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Ecotourism & Eco tours in Bangladesh

 Bangladesh Travel  Homes  is offering customize tour for the tourist who are interested for Ecotourism & discovering the unspoiled beauty of Sundarbans and other attractive eco-tourism destination in Bangladesh. We are confident to give you a lifetime enjoyable experience!

                               

       Sundarbans the home of Royal Bengal Tiger!

Introduction:   Bangladesh is a country of vast, largely unknown and unspoiled natural beauty and reserves, which are simply unique and fascinating. These natural phenomena are composed of hills and vales, forests, rivers, lakes, sea and Beaches, and the evergreen landscape embracing the country is situated in the northeastern side of the South Asia sub-continent. The topography is mainly flat alluvial plain, criss-crossed by the worldís three mighty river systems, the Padma (Ganges),

 the Jamuna and the Meghna and their innumerable tributaries. The east and the northeast of the country joins India, and the southeastern part, adjoining Myanmar, is mainly hilly with dense forest. This area comprises Chittagong and the three Hilly Districts (as they are known) of Rangamati, Bandarban and Khagrachori, with an average elevation of 610 m. These folded ranges run parallel to each other in the north-south direction and the hill slopes are generally enveloped by dense virgin forest. In the south and southwest, alongside the coast of the Bay of Bengal, lies the Sundarbans, better known as a swampy tropical mangrove forest, the home of the Royal Bengal Tiger. These areas are all ideal for the expansion of ecotourism in the country. The climate of Bangladesh is subtropical with a hot and humid summer and cool and dry winter. Annual rainfall ranges from 160 to 400 cm. The best period to visit Bangladesh is November to March, when the temperature ranges between 13.3 and 26.5 Celsius.

Potential for eco-tourism in Bangladesh


   Bangladesh enjoys a unique position, being easily accessible from many popular destinations in South Asia. This is a real advantage, and particularly true of the Chittagong Hill Tracts that provides a truly pristine and exciting destination for travelers. According to the Lonely Planet Bangladesh profile, three destinations worth visiting are the Govinda Shiva and Jagannath Temples at Puthia, Rajshahi, St. Martin's Island, and Rangamati and Kaptai Lake in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.   The country is home to the Royal Bengal Tigers, leopards, Asiatic elephants, monkeys, langurs, gibbons (the only ape in the subcontinent), otters and mongooses,Reptiles include the sea tortoise, mud turtle, river tortoise, pythons, crocodiles,

Largest Mangrove sundarbans

Largest Mangrove Sundarbans

gharials and a variety of snakes. There are more than 600 species of birds, including the Paradise Flycatcher and the most spectacular kingfishers and fishing eagles (IUCN, 2000). The climate of Bangladesh is subtropical and tropical and there are six main seasons: Grishmo or summer, Barsha or Monsoon, Sharot or fall, Hemanto or fall, Sheit or winter and Bashonto or spring.The Bengal region has a multi-faceted folk heritage, enriched by its ancient animist, Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim roots. Weaving, pottery, and terracotta sculpture are some the earliest forms of artistic expression. The World Heritage Committee has included in the World Heritage List and the Sundarbans (which is in the list of World Heritage Sites).

Major Eco-Tourism Destination in Bangladesh
  1. The Sundarbans (Largest Mangrove Forest)

  2. Hill tracts Districts (Bandarban, Rangamati, Khagrachori)

  3. Srimongol Lawachera rain forest & Tangua  Hoar

  4. Saint Martinís Island (Coral Island)

  5. Nijhum Deep ( Sea queen Island )

      

 

                                                                                                                                     Dubla beach in Sundarbans
The Sundarbans                                                                                                       (Sundarbans Package tours)
Sundarbans is the world biggest mangrove forest. In Bangladesh tourism, Sundarbans plays the most vital role. A large number of foreigners come to Bangladesh every year only to visit this unique mangrove forest. Besides, local tourists also go to visit Sundarbans every year. The area of great Sundarbans is approximately 6000 sq. km
MAIN ATTRACTIONS:

 

Wildlife photography including photography of the famous Royal Bengal Tiger, wildlife viewing, boating inside the forest will call recordings, nature study, meeting fishermen, wood-cutters and honey-collectors, peace and tranquility in the wilderness, seeing the world's largest mangrove forest and the revering beauty. The Sundarbans are the largest littoral mangrove belt in the world, stretching 80km (50mi) into the Bangladeshi hinterland from the coast. The forests aren't just mangrove swamps though; they include some of the last remaining stands of the mighty jungles, which once covered the Gangetic plain. have been recorded in the Sundarbans. The Gangetic River Dolphin (Platanista gangeticus) is common in the rivers. No less than 50 species of reptiles and eight species of amphibians are known to occur. The Sundarbans now support the only population of the Estuarine, or Salt-Water Crocodile (Crocodiles paresis) in Bangladesh, and that population is estimated at less than two hundred individuals. Here land and water meet in many novel fashions, Wildlife presents many a spectacle.
                                                                                                               
