximum of 300 people.

Rent is 60 thousand taka in public holidays, 50 thousand for the other days. For educational institutions on public holidays will be paid 50 thousand taka, 40 thousand taka for any other days.

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