Nijhum Dwip – The quiet island of Bangladesh

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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.

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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.

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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

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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
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.

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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.

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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
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.

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Rangamati: The Lake Paradise Of Bangladesh

Rangamati Lake a small town in Bangladesh

Rangamati: The Lake Paradise Of Bangladesh

Rangamati is a small and beautiful town located amongst the green hills, lakes and rivers of the Chittagong Hill. It is for this very reason that is is a prime Bangladesh hill destination. It is known as the Lake City of Bangladesh as it is located on the bank of the beautiful Kaptai Lake. It is the administrative headquarter of the Rangamati Hill District, the largest district of Bangladesh and located some 77 kilometres away from Chittagong. For a long time Rangamati has been a prime Bangladesh tourist destination for its location, scenic beauty, colourful tribal people, tribal homespun textiles, ivory jewellery and many such attractions.

The Rangmati Lake - Head Quarters of the Rangamati Hill District in Bangladesh

Head Quarters of the Rangamati Hill District in Bangladesh

The rich natural resources, diverse flora and fauna makes Rangamati, a Bangladesh Eco-Tourism destination. The road leading to Rangamati circles and winds through hilly terrains covered with lush green forests and creates a memorable experience for years to come. A stay here provides a glimpse into the lifestyle of various tribes living in this region. The ethnic tribes of Rangamati are the Chakma, Marma, Tonchongya, Tripura, Murong, Bome, Khumi, Kheyang, Chak, Pankhoa, and Lusai. The mix of different races, cultures, religions and customs creates an interesting community in Rangamati. It is said that if a tourist skips Rangamati he / she will miss a colourful slice of Bangladesh.

A picture of the Rangamati Lake in Bangladesh

A picture of the Rangamati Lake in Bangladesh

Tourist spots in Rangamati:

• Kaptai Lake
• Tribal Museum
• Shuvolong Falls
• Kaptai National Park
• Hanging Bridge
• Rajban Bihar Pagoda
• Peda Ting Ting

Kaptai Lake:

One of the largest man-made lake of Bangladesh - Kaptai Lake

A large man-made lake built in the 1960s

This large man-made lake Bangladesh spanning over an area of approximately 11000 sq. km, was created as a reservoir when the Kaptai dam was built during the 1960s. The lake was created by flooding valleys and plain lands between numerous hills. This created a picturesque view as forested hills and plateaus rose from beneath the water. The government run tourism corporation and private operators offer Kaptai Lake Cruise Tours, which is worth every penny. Other scenic spots are also accessible through the waterways.

Beautiful view of the Kaptai Lake in Bangladesh

Beautiful view of the Kaptai Lake in Bangladesh

Tribal Museum:

The Tribal Museum of Rangamati - open since 1978

The Tribal Museum of Rangamati

The tribal museum is located near the entry point to the city. Established in 1978, it is run by the Tribal Cultural Institute. Traditional Ornaments, Costumes, Potteries, Musical instruments, Armaments, paintings, photographs, old manuscripts, statues and ancient coins of various tribes are on display in this museum. It is open from Saturday to Thursday – excluding public holidays.
Some of the pots, pans and ancient artifacts on display in the tribal museum in Bangladesh

Artifacts in the Tribal Museum in Bangladesh

Shuvolong Falls:
Shuvolong is a place in Borokol sub-district, located about 25 kms away from Rangamati. There are few waterfalls in Shuvolong area with the largest one falling from as high as 300 feet. In the last few years, this place has turned into a tourist destination due to its beautiful waterfalls and the nearby market. Shuvolong is easily accessible by speed boat or motor boats from Rangamati.

The water falls of Shuvalong, approx. 25 kms from Ranfamati

The water falls of Shuvalong.

Kaptai National Park:

The Kaptai National Park - in Karnafuly & Kaptai range in Bangladesh

The Kaptai National Park – in Karnafuly & Kaptai range

This forest reserve is located in the Karnafuly and Kaptai range. According to the government statistics about 50,000 people visit the National Park every year. The park is known to provide some walking trails among the lush green forest. The animal species found in the Kaptai National park are deer, elephants, monkeys, fishing cats and birds. The Kaptai Forest Rest house, Kaptai Mukh Forest Rest House and several picnic spots are located here.
Kaptai National Park in Bangladesh!

Kaptai National Park in Bangladesh!

