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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Taste Of Bangladeshi Food

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Our Bangladeshi cuisine is a classic culinary art-form. Our food is ecstatic; a pure South Asian delicacy. The spectacular combination of our age old traditional values and a diverse range of perfectly blended spices give Bangladesh cuisines a unique taste for which people from all around the world do not hesitate to come back here again. Our foods and spices are so great that now these rule the whole world. Many of you might have already tasted those in abroad in many restaurants that provide Bangladeshi dishes.
Most of the Bangladeshi dishes are based on rice. Abundance of fishes in rivers and ponds and our love towards different varieties of fishes in many forms of dishes make the proverb “Fish and rice makes a Bengali” more meaningful. Specially Shorshe Ilish, a dish of smoked hilsha with mustard-seed paste, is considered as the most significant and important part of our Bangladeshi cuisine. Apart from that, we also have curry made out of freshly picked vegetables, different kinds of meat, lentils soup, etc in our dishes. And also, bhorta, mashed boiled vegetable such as potato, beans, papya, dal etc seasoned with onion, chili, mustard oil/ghee and other pungent spices, adds an extra emotional and obviously culinary appeal to our dishes.
Well, apart from the regular dishes mentioned previously, some dishes are specially designed to spice up our celebration and festivals. Biriyani or polao served with meat curries (chicken, beef, lamb etc.) seasoned with proper spices and ghee (butter) gives us and our celebration a heavenly smell and a satisfied tummy.
We are known for our passions for a wide variety of sweets made from milk. Rasho-gollah, kalo-jam, shandesh, mishti doi, shemai, chamcham… Quite frankly, the list is way too long. Come aboard sweet tooth!
Although pitha (cake) is popular for celebrating a specific season, but it has a far more reasons to be celebrated for which pitha is always prepared and cherished in any Bangladeshi dinner table all over the year. Most pithas are sweet but that does not stop us from making it spicy. There are some pithas which are made with meat and other spices. The chief ingredients of pitha are: sugarcane, date juice, rice, wheat flour, milk etc. Bhapa, pooli, patishapta, nakshipitha etc are common but celebrated in any Bangladeshi kitchen.
The deeper you roam around the alleys of any Bangladeshi town, the more exotic your culinary experience will become. Foods found in our streets and restaurants are as traditional as the foods cooked in our home. Iftar at Old Dhaka, jhalmuri (puffed rice with spices), dal puri, smokin’ hot Kebabs, etc. are surely never to be missed.
While you are trekking through the rough hills of Bandarban or Rangamati, make sure your try the traditional foods of your tribal people. These foods are their heritage and the outcome of their diverse culture.
You will be amazed to know that when you are visiting each part of Bangladesh, there exist many different local foods which are famous for their individual characteristics. Some go for spice or some go for sweets. The taste is obviously different than the mainstream ones but deep down it only depicts a unique theme; it is Bangladeshi food.

Wondering Of Tea Garden & Sylet




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The picturesque slopes of hill in Sylhet are covered with layers of tea garden which has been famous for providing tea to the entire country as well as foreign countries. Sylhet is called “The land of two leaves and a bud”. Different landscapes, unique range of flora and fauna, and a large of rivers and natural lakes have established Sylhet as one of the major tourist attractions in Bangladesh. Not only in Bangladesh, but also in entire South Asia, Sylhet is considered as one of the most naturally resourceful and archaeologically rich regions. This area is immensely influenced by Islam which explains the large number of shrines in this region alone.
Historically Sylhet has been a very long affiliation with mysticism. Before the conquest by the Muslims, it was ruled by local chieftains. In 1303, the great Saint Hazrat Shah Jalal came to Sylhet from Delhi with a band of 360 disciples to preach Islam and defeated the then Raja Gour Gobinda. Sylhet thus became a district of saints, shrines and daring but virile people. Its rich potentialities became easily attractive and the 18th century Englishmen made their fortune in tea plantation.
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Jaflong
Jaflong is one of the most attractive tourist spots in Sylhet division. It only takes two hours drive from Sylhet town. Situated besides the river Mari in the lap of Hill Khashia, Jaflong is famous for its scenic view. The river is straightly connected with the great Himalayas of India which brings tons of stone boulders with its tide. The struggling lifestyle of the stone collectors in the river Mari is definitely a catch.




