Tourists thronged ‘Shimul Bagan’ in Tahirpur upazila to celebrate Pahela Falgun (first day of spring) and Valentine’s Day on Friday.
‘Shimul Bagan’, a garden of Shimul tree (scientific name Bombax ceiba), wore a festive look with the presence of hundreds of tourists in the area.
Joynal Abedin, a tree love, planted about 3,000 Shimul trees on 2,400 acres of land in 2003 beside Jadukata River.
Youths in red and yellow attires celebrated Pahela Falgun, and the Valentine’s Day on the same day as Bangla Academy has revised Bangla Calendar to match it with the Gregorian calendar.
Pahela Falgun usually falls on February 13 but this year it coincided with Valentine’s Day.
Regular stress of city life tends to suck the energy out of the soul pushing people towards chronic anxiety. Every once in a while, you must plan a vacation on a hill, where the blue sky, unruly hilly rivers and voluminous natural cascades can revive your soul. Visit Bandarban! Located in the south western part of the country, and part of the storied Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bandarban district holds enough magic to do the trick. In this article, we are going to focus on the best places to see and the craziest things to do in Bandarban.
The mirror view of Boga Lake can make you forget the humdrum of city life and pacify your soul preparing you for facing life with greater stamina. Bagakain Lake or Boga Lake is one of the most magnificent lakes of the country. This 15 acre wide natural lake is about 18 km far from Ruma Sadar Upazila under Bandarban. Placed about 3000 feet high above the sea-level, Boga Lake fascinates the visitors with blue water, big rocks, surrounding greenery, local tribal communities, etc.
It is believed that Boga Lake was created by an earthquake that occurred 2000 years ago. There are interesting supernatural mythologies related to Boga Lake. The fact that it never dries up adds fuel to those ancient folk tales. Several tribal communities – like Bawm, Khumi, etc. – live around Boga Lake. Winter is the best season for tourists to visit Boga Lake.
Boga Lake Bandarban: Picture Credit Wikimedia Commons.
After reaching Bandarban town, hire a local transport four wheel Jeep called ‘Chader Gari’ to arrive at Ruma Upazila. From Ruma, you have to make another trip by Chader Gari to reach your destination Boga Lake. If you want to take a bus ride, the fare will cost about 300 BDT per-head.
On the way, you would be required to register some basic information (Name, address, etc.) to the local security authority. Remember that tourists are not allowed to leave Ruma heading towards the Boga Lake after 4pm.
If you want to leave your footprint on one of the highest peaks of the country, put Tajingdong on your bucket list. Tajingdong Mountain is located at Remakri Pangsha union in Ruma upazila under Bandarban Hill District. In local tribal dialect “Tajing” means ‘Great’ and the ‘Dong’ means ‘Hill’. So the whole word stands for “Great hill”. Tajingdong is also popular as “Bijoy”.
Adventure tourists love to explore Tajingdon during the winter season. This mountain will amaze you with diverse natural beauties, like hide and seek of clouds on the hill-top, dense forests, hills and mountains, wildlife, zigzagging paths over the green hill, natural springs, hilly roadside, and the surrounding inhabitants’ simple lifestyle, tradition and culture.
Tajingdon Peak, Bandarban: Picture Credit travelmate.com.bd
To conquer Tajingdong Peak, arrive at Bandarban first. Then you have to go to Ruma Upazilla, which is about 50 KM from Bandarban town. While planning your itinerary keep in mind that after 4pm, the tourists are not allowed to leave the Ruma Upazila to visit Tajingdon. You can reach Ruma by local four wheeler transport (Chader Gari). From Ruma take a bus or Chader Gari to reach Boga Lake. From Boga Lake you have to start trekking to reach Tajindong.
It is said that Buddhism is the religion of peace. Bandarban is the pious hub of Theravada Buddhism practiced by tribal communities like Marma or Mogh. Here you will find Buddha Dhatu Jadi, the largest Theravada Buddhist Temple of Bangladesh and the second biggest Buddha sculpture of the country. This Buddhist temple is called ‘kyang’ in local language. It is also popular as ‘Bandarban Golden Temple’ to the tourists.
