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Photograph by Limana Solaiman

Photograph by Limana Solaiman

The Lawachara National Park is located in Srimongol, Sylhet of Bangladesh. It is one of the natural forest left in Bangladesh. Whenever we think of taking a vacation we usually go to the seaside or mountain side, but visitng a forest area can be a new and refreshing experience. Now a days the forest area is under the Nishorgo Programme financed by the USAID and is declared as ‘Protected Area’, they provide tour of the forest. 

Photograph by Young Explorers' Society

Photograph by Young Explorers

I, along with 13 of my club members of Young Explorers’ Society was lucky enough to make this tour. I got to visit the forest once more on my University (Independent University,Bangladesh) field trip of the Environmental Communication course, where I had to prepare a report on the Khasi people of that region and I also visited the Khasi Punji located inside the Lawachara forest.

The Khasi are a matrilineal society and their lifeblood is the betel leaf cultivation. They are environment friendly individuals who take care of the forest and its plants, because Betel Leaf needs the support of other plant to grow since it falls under the category of climbers or creepers.

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Photograph by Young Explorers' Society

There are three hiking trails inside the Lawachara forest, one of 1/2 hour, 1 hour and 3 hours respectively. If you are lucky you will get to see the Hullok Gibon, a rare species of ape found inside the forest, different species of monkey, birds and deers such as the barking deer. The forest is rich with different types of plants, trees and various species of orchids. It is said that a scene of the movie “Aroung the World in Eighty Days was shot inside the rail track that passes through the forest. Since pictures says more than words I am including several of them for your convinience and siging out for now, Hasta la vista! 

 

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Photo by Young Explorers' Society

Beloved Backpackers,

If you want to experience heaven on earth, then please get yourself a ticket to Teknaf(bus ticket ofcourse). It will cost you approxmately 550 TK on a non-ac bus to get to Teknaf. I was lucky enough to make the trip on 2006 with my fellow club members of Young Explorers’ Society.

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Once you get there go straight to the harbour where you can board the Qutubdia or Keari Sindbad (Ships) that will take you to Saint Martins and back only for Tk600. If you have an adventurous spirit then you can hire a fishing boat or trawler that will take 3 hours time to get to your destination, but believe me it is worth it. If you are lucky you can see a particular species of dolphin in that region.

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Photo by Young Explorers' Society

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Photo by Young Explorers' Society

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first view of Saint Martin’s Island will take your breath away, the sheer beauty of the water will awestruck any visitor on an island for the first time. The next step would be to have a refreshing drink of coconut water and then look for a place to stay. Now I am not a biased person but I just loved staying at SHIMANA PERIYE a resort right on the beach or Abakash, a room in these resorts will cost you approxmately 1000-2500 Tk.

Photo by Young Explorers' Society

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Photo by Young Explorers' Society

Photo by Young Explorers

Things to do:

1) Scuba Diving to experience the beauty underwater (Tk 4500-5000).

2) Take a walk to Chera Deep during low tide or take a boat during high tide.

3) Take a tour of the Island by yourself in the moonlight.

4) Wake up early to watch the sun rise.

5) Make a campfire and stay up all night and you can invent some more of your own…

That is all from this travel guide…until next it’s me Limana signing out, Hasta la vista!!!

Tip of the week.

468043812_b1982864edHey there fellow backpackers, today I’m going to talk about the kind of food you should have with you on a mountaineering expedition or a trekking trip of 4 to 5 days, it is very essential that you have the right food with you on your pack or you just might go hungry. 

 

 

 

biscuits33The first tip is you should always carry dry food with you such as, nuts, protein bars, cereal bars, cup cakes, chocolates, candies, buscuits etc. If you are going to a tropical place it is very essential that you carry drinks with you that will provide hydration within minutes. Glucose and salaine are two of the most important drinks you should carry with you at all times on a trip.

 

 

 

champion_nutsIn a nut-shell you should carry food that provides instant energy and re-hydrates you with in minutes. That’s all from me for now…see ya later, Hasta la vista!!!

Choose Ur Backpack

Hello backpackers!

Today I want to write about the most necessary article needed while travelling, if you are confused about the article I am talking about then rest assure that I am talking about your backpack. It does’nt matter whether you are on a camping trip, hiking trip, backpacking around the country or on an all-inclusive holiday, it is vital that you carry the pack that is right for you and all your essentials.

There are a couple of things you should remember while choosing your backpack:

a) If you are out on a trekking trip or mountaineering always choose a pack that is light-weight and waterproof.

b) Carry a pack that is durable and can carry heavy loads.

c) Choose a medium to small pack for your own convinience.

d) Keep it in mind that it has reflectors and if you can find one with emergency beep light consider yourself to be lucky.

