Sunday, August 24

Padma Resort, Louhajong, Munshiganj

Padma Resort Louhajong Munshiganj

Padma Resort is one of the most lucrative resorts located at a large island of mighty Padma River at Lohajong, Munshiganj. There are 16 wooden duplex cottages with straw made roof to make natural flavor. Each cottage contains two single beds in bed room at upper floor, one drawing room, sofa set and balcony at ground.

Padma Resort, Munshianj, Bangladesh

There are huge acres of clay land around the resort to bathe! You may run on the clay or arrange an exciting outdoor game. The absolute green around the island must soothe your eyes. Padma resort is an ideal place to visit an absolutely natural environment especially for the urban guys who are used to maintain a robotic routine bound life. It is one of the best place for passing leisure, family vacation and picnic party. Boat journey in Padma River is also facilitated here.

Padma Resort, Louhajong, Munshiganj

How to go Padma Resort

Padma Resort is just 7 Km left of Mawa transit point just the opposite bank of Lohajong police station. It may take about 100 minutes from Dhaka to reach Ghordaur Bazaar adjacent to Padma resort if you use private vehicle. If you wish to use public vehicle like Bus to reach Padma Resort, It is better to use Gangchil Paribahan start from Gulistan, Dhaka to reach Ghordaur Bazar. It takes Tk 65/person as hire. From Ghordaur Bazar, Thana-ghat, own boats of the resort are ready to ferry you.

Foods and Drinks

There is a well furnished restaurant maintained by resort authority facilitates foods and drinks for the guests in a panoramic environment. But it’s a little bit costly. As alternative you may take meal in Takdir Hotel or Padma View Food Court in Ghordaur Bazaar. Fresh Hilsha fish from Padma River is available here.

Cottage Rent at Padma Resort

1.       Cottage rent for day long (10am to 6pm) Tk.2, 000* for maximum 10 persons.
2.       Cottage rent for 24 hours (10am to 10am) Tk 3,000* for maximum 4 persons.
 *15% VAT applicable on all charges.

Contact info

S.M. Nazrul Islam
General Manager
Telephone: +880-28752617
Dhaka Office:
Road# 28, House# 380 (GF), New DOHS, Mohakhali, Dhaka-1206.
In case of emergency: +8801712170330, +8801752987688

Thursday, August 14

Kuakata Sea Beach Patuakhali

Kuakata Sea Beach Patuakhali

Kuakata is popularly known as Sagor Konnya (Daughter of Sea) is a rare picturesque tourist place located at the southern tip of Bangladesh. Kuakata Sea Beach is about 320 km away from Dhaka and 70 km away from Patuakhali district sadar. Kuakata is one of the rarest unique beaches in the world, which offers the full view of the rising and setting of the crimson sun in the blue water of the Bay of Bengal. The beach is about 18 Km in length and 2 km in wide. The Gangamati reserve forest lies to the eastern point of the beach and the border of the Sundarban is to the western point. You may visit Kuakata to discover the amazing grace of nature.

kuakata sea beach patuakhali bangladesh image

Kuakata is an excellent combination of the illusive natural beauty, white sandy beach, series of coconut tries, blue sky, huge expanse of water of the Bay of Bengal and evergreen forest in surrounding areas really mind blowing. It will be a great pleasure bathing or diving or simply lazing here. This virgin beach, lined by coconut trees, is a sanctuary for migratory winter birds. The Bay is always alive with colorful sail boats, surfing waves, towering cliffs, fishing or just walking on the beach. The illusive beauty of Kuakata is enjoyable only and not describable in words.
The unique customs of the Rakhyne tribal families and the statue of Goutom Buddha about hundred years old located at Misripara, Keranipara and nearby places indicate the ancient tradition and cultural heritage. A number of devotees arrive here to join the festival of Rash Purnima and Maghi Purnima. On these both occasions, traditional fairs held and the devotees take holy bath in the beach. Fisherman village is another suitable place to visit. In the fishermen village you will be amazed with the raw expression and lifestyle of fishermen. If you are adventurous enough, you may also go for fishing on the fishing boat if you can manage the local fishermen. You may purchase some fresh Hilsha fish from them. You may also taste the cooked spicy Hilsha (Tenualosa ilisha) fish from the local restaurants. You must remember the wonderful taste of such fresh Hilsha for a long time. From Kuakata you can visit the Gongamati Reserve Forest, a part of the great Sundarban. Don't forget to visit Fatrar - Chor (Island), another wonderful tourist destination nearby Kuakata. The best time of the year to visit the beach is winter.

How to start

To visit Kuakata, you have to travel to Barisal first by road, water, or air, and then you start to by bus or launch. Recently Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) has introduced a direct bus service from Dhaka to Kuakata via Barisal.

