Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Sajek & Khagrachhari

সাজেক ভ্যালি
Sajek Valley
Sajek valley is famous for its exotic natural beauty. It is known as the Queen of Hills and the Roof of Rangamati. This valley is located in the middle of the mountains of Kasalong range in Sajek union, Baghaichhari Upazila in Rangamati District. Interesting point is Rangamati is the largest district, Baghaichhari is the largest upazila and Sajek is the largest union in Bangladesh. Though Sajek is in Rangamati but you cannot go Sajek from the Rangamati, you have to go there from Khagrachhari Hill District.

Tour Summary:
Sajek tour was one of the most anticipated tour in my life. I saw lot's of post and article about this place in social media. As a result, I was eagerly waiting to visit this place.
We started from Dhaka at 23rd of March Thursday around 12 am. It was a rush hour because of three days holiday and due to huge traffic jam we reached Khagrachhari next day at 12.30 pm. In Khagrachhari we stayed Hotel Mount Inn.

Day 1:: 24.03.17 :: Khagrachhari
After prayer we had our lunch in System Restaurant and started for Panchhari. After visiting Panchari Shantipur Aranya Kutir we visited Panchhari Rubber Dam. Around 5.30 we move to Alutila Cave. From there we went to Horticulture Park, where we took some light food and return our Hotel.

Day 2:: 25.03.17 :: Khagrachhari to Sajek
Early morning around 8 am after breakfast we started for Sajek. Road to Sajek was full of excitement. Our excitement got better when we hit by a storm. Finally we reached in Sajek around 12 pm. Khagrachhari to Sajek is around 67.3 km and it will take 3 hours.The valley is 2000 feet above the sea level. In Sajek we stayed in Niribili Resort. Afternoon we went to see Kanglak Para, which is around 20/30 minutes of walking distance from the main valley.

Day 3:: 26.03.17 :: Return to Khagrachhari
We woke up at 5 am to see the sunrise. Clouds all around us makes a heavenly environment. After breakfast 8 am we started for Khagrachhari. After lunch we went to see Risang Waterfall. After that we saw Tarang Hill. From there you can have a bird's eye view of  Khagrachhari upazila.

End of the day we got some time for shopping. At 9 pm we started for Dhaka.

Day 1: Khagrachhari


On the way to Khagrachhari.
Tea Garden.
Tea Garden.
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Hibiscus  (also known as Rose-mallow).
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Hotel Mount Inn, Khagrachhari.
Selfie in front of Hotel Mount Inn.
Our Travel Vehicle.
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System Restaurant, Khagrachhari.
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Inside System Restaurant.
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Inside System Restaurant.

Panchari Shantipur Aranya Kutir 

(পানছড়ি অরণ্য কুটির)

Panchari Shantipur Aranya Kutir is a holy place for the Buddhists, which stands on an area of 65 acres of upland. It is 25 km south from Khagrachhari at the eastern corner of Bangladesh. The biggest 50 feet high Buddha sculpture of Bangladesh is situated here. 

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On the way to Panchhari.
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 Panchhari Shantipur Aranya Kutir.
Panchhari
Panchhari.
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Panchhari Shantipur Aranya Kutir.
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Biggest 50 feet high Buddha sculpture in BD.
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Panchhari Shantipur Aranya Kutir.
Panchhari Shantipur Aranya Kutir
Panchhari Shantipur Aranya Kutir.
Panchhari Shantipur Aranya Kutir
Panchhari Shantipur Aranya Kutir.
Panchhari Shantipur Aranya Kutir
Panchhari Shantipur Aranya Kutir.
Aranya Kutir Panchhari
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Panchhari
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Panchhari Shantipur Aranya Kutir
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Panchhari Shantipur Aranya Kutir
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Panchhari Shantipur Aranya Kutir
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Panchhari Shantipur Aranya Kutir
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Sarwer Bhai and Masuma Apu.
Sahabuddin, Shoyeb, Sarwer, Masuma, Sabina.
Sabina, Sahebul.
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Chengi River
Chengi River.
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Panchhari Rubber Dam

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Panchhari Rubber Dam, Khagrachhari
Panchhari Rubber Dam is an attractive tourist spot in Khagrachhari. This Rubber Dam is constructed on the Chengi River in Shantipur area under Panchhari upazila in Khagrachhari district. According to local sources, at least 1500 acre uncultivated land has become under cultivation during dry season due to the rubber dam. You can see some people taking bath while some local children catching small fishes under the dam.

One local boy catching fish from Rubber Dam.
One local boy catching fish from Rubber Dam.
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Panchhari Rubber Dam.

