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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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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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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.

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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!!!

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