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Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Hill Tracts and Natural Lakes In Bangladesh
.: Rangamati The lake district
Views of Lake in Rangamati
picturesque headquarters of Rangamati Hill District, known for its rare
scenic beauty and unspoiled tribal life, is just 77 km from Chittagong by
road. It is perched on the banks of 680 sq. km man-made Kaptai Lake. The
town ship is located on the western banks of Kaptai Lake. Rangamati
is a favourite resort because of its beautiful landscape, sweet water lake,
colourful bribes, tribal museum, hanging bridge, homespun textile products,
ivory jewellery and the tribal men and women who fashion them. For tourists
the attraction of Rangamati are numerous tribal life fishing, hiking,
bathing or merely enjoying nature as it is Rangamati is connected with
Chittagong by high standard road network. Different ethnic groups inhabited
in the forest created the harmony of the nature.
Parjatan Corporation provides good hotel and cottage accommodation,
auditorium and meeting room for corporate events, catering, speed boat and
other facilities at Rangamati.
Khagrachari The hilltop town
is the district headquarters of Khagrachari hill district. Connected to
Chittagong by a 92 km all-weather metalled road, Khagrachari is ringed by
thick rain forests that shelter a wide variety of birds and animals. Here
you can visit the tribal lifestyle of Chakmas’ in Khagrachari. You can also
visit Alutila hill. Approximately 100 meters long a very dark Cave is the
mysterious beauty of Alutila hill. For people seeking nature in a restful
mood, Khagrachari is the place.
Alutilla Cave, Khagrachari
.: Bandarban The roof of Bangladesh
is definitely one of the more beautiful places to visit in Bangladesh. The
best time to visit the area is during the winter, and it is definitely the
season now. Bandarban is a mountainous area and the hills are quite steep.
Bandarban town is a small place, but does have its own accommodation as
well as shops. The resort at Bandarban is simply wonderfully maintained and
is really affordable. The resort is situated on a hilltop and has a
spectacular view. For the more adventurous traveller, leaving the resort
for Ruma Bazaar by a Chaader Gari (Moon car) may be a better idea.
view at Bandarban
From Ruma Bazaar
taking a boat ride along the Sangu River can be an amazing experience. One
can end up at the small tribal village of Ruma, where there is only one
boarding made up of thatch. Getting to the picturesque Boga Lake from there
is fairly easy, but it is also a 3-hour hike. The views from all the
hilltops and plateau's are simply stunning and definitely worth visiting.
How to Get There:
a bus to Chittagong from Dhaka. From Chittagong there are direct buses to
Bandarban. The journey from Chittagong to Bandarban is quite an adventurous
one and the roads are really twisted.
.: Sylhet The region of tea gardens
Tea Garden in Sylhet
Sylhet is in the north-eastern
part of the country, located in a gentle sloping upland valley between the
Khasia, Jaintia and Tripura hills, bordering on Assam. Gentle slopes, rich
light soil, a congenial climate and abundant rainfall have made Sylhet one
of the largest tea-producing areas in the world. These conditions have also
provided rich tropical forests where big game - tiger, panther and wild
boar - abound. Tribal life is strong and folk dancing, like the famous
Manipuri dance, is still performed by the local tribes.
Sylhet city has a strong British
influence as almost 90% of Bangladeshi expatriate in the UK come from this
region. There are plenty of high class hotels, restaurants and shopping
complexes in the city. Most part of Sylhet and rural Sylhet are connected
by high speed cable telephone with Dhaka and abroad. A visit by any British
foreign office minister to Bangladesh naturally includes a visit to Sylhet.
Cyber cafe, satellite TV channel, and electronics markets are common
feature in the city. You will never feel out of touch from rest of the
world. Sylhet is connected with by rail, road and by air.
If you feel like coming out of
the city and go around you will see the picturesque Surma valley amidst
scenic tea plantations and lush green tropical forests, it is a prime
attraction for all tourists. Its terraced tea gardens, eye soothing orange
groves and pineapple plantations and hills covered with tropical forests
from a beautiful landscape. The Sylhet valley has a good number of haors,
which are big natural wetlands. During winter these haors are vast
stretches of green land. But in the rainy season they turn into turbulent
seas. These haors provide sanctuary to the millions of migratory birds that
fly from Siberia across the Himalayas to avoid the severe cold. Srimangal
in Sylhet, known as the tea capital of Bangladesh, is the main tea centre
of the area. For miles and miles around, the visitor can see the tea
gardens spread like green carpet over the plain land or on the slopping
hills. A visit to the tea plantation in Sylhet is a memorial experience.