In the temple area, you would find a small pond on the top of a hill. People adore this place as “The Pond of Angels”. Standing on this place, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding hills and vast natural greenery. Here diverse festivals take place every year.
Buddha Dhatu Jadi: Picture Credit Wikidata
This holy Theravada Buddhist temple stands at Pulpara area, which is 4 KM away from Balaghat town. ‘Buddha Dhatu Jadi’ is 10 kilometer from Bandarban Hill District. You can reach this place from Bandarban town hiring a local transport like auto rickshaw or manual rickshaw. Bandarban Golden Temple is open for tourists from 5 to 7 PM. The entrance-fee is only 10 BDT. Before entering the temple precinct you need to remember that here pilgrims follow a strict dress code like ‘no shorts and no shoes’.
Do want to enjoy both thrill and life-threatening suspense while bathing in the mighty springs of a wild hilly fountain? If yes, then dare to explore Nafakhum, the most wonderful and equally powerful waterfall in Bandarban.
Nafakhum is also called Remakri waterfall. Nafakhum falls under unruly hilly river Sangu at Remakri in Thanchi Upazila of Bandarban Hill District. In this natural waterfall, heavy flow of water pours down with great power, sound and volume declaring pride and grandeur. Not to mention, Nafakhum is one of the most voluminous natural cascades in Bangladesh.
The serpentine Sangu River creates a stunning combination with the blue sky and surrounding hills. The breathtaking beauty of the big rocks over Sangu will make your trip unforgettable. This place is popular as ‘Boro pathor’.
Nafakhum Waterfall: Picture Credit Flickr.com (Abid Tonoy)
To enjoy the splendour of Nafakum, you have to reach Bandarban Hill district first. Then, you can get on a bus heading for Thanchi Upazila, which is 79 KM away from Bandarban. The journey may take around 4 to 5 hours. You would be required to enter your basic information details at the Remakri Army Camp. At Remakri it is mandatory for the tourists to hire a tour guide selected by the Tour Guide Committee. The tour guide will accompany you throughout your journey. Usually, a tour guide charges 500 to 600 BDT per day.
At this point you need to hire an engine boat to reach Remakri. For up and down journey, the boat fare ranges from 4000 to 5000 BDT depending on boat size and capacity. It usually takes about four hours to reach Remakri from Thanchi.
If you want to touch the moving clouds while standing over a hill-top, visit Nilgiri, which is another favorite of tourists in Bandarban. Standing 3500 feet above sea level, Nilgiri is located in Thanchi thana in Bandarban Hill District.
The beauty of Nilgiri varies with the change of seasons. During winter this place becomes foggy. Tourists love to enjoy campfire in such weather. While in monsoon this place gets nearly covered by the fleeting clouds. Besides these, from Nilgiri you can enjoy the spectacular view of sunrise, sunset, sinuous Sangu River, surrounding greenery, etc.
Near the Nilgiri hill, you can visit a traditional village of ‘Mro’ aborigines. Their simple but colourful lifestyle can make you rediscover the meaning of life from a new perspective.
Nil Giri, Thanchi: Picture Credit yourtravel-info.blogspot.com
Nilgiri is located about 46 kilometers away from Bandarban. You can hire a private vehicle from Bandarban Sadar to reach Nilgiri. On the way, you have to register your information (Name, contact details, etc.) to the Army check post. Alternatively, you can ride on a Thunchi-bound bus or local transport to arrive at Nilgiri.
During the monsoon season the weather of Bandarban feels warm with good chances for rain. Tourists hardly visit Bandarban in these months. If you are looking for deals and offers at resorts and hotels, take the chance. However, during rainy season the Hill Tracts region including Bandarban Hill District runs the risk of landslides, which can hinder the local transportation system for days.
Due to the nice weather with very small chances of rainfall, Winter is the best as well as busiest season for tourism in Bandarban. The charges of hotels and resorts usually increase during this period.
