Can you remember the last time when you spent some quality time with your family in a natural environment? Investing long hours at work without taking vacation makes life monotonous. However, it is not feasible always to spend long vacations in the countryside or overseas locations due to various restrictions imposed on us by jobs or school (children’s usually) or budget, etc. As a solution to this issue, several standard resorts have evolved around Dhaka. In this article, we are going to introduce you with the best resorts near Dhaka for a day out or spending a weekend with family, kids and friends.
It is certainly a blessing if you can enjoy traditional cuisines while spending a whole day close to nature. To have this unique experience, you can visit Jol O Jongoler Kabbo resort located at Pubail in Tongi under Gazipur. This resort is also popular as ‘Pilot Bari’.
Jol O Jongoler Kabbo: Picture taken from Jol O Jongoler Kabbo Facebook Page.
Without altering the local natural environment, the Jol O Jongoler Kabbo resort was built over a huge area of 90 bighas. Here the shelters and rooms are built with natural elements like bamboo and jute sticks. Kids would enjoy running and playing in this vast place under the open sky. You would really love spending hours beside vast pond with a fish-hook in a rural atmosphere. In the moonlit nights, this fantastic resort can give you some unforgettable solitary moments.
What is the specialty of Jol O Jongoler Kabbo? Unlike other resorts, Jol O Jongoler Kabbo delights their guests with traditional Bengali cuisines and winter cakes (pithas). They have special menus for breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks and dinner. Spending a day out or weekend in Jol O Jongoler Kabbo resort, you can introduce your city kid with the delicacies of rural Bangladesh.
Jol O Jongoler Kabbo: Picture taken from Jol O Jongoler Kabbo Facebook Page.
Jol O Jongoler Kabbo Resort offers Day out Package. The cost of breakfast and lunch for adult person is 2000 BDT. For children/ Driver or Personal Assistant this cost is 1000 BDT per head.
You can arrive at this place from Mohakahali Bus Station. First, take a bus heading towards Narsingdi or Kaliganj. Get off from the bus at Pubail College Gate. The fare ranges around 80 BDT. Jol O Jongoler Kabbo resort is about 3km away from this point. Here you can hire a local transport like CNG to reach at the resort. You can also get to this resort by own transport or rented car/microbus.
Jol o Jongoler Kabbo is a nice place near Dhaka to spend vacation for families with kids. As this place remains busy on the weekends, it would be wise to book this resort before reaching there.
To spend your weekend in a peaceful natural environment far away from the humdrum of busy urban life, you can visit Nokkhotrobari resort. It is a dream project of popular media couple Toukir Ahmed and Bipasha Hayat. This resort is built over 25 bighas of land at Rajendropur in Gazipur.
Nokkhotrobari Resort: Picture Taken from nokkhotrobari.com
Nokkhotrobari resort presents a wonderful combination of natural environment with manmade entertainment facilities. Here you would find natural pond, artificial fountain, conference hall, swimming pool, restaurant, one residential hall and 11 air-conditioned cottages built with wood, bamboo and other traditional materials.
Nokkhotrobari resort has diverse exciting facilities like shooting spot, library, Movie Theatre, children playground, boat ridding, fishing, pool side party, musical party, barbecue party, etc. What is more? The Nokkhotrobari resort authority often arranges for musical night for entertaining their guests and visitor. You can spend a nice time here with your friends and buddies.
For night stay Nokkhotrobari resort offers three types of residential facilities, including Hotel Complex, Water Bungalow and Family bungalow. The room fares range from 6000 BDT to 22000 BDT (excluding Vat and service charge) depending on associated facilities.
Nokkhotrobari Resort: Picture Taken from Nokkhotrobari Ltd. Facebook page
Nokkhotrobari resort has Day out Packages. The cost ranges from 2000 BDT to 2500 BDT per person for a group of 10 people at minimum. Under this package you will get breakfast, Lunch and evening snacks. You can choose Chinese, or English or Bengali menu. This package also includes, entry fee, boating, swimming, indoor gaming, refreshment room, etc.
For instance, you are going to start the journey from Mohakahali bus station. Now, ride on a bus heading for Rajendropur Cantonment passing through Rajendropur Junction by Mymensing Road. Get off the bus at Rajabari stop, which is about 1.5 km away from Nokkhotrobari Resort. From this place, you can hire a tempo, CNG or local transport to arrive at Bangalpara area under Chinashukhania village. You can also arrive at this resort by your personal or rented car/microbus.
