Archive for November, 2008


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.


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.



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.


Photo by Young Explorers' Society


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

Photo by Young ExplorersPhoto by Young ExplorersPhoto by Young Explorers

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!!!

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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!!!

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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 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




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 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.

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