Nature purifies our soul and rejuvenates our body. If you want to enjoy spectacular views of the sun rising or setting from the hill or spend some solitary hours in the woods in front of a sparkling waterfall or want to experience the aborigine culture from up close, Khagrachhari is the place for you. From port city Chittagong, Khagrachhari, one of the three constituent districts of the Chittagong Hill Tracts, is about 112 km away. Khagrachhari is also known as Chengmi, or Mong Circle, or Phalang Htaung. Crisscrossed by three sinuous rivers (Chengi, Maini and Feni), the undulating landscape of this hilly region offers up some unique charms.
If you want to bathe in a natural cascade of Khagrachari, don’t miss the Richhang Waterfall. It may not be a big waterfall, but it turns into a lively spring during monsoon. On rainy days, the water pours down from the hill-top in a fierce mode generating both wonder and thrill. Located in a tropical forest, Richhang waterfall cherishes the souls of the viewers with its heavenly shower.
Richhang Waterfall in Khagrachhari district: Picture Credit Wikimedia Commons
If you are heading towards Khagrachhari town by bus, get off at ‘Richhang bus stop’. This place appears on the Chittagong–Khagrachhari highway about 10 km before the Khagrachari town. Alternatively, you can arrive at Khagrachhari town and then get to Richhang bus stop by any local transport, like bus, Chander Gari or CNG. Richhang Waterfall is about 2.1 km far from this point.
Here you will find a signboard indicating the way towards Richhang Waterfall. The path from the highway to the waterfall is surrounded by green hills. You have to climb through hills to view the splendour of Richhang waterfall. However, be careful while climbing the hills as the rainwater makes the hills slippery and hard to climb.
If you fancy excavating natural caverns to discover the secrets of Mother Earth, then don’t miss Alutila Hill Cave during your Khagrachhari tour. This cave is also popular as ‘Alutila mysterious cave’. This cave is located at Matiranga sub-district (upazila) under Khagrachhari Hill District. This cave has been naturally formed under Arbari or Alutila hill (potato hill) which is about 1000 meters high. Natural tropical forest is surrounding this hilly area depicting mind-blowing lush greenery.
What’s special about Alutila Cave? This cave looks like a subway, where cool water flows through the surface. While passing through this 100-meter long cave, you will feel a pin drop silence in a melancholic atmosphere. You can even hear the echoes of your own footsteps.
Alutila Cave in Khagrachhari district: Picture Credit Flickr (Mohammad Asif Parvez)
First arrive at Khagrachhari Town. Alutila Cave is located about 8 km distance from Khagrachhari Town. You can reach Alutila cave from Khagrachari town by local bus, private jeep, or auto rickshaw.
Exploring a holy place is certainly a heavenly experience. Located at Nunchhori under Khagrachari Hill District, this holy place stands about 500 meters or 1600 feet (approximate) high above the ground level. Tripura Tribe inherits a myth about this sacred pond. The myth says that the water of this holy pond will neither dry out nor get polluted. This is why the Nunchhori Debota Pond is called Goddess Pond or Lake of God or Matai Pukhiri.
Nunchhori Debota Pond: Picture Credit The Asian Age
First reach Khagrachhari town. The local transports (Chader Gari) travelling on Rangamati-Khagrachhari route usually go up to Maichchari Army Camp. From this place Nunchhari Tripura Village is about 4 KM away. You have to walk the rest 4 to 5 km path by foot, to reach the Nunchhori Debota Pond at the hilltop. If you go there by car, you can reach up to Nunchhari Tripura village and the rest of the way is only accessible by foot. But it is worth it.
The clean air and lush green environment of Khagrachhari make the mind spiritual. To augment this holly vibe, you can visit ‘Panichari Shantipur Aranya Kutir’. Here you can see the biggest Gautam Buddha statue in Bangladesh. This place is also famous as ‘Panichari Brihot Buddha Sculpture’. This Khagrachari tourist spot is adored by tourists of any religious belief.
Panichari Shantipur Aranya Kutir: Picture Credit rezwanul.blogspot.com
Panichari Shanti Kutir is 25 kilometers away from Khagrachari town. You can get there by bus. The fair ranges around 35 BDT. This journey will be comfortable for the elderly persons as the road is nearly flat on this path.
Trees connect us with nature. If you are a nature-lover then you will feel blessed visiting a centuries old Banyan tree at Khagrachari. Under Matiranga sub-district (Upazila), a 400 year old Banyan tree is standing as a living witness of the bygone times.