Have you been raised in rural Bangladesh? If yes, then you certainly miss starting your day listening the tweeting of birds, or seeing the sunlight play among the branches of trees. To recollect those childhood memories, you can visit Chuti resort near Dhaka. This massive resort is built over 50 bighas of land at Shukundi village under Gazipur. Here you can spend your day out or weekend away from the din and bustle of Dhaka city.
Chuti Resort: Picture Taken from Chuti Resort Facebook Page.
What makes Chuti resort stand out from other resorts is the presentation of a rustic environment backed up with advanced facilities. In the moonlit night, no electrical bulb is lit in the Chuti resort to relish the guests with natural luminosity of full moon. A night stay in this resort, the elements like luminesce of firefly, chirping of crickets, flying bats or calling of foxes will take you back in your village life.
Here you will find traditional bamboo cottage, bird house, fishing arrangement, gardens of flowers, fruits and medicinal plants, two picnic spots, two playgrounds, kids’ zone, modern restaurant, swimming pool, two conference rooms, etc. In the breakfast the guests are treated with traditional pithas, Rice Roti, lentil curry, vegetables, chicken curry, seasonal fruits, etc.
Chuti Resort has 21 cottages with and without air-conditioning facilities. The cottage categories include wooden cottage, duplex villa, deluxe twin cottage, premium twin cottage, vayoal cottage, platinum king cottage, premium deluxe villa, executive suit, family cottage, and royal suit. The fare for the cottages ranges from 6000 BDT to 17000 BDT (without service charge and VAT). Hiring a room, you get complimentary breakfast plus access to swimming pool, playground, health club, kid’s zone, boating facility, etc.
Chuti Resort: Picture Taken from Chuti Resort Facebook Page.
Chuti Resort has special day out package. This offer is available at 2000 BDT net per person for a group of 7 to 8 people at minimum. This package includes breakfast, lunch, evening snacks, traditional Bengali food, air-conditioned room for taking rest, swimming pool, etc.
If you start the journey from Dhaka, you can get on a public bus or personal transport to reach at Gazipur intersection. The bus will drop you at Rajbari near DC office. Cuti resort is about 3 kilometers away from this point. Here you can hire a CNG to arrive at Amtoli Bazar, which is adjacent to Shukundi village, Chuti Resort.
If you want to spend your weekend in a luxurious resort which offers top-notch urban facilities along with solitary natural ambient, go to Sarah resort. This massive resort covers about 200 bighas of area at Rajabari under Gazipur.
Sarah Resort: Picture Taken from Sarah Resort Ltd. Facebook Page.
Sarah resort has six bungalows, built with modern architectural design and standards. These bungalows have multiple rooms under different size, capacity, and categories. Depending on room standard and facilities the room expense ranges from 10,000 to 70,000 BDT.
‘Deluxe Presidential Villa’ is the most luxurious facility available in Sarah resort. This world-class villa can accommodate about six people in there King sized Bedrooms. This villa has all the modern amenities like Air Conditioned rooms, high-speed WiFi Internet connection, Coffee Machine, Satellite Television, Complimentary breakfast, laundry facility, Hot and Cold Water, Room Service, etc.
The ‘Premium Villa’ features traditional designed bungalow, which can give you the real taste of vacation. Besides these, you can also stay in a high rise structure called Raja View Tower enjoying the rustic surrounding from high above the ground. If you love to stay close to water pool, choose the Water Lodge villa. However, if you prefer a rustic natural environment to spend your leisure hours in solitude, stay in the mud house.
Sarah Resort offers a wonderful combination of cheerful environment for both adults and kids. Here you would find Water Lounge, Swimming pool, 9D Movie Theater, VR Games, Mini Bar, Jacuzzi, Gym, Mud House, Kids Zone, Indoor Games, Outdoor Games, Kayaking, Boating, Cycling, Mini Zoo, etc. This resort offers a nice opportunity to spend the day with family and/or friend in this luxurious resort.
Sarah Resort: Picture Taken from Sarah Resort Ltd. Facebook Page.
Sarah Resort also offers Day out Packages (9am to 6pm) for 3000 BDT (Excluding VAT and service charge) per person (above 8-year old). The charge is free for children below three-year old. You have to pay 1500 BDT for each child aged 3 to 8 years of old. This package includes buffet lunch, along with Complimentary facilities like Gym, boat riding, swimming pool, Wifi access, Kid's Playgroud, Zoo, etc.