Sylhet, the granary of Bangladesh, not only has over 150 gardens but also
proudly possesses the three largest tea gardens in the world both in area
and production. A stay in one of the rest houses of the tea gardens is a
Sylhet is also known as the land
of the famous Muslim saint Hazrat Shah Jalal (RA), the great torch bearer
of Islam to this region. The shrine of this great saint is located at
Sylhet town. Another famous shrine of this town is the shrine of Hazrat
Shah Paran (RA). Colourful Monipuri, Khasia and Garo tribes live in Sylhet.
Monipur tribal maidens are famous for their dance. Sylhet is also well
known for its wide variety of exquisite handicrafts of cane and bamboo.
Sylhet is linked with Dhaka by rail, road and air. About 3 km. from
Dakhinbagh railway station there is the famous waterfall of Madhabkunda. It
attracts number of tourists every year. Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation
offers restaurant, retiring room, picnic and parking facilities for the
Tamabil – Jaflong:
Jaflong: Natural Stone lake
Situated amidst splendid
panorama, Tamabil is a border outpost on Sylhet - Shilong road, about 55
km. Away from Sylhet town. Besides enchanting views of the area one can
also have a glimpse of the waterfall across the border from Tamabil.
Jaflong is also a scenic spot nearby amidst tea gardens and rare beauty of
rolling stones from hills. Other places of tourist attraction in Sylhet
include Moulavibazar, Jaintiapur and Haripur gas field.
The birthplace of Shilpacharjya Zainul Abedin
The greater Mymensingh district
stretches from the plains north of Dhaka to the Garo foothills that edge
the northern border with India. There are many aboriginal tribes along the
northern frontier of the district such as Garos, Hajongs and Kochis who are
ethnically quiet distinct from the people around them.
Mymensingh has earned an
important position in Bangla literature for its rich folklores and folk
songs. On the road from Dhaka to Mymensingh there is a national park and
game sanctuary at Madhupur about 160 km from Dhaka. There are a number of
reserve forests in the area with rest-houses and picnic spots. The famous
painter Zainul Abedin’s Art Gallery at Mymensingh town is worth visitor.
Mymensingh also carries the boyhood memories of national poet Kazi Nazrul
.: Foy's Lake Lake with
Scenic view of Foy's Lake
Foy's Lake, an artificial lake
constructed by the Assam-Bengal railway in 1924 near Khulshi not far from
the Pahartali Railway Station in Chittagong. This lake is fairly big in
size and was created by erecting an embankment across a narrow valley from
one hill top to the other. Geologically, these hills are composed of dupi
tila formation. There is another artificial lake close to the south of the
Pahartali Railway Station, which was excavated by the same railway
authority in 1920.
Both the lakes are tourist spots
of Chittagong city and are regularly visited by local and foreign tourists.
In order to attract more tourists, a mini-zoo has been set up at the
entrance of the Foy's Lake. Both the lakes are intended to serve as
reservoirs for drinking water to the extensive railway areas of Chittagong.
.: Ramu The great
ancient evidence of King Ashok
Ramu is a typical Buddhist
village, about 10 km from Cox's Bazar, on the main road to Chittagong. The
village has a number of colourful pagodas and Khyangs and monasteries where
one can see icons and statues of Buddha in gold, bronze and other metals
inlaid with precious stones. One of these pagodas on the Baghkhali River
houses a 13 feet tall bronze status of Buddha that rests a six feet high
pedestal. The pagoda also contains some interesting relics and rare Burmese
Garden in Ramu
Weavers ply their trade in open
workshops and craftsmen make handmade cigars in their pagoda like houses.
Ramu, is still virtually
standing very old and beautiful Ramkut temple as a great ancient evidence
of the King Ashok. And this temple was established in all likelihood in 308
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