The main tree itself features an enormous size. You will also see several small trees connected with the mother tree. Actually, those small trees have generated from the root of the mother tree. According to the tree-researchers, it is one of the biggest Banyan trees of the country. This Banyan tree is locally popular as ‘Porjoton Bot Gach’ or ‘Alutila Bot Gach’. This place soothes the souls of local people as well as the tourists with fresh cool air.
Alutila Bot Gach Matiranga Khagrachhari: Picture Cretive discover-bangladesh.weebly.com
First reach Khagrachhari bus terminal. Then take a bus heading for Chittagong or Feni. Get off the bus at Matiranga Bazar. The bus fare is about 20 BDT. From this place, you can hire a motorbike for a round-trip at your destination Banyan tree and return back at Matiranga Bazar. The motorbike fare usually ranges from 80 to 100 BDT.
Your Khagrachhari trip might remain unfulfilled, if you miss enjoying the sunrise and sunset from the hill-top. Visit Sajek valley to have this unforgettable experience. If you are crazy for adventure, enjoy trailing from Ruilui village to Konglak tribal village. Reaching Konglak village you will put your footstep on the top-surface of Mount Shipu, which is the highest Peak of Mountain ranges at Sajek. You can enjoy the magnificent harmony of green hills and blue sky with the home roasted coffee or locally produced fresh Tangerine.
From the peak of Shipu you can view the surrounding mountain ranges at 360-degree panorama. The simplistic lifestyle of tribal people at Konglak village will detach you from the complexities of urban life. What is more? There are two army helipads placed on two different mountain peaks in Sajek valley. From one helipad you can enjoy rising of the sun; while the other one gives you the opportunity to enjoy the sunset.
Sajek Valley Khagrachhari Bangladesh: Picture Credit busy.org
Sajek is a union under Baghaichari sub-district (upazila) under Rangamati Hill District. However, the fact is you can’t get there directly from Rangamati. To reach Sajek you have to go through Khagrachhari Hill District. Therefore, the tourists always tend to visit Sajek during their Khagrachhari tour.
After reaching Khagrachhari town you can hire a local transport called Chader Gari to arrive at Dighinala. From Dighinala you have to get another ride on Chader gari to reach your destination Sajek valley. However, you can reach Sajek directly from Khagrachhari by reserved Chader Gari or car or personal transport.
Generally, winter is the best time to visit the Khagrachari tourist spots. But during the monsoon the waterfalls are revived and the green hills get lusher. However, during the rainy season landslides occur in the hill tract zone. Such mishaps hamper the local transportation system of Khagrachhari for days. Therefore, it is advised to check the weather forecast before planning a trip in the hilly district.
Can you remember those childhood days when you were waiting the whole year round for the special day called ‘Picnic’ full of joy and amusement? Picnic is a short break for Executives, and Corporates to spend some quality time with family, and friends in a natural environment. Picnic is a gift for city kids, who are usually raised in confined space and hardly get a chance to chill out for daylong with friends under the open sky without worrying about studies, exams, grades, etc. In this article we would like to introduce you to some Picnic Spots near Dhaka. Our discussion include both paid and free/cheap picnic spots.
Near Dhaka city there are several high quality resorts that offer special arrangement for picnic facility. In this section we will highlight on some resorts near Dhaka where you can book a picnic spot for corporate and family get together picnic programs.
Sabah Garden is one of the most popular picnic spots near Dhaka city. Hasan Uddin Sarker has built the Sabah Garden Resort over 36 bighas of land at Bagher Bazaar area in Gazipur. Here you can spend your day out in a natural ambient enjoying fresh air, shadows of trees, chirping of birds, etc. This place is also great for Corporate Events, Annual Day celebration, family program, shooting for media purpose, etc.
Image Courtesy: Sabah Garden Facebook Page
This resort has some unique attributes. For instance, this resort is enriched with a library containing a good number of books written by renowned local and international writers. If you want to read a book in silence, letting your kids playing outside safely, Sabah Garden can be a great choice. The whole resort is nicely decorated with the saying and messages told by world-wide famous people.