Sripur
Numerous waterfalls on the hill across the border of India are the major attractions of Sripur. Besides, this area will pleases you with its enchanting views of nature and hills. Sripur is only 7-8km from Jaflong, and to be precisely it is actually on the way to Jaflong.



Jointapur’s Rajbari




Located around 5km away from Jaflong, Jaintiapur is a scenic spot amidst tea gardens. Jaintapur was the capital of Jainta Kingdome at 18th century. You can visit the Jainta Rajbari, the palace of Kings of Jainta. Huge number of tourists visit this place to get a glimpse of remaining of Jainta Kingdom.

 Chatak



Around 35km northwest of Sylhet town, Chhatak is famous for orange garden and Assam Bengal Cement Factory.

Srimangal

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Srimongal is famous for tea gardens, hills and forest areas on the hills. The tea gardens in here are famous for being the largest in the world. These gardens are beautifully patterned by the green nature. If you are not satisfied after only watching you can also look into how the tea is grown and processed. The Tea Research Institute Bangladesh will give you practical knowledge on how tea is processed, produced and exported eventually.



Lalakhal
Rent a high-speed engine boat. And go to the last border point of Bangladesh through the beautiful Lalakhal canal. There’s beautiful resort in where you can fill your tummy with getting mesmerized with amazing views of hillside.

Madhabkunda Waterfall

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Madhabkunda waterfall is one of the most attractive tourist spots in Sylhet division. Lots of tourists and picnic parties come to Madhabkunda every day for their enjoyment. The journey to Madhabkunda itself is exotic. On the way you can see the greenish beauty of tea garden, the hills and the zigzag road through the hills will increase the joy of your journey. In Madhabkunda you will see the great waterfall – falls of million tons of water from 200ft. height. There is a Parjatan Motel with a good restaurant for accommodation and food. You can also trek through Rajkandi Reserve Forest to discover Ham Ham waterfalls.

Lawacherra Rain Forest

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Lawacherra Rain Forest is one of the important & well-reserved forests in Bangladesh. Here visitor may see gibbons swimming through the trees and birds like bee-eater owls parrot. It is a good habitant of Deer, leopard, wild chicken, squirrel, and python. Don’t miss it especially if you are bird watcher. The terrain is hilly and vegetation is fairly thick. Only one rare Chloroform tree of Asia is prime attraction.

 

The Shrine of Hazrat Shah Jalal

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Shrine of Saint Hazrat Shah Jalal is the most historical interest in Sylhet town. Today, more than six hundred years after his death, the shrine is visited by innumerable devotees of every caste and creed, who make the journey from far away places. Legend says, the great saint who came from Delhi to preach Islam and defeated the then Hindu Raja (king) Gour Gobinda, transformed the witchcraft followers of the Raja into catfishes which are still alive in the tank adjacent to the shrine Swords, the holy Quran and the robes of the holy saint are still preserved in the shrine.
The main attraction of Sylhet city is the Shrine of Hajrat Shahjalal(R) and Hajrat Shah Poran (R). Shrine of Hajrat Shahjalal (R) is on the top of a hillock (tilla) in Sylhet city. Thousands of visitors are coming everyday in this Shrine. Shrine of Hajrat Shah Paran (R) is eight km far from Sylhet town on the Sylhet-Jaflong road where also thousands of visitors visits this Shrine everyday. Road journey to Sylhet is a wonderful experience through roads running ups and down the hills and green lush tea gardens of nature at its best.

Temple of Sri Chaitannya Dev

About 500 years old famous Temple of Sri Chaitannya Dev is about 45 km southeast from Sylhet town. The place is revered from being the ancestral home of the famous Vaishnava saint. Yearly fair is organized on the full moon day of the Bangla month Falgun. Hundreds and thousands of devotees from home and abroad attend this colorful fair.

Lawachora National Park

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Lawachara National Park, located at Kamalganj Upazila, Maulvi Bazar District in the northeastern region of the country, is a major national park and nature reserve in Bangladesh. Biological diversity is a strong aspect of Lawachara National Park. The wildlife in Lawachara includes nearly 460 species of which nearly 250 are bird species. Lawchara National Park is a sure thing for those who want to have an adventurous ride through the jungle with getting fascinated by natural wonders and biodiversity.

