Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Tour on Bangladesh Hills

People mostly believe Bangladesh is the country of plains.True. However, there are wonderfully beautiful hills in its eastern districts bordering with India and Myanmar. These are relatively very young hills, maybe one of the youngest in Asia. Huge diversity of flora and fauna found here just enchants anybody. Looking from the distance, it looks like a dense forest. As we go closer, people are living. Here we can see how close the nature and the people can live in harmony.

Fed up with the stay in Dhaka and prediction of more boring vacation ahead, I travelled through these hills along with my colleague Mamun. We spent three days in the wilderness, away from the hazardous urban life. Unfortunately, we had to shorten the trip owing to some unavoidable circumstances and could not visit Cox's bazaar, the longest Blue Water beach in the world.

A whole day boating in the Kaptai lake, which is a reservoir to only hydel project in Bangladesh, was wonderful. On the three day stay, we visited many places including the palace of Chakma King, Rajban Bihar, Shubhalang Spring, wonderful Karnafuli river downstream and finally Bandarban. We began on a water trip from Rijab Bazaar ghat at Rangamati for boating. It was fabulous to swim in the lake and take a bath. The Monastery at Rajban Bihar and the Buddha's life portrayal there was fascinating.  I had never swam in such a big body of water. It was also a test for my swimming skills. Though I could not swim as good as my friend Mamun, it worked. I could take a dip in the water and swim back to the banks. The indigenous food during lunch in one of the small islands created by the lake was yummy. It will certainly be one of the most memorable moments of my Bangladesh stay.

Seeing the tribal women rowing their boat themselves from one island to reach another, I could imagine how people in Maldives must be living- no option but boats for transport. The Karnafuli River on the downstream was unbelievable that the water accumulated that way will make such a big River. Here, we had to rely on this ferry to cross the river which was another wonderful experience. I am very much thankful to my classmate Mamun for this life-time opportunity.

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