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             CHITTAGONG DIVISION TOUR         

 

Chittagong, the second largest city of Bangladesh and a busy international seaport, is an ideal vacation spot. Its green hills and forests, its broad sandy beaches and its fine cool climate always attract the holiday-makers. Described by the Chinese traveller poet, Huen Tsang (7th century A.D.) as "a Sleeping beauty emerging from mists and water" and given the title of "Porto Grande" by the 16th century Portuguese seafaers. Chittagong remains true to both the descriptions even today. It combines the busy hum of an active seaport with the soothing quiet of a charming hill town.

Chittagong is the country's chief port and is the main site for the establishment of heavy, medium and light industries. Bangladesh's only steel mill and oil refinery are also located in chittagong.

Climate: Pleasant and cool in winter and warm and humid in summer.

Language: Bangla, English is spoken and understood.

Wearing Apparel: Tropical in summer and light woollen in winter.

Communication & Transport: Chittagong is connected by roads and rail with rest of the country. Air link is available with Dhaka and Calcutta.

Interesting places in Chittagong

 World War II Cemetery:

In a well-preserved cemetery at a quiet and picturesque place within the city lie buried in eternal peace over 700 soldiers from Britain, Australia,

Canada, New Zealand, India, Myanmar, East and West Africa, The Netherlands and Japan who laid down their lives on the Myanmar front during the World War II.

Court Building Museum: Situated on the Fairy Hill, this building commands a panoramic bird's eye view of Chittagong. This had been the scene of intense activity during the independence War in 1971. A museum has been established here.

Foy's Lake (Pahartali Lake):

Set amidst picturesque surroundings in the railway township of Phartali 8 km. from Chittagong, this is an ideal spot of outing and picnic thronged by

thousands of visitors every week.

Mercantile Marine Academy at Juldia: The only training institute of its kind in Bangladesh, situated on the mouth of the river Karnaphuli.

Patenga and Fouzdarhat Sea Beaches: Patenga beach is about 22 km. from Chittagong and is approachable by a motorable road. On the way to the beach one passes the Patenga Airport. Another ideal picnic spot is the Fouzdarhat sea beach about 16 km. from Chittagong.

Port Area: Located near the river mouth of the river Karnaphuli, the Chittagong port has a recorded history from 9th century. Today, this is the principal seaport of the country.

Ethnological Museum: This museum located in Agrabad is a treasure-house of a variety of tribal culture and heritage of Bangladesh.

Sitakunda: About 37 km. Chittagong, lies an interesting place known sitakunda, served by a railway station of the same name. Famous among the many temples in this place are the Chandranath Temple and the Buddhist Temple has a footprint of Lord Buddha. These places particularly the hilltops are regarded as very sacred by the Buddhists and the Hindus. Siva-chaturdashi festival is held every year in February when thousands of pilgrims assemble for the celebrations which last about ten days. There is a salt water spring 5 km. to the north of Sitakunda, known as Labanakhya.

Parjatan facilities for tourists in Chittagong:

Motel Shaikat at Station Road is a good Motel for budget tourists. It has 2 AC suites; 13 AC Twin Rooms; 13 non-AC Twin Rooms; Shaikat Resturent 60 seating, Tourist Information, Phones: 619514, 619845, 611046-8. Other hotels in town are Hotel Agrabad, Hotel Shahjahan, Hotel Miskha, Hotel Safina & Hotel Hawaii.

Car rental: Rent-A-Car facilities are available for city sightseeing and trips to Rangamati, Cox's Bazer, Sitakunda and other touristically important places.

Hill Districts

The Hill Tracts is divided into three districts, namely Rangamati, Khagrachari and Bandarban. From Chittagang 77 km. road amidst green fields and winding hills will take you to Rangamati, the headquarters of the Rangamati Hill District which is a wonderful repository of scenic splendours with flora and fauna of varied descriptions. It is also connected by water way from Kaptai.

The Hills: The Hill Tracts 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 (3000 ft, highest in Bangladesh), Mowdok Mual, Rang Tlang and Mowdok Tlang.

The 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.

The Forests: The valleys of the Hill Tracts are covered with thick planted forests. The vegetation in semi-evergreen to tropical evergreen dominated by talk teak trees. The natural vegetation can be seen best in the Rain- khyong valleys of the Bandarban district. This district provides the country with valuable wood 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.

Climate: There are three main seasons, the dry season (November to March), which is relatively cool, sunny and dry, the premonsoon season (April and May), which is very hot and sunny with occasional shower, and the rainy season (June to October), which is warm, cloudy and wet.

Tribal life: The inhabitants of the Hill Tracts are mostly tribal. Life of the tribal people is extremly fascinating. Majority of them are Buddhists and the rest are Hindus, Christains and Animists. Despite the bondage of

religion, elements of primitiveness is strongly displayed in their rites, rituals and everyday life. The tribal families are matriarchal. The women-folk are more hard-working than the males and they are the main productive force. The tribal people are extremly 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 speak 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.

Places of interest in Hill Districts

For visit of foreign tourists to the Hill Districts prior permission from the Government is required which can be arranged through BPC.