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During winter in Sylhet, the vast wetlands like Hail Haor, Hakaluki Haor, Tanguar Haor is crowded with a diverse range of migratory birds. Among these wetlands, Tanguar Haor is located in Sunamganj District (northeast of Bangladesh) covering an area of about 100km2 of which 2,802.36 ha2 is wetland. With a unique ecosystem, it includes more than hundred resident birds and many more seasonal species of bird.

Madhabpur Lake

Madhabpur Lake is natural lake inside the Madhabpur tea estate. The water of the lake is so clean and clear that you cannot stop yourself from jumping inside the lake. This lake is between the small hills, and most of the hills are planted with tea trees. At winter season different kinds of migratory birds come here.

Ratargul Swamp Forest

Located in Gowainghat, Ratargul Swamp Forest is the only freshwater swamp forest in Bangladesh. This also is one of the few freshwater swamp forest in the world. Currently, this forest is naturally conserved under the Department of Forestry, Government of Bangladesh. The forest is situated in the river Goain adjacent with the canal named Chengir Khal. During rainy season, the forest goes under 20-30 feet water. You will have to rent a boat to wonder around the Ratargul Swamp Forest.

Tribal Life

Sylhet is the home of Mainpuri and Khashia tribes. Manipuri is famous for its rich culture especially for dancing, singing and their traditional weaving. Their traditional handicrafts — such as exquisitely woven woolen shawls, saree, bed-cover, bags, etc. — are commonly found in the stores of Sylhet. On the other hand, Khasia tribe is famous for betel-leaf cultivation. Their villages are situated on top of hills and deep in the jungles which are commonly described as a piece of paradise.

How to go

From Dhaka you can go Sylhet via Bus, Train or Plane. MAG Osmani International Airport is close to the Sylhet city. It takes only a few hours ride from Dhaka to Sylhet by road.

 

Plan your trip

There are so many tourist attractions are scattered all over Sylhet division. Hassle free transportation system made any tourists’ visit in Sylhet more relaxing, comfortable and time-consuming.

St. Martin’s Island

St. Martin’s Island

Saint-Martin-IslandIf you are done partying in Cox’s Bazar, St. Martin’s Island is the right place to calm down your soul. This coral island is about 10km (6mi) south-west of the southern tip of the mainland is a tropical cliché, with beaches fringed with coconut palms and bountiful marine life. This island has the most amazing blue water. Far from the maddening crowd, the serenity in this island will help your meditate and purify your soul. This air is so fresh and soothing. And the water is clearer than crystal. During any moonlight in St. Island you may end up deciding to stay in this island forever. And sea-foods here are not only delicious, but also abundant in variation.
This amazing island is so small that it is possible to walk around the entire island. Each day a ferry leaves Teknaf for St. Martin’s Island which takes only 3 hours. You can hop in a Bus from Cox’s Bazar which will easily take you to St. Martin’s Island. And if you want to go directly from Dhaka, hop in a Dhaka-Teknaf Bus.
How to Go?
Teknaf’s Damdmia to Saint Martin every morning 10 o’clock leave it ocean traffic utility ship. Of the specification are- ‘Keari Sindbad’, ‘LCT Kutubdia’, ‘Eagle’, ‘LCT Kajol’ etc. These ‘Teknaf-Saint Martin-Teknaf’ two way’s fare 600-1000 Taka. Time of low-tide main island are matching Chera Dwip but time of high-tide a little space tourist be crossing boat. Who do not reach walking there for Saint Martin wharf to Chera Dwip have engine boat and speedboat. Each per fare of engine boat 150-200 Taka and reserve speedboat fare 1200-1500 Taka.

Accommodation
Stay of Saint Martin as locations for the act good quality are hotel ‘Abokash porjoton Saint Martin resort. To Dhaka tourist can booking this two hotel. CTB Resort’s Executive Double room fare are 2000/- Taka, Executive Triple room 2400/- Taka, Deluxe Double room 1600/- Taka, Two bed’s Taboo 1000/- Taka. Contact – +880 1552 555 550, +880 1199 791 588. Saint Martin resort’s Executive room 2000/- Taka, Deluxe 1800/- Taka and different type of cottage fare are daily 1200-2000/- Taka. Contact – 8358485, +880 1552 420 602. It without Saint Martin’s different good quality are hotel – Blue Marine Resort, Preshad Paradise, Shimana Paria, Nil Dogonto Resort etc.