Video: Inside Alutila Cave




The main tourism center of Khagrachari is Alutila Tourist Center. Here we have Alutila cave, watch tower and Alutila Tarang. Alutila Mysterious Cave (আলুটিলা গুহা) is located in Matiranga Upazila, Khagrachari. The cave formed inside the 1000-meter-high hill named Alutila or Arbari Hill. The hill area is surrounded by deep green forest. The cave is 100 meters long. It has a natural subway-like shape with cold water flowing at bottom. The cave is so dark that torches or locally sold flambeaux are used to see well enough to walk around the cave. From Alutila Tarang you can also see the whole Khagrachari city, it’s a beautiful view. After visiting Alutila cave we went to Horticulture Park. It's a nice place to pass the afternoon. There are some beautiful restaurants for the visitors. Lot's of people come there for evening walk and site seeing. We went there at the evening, took some light food and return to our hotel.

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Alutila Cave.
Stairs to go inside Alutila Cave
Stairs to go inside Alutila Cave.
আলুটিলা
Alutila Cave.
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Bird's eye view of Khagrachhari City from Alutila Cave
Bird's eye view of Khagrachhari City.
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Selfie after getting out of the Alutila cave
Selfie after getting out of the cave.
Bird's eye view of Khagrachhari City
Bird's eye view of Khagrachhari City.
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Horticulture Park at evening, Khagrachhari.
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Horticulture Park, Khagrachhari.
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Horticulture Park, Khagrachhari.

Day 2: Khagrachhari to Sajek Journey

Staring from Khagrachhari, crossing Dighinala you will reach Baghaihat Bazar. All the tourist must report in Baghaihat Army camp. From here army will escort all the vehicles to Sajek. This escort moves everyday 10 am and 3 pm. On the way to Sajek you will see the meeting place of the two river Kasalong and Gangaram. Passing Baghaihat camp there is a another place called Gangaram face where Masalong and Gangaram river joins with the Kasalong River. This Kasalong river goes to Kaptai lake and meets with Karnafuli. One can enjoy the beauty of this river standing on the concrete bridge. The road to Sajek from Khagrachari is one of the most beautiful road in Bangladesh. On the way, the people of small ethnic groups will be seen on both sides. Their houses built specifically on bamboo panels. At the beginning of Sajak Valley is Ruilui Para (Ruilui Village). The height of this village is approximately 1800 feet from the sea level. At the end of Sajek is Kanglak Hill. Kanglak Para laid on top of it. Most of the villagers of Sajek are Tripura and Lusai.

আদিবাসীদের ঘর
House of Indigenous People.
Myinee_River
Myinee River.
Masalong Bridge.
Dighinala_Bazar
Dighinala Bazar.
Dighinala_Bazar
Dighinala Bazar.
Baghaihat_Bazar
Baghaihat Bazar.
রুইলুই পাড়া
Ruilui Para (রুইলুই পাড়া).
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Reporting at Ruilui Para.
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Ruilui Para.

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Ruilui Para (Floating clouds over the road)
Finally we are in the last point of Dighinala - Sajek road, which is Ruilui ParaRuilui para has been developed and maintained by Bangladesh Army. Sajek Valley is a promising tourist spot. The valley is surrounded by mountains, dense forest, grasslands hilly tracks and clouds. I is the place where you can stay above the cloud. It looks like an island in the middle of the cloud.

Clouds after sunrise from our resort 

Clouds after sunrise from our resort 

View from our Resort

View from our Resort.
View from our Resort.
View from our Resort.
Mithila apu and Sarwar bhai at Niribili Resort.
Shoyeb, Sabina, Sahabuddin .
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View of Sajek
View of Sajek.
View of Sajek
View of Sajek.
View of Sajek
View of Sajek.
Unknown bird in Sajek
Unknown bird in Sajek.
Unknown bird in Sajek.
View of Sajek.
See the small house on the hillside.
See it little close.
Here it is - An ethnic House (Machang Ghor).
Me with Sahabuddin.
With my wife Sabina.
Sahabuddin.
Sabina.
Sahebul.
Sabina, Shoyeb, Sahabuddin.
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Sahebul, Shoyeb, Sahabuddin.
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View of Sajek.
Sajek Resort.

Hills and Clouds In Sajek 

Resorts
Other Resorts In Sajek



View of Sajek
View of Sajek.
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Sajek
Common Myna.
Mithila apu and Sarwar bhai.
Niribili Resort.
Niribili Resort.
Niribili Resort.
View from our Resort.
View from our Resort.
Clouds coming towards us.
Clouds coming towards us.
Clouds coming towards us.
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Raven
Raven.
রুনময় রিসোর্ট
Runmoy Resort (রুনময় রিসোর্ট).
Road to Runmoy Resort.
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রুনময় রিসোর্ট
Runmoy Resort (রুনময় রিসোর্ট).
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View of Sajek from the Horizon Garden

Horizon Garden
Inside the Horizon Garden

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The Horizon Garden, Sajek.
Sahabuddin.
Shoyeb.

