Saturday, April 27, 2013

Rangamati, Chittagong Division

Hanging-Bridge-Kaptai-Lake-Rangamati
Hanging-Bridge-Kaptai-Lake-Rangamati
Rangamati Hill District is the largest district of Bangladesh, about 77 kilometers away from Chittagong. It's one of the main tourist spot of Bangladesh for its rich natural resources like green hills, lakes and rivers also for location, tribal people, tribal home made textiles, jewellery etc. Without going there you will not understand why people keep saying beautiful Bangladesh.
Rangamati (রাঙ্গামাটি) is one of the the most beautiful place I have ever seen in Bangladesh. Simply amazing!! Clouds, people, lake, natural beauty, boats, hanging bridge, hill tracks and lots more. I can't describe them all, I'll try to write few things related to our journey. Starting with clouds. They are like clouds of heaven. I never see such beautiful clouds anywhere in Bangladesh.


Clouds-over-Kaptai-Lake
Clouds-over-Kaptai-Lake


Chittagong Hill Track was divided by 3 hill district called Rangamari, Khagrachari and Bandarban. The former name of Chittagong Hill Track was Karpas Mahal. In 1981 Bandarban divided and in 1983 Khagrachari divided from Chittagong Hill Track.

The total area of Rangamati is 6116.13 sq km. The total population is divided into Bengali-es and eleven tribes. Chakma, Marma, Tonchongya, Tripura, Murong, Bome, Khumi, Kheyang, Chak, Pankhoa, and Lusai. The majority of the people here are Chakma. The mixture of different religions, races, customs & cultures creates an interesting society in Rangamati. There is a Tribal Cultural Institute in Rangamati. It was established in 1978, in order to preserving, promoting and developing the tribal cultures of the Chittagong Hill Tracts region.

Tribal People of Rangamati

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Tribal-woman-of-Rangamati


Tribal-people-of-Rangamati
Tribal baby, Rangamati
Tribal-people-of-Rangamati
Tribal baby playing marble
Tribal-people-of-Rangamati
Tribal baby, Rangamati

The Hanging Bridge: Most of the people go there only to see the Hanging Bridge over Kaptai Lake. The 102 meter long bridge connects the two hills. This place is called Parjatan Complex consist of Motel, Auditorium, Park, Picnic spot and boat to explore Kaptai Lake. The bridge is submerged in the water of the lake for one or two months of the year. However, in the winter season visitors cross the bridge and have a picnic on the top of the hill.

The Parjatan Complex area only shows one percent of the total beauty. Some people go for boat riding over Kaptai Lake and visit different tourist spots. But still they miss something. What we did, we walked around the surrounding area of the Hanging Bridge and we saw some amazing views of the hill track ares. Specially the view of the Kaptai Lake from the top of the hill was mind blowing.

Summary:
Day 01: Explore the surrounding area of Hanging Bridge, Went to Rajban Bihar Buddhist temple by boat. 
Day 02: Went to Barkal Hill Track and Shubhalang Waterfall by boat. 

About my Rangamati Visit: I have visited Rangamati twice, 1st in 2012 and then 2013. We started from Dhaka by bus. Early morning we reached there. It was Thursday, 06th of September, 2012, I had some work to do in Rangalmati BTCL office. After the work we (with my friend Jakir) started exploring Rangamati. As usual first we went to the hanging bridge. We explored the surrounding area. We met locals, found a school, some tribal boys playing marble on the street, took tea from the local tea stall up on the hill tracks, bought some fruits and captured lot of pictures. There is a resting place on the hill tracks. You can see wide areas from there. Afternoon we came back to the place we started and plan to make our next move. We rented a boat from “Holiday More” and went to see the Rajban Bihar (Buddhist temple). On the way we saw some small hill tracks and small waterfalls. The beautiful Kaptai Lake, the villages and the clear blue sky with white clouds makes our trip simply special.

Next day we went to Barkal Hill Track and Shubhalang Waterfall. Subalong is under Barkal sub-district. We hired a boat from "Reserve Bazar Ghat". You can also hire a boat from Tobolchora or Fire brigade ghat at 400 to 500 tk. It's about 6 km away from Rangamati, two hour distance. Shubhalang hill is about 580 m long and the water fall is about 45 m long. It’s another top spot people must go to see. Lot’s of people come here to take bath.
 
In 17th September, 2013 I have visited Rangamati again. That time we went to the Hanging Bridge and Rajban Bihar only.    



Different-view-of-Kaptai-Lake
Different-view-of-Kaptai-Lake
Different-view-of-Kaptai-Lake
Different-view-of-Kaptai-Lake
Different-view-of-Kaptai-Lake
Different-view-of-Kaptai-Lake

