Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Ratargul Swamp Forest, Sylhet

Ratargul Swamp Forest

Ratargul Swamp Forest, Sylhet
Ratargul Swamp Forest, Sylhet
Ratargul Swamp Forest (রাতারগুল  জলাভুমির বন) is the only swamp forest located in Bangladesh. It's a freshwater swamp forest located in Gowainghat, Sylhet.
During my official tour to Sylhet, on Friday 11th August I went to visit Ratargul. This evergreen forest is situated by the River Goain and linked with the canal named Chengir Khal. It's a rainy season, an ideal time to to visit Ratargul because this time the forest goes under 20-30 feet water, rest of the year the water level is about 10 feet deep.

We reached to the location by car. Due to rain and lack of maintenance the road is heavily damage. It's wise to take auto-rickshaw instead of car. We lost our way but at the end with the help of locals we reached the spot. Years back this place is not that crowded but now it's a busy place full of visitors. The boatman asked for 1300, after bargaining we hired a boat by 800 tk. We started our boat journey from Goain river ghat towards Chengir Khal. It was raining there is no sound but water drops. The boatman went through the swamp forest and took us to the watch tower. From watchtower you can see the whole surrounding area, only water and trees. Most of the trees grow here are Most of the trees are Koroch tree (scientific name is Pongamia Pinnata). If you go there don't miss the watchtower.

This swamp forest is important because it's one of the few freshwater swamp forest in the world. The forest is naturally conserved under the Department of Forestry, Govt. of Bangladesh. Ratargul Swamp Forest is really amazing, specially in rainy season.

Ratargul Swamp Forest
Ratargul Swamp Forest from watchtower

Freshwater Swamp Forest
Freshwater Swamp Forest

Ratargul Swamp Forest
Inside Ratargul Swamp Forest

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Inside view of Ratargul Swamp Forest




Ratargul Swamp Forest from watchtower
Ratargul Swamp Forest from watchtower

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Catching fish in Ratargul
Fisherman catching fish in Ratargul

Ratargul Swamp Forest from Watchtower (360° view)



cultivating paddy
Local Farmers cultivating paddy, Gowainghat

Gowainghat
Green all around me, Gowainghat, Sylhet

Stone collectors.
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Goain River
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Goain River
Catching fish on Goain River.
Gowain River
Ducks on the Goain River.
Visitors in Ratargul
Visitors in Ratargul.
Visitors in Ratargul
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Visitors in Ratargul
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Chengir Khal
Chengir Khal.
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Me on the watchtower.
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Ratargul Swamp Forest
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Ratargul Swamp Forest
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Ratargul Swamp Forest
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Ratargul Swamp Forest
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Chengir Khal
Chengir Khal.
Goain River
Goain River.
Local Children.






Ratargul Swamp Forest


Ratargul Swamp Forest
Amazing Ratargul










Video of Ratargul Swamp Forest



Google map of Ratargul

 


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