Bandarban Hill District is a hub for natural beauty. Hills, mountains, treks, ethnic tribes etc, make it a complete travel destination
To almost touch the clouds and see the lush green natural beauty you must go to the hilly daughter of Bangladesh, Bandarban. Here you can experience being completely calm and serene. Trekking through the forests with hills and mountains and an opportunity to meet and live with different tribes and be a part of their culture are few things that make Bandarban truly special.
Bandarban, a district in south-eastern Bangladesh and a part of the Chittagong Division, is one of the three hill districts of the country (the others being Rangamati District and Khagrachhari District). Bandarban is the hometown of the Bohmong Chief (currently King, or Raja, U Cho Prue Marma) who is the head of the Bohmong Circle.
In the early 15th century, the Arakanese Kingdom, where Mrauk U was the capital, expanded its territories to the Chittagong area of Bengal. After the victory of Arakan on Burma’s Pegu kingdom in 1599 AD, the Arakanese King Min Razagyi appointed a prince of Pegu, Maung Saw Pru, as the governor of the newly established Bohmong Htaung (Circle) by conferring the title of ‘Bohmong’ Raja. More than 15 ethnic minorities live in the district besides the Bengalis: Marma, Rakhine, Magh, Mru, Bawm, Khyang, Tripura, Lushei, Khumi, Chak, Kuki, Chakma, Tanchangya, Usu and Pankho.
Bandarban Hill District is a hub for natural beauty. The landscape is covered with zigzag courses of hills. The Shangu and Matamuhuri rivers flow through Bandarban in serpentine courses. There are many attractive tourism places to explore here as well, including waterfalls, lakes, rivers, historical temples, archaeological sites, to name a few.
Boga Lake: Boga Lake is the most amazing lake in Bangladesh. The area around Boga Lake in Bandarban is about 15 acres. It is about 3,000 feet above sea level. Tourists will be astonished looking at the mountains surrounding the Boga Lake.
Buddha Dhatu Jadi: The Buddha Dhatu Jadi is a beautiful Buddhist temple. Built on top of a hill, 200 feet high, it is known as the Bandarban Golden Temple. There is a small pond on the premises, called the ‘Pond of God’. The design, technique and golden hue of this temple attract a lot of tourists.
Nilachal: A beautiful place near Meghla, Nilachal is known as Tiger Hill. It is about 2,000 feet above sea level. During the rains, visitors are thrilled as they walk through the clouds on the hills.
Tajingdong: Tajingdong, also known as ‘Bijoy’, is the highest mountain in Bangladesh, situated at about 4,300 feet above sea level. According to local tribal language ‘Tajing’ means ‘Great’ & ‘Dong’ means ‘Hill. There are several tribal communities in the mountain who live natural, organic lives. This remote area has many small and big mountains and hills. This area is covered with dense forests, birds and animals.
Keokradong: Keokradong is the second-highest mountain in Bangladesh. Keokradong is about 4,035 feet above sea level. Located on the border between Bangladesh and Myanmar, Keokradong Mountain is situated 30 km away from the Ruma subdistrict of Bandarban.
Nilgiri: Nilgiri is one of the tallest peaks and is about 3,500 feet high. At the peak, tourists can watch green hill and mountains and the clouds seem to be hanging just overhead. The Nilgiri is called the Darjeeling of Bangladesh.
Chimbuk: Chimbuk is the oldest tourist spot of Bandarban. It is about 21 km away from Bandarban city. A restaurant and a watchtower are situated on the peak of the hill. From the peak, the beauty of the surrounding habitat leaves tourists spellbound.
Nafakhum: Nafakhum is a waterfall on the wild, hilly Sangu river. A special type of flying fish is found at the bottom of the fall in a small cave. These fish swim against the stream but cannot jump over the high fall.
Rijuk: The Rijuk waterfall is a perennial fall that is about 300 feet high and falls into the river Sangu. Tourist flock here through the year but during the rains, it is at its most beautiful.
How to go
Chittagong is connected by air with the capital city Dhaka. Daily non-stop flights are available. The journey by plane takes about 25-35 minutes.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Bandarban is between October to February. The climate is cool and dry. However, if one is not opposed to a little bit of inconvenience of the rain, the full beauty of Rangamati might really be in monsoon when the lush greenery of the city is rain washed, the waterfalls are fuller and the heart is lighter. So, are you ready for a treat in Bandarban?