No wonder, you may come across a Royal Bengal Tiger swimming across the streams or the crocodiles basking on the riverbanks. With the approach of the evening herds of deer make for the darking glades where boisterous monkeys shower Keora leaves from above for sumptuous meal for the former. For the botanist, the lover of nature, the poet and the painter this land provides a variety of wonder for which they all crave. It's beauty lies in its unique natural surrounding. Thousands of meandering streams, creeks, rivers and estuaries have enhanced its charm. Sundarbans meaning beautiful forest is the natural habitat of the world famous Royal Bengal Tiger, spotted deer, crocodiles, jungle fowl, wild boar, lizards, theses monkey and an innumerable variety of beautiful birds. Migratory flock of Siberian ducks flying over thousands of sail boats loaded with timber, golpatta (round-leaf), fuel wood, honey, shell and fish further add to the serene natural beauty of the Sundarbans. This is indeed a land for the sportsmen, the anglers and the photographers with its abundance of game, big and small, crocodile, wild boar, deer, pythons, wild-birds and above all the Royal Bengal Tiger, cunning, ruthless and yet majestic and graceful, For the less adventurously inclined, there are ducks and snipes. herons and coots, yellow-lags and sandpipers. It is also the land for the ordinary holiday makers who desire to rest or wander around at will to refresh their mind and feast their eyes with the rich treasure that nature has so fondly bestowed.
The Hill tracts Districts                                                                      (The Hill tracts Districts  package tours)
The Hill Tract is divided into four valleys surrounded by the Feni, Karnaphuli, Sangu (Sankhu) and Matamuhuri rivers and their tributaries. The ranges or hills of the Hill Tracts rise steeply thus looking far more impressive than what their height would imply and extend in long narrow ridges. The highest peaks on the northern side are Thangnang, Langliang and Khantiang while those on the southern side are Ramu, Taung, Keekradang, Tahjindong (4632 ft, highest in Bangladesh), Mowdok Mual, Rang Tlang and Mowdok Tlang
 The tribal people are extremely self-reliant, they grow their own food, their girls weave their own clothes and generally speaking,
they live a simple life. Each tribe has its own dialect, distinctive dress and rites and rituals. The common feature is their way of life, which still speaks of their main occupation. Some of them take pride in hunting with bows and arrows. Tribal women are very skilful in making beautiful handicrafts. Tribal people are generally peace loving, honest and hospitable. They usually greet a tourist with a smile.
The Forests : The valleys of the Hill Tracts are covered with thick-planted forests. The vegetation in semi-evergreen to tropical evergreen dominated by tall teak trees. The natural vegetation can be seen best in the Rain-khyong valleys of the Bandarban district.This district provides valuable wood which is used for various purposes, besides supplying wood and bamboo for the Karnaphuli Paper Mills and the Rayon Mills situated at Chandraghona. Here a tourist may be lucky to see how huge logs of wood are being carried to the plain by the tamed elephants.
Kaptai Lakes : Famous Kaptai Lake, the largest "man-made" lake, spreading over 680 sq. km. of crystal-clean water flanked by hills and evergreen forests lies in the Rangamati Hill District. The lake was formed when the Karnaphuli river dam (153 feet high, 1800 feet long crest) was built for the purpose of hydroelectric power project at Kaptai. The old Rangamati town was submerged under lake water and a new town had to be built later. The lake is full of fish and provides facilities for cruising, swimming and skiing. There are also facilities for angling and short trip by Sampan, local name for country boats.
 
Rangamati : If you donít visit Rangamati you will not discover a big portion of natural beauties of Bangladesh. From Chittagong a 77 km. road amidst green fields and winding hills will take you to Rangamati. It is also connected by waterway from Kaptai. Parjatan holiday complex is the best place to stay in Rangamati. There are other hotels in Rangamati where you can stay. Boating is the prime attraction in Rangamati. You can go to Kaptai and also by Karnaphuli River you can go deep in side the hill areas where on the way you will find lots of natural waterfalls.
If you wish you can take shower in the waterfall or you can swim in the river. By boat you can visit the tribal villages, King Chakma's (tribal) Palace that is called Chakma Rajbari, Rajbonbihar pagoda, Tribal museum etc. You can also enjoy the tribal handmaid crafts if you go for shopping in the local market.
Bandarban : Lots of hills and hilly areas, waterfalls, River Sangu, Lakes and the tribal culture are the main attraction of Bandarban. You can go to Bandarban from Chittagong by road. Chimbuk hill is one of the major attractions of Bandarban. You can enjoy the journey to Chimbuk Hill by jig jag hilly roads. Itís the third highest mountain in Bangladesh of approx. 3000 ft height. Reach Chimbuk by jeep or microbus from Rangamati. A beautiful Rest house is there on the top of Chimbuk hill.If you are lucky then you can feel the clouds touching your whole body. If you take the prior permission from Roads and Highway Department you can spent a night in the rest house on the top of Chimbuk hill. If you stay there a night, you will remember your stay for your whole life with the calmness of nature hearing sometimes the wild animals squalling.