The vast area of this Sabah Garden Picnic spot has many other interesting establishments like, mini zoo, statues of some famous people. This place has six big ponds and cottage built with traditional elements like mud, bamboo and tin. A day out in Sabah Garden will give a chance to the city kids to get in touch with rustic ambient. Sabah Resort Garden has special arrangements to entertain the children. Here you will find statutes of diverse animals, like tigers, elephants, etc.
Image Courtesy: Sabah Garden Facebook Page
Sabah Garden costs 60-70,000 BDT for a Picnic event. The cost would be very affordable when the team size is big. However, if your team size is limited, contact with the authority to negotiate the price range.
Starting your Journey from Dhaka city, you can reach Bagherbazar through Dhaka-Mymensingh highway by private car or public bus. Here you will find the Sabah Garden resort.
Nahar Garden is another beautiful picnic spot located in Kamta village, Saturiya thana, Manikganj district near Dhaka city. Nahar Garden presents a peaceful environment filled with various trees. If you are raised in village, the rustic environment of Nahar Garden will remind your childhood days.
Though Nahar Garden does not cover a gigantic area, this picnic spot features nice landscape architecture. This place has a flower garden where you will find lovely flowers of various color and scent. Nahar Garden also includes a pond. Here you will find boat riding arrangement.
Image Courtesy: Nahar Garden Facebook Page
Nahar Garden has a small Zoo containing rich collection of various birds species, including fins, Parrot (20 species), lovebirds, Gere Pariet, pigeons (3 species), cocktails, emu bird, Bajrang, peacocks, macaws, etc. In addition to these, the Mini Zoo of Nahar Garden has some animals like deer, monkeys, camels, etc. Undoubtedly, kids will find great pleasure visiting this place for picnic.
Nahar Garden has Tube Well facility where you can find pure drinking water. In this vicinity, there is a dairy firm, where you can drink fresh cow-milk. Here you will also find many coconut trees. You can even drink the water of freshly picked Green Coconuts. Nahar Garden has a small artificial waterfall. You can bathe there in summer days to have fun. The dummy Titanic will further augment your fun time.
Nahar Garden includes vast playgrounds and amusement parks for children. Here the kids will have great fun viewing the statues of wild animals, like elephants. You will love the nice architecture of Mosque surrounded by water located inside the area of Nahar Garden.
Image Courtesy: Nahar Garden Facebook Page
For picnic arrangement, Nahar Garden has seven spots. Those are Park Cottage, Bokehn vila, Titanic Valley, Palki Cottage, Garden Cottage, VIP Bungalow, and Fountain Cottage. Nahar Garden has reliable security system. Here you will also get secured car parking facility.
The cost of Nahar Garden picnic Spot Ranges from 7000 to 30000 BDT depending upon cottage type, booking day, number of visitors, etc.
Starting your Journey from Gulistan or Farmgate bus stand of Dhaka city, you can reach at Saturia in Manikganj through Dhaka-Aricha highway by a public bus. From Saturia Thana, you can arrive at your destination Nahar Garden at Kamta village by local transport.
This beautiful resort is named ‘Angona’ which means ‘Pretty Girl’ according to Bengali language. The awesome natural beauty of this resort preserves its name-value. Angona resort has been built over 18 bighas of land area at Surjo Narayanpur village in Kapasia of Gazipur district in the year of 2014. The owner of this resort is Sayed Ali Murad, the brother of prominent singer Runa Layla.
Image Courtesy: Angona Resort Gazipur Facebook Page
Besides artificial beautification, this resort is enriched with unique topography. For instance, this area is naturally bound with red soil built hills which belong to Bhawal Pargan range. Thanks to the authority of Angona resort to preserve the God-made natural features of this area. Here you will also find a landscaped garden. This resort includes two big playgrounds along with two vast ponds.
Angona resort is a popular choice for Picnic arrangement. Their Picnic facility can accommodate and cater more than 500 people at a time. However, the whole resort area is encircled with high security walls. Adding to these, this resort is fully covered under the surveillance of security camera and security guards assuring enough security to the visitors.