Khagrachari

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Khagrachari_BangladeshInformation.Info2_Khagrachari is a district in Bangladesh. It is under Chittagong Division. Locally it is known as “Chengmi” and also known as Phalang Htaung or the Mong Circle. It is a hilly district in Bangladesh. It is 112 km from Chittagong. It is also a part of Chittagong Hill Tracts It is one of the most magnificent places for tourist with hills, forest, waterfalls and aborigine. Three rivers are flow on the through the district. These are Chengi, Kasalong and Maini and Chengi. Main attraction is the tribal culture, green tree, hilly road and people also. Private and government rest house, hotels, motels and resorts are available. Majority people are Marma and Chakma. Local main transportation is Chader Gari.
How to Go:
There are two ways to get in Khagrachari, both by road:
Direct from Dhaka via BaroiarHat or from Chittagong.
A number of non-stop coach services are available from Dhaka (e.g., Shanti Paribahan, Soudia, S. Alam and Shamoli Paribahan). Gabtoli, Saidabad, Komolapur and Kolabagan are the bus stand name in Dhaka where you can get bus tickets.

Places to see in Khagrachari

Alutila Mysterious Cave
Alutila Mysterious Cave
Alutila Hill is 150 meter long and very beautiful attractive tourist place of Bangladesh. It is surrounded by deep green forest. Approximately 100 meters long a very dark Cave is the mysterious beauty of Alutila hill. If you are courageous and adventure lover, then this is a perfect spot to vanquish. There is no risk, nothing to warry, it is absolutely safe cave. It will take 15 minutes to pass the cave. Most interesting thing is the cold water flowing at bottom. From top of the hill you can see all around the Khagrachari town. This is an excellent picnic spot.
Location
Khagrachari,Chittagong
How to Go
First you have to go Khagrachari.You can find many bus service from Dhaka to Khagrachari available.
From khagrachari you can can hire micro bus or even local bus are available to reach there at any time of the day.
Richhang waterfall
richangKhagrachari – Chittagong road the area of Hridoy member. 7 km shout from the Porjoton motel. 2 km shout from Alutila, 1.50 km from east from the main road. Local bus or Chader gari until Hridoy Member area. Rest 1.50 km by foot.
How to Go :
Several options for reaching the waterfall from the Khagrachhari town. There are lots of public bus used to leave from the bus terminal for Chittagong and Feni. You can take any one of those.Beside the highway,a signboard which says where is the waterfall. From the highway, its 2.1 kilometer walking distance.There are numerous number of hills around the path and being rainy season, the environment is enchantingly green. But if you have your own vehicle, you can use it.Also when you’ll reach at the fall after walking, you’ll feel more adventurous.
Hundred or more years old banyan tree
Banyan-treeHundred or more years old banyan tree which is spreading almost 2 acres. Till Matiranga 10 number region of Khagrachari- Chittagong Road Buses / chader gari. Fare 10/15 tk, and rest 2.5 km by foot or own vehicles.
How to go:
There are lots of buses are available at Khagrachhori bus terminal which used to leave for “Feni” and “Chittagong”. You can take any of those. around each and every 10-15 minutes, a bus used to dispatch for the destination. You’ll require to pay 20 taka per person, and bus will drop you at “Matiranga Bazar”. From there, you have to hire a motor bike. Two person can ride over a single bike. It will take you around 80-100 taka for taking you to the banyan tree, and return back to the bazar. It will be wise to take the bike for round trip, otherwise it will be very difficult for you to find a bike at that place.
Nunchhori Debota Pond
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The Nunchhori Tripura Village is 13 km south from Porjoton motel, 4 km west from Maishkhali Army camp of Khagrachari – Rangamati road. From there almost 1500 feet above, at the peak of the Mountain is the Debota lake. Local bus or chader gari of Khagrachari – Rangamati Route until Maishchori Army camp. Rest of the 4–5 km by foot. If there is private car then it can go until the Tripura Village.

