Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Sajek & Khagrachhari

সাজেক ভ্যালি
Sajek Valley
Sajek valley (সাজেক ভ্যালি) is famous for its exotic natural beauty. It is known as the Queen of Hills and the Roof of Rangamati. This valley is located on the northernmost Mizoram border (মিজোরাম সীমান্তে) in the middle of the mountains of Kasalong range (কাসালং রেঞ্জ) 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. Its area is 702 square miles. Sajek is surrounded on the north by Tripura in India, on the south by Langadu in Rangamati, on the east by Mizoram in India, and on the west by Dighinala in Khagrachari. Although Sajek is located in Rangamati district, visitors have to go to the Sajek by road via Dighinala (দীঘিনালা) in Khagrachhari. 

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

Rose-mallow
Hibiscus  (also known as Rose-mallow)
Hotel Mount Inn_Khagrachhari
Hotel Mount Inn, Khagrachhari
Selfie in front of Hotel Mount Inn
চাঁন্দের গাড়ি
Our Travel Vehicle (Jeep / চাঁন্দের গাড়ি)

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System Restaurant, Khagrachhari
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Inside System Restaurant
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Inside System Restaurant (সিস্টেম রেস্তোরা)

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 Map
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

Panchhari

Panchhari Shantipur Aranya Kutir

Panchhari Shantipur Aranya Kutir

Panchhari Shantipur Aranya Kutir

Panchhari Shantipur Aranya Kutir

Sarwer Bhai and Masuma Apu
Sahabuddin, Shoyeb, Sarwer, Masuma, Sabina
Sabina & Sahebul

Chengi River
Chengi River



Panchhari Rubber Dam (পানছড়ি রাবার ড্যাম)


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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 (চেঙী নদী) 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

Alutila Cave  (আলুটিলা গুহা)


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.

Alutila_Cave
Alutila Cave
Stairs to go inside Alutila Cave
Stairs to go inside Alutila Cave
আলুটিলা
Alutila Cave

Bird's eye view of Khagrachhari City from Alutila Cave
Bird's eye view of Khagrachhari City

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
Horticulture_Park_Khagrachhari
Horticulture Park, Khagrachhari

Day 2: Khagrachhari to Sajek

Staring from Khagrachhari, crossing Dighinala (দীঘিনালা) you will reach Baghaihat Bazar (বাঘাইহাট). All the tourist must report in Baghaihat Army camp. From baghaihat visitors get the original permission to go to Sajek and army vehicle will escort all the tourist 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. Later comes Tiger Tila Army Post and Masalang Bazar (মাসালং বাজার). After crossing the market, you will see Ruilui Para, the first village of Sajek. The height of this village is approximately 1800 feet from the sea level. The oldest population of Ruilui Para (রুইলুই পাড়া) is Lusai (লুসাই). Pankua and Tripura (পাংকুয়া ও ত্রিপুরা) also live there. This village was established in 1885. Its head man is Lal Thanga Lusai (লাল থাংগা লুসাই).

At the end of Sajek is Kanglak Hill. Kanglak Para (কংলক পাড়া) laid on top of it. Most of the villagers of Sajek are Tripura and Lusai. Its head man is Chaumingthai Lusai (চৌমিংথাই লুসাই). The Lusai Hills of India can be seen from Kanlak Para. From where the river Karnafuli originated.

আদিবাসীদের ঘর
House of Indigenous People
Myinee_River
Myinee River
Kalasang Bridge
Kalasang Bridge
Dighinala_Bazar
Dighinala Bazar
Dighinala_Bazar
Dighinala Bazar
Baghaihat_Bazar
Dighinala 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

View of Sajek
View of Sajek.
View of Sajek
View of Sajek
View of Sajek
View of Sajek.
Bulbuli
Red-Vented Bulbul in Sajek
Red-Vented Bulbul (Bulbuli)
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


Sahebul, Shoyeb, Sahabuddin




View of Sajek
Sajek Resort


Hills and Clouds In Sajek 

Resorts
Other Resorts In Sajek



View of Sajek
Different view of Sajek

Sajek
Common Myna in Sajek
Mithila apu and Sarwar bhai
Niribili Resort
Niribili Resort
Niribili Resort
Niribili Resort
Niribili Resort
View from our Resort
Sajek View from our Resort
Clouds coming towards us
Clouds coming towards us
Clouds coming towards us





Raven
Raven
রুনময় রিসোর্ট
Runmoy Resort (রুনময় রিসোর্ট)
Road to Runmoy Resort
Shoyeb


রুনময় রিসোর্ট
Runmoy Resort (রুনময় রিসোর্ট)


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Shahabuddin




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









Kanglak Para
Top of Kanglak Para
Top of Kanglak Para

Runmoy Resort from Kanglak Para
Watching Runmoy Resort from Kanglak Para
Watching Runmoy Resort from Kanglak Para






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



BBQ at night


Sunrise in Sajek (সাজেকে সূর্যদয়)

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

Common Myna
Common Myna (Shalik)



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













Clouds in the slope of hills, Sajek


Unforgettable beauty of Sajek
Unforgettable beauty of Sajek 

Watching Sunrise together, 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

Risang_Waterfall_Khagrachhari
Risang Waterfall, Khagrachhari






Stairs to go Risang Waterfall


Natural slide in Risang waterfall





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 fm Tarang Hill (Chengi River)






Summary Video of our entire tour Khagrachhari and Sajek




Google Map of Sajek




Some Information:

View Bangladesh Tour organizer (Rashed Khan - 01814719019).

Transport

Dhaka to Khagrachari   
Shamoli, Hanif, Shanti Paribahan, BRTC (AC), St. Martin Transport (AC)

Chittagong to Khagrachari     
Shyamoli, Shanti Paribahan, BRTC


Khagrachari to Sajek     
Jeep car (চাঁন্দের গাড়ি), CNG

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.


System Restaurant, Pankhai Para, Khagrachhari Town

Contact: 0371-62634, 01556773493, 01732906322.

Resort

Resort in SajekRoom Price in TakaContact
Sajek Resort (run by BD Army)15000 (VIP), 12000, 10000.01859025694, 01847070395
Runmoy Resort (রুন্ময় রিসোর্ট)4450 & 4950, Tent 2850 (4 people).01862011852
Jalbuk Cottage (জলবুক কটেজ)2000 to 2500.01820180750, 01558180750
Alo Resort (আলো রিসোর্ট)1000 (4), 700 (2)01863606906, 0371-62067
Emanuel Resort (ইমানুয়েল রিসোর্ট)1500 (4), 700 (2)01865349130, 01869490868
Sara Resort (সারা রিসোর্ট)1000 (2 people)01554534507
Megh Machang (মেঘ মাচাং)2500-300001822168877


Resort in KhagrachhariRoom Price in TakaContact
Parjaton Motel (পর্যটন মোটেল)3100 (AC Suite), 2100 (AC), 1300 (Non AC)0371-6208485
Hotel Eco Chari Inn (হোটেল ইকো ছড়ি ইন)0371-62625, 3743225
Hotel Shail Subarna (হোটেল শৈল সুবর্ন)0371-61436
Hotel Jerin (হোটেল জেরিন)0371-61071
Hotel Lobbyat (হোটেল লবিয়ত)0371-61220, 01556575746
Hotel Shilpi (হোটেল শিল্পী)0371-61795

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1 comment:

  1. a wonderful place where mind wants to go again n again.

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