If you want to take a room in Sarah Resort with Daylong Package the following room rates will be applicable.
You can arrive at Sarah Resort easily starting the journey from Mohakahali. First, get on a bus heading for Rajendropur Cantonment passing through Rajendropur Intersection by Mymensingh Road. The bus will drop you at Rajabari stop. Sarah Resort is about 2 km away from this place. Take a CNG or local transport from Rajabari to reach Sarah resort. You can also arrive at this resort by your personal or rented car/microbus.
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Want to spend some time in the midst of nowhere where a sinuous lake is flowing around highlands, milky cascades are falling from high above green hills and the simplistic lifestyle of tribal people releases stress? Explore Rangamati tourist spots to enjoy all these flavours of nature.
Rangamati, one of the three districts that make up the Chittagong Hill Tracts. If you start your journey from Chittagong, a 48 mile/ 77km road will lead your way towards Rangmati. Stay with us to know what places to visit in Rangamati. Our article will also reveal some amazing things to do in Rangamati.
In this section we will highlight upon the top tourist attractions in and around Rangamati.
Are you are a crazy traveller, who is always looking for adventure? If yes, then you would love Kayaking or boating experience on Kaptai Lake. Flowing around forest hills, valleys, and plain lands; this huge manmade lake features heavenly scenic beauty.
Through the journey on waterways you can access other picturesque spots in Rangamati, like Kaptai dam, Rangamati City, Rangamati Hanging Bridge, Navy Academy, Shuvalong Jharna, Karnafuli River, Rangamati Cable Car Ride, Sheikh Russell Ecopark, etc.
Kaptai Lake Rangmati Bangladesh: Photo Taken from Wikipedia
The Kaptai Dam is another remarkable tourist attraction of Rangamati. Looking back to the history, Kaptai Dam was built across Karnaphuli River in 1962 for generating hydroelectric power. This dam caused the creation of Kaptai Lake, which is confined within Rangamati district covering about 11000km2 of area.
How to get there: Starting from Dhaka, you can take a bus from Sayedabad / Komolapur bus station heading towards Kaptai directly. The journey may take 7 to 8 hours. You can also arrive at Chittagong from Dhaka by train. Then you can take a bus from Baddharhat bus stand to reach Kaptai from Chittagong. The fair ranges from 80 – 120 BDT. This journey usually takes about 2 hours.
If you want to bathe in a natural fountain don’t miss Shuvolong waterfall in Rangamati. This heavenly cascade is flowing from the hills of Shuvolong area under Borokol sub district – 25km away from Rangamati.
Here you can enjoy the magnificence of several natural waterfalls. Among these falls, the biggest cascade is about 300-feet high which is popular as ‘Shuvolong’. The captivating beauty of Shuvolong fountain can be fully enjoyed during the monsoon season, when the heavy flow of water revives this fountain creating enchanting panorama.
Shuvolong Waterfall, Sylhet: Picture Taken from commons.wikimedia.org
How to get there: You can explore this place through an adventurous speed boat journey over Kaptai Lake. Hire a boat from Rangamati Reserve bazar or Parjatan complex area. The boat fare ranges from 1200 to 3000 BDT depending on size and capacity. You can reserve the boat or go with other people on share. It usually takes one and half hour to reach Shuvolong from Rangamati.
The very moment you put your step into Rangamati you would sense the holy vibe of nature which can reduce anxieties from your mind. To further pacify your mind, you can visit Rajbana Vihar, an ancient Buddhist monastery in Rangamati.
Being established in back 1970s; this temple covers 33 acres of land holding the pride of the largest Buddhist temple in Bangladesh. With the backdrop of Kaptai Lake, Rajbana Vihara is standing amidst tall trees creating a peaceful ambient. While visiting this spiritual place of worship we should respect traditions.
Rajbana Vihara, Sylhet: Picture Taken from commons.wikimedia.org
How to get there: This monastery falls under Rangamati Sadar Upazila at 5 kilometer distance from Rangamati city. You can hire an auto rickshaw or reserve a private jeep to reach this place from Rangamati town.
It won’t be overwhelming to say that Rangamati hanging bridge is the Symbolic landmark of the Rangamati city. Hanging over Kaptai Lake, this 335 feet long bridge features a unique combination of standing upon blue water at the backdrop of green uplands.
Unlike the usual steel bridges, the Rangamati hanging bridge shivers when someone walks over it. It is certainly a thrilling experience. What is more? Standing on the hanging bridge you can enjoy the heavenly ambient, when reflections of hills and trees fall upon the crystal water of Kaptai lake.