How to go

The Nunchhori Tripura Village is 13 km south from Porjoton motel, 4 km west from Maichchari Army camp of Khagrachari – Rangamati road. From there almost 1500 feet above, at the peak of the Mountain is the Debota lake. Local bus or chadergari of Khagrachari – Rangamati Route go till Maichchori Army camp. You have to go rest 4–5 km on foot. If there is private car then it can go till the Tripura Village. The buses leaving for Khagrachari from Dhaka
Yonged Buddha Bihar
At Khagrachari town, 2 km far from Motel. Accessible by rickshaw.
Panichari Brihot Buddha sculpture
Shantipur Arannya Kuthir – 25 km south from Khagrachari is peripheral region. The largest Buddha sculpture of Bangladesh is situated here. Khagrachari – Panichari Local bus fare- 35 tk. The road is flat.
Dighinala Manikker Dighi
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One regional town situated 21 km south from Khagrachari. The Jhulonto Bridge, Buddha Bihar, Raja Manikker Dighi, Tribal culture, tradition and ancient standard of living. Khagrachari – Dighinala Bus/ 4 Wheel drive gyp.





 Dighinala Touduchhori Waterfall
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It contains wild Elephants roaming around in groups; the place is cluttered with enormous stones and waterfalls. From Khagrachari – Dighinala road Bus/ Chader gari (gyp), fares 25/40 tk. Rest of the road by foot. The communication here is not urbanized yet.




Food & Accommodation

Khagrachari Guest House
College Road, Mohajon Para
Phone – 01556510951
Pankhaya Para, Khagrachari Sadar – 4400
Phone- 0371-62634, Mobile- 01556773493, 01863-607090
Region Officers’ Club Khagrachari
Phone: 01783969200
Email: info@rock-sajek.com

How to go

Tourist has to go there via Chittagong by air, train or by bus. Direct bus is availed from Dhaka.

AMAZING SAJEK

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AMAZING SAJEK

Sajek is located in the verdant hills of Kasalong range of mountains amidst the serene and exotic beauty of nature. You will notice lofty mountains, dense forest, sprawling grasslands and miles and miles of hilly tracks. On the way you will cross Mayni range, River Mayni and River Kasalong where you will feel that the green and blue harmonized together.
Sajek is located in the verdant hills of Kasalong range of mountains amidst the serene and exotic beauty of nature. You will notice lofty mountains, dense forest, sprawling grasslands and miles and miles of hilly tracks. On the way you will cross Mayni range, River Mayni and River Kasalong where you will feel that the green and blue harmonized together. For the ups and downs of the road, sometime you will feel that you are very close to touch the sky and sometime you are fallen to the valley.
If you want enjoy tropical mountain and the beauty of valleys of mountain and want to stay above the cloud Sajek is the place you might love to go. Sajek is a union (administrative centre of villages in Bangladesh) under Baghaichari Upazilla of Rangamati Hill District. But the fact is one cannot go to Sajek from the Rangamati District Directly rather you need to go there through Khagrachari Hill District so people always believe that it’s in Khagrachari Hill District. Sajek union is the largest one in Bangladesh and larger than many of the sub-districts of Bangladesh. The main tourist attraction here is Ruilui Para (Para means village in English) and Konglak Para. Ruilui para has been developed and maintained as an tourism spot by Bangladesh Army.
The road to Sajek from Khagrachari is the most beautiful road in Bangladesh. The last point of this road is Ruilui Para. The last 2 kilometers of this road is on the peaks of Sajek Hill Range and above 1800 feet from the sea level which make this road above the cloud for height. Both sides of this road have two different valleys one is in Bangladesh side and another valley ended in Indian State of Mizoram and the high mountains of Mizoram State.”
Sajek is popularly known as Kingdom of Cloud as you will stay above the cloud level and at the dawn Sajek is submerged in cloud and look like an island in the middle of the cloud. Sajek is the only places in Bangladesh where Coffee Beans are cultivated and also Sajek is famous for Tangerine Orchard so don’t forget to have the test of fresh picked Tangerines. There is a “30 minutes walking trail” for adventure seekers to visit Konglak village which is in the highest point of Sajek. You will get a 360 degree view of 2 valleys of Sajek from highest point of Konglak Para. You will also find Jumm Lands (Mountain Agriculture System) on the way to Sajek Tourist Spot.
How to go there:



