Bandarban-Ruposhi Bangladesh: Bardarban is a beautiful district of Bangladesh located at the south eastern part of the country. Bandarban is the remotest and least populated district in Bangladesh. Its area is divided into 7 upazilas which are Bandarban Sadar, Thanchi, Lama, Nikhongchhari, Alikadam, Rowangchhari and Ruma.
It is also a part of the Chittagong Hill tracts. Beauty is abandoned everywhere of Bandarban. It is one of the most beautiful tourist place of Bangladesh. The natural beauty of this this location is beggar’s description.
Bangladesh, a green country of magnificent nature is waiting for you. Here you can enjoy the real beauty of the nature. Bandar ban, a hilarious district of the state is full of attractive tourist place and adventure! What do you want? There are Lovely River, lake, green deep forest, beautiful waterfall, adventure of High Mountain, archaeological sites are there in Bandar ban. So, why late? Come and explore the natural elegance and thrilling experience of Bandarban.
Tourist Spots And Specialty:
There are many attractive tourism places in Bandarban; hills, water falls, lakes, rivers, historical temples, archaeological sights and many more things are there in Bandarban.
Boga lake: Boga lake is the most amazing lake in Bangladesh. The area of Boga lake in Bandarban is about 15 acres. It is about 3000 feet above sea level. The color of water of this lake is blue. Tourists will be astonished looking at the big rocks everywhere of the boga lake.
Buddha Dhatu Jadi: The Buddha Dhatu Jadi is a buddhist beautiful temple. It is known as the Bandarban golden temple. It is built on top of a 200 feet high hill. There is small pond in the temple which is on the top of high hill and is called the pond of god. The design,technique and golden touch of this temple attract the people.
Nilachal: There is another beautiful place to see near Meghla is called Nilachal. It is known as tiger hill.It is near about 2000 feet above of sea level. In rainy season, visitors can be thrilled walking through the clouds.
Tajingdong: Tajingdong also known as “Bijoy” is the highest mountain of Bangladesh. Tajingdong is about 4300 ft (1310 meters) high from the sea level. According to local tribal language “Tajing” means “Great” & “Dong” means “Hill” so that it means “Great hill”. There are various tribal community is developed surrounding the mountain and their living styles are so natural. This remote area is full of natural beauty. Here you can see many small and big mountains and hills. This area is covered with dense forests, birds and animals.
Keokradong: Keokradong is the second highest mountain of Bangladesh. Keokradong is about 4,035 ft (1,230 meters) high from the sea level. It is situated in 30km away from the Ruma sadar upazilla of Bandarban in Bangladesh. Keokradong Mountain is located on the border between Bangladesh and Myanmar.
Sangu River: Sangu River is the complete part of the natural beauty of Bandarban. It enters the district from the east and flows west across the district and finally falls into the bay of Bengal. This river is flowing through the hills thousands of 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, agricultural and other necessary products for the people of remote community.
Nilgiri: Nilgiri is one of the tallest peaks and is about 3500 feet high. On the peak of the nilgiri, tourists can watch green hills, peaks and clouds are going by touching their heads. Nilgiri is called the Darjeeling of Bangladesh.
Chimbuk: Chimbuk is the oldest tourist spot of Bandarban.It is situated in the south-eastern part of milanchori and shoilo propat which is about 21 km away from Bandarban city.Restaurant and a watch tower is situated on the peak of the hill.From the peak of the hill the beauty of nature amazes the tourists
Nafakhum: Nafakhum is a waterfall which is situated on the wild hilly Sangu river. It is an excellent place to travel. A special type of flying fish is found at the bottom in a small cave as they swim against the stream but cannot jump over the high water of the fall.
Rijuk: Rijuk waterfall is about 300 feet high with continuous flow of water which falls into the river Sangu. This waterfall is surrounded by natural resources. You can go there any time but during the rainy season you will see the most attractive glance of this fall.