Hanging-Bridge-Kaptai-Lake
Hanging Bridge, Kaptai Lake
Kaptai Lake
Kaptai Lake
kaptai-lake
Kaptai Lake
Rangamati
Rangamati
Govt. School in Rangamati
Govt. School in Rangamati
Handicraft shop in Rangamati
Handicraft shop in Rangamati.
Tea-shop
Local Tea Shop.
tea
Tea.
gooseberry
Gooseberry.
My Friend Jakir.
It's me.
Insect.
kaptai-lake
Kaptai Lake.
Kaptai Lake
Kaptai Lake.
Kaptai Lake Rangamati
Kaptai Lake.
Kaptai Lake
Kaptai Lake.
Kaptai Lake on the top of the hill
Kaptai Lake on the top of the hill.
Kaptai Lake on the top of the hill
Kaptai Lake on the top of the hill.
Kaptai Lake
Kaptai Lake on the top of the hill.
Kaptai-Lake-Rangamati
Kaptai Lake.
Kaptai Lake
Kaptai Lake Rangamati.
Kaptai Lake
Kaptai Lake.
Kaptai Lake
Kaptai Lake.
Kaptai Lake
Kaptai Lake.
Hanging Bridge
Hanging Bridge.
Me
Goni Bhai
Kaptai Lake
Kaptai Lake.
Kaptai Lake
Kaptai Lake.
Kaptai Lake
Kaptai Lake.
Kaptai Lake
Kaptai Lake.
Kaptai Lake
Kaptai Lake.
Hanging Bridge, Rangamati
Hanging Bridge, Rangamati.


Kaptai Lake (কাপ্তাই হ্রদ): Kaptai Lake is the country's largest artificial lake. Kaptai Dam was made over the Karnaphuli river as a part of the Karnaphuli Hydro-Electric Project by the government of Pakistan in 1956. As a result of Kaptai Dam, Kaptai lake was created. That project ended in 1962. Although this Dam displaced about 100 thousand people of Rangamati but it gives them an important asset. It become an important tourist spot as well as lots of people earn their livelihood  based on this lake.


Kaptai Lake
Journey by boat at Kaptai Lake
Kaptai Lake
Small Shop over Kaptai Lake
Kaptai Lake
Beautiful Clouds
Beautiful Clouds
Beautiful Clouds at Kaptai Lake
Kaptai lake
Clouds all around us
Catching Fish
Me
Zakir
Kaptai Lake
Kaptai Lake from our hotel room
Kaptai Lake
Kaptai Lake
Kaptai Lake
Fishing net in Kaptai Lake
Kaptai Lake
Fishing Boat in the lake
Kaptai Lake
Me enjoying the beauty
Kaptai Lake
Kaptai Lake
Kaptai Lake
Beautiful Kaptai Lake
Beautiful Kaptai Lake
Beautiful Kaptai Lake
Beautiful Kaptai Lake
Beautiful Kaptai Lake



Sorgo-Chera
Sorgo Cherra (Apart from Heaven)

Barkal Upazila Hill Track (Borkol Upazila)

Apart from Heaven
Sorgo Cherra
Sorgo Cherra
Jum Ghar Restaurant
Borkal Upazilla
Borkol Upazilla
Kaptai Lake
Kaptai Lake
Borkol Upazilla
Kaptai Lake
Kaptai Lake
Kaptai Lake
Mini waterfall Kaptai Lake
Mini waterfall Kaptai Lake
Me
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Shuvolong Waterfall

The Shuvolong waterfall (শুভলং ঝরনা / সুবলং ঝরণা) located six kilometers from the city. It is one of the most attractive place in Rangamati district. After traveling a long way finally it falls into the Kaptai Lake. This waterfall is always crowded with tourist specially in the monsoon season. Since there is not much water in the winter, authority have been planted different types of flowering trees around the waterfalls also roads have been made to climb the hill to attract tourists. Rest houses have been built in the hills. Artificial fountains have been created in few more places of the main fountain. A restaurant has been opened next to the fountain and at the entrance of the fountain, on the slopes of the hill, a traditional Jumghar of the tribes has been built with dams and canals. A few deer cages have been built next to the Jumghar. Shilardak (শিলারডাক) is the most interesting of the eight waterfalls in the Sublong area. So this spot has been turned into a tourist destination with the aim of making it attractive to tourists. The only available path to reach at this waterfall is through the lake by boat. 

Shuvolong Waterfall
Shuvolong Waterfall
 

Subalong-Waterfall
Shuvolong Waterfall
Subalong Waterfall
Shuvolong Waterfall
Subalong-Waterfall
Shuvolong Waterfall.
Shuvolong Waterfall
Shuvolong Waterfall.
Shuvolong Waterfall
Shuvolong Waterfall.
Shuvolong Waterfall
Shuvolong Waterfall.

Funny fact: Rangamati is the only district where you will not find any Rickshaw. It's because it's a hilly area. You have to use auto-rickshaw to move around.

Although there are few more places to see. Because of shortage of time we are unable to visit them. No more today. I will keep updating this article time to time.

Other places of interest:
1. Chakma Raj Bari (Year 1873)
2. Monument of Bir Shresto Munsi Abdur Rouf
3. Tribal Cultural Institute Museum (Monday to Friday 9.30 to 4.30, Ticket 5 tk)
4. Furamon Hill
5. Kaptai Hydro Electric Project
6. Kaptai National Park
7. Kaptai Paper Mill
8. Chandraghona Chtmaram Buddha Bihar
9. Anondo Bihar

nilgiri-hill-resort-bandarban
Nilgiri the piece of heaven
Highest Hill Resort in Bangladesh.
Rajban-Bihar-Rangamati
Rajban Bihar, Resident of Legendary 
Buddhist monk Bana Bhante (1920 - 2012).
the-golden-temple-of-bandarban
Largest Theravada Buddhist Temple
Second largest Buddha sculpture.

4 comments:

  1. It was our bad luck that we didn't had much time to go all of that places. in this tour i liked Subhalang Waterfall spot.

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    1. Thanks for your comments. Another important thing we missed is the Tribal Cultural Institute And Museum.

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