If one wants to go to Sajek, s/he has to come to Khagrachari District first. To reach Khagrachari from Dhaka or Chittagong by road journey is the only option. There are lots of bus services both from Dhaka and Chittagong. From Dhaka, both A/C and Non A/C services are available. A/C bus would cost BDT 750 and Non A/C Chair Coach bus will cost around BDT 520. Buses are available from Saydabad, Kolabagan and Komolapur Bus Terminal in Dhaka. Soudia, S. Alam, Shyamoli, Econo and Shanti Transport Services are some decent bus services from Dhaka. From Khagrachari, one must reserve a four wheeler jeep as it is a mountain road. Locally these four wheelers are known as Chander Gari (Usually model 50 Toyota land cruiser) and will cost BDT 7000 for an up-down trip and stay over at Sajek for one night. Otherwise, for each day, the car would cost BDT 4000-4500 A day. These one CHANDER GARI can accommodate 18 people usually with 9 seats and other 9 on the rooftop. There are also some local not so frequent services of Chander Gari from Khagrachari to Dighinala and separate services from Dighinala-Sajek. So for tourists, it is advices to go to Sajek with reserved vehicle. One can drive their personal cars there too, but as the road is in the mountain, so it is advised if you are one a pro in driving in mountain roads, please avoid self driven cars and also be aware about your chauffeurs/drivers driving skill as well.
What to Do in Sajek:
Sajek Tourist Spot is on the peak of the mountain ranges and one easily reaches there by cars. So it’s not a trekking trail for mountain adventure seekers. But there is a short trail from Ruilui Village to Konglak Village trail that an adventure seeker can walk. Konglak Village is on the top of the Mount Sippu (Highest peak in Sajek Mountain Range). The peak of Sippu offers a 360 degree clear view of the surrounding areas as there no other ranges near from there. You explore the lifestyle of indigenous tribes of Bangladesh as Konglak is a tribal village. The residents of Konglak village cultivate coffee beans here, so you can get the taste of fresh and home roasted coffee here.
There are two army helipads in Sajek valley on top of two mountain peaks. One offers the view of the valley in Indian Side and also offers the view of Sunrise. Another helipad offers the view of another valley which is on the Bangladesh side and offers the view of Sunset.
There is a water falls on the way to Sajek from Khagrachari, if you are in a reserved a jeep, if you ask your jeep jockey he will take you to that falls which is named “Hajachora Falls” It would take 10 minutes to reach there from the road.
Accommodation:
Sajek is a small hill station, yet there are 2 luxury resorts operated by Bangladesh Army, one is Rock Sajek and another is Runmoy Resort. Each double room in Rock Sajek would cost BDT 15000-12000-10000 respectively for different types of rooms. Another Army Resort is Runmoy Resort which would cost BDT 4500 for double bed rooms. There is another resort named Alo Resort which would cost BDT 700-1300 per night. One can also stay in some boarding houses and be paid guest in tribal houses for BDT 150 per night.
Food:
Sajek has only one luxury restaurants operated by Bangladesh Army named as Rock Rajek. There are some decent restaurants that sell Bangladeshi Cuisine at very cheap price. There are also some tea stalls which also sale some snacks, bananas etc. But remember one thing, no food shops keeps prepared foods, rather they take order and cook food based on ordered quantity. So please order for food 2 hours before the meal time.
Cost: Sajek is ideal place to visit both for tourists and bag packers as well. One can avail luxuries for higher price and also avail basics at a cheaper price for bag packers. I am a bag packer, I am sharing my experience here. I took Non A/C bus to reach to Khagrachari, it did cost BDT 520 and BDT 1040 for round ticket, I was attached to a group of 11 people, so we hired a jeep for BDT 7000 taka for 2 days and each had to pay around  650 taka. We stayed in a boarding house which costed BDT 150 per night on a shared room basis. Per meal traditional Bangladeshi meal costs around BDT 120-150 (3 meals a day, break fast with Paratha with Curry and Egg would cost BDT 50) so for 2 days and night, it cost me BDT 400 a day with snacks and cups of tea(BDT 6 a Cup).
Security Issues:
Sajek and the road to Sajek, both are in mountain region of Khagrachari and Rangamati Hill District. This area was once controlled by the armed militants of Hill Tracts Guerrila Groups but since the signing ceremony of Peace Accord with the Guerillas with the Bangladesh Govt. in 1997, this area was safe as anywhere of Bangladesh but due to the bitter experience of past can make one confused about safety, but since the peace accord was signed, the militants are not active here anymore. But still, to mitigate this confusions of travellers who wants to visit Sajek Valley, Bangladesh Army provides security escort service in the road to Sajek and also the Sajek Tourism Spot is also secured by a Army Camp, Border Guard Bangladesh Border outpost and a Ansar Camp. So feel free to travel in Sajek.
Tips: Sajek is not connected with the national electricity grid line. Only generators and solar electricity system provides electricity in Sajek. No matter what season it is, as Sajek is 1800 feet up from the sea level, at night the temparature might drope down to 2o-22 degree celcius in summer. So keep a windbreaker with you while travelling to Sajek. Only two cell phone operators has network coverage in Sajek, Robi and Teletalk, so carry either one of the operators SIM card. 