Rangamati Hanging Bridge: Picture Taken from Wikimapia.org
How to get there:Hanging Bridge is located at 5 kilometer distance from Rangamati town. You can hire a local CNG auto rickshaw or private jeep to reach this place.
Do you have interest about tribal life and culture? If yes, then put Rangamati Cultural Institute in your bucket list. This place is also famous as ‘Tribal Cultural Institute Museum’. Rangamati Hill District is the natural habitat of various tribes, who have unique ways of living.
Visiting the museum, you can observe old manuscripts, arts, folklore collection, ancient coins, crafts, photographs, ornaments, costumes, weapons, tools, potteries, musical instruments, paintings, statues, etc. These valuable possessions can give you ideas about tribal people and their lifestyle, food habit, culture and religious practice.
Rangamati Tribal Cultural Institute Museum arranges different cultural events per year. To attain these programs, you need to check their program schedule before planning your itinerary. This museum is closed on Friday and public holidays.
Rangamati Tribal Cultural Institute: Picture Taken from ttnotes.com
How to get there: The Tribal Cultural Institute Museum stands near the entry gate of Rangamati Sadar Upazila. To reach this place from Rangamati town, you can take a ride by rickshaw.
Want to spend some serene hours in the midst of nowhere? Visit Peda Ting Ting, a tiny island lying upon Kaptai Lake. In this Island you can enjoy the fresh cool breeze, and awesome natural landscapes.
Here the local tribal people run a tiny restaurant which is famous for tasty indigenous cuisines like Bamboo Chicken (served in Bamboo). You will also find accommodation facilities for tourists. This island can give you unforgettable memories especially during sunset hours and moonlit night.
How to get there: You can reach this place by boat journey, which is a few kilometer distant from Rangamati town.
Trailing in a forest environment can get you rid of the din and bustle of everyday life. To have trailing experience in Rangamati you can explore the Kaptai National Park. This lush green reserve forest falls under Rangamati Hill District covering the Karnafuly and Kaptai range.
Kaptai National Park: Picture Taken from kaptainationalpark.weebly.com
While trailing in this forest you can see diverse animal species like birds, monkeys, deer, fishing cats, elephants, etc. Here you will find some standard rest houses and picnic spots. Kaptai National Park is one of the top tourist places in Rangamati.
How to get there: To reach Kaptai National Park from Rangamati Sadar Upazila, you can take a rickshaw.
During the months of October to February, the local temperature in Rangamati Hill Tract district usually remains cool with little or no rainfall. You can explore Rangamati quite safely during this period. Mother Nature blesses Rangamati with lush greenery and replenished waterfalls throughout the monsoon season. However, in this season, landslides may occur in the Rangamati hill tracts zone hampering the local transportation system for days.
So far we have highlighted the top tourist spots in and around Rangamati. We hope our discussion gives you a clear idea about Rangamati tourist spots, to help you make the most of your trip. Happy travels!
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Can you imagine yourself in a heavenly tranquil place in the midst of greenery with mountains as backdrop? To make this dream come true you can visit Sylhet, which is located in the north-eastern part of Bangladesh. Standing on the bank of the Surma River, Sylhet is blessed with subtropical climate, featuring humid weather, hot summer and cooler winter. Besides mausoleums and tea gardens, Sylhet has lots of tourist attractions. In this article, we are going to introduce you with Sylhet tourist places.
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Ratargul Swamp Forest is a heavenly tourist attraction in Sylhet. Covering about 504 acres of land, Ratargul forest connects with Chengir Lake and Gowain River. This forest is composed of diverse kinds of water plants. What makes Ratargul forest exclusive is the amazing beauty of standing trees over the water.
During the rainy season, this forest is submerged with 20-30 feet water. Then it looks like the trees and their shadows have divided the crystal water. What is more? The marvelous greenery of surrounding Mizoram hills is merged with the eternal beauty of this serene forest.
Ratargul Swamp Forest Sylhet: Picture taken from Wikipedia.
How to reach Ratargul Swamp Forest from Sylhet city? First, you can hire a CNG – fare ranges around 500 BDT – from Sylhet city to arrive at Goain Ghat. The journey usually takes about 2.5 to 3 hours. From Goain Ghat, you can reserve a trawler engine boat to explore the Ratargul Swamp Forest.