Below are a few backpacks I have selected for you, the features of each product are copied from the sites for your convinience, please feel free to click here for reviews on more backpacks.

The North Face

The North Face Jemma

The North Face Jemma

 

Comfortable stitched foam back panel, Ultra-padded shoulder straps. Main compartment with universal sleeve

Secondary compartment with women’s specific organizer

Backsaver bottom panel. Large front mesh pocket with padded compression panel

Mesh water-bottle pockets, X-bungee, Removable waistbelt, Reflective hits

 

 

 

The North Face - Women's Isabella

The North Face - Women

 
Basic organizer in front pocket. Carry handle. Designed and sized specifically for women to fit torso and hips comfortably. Mesh side water bottle pockets. Main compartment with multiple internal pockets to organize small essentials. Reflective hits for nighttime visibility. Removable hip-belt comes off easily keeping it out of the way when not in use. Torso length is shorter to accommodate a woman’s build.
Hip-belt is designed and patterned specifically for the shape of women’s hips. Shoulder straps avoid the chest for comfortable load carrying. Simplified bungee system on pack face lets you easily secure essentials like an extra layer. Small stash pocket on pack front for little items.
 

 

 

The North Face Circle

The North Face Circle

 
Women-specific shoulder harness. Comfortable, stitched foam back panel. Main compartment with internal divider. Secondary compartment with organizer. Small mesh side pockets. Reflective hits
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REI

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REI Stroke 9 Pack

Zippered hydration pocket holds your 2 liter reservoir (sold separately) for hands-free drinking on the trail. Innovative feature directs hydration sip tube out through either shoulder strap—your choice!Backpanel is lined with highly breathable, moisture-wicking ventilating mesh to move sweat away from your back. Egg-crate-like foam backpanel follows the contours or your body, keeping contents close and stable. Perforated foam shoulder straps wrapped with breathable mesh increase air circulation. Hipbelt webbing system lets you use a natural forward pulling motion for quick, easy cinching and precise adjustment. Panel-loading main compartment carries the essentials you might need for a workout on the trail

 

 

Osprey

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Panel loader. Two torso adjustable sizes. Top zippered mesh pocket. Side compression straps. Front and side stretch woven pockets. Mesh covered perforated hipbelt with zippered stretch mesh pockets. Mesh covered perforated harness straps with stretch goo pockets. Bungee tie off for trekking poles. Easy access exterior hydration compartment.
 

 

 

 

 

Marmot

Marmot Whirlwind Pack

Marmot Whirlwind Pack

 
Air Flow backpanel moves away excess moisture and body heat for day-long comfort. Tensioned, trampoline mesh backpanel provides a form-fitting and stable carry while allowing full air circulation. Padded, adjustable shoulder straps make for comfortable carrying and a stable load. Hipbelt helps stabilize the load during rides and aids in transferring weight to the hips as you walk. Zippered mesh pockets on hipbelt are large enough for your compact digital camera in one and snacks in the other. Main compartment is large enough to hold trail essentials and an extra layer of clothes. Built-in rain cover can be pulled out in a flash, protecting pack contents from sudden downpours. 

 

 

Marmot Garmsal

Marmot Garmsal

 

Airflow™ Frame System Airflow Frame System
Hydration Pocket and Port Designed to Hold Hydration Pouch Systems
Lightweight Side Cinch
Split-Wrap Waist Belt
Waist Belt Pockets For Convenient, Quick Access
 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s all for now, see you soon with more reviews about interesting equipments, Hasta la vista.

Fellow Backpackers,

On this week’s travel guide I am going to tell you about a place situated near Narayanganj  called Roopganj. Roopganj is still undergoing urbanization. You can get into a bus from about anywhere and get dropped off at a place called Bholta bus stand, in front of Gousia Market. Once in front of the market you can hire a rickshaw on hourly basis that will cost you approximately 40 taka per hour. Ask anyone about the Jamdani Tati settlement and they will show you the direction.

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After you have watched the legendary Jamdani makers at work you can take a rickshaw ride to Russel park. It is a beautiful natural site with a manmade pond where you can go boating, a small zoo inside and monuments of different animals, along with swings and see-saw for children to enjoy. The environment is very calm as it is far away from the city crowd.

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After a refreshing break, take a ride to the Mura Para College that use to be a Zamidar House(an old palace). It is one of the extinct Architectural site of our country, so if you are interested in archaelogy and old archiutecture you will surely enjoy your visit.

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If you are not satisfied with the serene beauty of Russel Park, you can take a bus ride and then a taxi ride to Oikkodan Natural park. That is all form me on this week’s travel guide but if you are into climbing trees then don’t forget to take a swing on the ancient banyan tree outside Mura Para College, unitl next time its me Limana signing out…Hasta la vista!