Hanging Bridge:
The Hanging Bridge across a portion of Kaptai lake adds to the beauty of the lake. In Bengali the name of the Hanging Bridge is

Hanging Bridge in Bangladesh over the Kantai river

The Hanging Bridge better known as the Jhulonto Bridge

Bridge and this is also popular to its visitors. This bridge also leads to another hill over the canal close to the famous Parajatan motel. It’s said touring to Rangamati is incomplete without visiting the first hanging bridge of Bangladesh which stands 355 feet long and is considered to be a landmark icon of Bangladesh.

Rajban Bihar Pagoda:

An internationally known Buddhist Temple, where the spiritualist principal monk of Rajban Vihara, Shrimath Sadhana Nanda Mohasthabir

Rajban Bihar Pagoda:

Buddhist Temple – Rajban Bihar Pagoda:

(Ban Vante) lives. Architectural design of this temple is the oldest one but it looks very nice. Anyone can enjoy this temple during the first visit.

Peda Ting Ting:

Amongst the islands that can be visited by boat from Rangamati, is the Peda Ting Ting Island. It is a small island on the Kaptai Lake, few kilometres away from Rangamati. It is mostly known for its serenity. Peda Ting Ting Island is a very small and secluded island in the Rangamati Lake. There are a few tourist accommodation facilities here and a tiny restaurant run by the locals. It offers foods ranging from traditional to indigenous delicacies.

The island of PEda Ting Ting

The island of PEda Ting Ting

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The National Zoo of Bangladesh

Dhaka Zoo - The National Zoo of Bangladesh

Dhaka Zoo – The National Zoo of Bangladesh

Dhaka Zoo is the largest zoo in Bangladesh situated at Mirpur, about 16 km from the centre of Dhaka city. It is the National Zoo under the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, started as a menagerie at the High Court premises in Dhaka in 1964, and moved to its present location in 1974. In the same year it was ceremonially opened for public on June 23, the zoo occupies an area of about 75 hectares.

The National Zoo of Bangladesh - Dhaka

The National Zoo of Bangladesh – Dhaka

It has two lakes named ‘The Nothern Lake’ and ‘The Southern Lake’ which are of about 13 hectares receiving thousands of waterfalls every year in winter. Dhaka National Zoo Lakes have always been a prime destination for visitors as they possess great variety of fish like rohu, catla, mrigal, kalibaus, catfish etc. The Nothern lake being bigger than the Southern lake, is the most preferred lake for fishing by the visitors.

Many fascinating animals in the Dhaka zoo - Tigers, Lions, Hippopotamus, Monkeys and Pythons

Monkeys and many other animals in the zoo

The total number of vertebrate fauna in the zoo is about 2,150 in 191 species. Included in these animals are about 551 mammals under 64 species, 1,543 birds under 90 species, 73 reptiles under 15 species, and about 104 aquarium fishes under 23 species. To attract visitors besides many fascinating animals, there are 15 tigers, 21 lions, 9 hippopotamus, about 200 monkeys and 33 pythons. Moreover, some rare and interesting animals such as the rhea, peacock, zebra, elephant, African grey parrot, water buck, impala, emus, baboon, chimpanzee, gayal, black bear, tapir, mandrill, and estuarine crocodile provide additional entertainment to visitors.

Various animals in the zoo

Wild animals in the zoo

About 3 million visitors visit the Zoo every year. Except Sunday the zoo remains open on other weekdays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (October-March) and from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm (April-September). It also remains opens to the visitors for certain hours during government holidays. The beautiful natural environment of the zoo offer almost all recreational facilities to the visitors, a large part of which is constituted by students and children. There is an information center at the entrance. The visitors can seek any necessary information there. Even wheel chairs are available for old and disabled persons. The zoo has an advisory committee headed by the Minister, Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock.

Children visiting the Dhaka Zoo

Children visiting the Dhaka Zoo

The Zoo authority has taken initiative for projects of upgrading the zoo like – Safari Park, so that the animals may move openly and people would visit them within the protection of the cage. Another plan is providing battery regulated client cars for old people and children. The other plans include developing the children park of the zoo, to thrive the zoo museum and starts zoo education. A new dolphin corner and a butterfly garden will be set up at Dhaka Zoo to attract more visitors. A visit to Dhaka Zoo is not only entertaining, but educational too, as visitors get to know more about animals found in Bangladesh, as well as animals from other parts of the world.

Attracting over 3 million visitors to the Dhaka zoo annually.

Attracting over 3 million visitors to the Dhaka zoo annually.