Availability of lodging, vehicle and food:
For travelling people have to hire a special vehicle which is called ‘chander gari’.This name is given by the local preple.It is actually four wheel drive vehicle. But land cruser,landrover,bus are also safe. Among these vehicles, travelling in chander gari is more thrilling. This car is suitable for climbing the hill. Inside the town, the most available transport is rickshaw.
Cheap and luxurious hotels are available in Bandarban..Hotel hill view is the biggest hotel and is situated in Bandarban city. Hotel River View, a luxurious hotel is built up near the Sangu river. Some other renowned hotels and addresses are given below.
Special Things to Buy: There is an abundance of Brumese, Thai and Chinese textile and other stuff in the town. But, the best buy is surely the products of local handloom – cloth fabric, shawls, blankets and more. Products of bamboo, cane and wood are baskets, flutes, hats, mask and more. Prices are really low, but textile qualities are too high. The designs are exotic and also geometric. The textile from Myanmar called Burmese product.
Master Shopping Complex:
Its a burmese market full of thai, chinese & burmese products. this market is always busy with throngs of buyers, sellers and onlookers. Marma shopkeepers, mostly women, are easy to deal with, and ma provide with information on the place and the people.
The BSCIC Shop:
Various handloom and cottage products. it is the sales center for the cottage industry development project of bangladesh government.
Shawls, blankets and buskets made by the bawm people are sold by them by the side of the waterfall.
M/S Rangdhanu Enterprise:
This shop are located front side of hla hla burmise market in moddom para. they are sale quality products such as: local & foreign clothsgarments & botik houses, tribal traditional clothes,cosmetics, shoes, traditional ornaments & all kind of burmise products.
Special things to do:
Cruise on River Sangu: One highly recommended activity here is a boat trip in a sampan a double oared boat with a regular boat down the river sangu. The trip can be a 1-hour trip, or a whole day cruise including stop-overs to have food. you will see 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.
You have two options to make trip on River Sangu- Take the early bus from Ruma bus stand, Bandarban to Ruma Bazar from 07:00 am. It will cost tk 100 and take three hours. From Ruma Bazar you can hire a boat to Bandarban for Tk. 4000 negotiated to Tk. 3000, 3-4 hours. Notice, the last bus that to Bandarban from Ruma Bazar is at 15:30. In case you not succeed to hire a boat, you must have to get the bus.
Hiking: A hike to either Keokaradong 883 meters or Tahjindong 967 meters, the two tallest peak is an ecstatic 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, and the second one is Raikhiang Lake lies only a little off the way.
How to Travel From Dhaka: There are many transports to travel from Dhaka to Bandarban such as bus,train or by air. Buses which go directly from Dhaka to Bandarban are Shyamoli paribahan,S.Alam paribahan,Dolphin services etc.Some transportss leave Dhaka from Fakirapool in every night.It takes about 7 hours to arrive.The bus services are both AC and non AC. For non AC bus the fare is around 550/-BDT.If traveler wishes to go by AC bus he might to go to Chittagong first from Dhaka.The AC bus services are Greenline paribahan,Shohagh paribahan,Silkline etc.To buy tickets in advance is better in the tourist season.
To travel by train tourists have to go to Chittagong from Dhaka.The train services which leaves from kamalapur railway station are Turna,Nishitha,Mahanagar,Godhuli and Subarna express.If anyone wants to travel by air he should take a flight tourist. Biman Bangladesh Airlines,GMG Airlines,Best Air or United Airways are those services by which people may go to Chittagong.
After the arrival in Chittagong there are available buses in Bahaddarhat terminal which lives for Bandarban.Purbani,Pubali or Purobi bus departs from Chittagong from morning untill evening and takes 2-3 hours to arrive Bandarban.
Things to carry with:
For a complete and pleasant tour things to carry with you is given below-
# Extra cloths
# Perrsonal medicine
Final Verdict: Come to Bandarban and feel the touch of heaven with nature. You will find the virgin beauty of Bandarban on every step you advance. Nature is extravagant here. There remains numerous delight and elements of beauty in every tourist spots of the district. Do not miss the opportunity of seeing and feeling the divine fineness of nature!