Rangamati: Rangamati, the focal point of Rangamati Hill District, is connected with Chittagong by a 77 km. metalled road. The township is located on the western bank of the Kaptai Lake. Rangamati is a favourite

holiday resort because of its beautiful landscape, scenic beauty, its flora and fauna, homespun textiles, bamboo handbags, flower vases and silver jewllery and the tribal men and women who fashion them, are other attractions. The tribal handicraft factory and sales centre run by BSCIC produces many varities of souvenirs made of bamboo, cane, straw, textile and leather. For the tourists the attractions of Rangamati are numerous tribal life, fishing, speed-boat cruising, water-skiing, hiking or merely enjoying nature as it is. Other places worth visiting include, Tribal Museum, Bein Textile Factory and Sales Centre, Kalpataru, Ivory product shop, Hanging Bridge, Tribal village, Chakma Raj Bari (King's palace), Weekly Hat (market). Above all tribal dance and music captivate visitors which can be organised by Bangaldesh Parjatan Corporation if prior notice is given.

Kaptai: A pleasant and picutresque drive of 64 km. from Chittagong brings you to a huge expanse of emerald and blue water ringed with majestic tropical forests. It is the famous Kaptai Lake.

Only 3 km. from Kaptai along the Chittagong Road, Lies the ancient Chit Morong Buddhist Temple where there is beautiful Buddhist statues. An annual Buddhist festival is held here on the last day of Bengali year (Mid-Aprill).

Chandraghona: Fortyeight Kilometer from Chittagong, on the Kaptai Road is Chandraghona where one of the biggest paper mills in Asia is located. Close to the paper mill there is a rayon factory which produces synthetic fibres from bamboo.

Khagrachari: Khagrachari is the district headquarters of Khagrachari Hill District. A drive of 112 km. from Chittagong, by an all-weather metalled road through the green forest brings you to Khagrachari, abode of fascinating clam. For the tourists seeking nature in here restful mood, Khagrachari is an ideal spot.

Bandarban: Ninetytwo kilometer from Chittagong by metalled road, Bandarban is the district headquarters of the Bandarban Hill District. Bandarban is the home town of the Bohmong Chief who is the head of the Mogh tribe. The Moghs are of Myanmar origin and Buddhists by religion. Jovial and carefree by nature, the Moghs are simple and hospitable people. Bandarban is also the home of the Murangs who are famous for their music and dance. Far into the interior there are several other tribes of great interest for anyone who cares to make the journey.

Bangladesh Parjatan corporation, the National Tourism Organization has created a number of facilites for the tourists at Rangamati holiday resorts.These are:

Parjatan Motel: Ist Class 3 AC Twin Rooms; 15 Non-AC Twin Rooms; Labiyat Restaurant-32 seating. Phone: 3126.

Cottages: Standard 3 cottages, 4 beds each; phones: 3126.

Youth inn: Two, 8 beds each, Phone : 3126.

Other Facilities: Speed Boats, Paddle Boats and Canoe Boats for Lakecruise, AC Auditorium for Cultural Functions & Conferences-200 Seating; Picnic Hill, and Tourist information, Phone: 3126.

Cox's Bazar Holiday Resort

Miles of golden sands, towering cliffs, surfing waves, rare conch shells, colourful pagodas, Buddhist temples and tribes, delightful sea food - this is Cox's Bazar, the tourist capital of Bangladesh. Having the

world's longest (120 kilometres) beach sloping gently down to the blue waters of the Bay of Bengal, Cox's Bazar is one of the most attractive tourist spots in the country. Located at a distance of 152 km. south of chittagong, the leading seaport of Bangladesh, Cox's Bazar is connected both by air and road from Dhaka and Chittagong.

Visits to the picnic spot at Himchari, Teknaf - southern-most tip of Bangladesh and nearby islands of Sonadia and Moheshkhali are memorable experiences of a lifetime.

Other attractions for visitors are conch shell market, tribal handicraft, salt and prawn cultivation, Ramu buddhist temple and tribal village.

The Cox's Bazar Holiday Complex of Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation, the National Tourism Organization is an ideal tourist resort having a number of facilities for the visitors.

 

Tourist facilities at Cox's Bazar Holiday Complex

Accommodation:

Deluxe Hotel, Shaibal (22 rooms, 44 Beds) AC, Suite-2 & AC, Twin-20 Phone:4202, 3275, 3274
Standard Motel, Upal (38 Rooms, 76 Beds) AC, Twin-19 & Non-AC, Twin-19 Phone:4202, 4258
Moderate Motel, Probal (36 Rooms, 72 Beds) Non-AC, Twin-36 Phone:3211, 3275
Honeymoon Cottage 1st Class (5 Cottage, 10 Beds) AC, Twin Each Phone: 3274
Cottage moderate (5 Cottage, 20 Beds) Non-AC, Twin Each Phone:
Youth Inn (6 Rooms, 94 Beds) Reasonable Accommo-dation forYouth Phone: 3274

Other Facilities:

Conference Room

Capacity, Seating-100

Sagarika Restaurant & Bar (Deluxe)

Capacity, Seating-130

Panahar Restaurant

Capacity, Seating-60

Sea Food Restaurant

Capacity, Seating-30

 Swimming Pool

 Bar-B-Que Dinner, Thursday & Saterday evening

 Indoor Games

 Sun bathing

 Gift Shop

 Picnic Hut at Himchari Beach

 Changing Closets

 Beach umbrellas & matresses

 Jeep drive on the beach

 Transfer Service from Airport to Parjatan Complex

 Tribal Cultural Show

 Tennis

Squash

 Golf Course

 Video Games

 Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Office

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