Khagrachari : Khagrachhari is the natural wild beauty of Bangladesh. Here you can visit the tribal lifestyle of Chakmasí in Khagrachari. You can also visit Alutila hill. Approximately 100 meters long a very dark Cave is the mysterious beauty of Alutila hill.

Matai Pukhiri Lake-It is a lake at 1500 feet above the ground at Nunchhari in Khagrachari. According to Tripura tale, water of this lake is never up or it turns dirty. that is why it is called Lake of God.

The Saint Martinís Island (Coral Island)                                              Saint Martin's Island Package tours
St. Martins Island is the most beautiful Coral Island where you will find live corals. Its only 30 km from Teknaf and you can go there by local motorboat, tourist boats, or sea truck. This small coral island about 10km (6mi) southwest of the southern tip of the mainland is a tropical clichť, with beaches fringed with coconut palms and bountiful marine life. Thereís nothing more strenuous to do here than soak up the rays, but itís a clean and peaceful place without even a mosquito to disrupt your serenity. Itís possible to walk around the island in a day because it measures only 8 sq km (3 sq mi), shrinking to about 5 sq km (2 sq mi) during high tide. Most of islandís 5500 inhabitants live primarily from fishing, and between October and April fisher people from neighboring areas bring their catch to the islandís temporary wholesale market's this Island, you will find the beautiful Coral reef and long Coral beach and lots of coconut trees. The local name of the coconut is Narikel and the original name of this Island is Narikel Jinjira is derived from that. If you are lucky enough then you can spend the exotic moonlit night at St. Martins Island. The beauty of Full moon in St. Martins Island cannot be expressed, if you are not there at that time.
Nijhum deep, a potential  Eco tourism tourist spot in Bay of Bengal                                 Package Tours
The Nijhum Deep, an island with forest and deep blue water of the Bay of Bengal in the south of Bangladesh attracts hundreds of tourists during the winter season and many are interested to visit the island. Four decades ago, the island was under deep water. But, the alluvial island surfaced over the period and in 1972 the forest department began afforestation programs in the island. Later, the government declared the Nijhum Deep as a `national garden'. The Bay waves that irrigate the forest more than once a day helped grow quickly the planted Keowra, Geowra, Bain and Kakra and other valuable trees. Wild animals -the spotted deers, monkey, buffalo, snakes and 35 species of birds-- made the island attractive for the tourists.

In the winter, thousands of guest birds migrate to this island to add more to its beauty. In 1978, four pair of spotted deers were released in the forest and now the number of deer has increased to around 6000. The visitors can easily watch these attractive animal.
The island has 20 kms long sandy and grassy beach that may attract thousands tourists annually if facilities and services are made available there. Oysters of various nature and snails are can be easily seen in the island. The tourists in the island can enjoy sunrise and sunset from the island.

To pay a visit in the Nijhum Deep is a bit adventurous and enjoyable. Tourists from Dhaka can avail the motor launches plying between Satarghat and Hatia Tamorddi to reach the island. From Chittagong tourists can avail sea-truck to go Hatia.From Hatia the tourist can get transport to go Jahajmara Bazar and from there, they can go to Amtalighat or Katakhalighat by rickshaw. Boats are available there to reach the island. Another route is that from Dhaka or Chittagong the tourists by train or road transports can reach Sonapur in Noakhali from where they can avail steamer service or sea truck from Char Jabbar ghat to go to Hatia. A number of hotels and rest houses besides government bungalows are now available in the island for stay there. People of the island are long been awaiting for more initiative of the island are long been awaiting for more initiative of the government and Bangladesh tourist Corporation (BPC) for exploring the potentials of the island.
Srimongol Tea Garden & Lawacherra Rain Forest                                                           Package Tours
Lawacherra Rain Forest is one of the important & well-reserved forests in Bangladesh. Here visitor may see gibbons swimming through the trees and birds like bee-eater owls parrot. It is a good habitant of Deer, leopard, wild chicken, squirrel, and python. Don't miss it especially if you are bird watcher. The terrain is hilly and vegetation is fairly thick. Only one rare Chloroform tree of Asia is prime attraction. Khasia & Manipuri is two important ethnic-tribe live here. Manipuri is famous for its rich culture especially for dancing, singing. They are also famous for their traditional weaving.
You can buy their handicrafts exquisitely woven woolen. Shawls, Sharee, Napkin, bed-cover and some should a bags. It is known as colorful community. Khasia tribe is famous for their betel leaf cultivation. They make their villages high on hilltop in deep forest and so far from town. It is like "A Piece of Paradise". Certainly it will please you.
Panoramic View of Sundarbans
 
 
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