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.
Let's see what are the best tourist attractions in and around Sylhet.
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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