Image Courtesy: Angona Resort Gazipur Facebook Page
To amuse the visitors, Angona resort has some wonderful facilities like pony rides, boating, swimming pool, badminton court, deer park, etc. This resort also has arrangements for meetings, workshops, training, brainstorming sessions, etc. What is more? In this resort, you will find air-conditioned bedrooms and modern bathrooms.
For arranging a Picnic at Angona Resort, you have to pay 70,000 to 85,000 BDT.
Angona resort is located at Surjonarayanur in Kapasia under Gazipur. This place is about one hour from the Dhaka International Airport. Starting your journey from Dhaka you can ride on a public bus which will pass through Gazipur Junction on Dhaka- Kapasia road. Get off the bus at Pabur Rasta stop. From this point you have to make another trip at one kilometer south to reach at Surjonarayanur village where your will find Angona Resort.
The name of this resort might confuse you whether it is located in Rangamati which is far away from Dhaka city. Actually, Rangamati Waterfront Resort is located at Sinaboho bazaar in Kaliakore Shafipur Bazaar under Gazipur district. This resort is near Chandra at Gazipur. Though this resort mimics the name of ‘Rangamati’, it has no highlands like the Rangamati Hill District.
Image Courtesy: Rangamati water Front Resort Facebook Page
In the Angona resort, the classy landscape architecture including a vast flower garden attracts the visitors. Here you can spend some tranquil moments for relaxing or chatting with dear friends and family members sitting close to nature. Children would love chilling under open sky beside waterfront space.
This resort has nice arrangement for Picnic facility. Here there is a beautiful lake. A hanging bridge augments the elegance of this lake. In this lake, the visitors can enjoy boat riding, fishing, etc. Moreover, this resort owns a modern swimming pool, seven cottages and eight two-storied buildings.
Image Courtesy: Rangamati water Front Resort Facebook Page
Rangmati Water Front Resort has four Picnic spots called Kamini, Zamini, Big Field and Amphitheater. Each of these picnic spots has separate place for culinary preparation, and playground for children. The cost of Picnic ranges from 35000 to 50000 BDT. This resort is a great place for arranging picnic parties for both families and corporates.
The resort is located at about 45 kilometers distance from Dhaka City. Starting the journey from Farmgate bus stand or Mohakhali bus stand area at Dhaka, you can get on a bus heading towards Gazipur. The bus will drop you at Chandra stop. From this point, you can hire a local transport (like rickshaw or tempo) to reach at the resort. By passing Konabari, move towards Shafipur Bazaar area. The Rangamati Water Front resorts falls on the Tangail road.
If you want to celebrate a low-budget picnic with a few people like family members or close friends, then choose a free or cheap picnic spot. There are many natural locations in and around Dhaka city where you can enjoy a day out picnic. For instance, you can choose Ramna Park, Lalbagh fort, Botanical Garden, etc.
These places may charge a nominal entry fee per person. However, these cheap picnic spots may lack some facilities – like, modern restroom, catering service, parking, security arrangement, etc. – which are usually offered by the high-end paid picnic spots. You can arrange the catering from local hotel or restaurants.
“What is our life full of caring, no time for standing and staring”. This childhood rhyme has sadly become the reality in our lives. Vacations relieve stress and relax our mind. But our busy schedule hardly allows us to go for long vacations. However, we can still plan day trips on the weekend. Many of us avoid visiting tourist resorts due to their exorbitant prices. Don’t worry! Still there are some inexpensive tourist places near Dhaka. In this article, we are going to introduce you with 5 affordable tourist spots for day trips from Dhaka.
Moinot Ghat located on the bank of Padma River is popular as “Mini Cox’s Bazar’’. This place falls under Dohar in Dhaka district. Visiting Moinot Ghat you can enjoy the mesmerizing beauty of Padma, the biggest river of the country. Here you can enjoy freshly cooked Hilsa fish. Afternoon Boat riding across the waves of Padma can give you can adventurous feeling. And, the spellbinding sunset would make your day trip memorable for years.
Moinot Ghat, Mini Cox's Bazaar: Picture Taken from bn.wikipedia.org
First you can go to Gulisthan. Near Golap Shah Mazar, you will find a public bus called ‘Jamuna Paribahan’, which will directly take you to Moinot Ghat. This journey might take about two and half hours. At the end of your trip, you can return Gulisthan on the same bus. However, you can also reach Moinot Ghat by car or motorbike.