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 Kanglak Para, Sajek
At the end of Sajek there is Kanglak Hill. Kanglak para (কংলাক পাড়া) laid on the top of that hill. Established in 1885, Kanglak para now becomes the main attraction of the Sajak.


Road to Kanglak Para.
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Kanglak Para
Top of Kanglak Para.
Top of Kanglak Para.
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Runmoy Resort from Kanglak Para
Watching Runmoy Resort from Kanglak Para.
Watching Runmoy Resort from Kanglak Para.
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Kanglak Hill
Sunset from Kanglak Hill.
Sunset from Kanglak Hill
Sunset from Kanglak Hill.
Sunset from Kanglak Hill
Sunset from Kanglak Hill.

Watching sunset form Kanglak Para, Sajek

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BBQ at night.

Sunrise in Sajek

The long waited day has come and we are ready to see the sunrise. As planned we woke up around 5 am. It was a cold morning as a result everyone took time to came out. Below picture was the first look of sunrise from our resort. Because of low light it shows only 5% of the real beauty. An unique combination of first sunlight in a cold weather, hills and clouds makes us feel like heaven.  

Sajek Sunrise
Sunrise at Sajek 5.34 am 

Sunrise_Sajek
Watching sunrise from our resort at 5.34 am 


Sajek Clouds
Clouds after sunrise.
Common Myna
Common Myna.
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Clouds after sunrise from our resort.
Sunrise Sajek
The 1st look of Sun 5.58 am.
Sunrise in Sajek
Sunrise 6.00 am.
Watching sunrise from Sajek Helipad.
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মেঘে ঢাকা সাজেক.
Clouds everywhere.
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Clouds in the slope of hills, Sajek


Unforgettable beauty of Sajek
Unforgettable beauty of Sajek 

Watching Sunrise together, Sajek


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Unknown bird at Sajek.
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Sahabuddin
Sahabuddin.
Shoyeb
Shoyeb.
Sahebul & Sabina.

Unknown birds in Sajek
Unknown birds in Sajek

View Bangladesh tour members (Left 1st person Rashed Bhai, the owner of View BD)
Our Sajek Tour organized by View Bangladesh. CEO & Founder Rashed Khan. Total arrangement of View Bangladesh was very nice. We really enjoy his hospitality.

Morning Tea before going back to Khagrachari

Group selfie before leaving Sajek

Day 3: Return to Khagrachhari


Sajek to Khagrachhari
Army escorted all the vehicles from Sajek to Khagrachhari





Risang Waterfall
(রিসাং ঝর্না)


Risang waterfall is a little away (3 km west) from the Alutila Tourism Center. It's more than 500 feet below form the top of the hill. You have to go down using road and stairs to reach to bottom. It's easy to go down but very hard to came back. During return you can use local motorbikes. It's risky to use bikes, sometimes people fall down but there is no other choice except walk back.

Risang Waterfall from the top of the hill
Risang Waterfall from the top of the Hill


Walking down towards Risang Waterfall

Stairs to go Risang Waterfall
Stairs to go Risang Waterfall



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Risang Waterfall, Khagrachhari

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Risang Waterfall, Khagrachhari


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Stairs to go Risang Waterfall.
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Natural slide in Risang waterfall.
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Tarang Hill is also a famous place for the tourist. It's near to Alutila cave. From the hill top you can see the whole Khagrachhari city. The Chengi River cross Khagrachhari like a snake.

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Tarang Hill, Khagrachhari.
Chengi River from Tarang Hill
Khagrachari City from Tarang Hill (Chengi River).
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Summary Video of our entire tour Khagrachhari and Sajek




Google Map of Sajek




Some Information:

View Bangladesh Tour organizer (Rashed Khan - 01814719019).

Transport: 
Saint Martin Paribahan: Arambagh 017626691341, 017626691340. Khagrachari: 017626691358.
Shyamoli Transport: Arambagh: 02-714 9 02. Kalyanpur: 9003331, 8034275. Asadgate 8124881, 912454. Dampara (Chittagong) 01711371405, 01711377244.

Sajek: 
Only Robi and Teletalk sim works in Sajek.
Niribili Resort, Sajek - 01866957729, 01866035825. (www.niribilibd.com)
Runmoy Resort (রুনময় রিসোর্ট): Room fair: 4450, Tent: 2850 tk. Call: 01862011852.
Sajek Resort (সাজেক রিসোর্ট): Room fair: 15000, 12000, 1000 tk Call:  01859025694, 01847070395.

Khagrachari: 
Porjoton Motel: AC Room: 3100, 2100, Non AC: 1300 tk. Call: 0371-6208485.
Hotel Mount Inn, Khagrachhari - 01864830800 / 0371-62828
Horticulture Park - Zero Mile, Golabari, Khagrachari Sadar. Ticket: 20 tk.
System Restaurant - Pankhaya Para, Khagrachari Sadar, Call: 0371-626634, 01556773493, 01739063222.

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