Wanna feel the thrill of visiting the neighboring country India without crossing the border? The famous tourist destination Jaflong can give you this outstanding experience. The Dauki River originating from the north Khasi mountains of India flows into Bangladesh with the name ‘Piyain’. Lying on the bank of ‘Piyain’ River Jaflong falls under the East Jaflong Union at Guainghat Upazilla in Sylhet.
How to reach Jaflong from Sylhet city? The distance from Sylhet city to Jaflong is about 62 km. You can take a bus from Sylhet city heading towards Jaflong directly. The journey takes about 3 to 3.5 hours.
Jaflong Sylhet: Picture taken from Wikipedia
Hiring a boat in Jaflong, you can visit Zero Point, the last border of Bangladesh. The most amazing attraction of Jaflong is a natural bridge hanging over the river Dauki. Here you can also enjoy the magnificent water falls flowing from distant green mountains.
If you are a crazy lover of boat journey, then Bisnakandi would cherish your soul. The Bisnakandi village falls under Rustompur Union at Guainghat Upazilla in Sylhet. Bichanakandi presents a unique natural beauty where several layers of Khasi Mountain summits at a single peak from different sides. While flowing from the high mountains, the river stream carries huge rocks which naturally get deposited in Bisnakandi. The rolling stones lying over crystal clear water would leave an unforgettable memory in your mind.
Bisnakandi is about 25 kilometers far from Sylhet City. There are several ways to reach Bisnakandi from Sylhet city. You can take a CNG auto-rickshaw to arrive at Hadarpar. On this point you can reserve a local boat to explore Bisnakandi.
Bisnakandi Sylhet: Photo Taken from Pinterest (Framing Nailers Guide)
During your boat-journey to Bisnakandi, the boat will travel across the heavenly beautiful Piyain River. On the way, you can enjoy the cherubic sceneries of cloud-hugging mountain views, sinuous falls and graceful rural landscape. The best views of Bichanakandi are found during the rainy season.
Wanna spend your vacation floating on a wide natural canal where the water looks emerald green? You can have such a heavenly place in the ‘Lalakhal’ canal near Tamabil road in Sylhet. The distance from Sylhet city to Lalakhal is about 35 km. This canal is connected with the mind-blowing Sharee River, originated from the Meghalaya – a state of India. Being comparatively shallow, the Sharee River is a great source of sand resource in Sylhet.
Lalakhal Sylhet: Photo Taken from Flickr (R Rabi)
How to reach Lalakhal from Sylhet city? First, get on a bus to arrive at Sarighat – 42 km distant from Sylhet city. Here you would find reserve boats. Now, you can step on this heaven on earth through a boat ride. The amazing beauty of Lalakhal would keep you enthralled throughout the journey. The greenish blue crystal water of Lalakhal creates a breathtaking combo with cloud touching hills and surrounding greenery.
If you are fond of ancient architecture, then you can put Manipuri Rajbari in your bucket list. Manipuri Rajbari is a significant piece of Sylhet’s history and architecture. This historical place bears remembrance of dynasty and architectural monuments built by three royal brothers: Gombir Singh, Churging Singh, and Marjit Singh.
Manipuri Rajbari Sylhet: Picture Taken from Youtube.com ( Uploaded by Oinam Khagemba )
Visiting this place you can see a few remaining assets – like the principal gate, Bhalakhana, decorated stairs, and border wall – of the sing dynasty.
Sylhet is renowned worldwide for production of standard quality tea leaves. Not to mention the unique beauty of tea gardens have presented Sylhet a different identity. To make your Sylhet tour contented, don’t miss to visit Malnicherra tea garden.
Malnicherra tea garden Sylhet: Picture taken from vromon.com.bd
Here the tea trees and evergreen surroundings are declaring the grandeur of nature. As far as the eyes go, plush green carpet is spread across the horizon under blue sky. This tranquil ambient can release your stress and make your soul relax.
Sylhet is a divisional headquarter and one of the major cities of Bangladesh. The amazing combination of greenery, beautiful rivers and mountain views has made Sylhet a favorite destination of tourism for the outdoor enthusiasts from Bangladesh as well as the whole world. So far, we have highlighted the top 6 Sylhet Tourist Places. Besides these, Sylhet has many other tourist spots to visit.
Sylhet has good communication system with capital city Dhaka and other parts of Bangladesh. However, it is recommended to checkout weather forecast before starting expedition. While you go for boat rides don’t forget to carry lifejacket, if you can’t swim. Happy travelling!
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