AMAZING SAJEK

Sajek is located in the verdant hills of Kasalong range of mountains amidst the serene and exotic beauty of nature. You will notice lofty mountains, dense forest, sprawling grasslands and miles and miles of hilly tracks. On the way you will cross Mayni range, River Mayni and River Kasalong where you will feel that the green and blue harmonized together.
Sajek is located in the verdant hills of Kasalong range of mountains amidst the serene and exotic beauty of nature. You will notice lofty mountains, dense forest, sprawling grasslands and miles and miles of hilly tracks. On the way you will cross Mayni range, River Mayni and River Kasalong where you will feel that the green and blue harmonized together. For the ups and downs of the road, sometime you will feel that you are very close to touch the sky and sometime you are fallen to the valley.
If you want enjoy tropical mountain and the beauty of valleys of mountain and want to stay above the cloud Sajek is the place you might love to go. Sajek is a union (administrative centre of villages in Bangladesh) under Baghaichari Upazilla of Rangamati Hill District. But the fact is one cannot go to Sajek from the Rangamati District Directly rather you need to go there through Khagrachari Hill District so people always believe that it’s in Khagrachari Hill District. Sajek union is the largest one in Bangladesh and larger than many of the sub-districts of Bangladesh. The main tourist attraction here is Ruilui Para (Para means village in English) and Konglak Para. Ruilui para has been developed and maintained as an tourism spot by Bangladesh Army.
The road to Sajek from Khagrachari is the most beautiful road in Bangladesh. The last point of this road is Ruilui Para. The last 2 kilometers of this road is on the peaks of Sajek Hill Range and above 1800 feet from the sea level which make this road above the cloud for height. Both sides of this road have two different valleys one is in Bangladesh side and another valley ended in Indian State of Mizoram and the high mountains of Mizoram State.”
Sajek is popularly known as Kingdom of Cloud as you will stay above the cloud level and at the dawn Sajek is submerged in cloud and look like an island in the middle of the cloud. Sajek is the only places in Bangladesh where Coffee Beans are cultivated and also Sajek is famous for Tangerine Orchard so don’t forget to have the test of fresh picked Tangerines. There is a “30 minutes walking trail” for adventure seekers to visit Konglak village which is in the highest point of Sajek. You will get a 360 degree view of 2 valleys of Sajek from highest point of Konglak Para. You will also find Jumm Lands (Mountain Agriculture System) on the way to Sajek Tourist Spot.
How to go there:
If one wants to go to Sajek, s/he has to come to Khagrachari District first. To reach Khagrachari from Dhaka or Chittagong by road journey is the only option. There are lots of bus services both from Dhaka and Chittagong. From Dhaka, both A/C and Non A/C services are available. A/C bus would cost BDT 750 and Non A/C Chair Coach bus will cost around BDT 520. Buses are available from Saydabad, Kolabagan and Komolapur Bus Terminal in Dhaka. Soudia, S. Alam, Shyamoli, Econo and Shanti Transport Services are some decent bus services from Dhaka. From Khagrachari, one must reserve a four wheeler jeep as it is a mountain road. Locally these four wheelers are known as Chander Gari (Usually model 50 Toyota land cruiser) and will cost BDT 7000 for an up-down trip and stay over at Sajek for one night. Otherwise, for each day, the car would cost BDT 4000-4500 A day. These one CHANDER GARI can accommodate 18 people usually with 9 seats and other 9 on the rooftop. There are also some local not so frequent services of Chander Gari from Khagrachari to Dighinala and separate services from Dighinala-Sajek. So for tourists, it is advices to go to Sajek with reserved vehicle. One can drive their personal cars there too, but as the road is in the mountain, so it is advised if you are one a pro in driving in mountain roads, please avoid self driven cars and also be aware about your chauffeurs/drivers driving skill as well.
What to Do in Sajek:
Sajek Tourist Spot is on the peak of the mountain ranges and one easily reaches there by cars. So it’s not a trekking trail for mountain adventure seekers. But there is a short trail from Ruilui Village to Konglak Village trail that an adventure seeker can walk. Konglak Village is on the top of the Mount Sippu (Highest peak in Sajek Mountain Range). The peak of Sippu offers a 360 degree clear view of the surrounding areas as there no other ranges near from there. You explore the lifestyle of indigenous tribes of Bangladesh as Konglak is a tribal village. The residents of Konglak village cultivate coffee beans here, so you can get the taste of fresh and home roasted coffee here.
There are two army helipads in Sajek valley on top of two mountain peaks. One offers the view of the valley in Indian Side and also offers the view of Sunrise. Another helipad offers the view of another valley which is on the Bangladesh side and offers the view of Sunset.
There is a water falls on the way to Sajek from Khagrachari, if you are in a reserved a jeep, if you ask your jeep jockey he will take you to that falls which is named “Hajachora Falls” It would take 10 minutes to reach there from the road.
Accommodation:
Sajek is a small hill station, yet there are 2 luxury resorts operated by Bangladesh Army, one is Rock Sajek and another is Runmoy Resort. Each double room in Rock Sajek would cost BDT 15000-12000-10000 respectively for different types of rooms. Another Army Resort is Runmoy Resort which would cost BDT 4500 for double bed rooms. There is another resort named Alo Resort which would cost BDT 700-1300 per night. One can also stay in some boarding houses and be paid guest in tribal houses for BDT 150 per night.
Food:
Sajek has only one luxury restaurants operated by Bangladesh Army named as Rock Rajek. There are some decent restaurants that sell Bangladeshi Cuisine at very cheap price. There are also some tea stalls which also sale some snacks, bananas etc. But remember one thing, no food shops keeps prepared foods, rather they take order and cook food based on ordered quantity. So please order for food 2 hours before the meal time.
Cost: Sajek is ideal place to visit both for tourists and bag packers as well. One can avail luxuries for higher price and also avail basics at a cheaper price for bag packers. I am a bag packer, I am sharing my experience here. I took Non A/C bus to reach to Khagrachari, it did cost BDT 520 and BDT 1040 for round ticket, I was attached to a group of 11 people, so we hired a jeep for BDT 7000 taka for 2 days and each had to pay around  650 taka. We stayed in a boarding house which costed BDT 150 per night on a shared room basis. Per meal traditional Bangladeshi meal costs around BDT 120-150 (3 meals a day, break fast with Paratha with Curry and Egg would cost BDT 50) so for 2 days and night, it cost me BDT 400 a day with snacks and cups of tea(BDT 6 a Cup).
Security Issues:
Sajek and the road to Sajek, both are in mountain region of Khagrachari and Rangamati Hill District. This area was once controlled by the armed militants of Hill Tracts Guerrila Groups but since the signing ceremony of Peace Accord with the Guerillas with the Bangladesh Govt. in 1997, this area was safe as anywhere of Bangladesh but due to the bitter experience of past can make one confused about safety, but since the peace accord was signed, the militants are not active here anymore. But still, to mitigate this confusions of travellers who wants to visit Sajek Valley, Bangladesh Army provides security escort service in the road to Sajek and also the Sajek Tourism Spot is also secured by a Army Camp, Border Guard Bangladesh Border outpost and a Ansar Camp. So feel free to travel in Sajek.
Tips: Sajek is not connected with the national electricity grid line. Only generators and solar electricity system provides electricity in Sajek. No matter what season it is, as Sajek is 1800 feet up from the sea level, at night the temparature might drope down to 2o-22 degree celcius in summer. So keep a windbreaker with you while travelling to Sajek. Only two cell phone operators has network coverage in Sajek, Robi and Teletalk, so carry either one of the operators SIM card. 

 

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