Rose flower plants are commercially cultivated throughout Sadullapur village, at Birulia Union under the Savar Thana. This village is called ‘Golap Gram’, as the whole place is occupied by the mind-blowing beauty and smell of roses round the year. Here you will also find vast gardens of other flowers like Jarberaa, Gladiolas, Rajanigandha, etc. You can visit this heavenly place to detach yourself from the regular din and bustles of the busy Dhaka city.
Golap Gram Saidullahpur: Picture Taken from Golap Gram Facebook Page
First, reach at Mazar Road at Mirpur – 1. From this point you can go to Beribadh by Bus, Rickshaw, Tempo, or Auto-Rickshaw. From the Beribadh riverside area, you can hire an engine boat to visit Sadullapur Golap Gram.
If you have passion for historical places then don’t miss the Panam City, which is one of the most viewable tourist places near Dhaka city. Here you would find the opportunity to visit two historical places on the same day. The first one is Sonargaon located in Narayanganj, only 27 kilometer away from Dhaka city. During the 16th century, Sonargoan was the historic capital of the Emperor Isa Khan. This place also holds the remembrance Baro Bhuiyan Zamindars.
Sonargaon Folk Museum Narayanganj: Picture Taken from commons.wikimedia.org
The next wonder of this place is the ancient city Panam Nagar placed at one kilometer distance from the Sonargoan Folk Museum. During the British Empire, the traders used to live in and run business from Panam Nagar. The several centuries old historical building of Panam Nagar will remind you of the past glory of this ancient commercial city. As Panam Nagar stand on the bank of Meghna River, you can take a boat ride to enjoy her astonishing beauty.
Panag Nagar, Sonargaon, Naraganganj: Picture Taken from en.wikipedia.org
First reach at Gulistan. Then get on a bus heading for Mograpara Bus Station. The bus will drop you at the vicinity of museum gate. After visiting Sonargoan Folk Museum, you can reach Panam City within 10 to 15 minutes walking by foot.
Araihazar, an island on Meghna River is another popular tourist spot for daytrips from Dhaka city. Araihazar char (Island) is located on the Meghna River. If you wanna spend your weekend in a vast solitary area – except the random sounds of ships, engine boats or trawlers – under open sky, visit this place. Here you don’t need to worry about Chorabali (Quicksand). Furthermore, angelic white Kashban complements with the mesmeric beauty of Meghna, one of the major rivers of the country. This place will be picture skewed in your mind for a lifetime.
Araihazar Char, Meghna River Island: Picture Credit Facebook Group Beautiful Araihazar.
First, go to Gulistan. Then get on a bus – either Doel or Shades Paribahan – heading to Madanpur. The bus fare will cost around BDT 45. Reaching Madanpur, you can take a CNG to get on your travel destination Araihazar. However, you can buy snacks and do launch from the local hotels at Madanpur.
Baliati Zamindar Bari is another famous affordable tourist place under Saturia Upazila, which is about 35 Kilometer away from Dhaka city. Consisted of seven largest buildings, Baliati Zamindar Bari is one of the largest historical palaces in Bangladesh. The surroundings of this Zamindar Bari bestow enthralling natural beauty. You would love the peaceful ambience of this ancient palace bearing the reminiscent grandeur and pride of the past Zamindars.
Baliati Zamindar Bari Manikganj: Photo Taken from en.wikipedia.org
You will get a direct bus service from Gabtoli heading for Saturia Upazila. The bus fare may cost around 70 BDT. The bus will drop you on the Saturia Bus Stand, here you can take a Rickshaw or CNG for reaching the Baliati Jamindar Bari. The palace is closed on Sunday and Government Holidays. The entry fee to this palace is 10 BDT only.
So far, we have discussed 5 affordable tourist spots for day trips from Dhaka. All of our discussed places are suitable for relaxing ‘Day trip’ with your family or buddies. These places might require you to pay nominal entry fees, which are very low compared to the expensive resorts around Dhaka. However, to complete your day trip before the day ends, you need to set off from home early.