Foods and Accommodation in Kuakata Beach

A number of Hotels/Motels are built nearby Kuakata beach to facilitate tourists. Various kinds of foods and drinks are available there in moderate cost.

Thursday, July 17

Top Tourist Destinations in Bandarban, Bangladesh

 Top Tourist Destinations in Bandarban, Bangladesh

At present, Bandarban is one of the top tourist destinations in Bangladesh, located is Chittagong Hill Tract, south-east part of Bangladesh mostly covered with extensive forest and amazing wild hilly geography.

Bandarban is an ideal place for tracking, hiking, and jungle walk for adventure loving traveler. The highest peak of Bangladesh, Bijoy of Tajingdong (4500 feet) located in Bandarban an exciting tracking route. Beside Tajingdong, Keokradong (4000 feet) is also located in Bandarban which is also a popular mountain for tracking. Boga Lake which is claimed as the highest Lake in Bangladesh lies directly on the track. You may visit Faipi, Rijuk and Patang Jhiri waterfall just the way to Bandarban - Ruma- Koikhong Jhiri - Boga Lake – Tajingdong route. You must be amazed observing the illusive landscape and crystal clear water of Boga Lake. You have to stay nearby Boga Lake at tribal village at night to track to the above mountains. It will be a great chance for you to know the indigenous hill tribe, their raw expression, culture and heritage living at the tribal villages. But traveling in the above route is really a rough and tough Journey. You should start your journey in group and avoid family tour in the route. You may visit Baklai Waterfall of Baklai para, Thanchi which is claimed the top highest waterfall (380 feet height) in Bangladesh.

For family tour, you prospect a smooth and hazard free journey. In this sense, you may prefer Nilgiri Resort which is situated at Thanci Upazilla, just 47 kilometer south-east from Bandarban town, about 2200 feet above the sea level and.  I think it will be one of your great memories in your life if you have a chance to stay a moon light night in Nilgiri. You may also visit Nilachal tourist spot which is just 5 km away from Bandarban town. Nilachal is one of the nearest and most beautiful tourist place in Bandarban located at Tigerpara. Locally it is known as Tiger Hill. Someone call it Swarga Puri (place of haven) due to its illusive and wild unexpressed landscape. Golden Temple (Buddhist Dhatu Jadi) is one of the most visited tourist destination in Bandarban for a day journey. It is called as the largest Buddhist temple in Bangladesh, located in Purpara on the top of a high hill (about 200 feet high), just 4 km away from Bandarban city aside the Bandarban-Rangamati roadway. The Shoilo Propat waterfall located at Milanchori, 4 km from the Bandarban town, is also an excellent refreshing site maintained by Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation. Chimbuk hill is one of the top tourist destinations in Bandarban, just 26 kilometer away from Bandarban town under Thanci upazilla. It is called the Darjeeling of Bangal. Someone think, it is more than Darjeeling! Meghla tourism complex and Hanging Bridge is located just opposite the district council, 4 km away from the Bandarban city aside the road to Keranirhat maintained by district administration. Meghla Parjatan Complex is one of the most amazing and highly visited tourist destinations in Bandarban. Cruise on Sangu River may be the complete summary of the natural beauty of Bandarban. Upabon Parjatan is another beautiful tourist spot in Bandarban at Naikhong Chari. It is a wonderful gift of nature with an amazing lake surrounded by forest. A lot of birds are chirping here and you will surely be amazed looking at the big rocks and surrounding natural scene of the lake. Upabon Parjatan complex is just 2 Kilometer away from Nikhongchori Upazilla sadar. Prantik Lake is another beautiful tourist spot in Bandarban. This amazing place will certainly soothe both eyes and mind. Prantik Lake is an ideal place for travel. Nafakhum is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Bangladesh and an excellent place to travel. Zingsiam Saitar is one of the wonderful waterfalls at Ruma Para at Ruma upazilla in Bandarban. The unique feature of Zingsiam Saitar is when the water of Zingsiam Saitar fall down, it divides in three different paths and then the view of this waterfall looking excellent.

It is not the end. The indigenous hill tribes lives scattered over the hills in Bandarban are one of the attractions to all visitors and also a good place for study tour and thesis. There are about 14 different tribes live in Bandarban. Among them Mogh, Murong Chakma, Khumi, Tipra, Bawm, Tanchongya, Khyang are remarkable. The rich flora and fauna, picturesque bamboo cottages of tribal families and their life style have made the entire area an attractive tourist destination in Bandarban, Bangladesh.

