Tour Schedule: 9-11 April, 2009
Places Visited: Parjatan Rest House, Shoilo Propat, Chimbuk, Nilgiri, Shangu river, Ruma Bazar, Boga Lake.
Hill tracks of Chittagong were always dream to visit, but before the Safari 4 of Through The Lens: Bangladesh (TTL), i wasn’t lucky enought to visit one of the most beautiful landscape of Bangladesh.
Bandarban Tour Planning
5th March, 2009. TTL announced that Safari 4 is going to be held in Bandarban from 9-11 April, 2009. Listed places for visit was Bandarban Town (Parjatan Rest house Meghla), Chimbuk, Nilgiri rest house (night stay), Next day start for Ruma Bazar, Boga Lake (night stay), next day starts for Bandarban, then Shwarna Mondir and back to Dhaka. In between this, we shell visit some tribal villages. I enrolled my name in the tour member list as quick as I saw the thread in the group and starts waiting for the 8th April night because we will start journey at 8th Night.
Finally the 8th Night came and we were supposed to be meeting at SA Poribahan Counter, Komla Pur at 10.00PM. Bus was supposed to start at 10.30. I reached at 10.05pm and many of us were already there and then starts waiting for rest of the people. Though our tour member list reached 32+ members, but finally we were 27 and 5/6 of them was from Sylhet. They came Dhaka at the same day and starts with us. Our bus started at 11.00pm.
No one was interested to sleep rather than chatting and enjoying the journey. But it was not the first time. It’s the same case as our previous three Safari tours and Kite Festival tour in St. Martins. But after some time of chatting, I feel for sleep and I went back to my sit for a sound sleep. Weak up when our bus stops for 20 minutes to have a break on journey. Provably we took more than 30 minutes and went back to bus and I sleep again until we reached Bandarban.
9th April, 2009. We reached Bandarbat at around 8.00am and took a two hours break for fresh up and breakfast. We stayed at Parjatan Reast house Meghla. As per plan, after fresh up and breakfast we start our journey with two cars. Unfortunately I don’t have any good picture of the Parjatan rest house, our breakfast and the cars when we started.
Started enjoying the beauty of Bandarban, Hills, roads and everything we was passing by. We saw Tiger hill from our car and I planned to visit that place anytime next.
At around 10.00am we reached Shoilo Propat. We all came down of and spread around the place within the moment. I started with Zamir bhai (Zamieeruddin Faisal) to take some birds shot. But in between that I also took some other places that are a tiny water flow from rocks, hills behind the Shoilo Propat, two bridges in two sides of the place. Anyway, those bird shots wasn’t good enough to post here.
Photos of Shoilo Propat and Chimbuk Pahar
Than we start again for Nilgiri and enjoyed the beautiful landscape.
Before reaching Nilgiri, we visited Chimbok as well. The beauty of hills from chimbuk is just awesome. We take some food from there as well.
Boat Ride of Sangu River
10th April 2009. Weak up at morning 7.00am and have the breakfast very quickly because we have to move fast for our next destination, Boga Lake via Ruma Bazar.Took breakfast so fast and some photos from that time.
Started our journey around 8.30am in the same way we came to Nilgiri up to Chimbuk Army camp. Then we turned in another road in the way to Sangu River.
We reached in the bank of Sangu around 11am and reserved some boats to take us up to Ruma Bazar. At boat we all were enjoying the beauty of river, its cold water as the weather was too hot. The hills and village around the river. Found many people’s working on river with bamboos. The river wasn’t very deep in this dry season. Many times our boat gets shucked with the soil under the river.. imagine how deep it was.. some of us get down from the boat and starts walking beside the boat.. it was a wow feelings.
Around 1am we reach in Ruma Bazar. Boat port in Ruma bazar really remind me my childhood life of Bhairab Bazar as that is one of the biggest boat port in Bangladesh.
Photos of Sangu River
Photos of Ruma Bazar[nggallery id=14]
We had our lunch in Ruma Bazar from Al Amin hotel and bought some dry foods, drinks from the market. Then started our journey again with other cars. This road was more difficult than previous roads.
Story of Beautiful Boga Lake
This was one of the unforgetable tour in my life. Love u Bandarban, Love u Bangladeh, the queen of Beauty.