Ancient Banyan Tree

 

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Ok, so we reached Baharchora and crossed the mud filled ditch. It was the first stop on our way to Cox’s Bazar after a long day’s trek and stayed the night at the chairman’s place. They were very hospitable to us and treated us well. Let me describe Baharchora for a little bit. It was a very conservative area and women were not suppose to dress and talk like the way I and Raka did. So, half the village was gathered outside the chairman’s place to meet and greet us.
Later that night the chairman informed us that he had already sent a letter to the chairman of Monkhali about our upcoming visit and he will make further arrangements for our stay at the village. So, the next morning we woke up and it was raining yet again and we started to walk towards Monkhali, by now we were all dark brown in complexion and severely dehydrated, but that did not stop or tire us down. We reached Monkhali after 17km and approxmately 8 hours of trek. The chairman of Monkhali was unable to lodge us for the night so he opened up the beautiful Forest Rest-house for us to stay. It was a wonderful round building surrounded by windows and same as Baharchora there was no electricity there. We had a great time at the village of Monkhali.
Our next stop was Emordel where we stayed with the local head of the village called member. We discovered that the people of the area was very nice to any visitors and we were treated with great respect. Specially the women of the village were very interested with eveyrthing we told them. Then again the next morning we started towards Inani. We did not stay the night there but we did discover a Jhoubon(small forest) and explored the area. That night we stayed at the Jaliayapalong Union Complex at Shonarpara. Usually only the government employee and members were allowed to stay at the complex but eveyone made an exception for us because by the time we reached there we were quite renowned in the area. We were treated with great respect and everyone was freindly to us. They talked to us about their way of life and everyday activities, village politics etc.
At last the day after we reached our destination Cox’s Bazar. It was my first time there and I was awestruck and fell in love with the sea immediately. It was the greatest adventure and experience of my life and to this day I talk about it to everyone with undying enthusiasm. I suggest you all to try out the longest beach challenge, it will definitely broaden your horizon and also put a great impact on your personality and I must say I loved retelling my tale of travel for the 1000th time and I also know for a fact that I will never get tired of it.

Safety First

Hello friends,

Today I thought I would let you all in on a secret. Whenever I go on an adventure trip, I dare to take some minor risks because I always go well prepared. Let me be a little more specific, it is mandatory that you carry a first-aid kit with you at all time, whether you are on an all-day outing, family picnic, a hiking, backpacking or camping tour. This is another must have item that you should carry with you.

I took some time out to pick a few products that is sure to help you out, please feel free to click here to read reviews about more first-aid kit products.

Here is a kit that you should carry with you if you plan on visiting areas that are situated in earthquake zones.

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Description:

The Stansport™ Earthquake/Survival Family Kit is specifically designed to support up to 4 people during catastrophic events, including earthquakes, floods, hurricanse, and other life-threatening disasters. It includes a 3-day supply of food, water, and medical supplies in a sturdy carrying case.
 
If you plan to go on an expedition or an impulsive adventure trip, this adventure comprehensive medical kit will make you feel safe and prepared for accidents.
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Description:

Designed for a group of one to 14 people and for backcountry trips from one to 28 days, the Adventure Comprehensive Medical Kit is a must to ensure a safe trip. Organized logically into specific compartments, the contents are easy to see and easy to access. These kits have a CPR Lifesaver Pack with CPR Microshield. They also treat and prevent fractures/dislocations/sprains with Sam Splint and elastic bandage; hypoglycemia/insulin Shock with one glutose paste; dehydration with oral rehydration salts; dental problems with Dentemp Temporary Filling Mixture and snake bites and bee stings with a Sawyer Extractor. They also treat wounds with a 20cc. irrigation syringe and surgical scrub brush; blisters with two Spenco 2nd Skin and one Molefoam; burns with one Aloe Vera Gel; trauma with trauma dressings and triangular bandage; allergic symptoms with antihistamines and virus transmission with infectious control pack. The Comprehensive kit also includes a variety of medical equipment, along with two important guidebooks: “Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness & Travel Medicine, and “Illustrated Guide to Life-Threatening Emergencies.

For an all-day outing you can carry a light-weight medical emergency kit like the Adventure Medical UltraLight & Watertight .7 Medical Kit.

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Description:

The Adventure Medical Ultra Light & Watertight .7 medical kit brings you essential emergency medical items packaged in a compact and lightweight bag of 1.3-oz, silicone-coated ripstop nylon.

That is all from me for now, please keep an eye for more interesting product reviews for your adventure.