Saturday, July 12

Golden Temple (Buddhist Dhatu Jadi) Bandarban

Golden Temple (Buddhist Dhatu Jadi) Bandarban

Buddhist dhatu jadi is called as the largest Buddhist temple in Bangladesh, located in Purpara on the top of a high hill (about 200 feet high), just 4 km away from Bandarban city aside the Bandarban-Rangamati roadway. Buddhist Dhatu Jadi is popularly known as Golden Temple of Bandarban among the tourists. It is one excellent place for a family tour and has great tourism value.  The golden temple is built at the top of 60 meter hill, completely followed the architect of South-East Asian region and It is the second largest  Buddhist temple in Bangladesh. The constriction of the golden temple was started in 1995 and completed in 2000. 

Golden Temple Bandarban

The attractive design of Buddhist heritage and tradition with the modern archeological technique and golden touch of the site make very amazing to the visitors. There is a museum aside the golden temple. The tourists may learn about the historical background of Buddhist religion from here. There is a pond on the top of the high hill and it is called the pond of God.

Golden Temple

You can observe a complete glance of Bandarban town standing in the golden temple. You may also see Sangu River, Bandarban Radio Station and the surrounding wild landscape standing at the Golden Temple. A number of festivals are arranged here in every year.

How to Go Golden Temple

When Golden temple is very near of Bandarban town, you may go there by Auto rickshaw, Chander Gari (Public Jeep), car etc. It may take about 30 minutes to go. 

Foods and accommodation in Golden Temple

There is neither good hotel to stay nor good foods facility to take. From my own experience, it is better to stay in Bandarban Town and take dry foods to start journey to Golden temple in the morning.

Thursday, July 10

Bijoy, the Highest Peak of Bangladesh, Tajingdong Bandarban

Bijoy, the highest peak of Bangladesh, Tajingdong Bandarban

Bijoy is the highest peak of Tajindong about 4500 feet high from the sea level. Bijoy is claimed the highest peak of Bangladesh located at Ramakri, pangsha union under Ruma upazilla, about 70 km away from Bandarban town of Bangladesh. Locally it is called “Tajing” (means Great and Dong means Hill). So Tajingdong means Great Hill.

Tajingdong, Bijoy peak, Bangladesh

A number of tourist visits Tajingdong every year to enjoy the experience of adventure, thrill and surprise. It is a place of amazing beauty. The landscapes of this area certainly soothe both eyes and mind of the adventurous travelers. You will pleased with the dazzling beauty of green hill, zigzag wild pathway, hilly landscape of road side, hide and seek of the fold of clouds on the top of the area. The sceneries of gentle breeze, lovely clouds, hills, waterfall, river and Lake and so on must be one of the unique and amazing memories in your life.

Various tribal communities are developed there around the mountain. You must be amazed visiting their raw expression and natural life styles. There are a number of mountain chains in the remote area and the area is rich in wild flora and fauna.

How to go to Tajingdong

For visiting Tajingdong you have to use Bandarban- Ruma- Bogalake- Tajingdong route. From Bandarban town you have to go to Ruma bazaar about 50 kilometers away from Bandarban. You should remember that after 4 pm you are not allowed to leave Ruma for visiting Bogalake, Keokradong or Tajingdong. As it is a remote area and the road is not so smooth. From Ruma you can hire a Chander Gari (public jeep) up to Koikhong Jhiri. It may be cost about tk 2000-2500. You can also go there by local Chander Gari. You may also hire a boat from Ruma Bazar to Koikhong Jhiri. Then you have to walk to the Boga Lake and finally to Tajingdong. Winter is the high time to hike Tajingdong. You should never think to hike Tajingdong in rainy season.

Foods and Accommodation

There is no good communication, no restaurant and no formal accommodation. From my own experience, it is better to stay in tribal village in Boga Lake at night to start journey to Tajindong. In the next day, you should better to start your journey early in the morning from Boga Lake to reach Tajingdong. It may take approx 7 to 8 hours to reach Tajingdong depending on the weather, guide, your stamina and other various factors. It is better to take local guide with you from Ruma.

Consciousness and Precautions before trekking to Bijoy, Tajingdong
  • You have to mentally and physically prepare for a tough and rough journey in such long way. 
  • Be careful about using local water.
  • Bandarban is a malaria affected zone. So you should carry mosquito resistant kits.
  • You should carry some dry foods, water purifying kits and first aid box with particular medicine.  
  • You should carry water resistant bag and should avoid heavy loads of baggage.
  • Be friendly with the local inhabitants.
  • Be careful and seek permission from the ethnic people before taking photographs.
  • There is no mobile network, no good road communication.
  • Try to avoid unknown persons and strangers on the way.
  • It is better to start the journey in a group.
  •  All non-Bangladeshis are required to contact and register his particulars in the local police station