Rangamati District – Tourism Info

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Rangamati District

Rangamati

Historical, archeological, natural, religious and cultural spots

01. Chakma Rajar Bari (royal house)

Chakma Raja is very much respectful to the communities. There are a good number of relics/evidences of the past Chakma dynasty in Chakma Rajbari. Chakma Rajbari was founded in 1873. At the entrance gate of the Rajbari, you will find traditional textile industry-shops, and home made various packets of pickle have occupied an extensive place. At the entrance gate, there lies the main gate, and photos of the kings of different periods have been hung against the walls. There lies a lake between the Vihara and the royal house. If you wish, you can cross the lake by boat and can go to the royal house. Here at the very outset of Bangla New Year, the traditional Rajpunyah is celebrated.

           02. Tribal Cultural Museum

The tribal museum is located at the entrance gate to Rangamati town. The Cultural Institute of the Minor Ethnic Communities was founded in1978, and since then the journey of the museum to a small extent has begun with the anthropological evidences of the small groups of ethnic people living in the region. It became more enriched after the construction of the new building in 2003. This museum contains traditional ornaments, dress and clothing, musical instruments, usable utensils, arms and ammunition, old coins, old scriptures, books and papers, oil paintings, and various photographs of their life styles.

03.Hanging Bridge of Rangamati

The Hanging Bridge of Rangamati has been known as the ‘symbol of Rangamati.’ At the last end of Rangamati town over the Kaptai Lake, 335 ft. long hanging bridge was constructed in 1984. Close to the lake ‘Tourism Holiday Complex’ developed in 1986. There lie the beautiful lakes with extensive mass of water and rows of high and low hills. Besides these, there lie auditoriums, parks, picnic spots, speed boats, and native naval vessels. This bridge remains under water one or two months in a year. Centering on the bridge the people of ethnic communities have made/ arranged  loads/heaps of their commodities.

04. Kaptai Lake and Hydroelectric Power Centre

This artificial lake was built/ dug by means of the construction of a dam in the river Karnafuli in 1957 at the time of setting up the Hydroelectric Centre. The work of the Hydroelectric Power Project was completed in 1962.  Actually it is a multi-purpose project. Because of this project, navigation has been much easier, and the production of fish-resources has increased several times. The area of the artificial lake is 292 square miles and its average depth is 100 ft. This lake is connected with the Karnafuli, the Kassalong and the Maini Rivers. In the upstream course of the river Kassalong and in the mouth of the river Longodur, the lake has widened extensively. Kaptai Lake is a very captivating and charming place for boat journey. The transparent mass of water of the lake and the wonderful beauty of the green hills easily attract the tourists.

           05. Payda Ting Ting

This private tourist organization is located on one of the hills of the Kaptai Lake, about 4-5 kilometers away from Rangamati town. A Segun Bagan of Balukhali has been turned into a tourist centre. ‘Payda Ting Ting’ is Chakma words which mean the belly is fully stretched out. Here other than tea, coffee, and chicken fry, local food ‘Bigal Bichi and tender bamboo curry ‘Kabung’ are available.  Besides these, the dress/ clothes, lungi, muffler, wrapper, gamchha, handkerchief etc. are made and sold by the people of the ethnic groups. Other than various foods for the tourists, there are traditional Tang Ghars( a high platform for living or shooting from a machan) for the tourists to stay in. As the tourist centre is in the lake, so one cannot go there without boats. Some wild animals are seen in this area.

 

06. Tuk Tuk Eco Village

This tourist spot is located on the high hill-top of Kaptai Lake. This tourist spot attracts the tourists. Besides long boat journey in Kaptai Lake, native and ethnic men made palatable foods are available in the restaurants made of wood and bamboos. The whole of Eco Village is founded on 50 acres of hilly land. A few wooden cottages have been set up on the tourist centre which is divided into many hillocks and sub hillocks. The captivating and fascinating beauty of Kaptai Lake can be enjoyed from here.

                 07. Banoshree Parjotan Complex

Banoshree (tourist) Parjotan Complex is a picnic spot and a honeymoon cottage of modern standard. There is a calm atmosphere and good arrangement for holding picnic. The picturesque river Karnafuli on one hand, and on the other hand, the naturally beautiful hills have made this spot very attractive. Other than improved treat arrangement, there are air-conditioned rooms, and non air-conditioned rooms. Here arrangement for boat-journey and travel in the hilly are made through the own guides.

08. Rajban Vihara

Rajban Vihara comprises 33.5 acres of land and is located on hill-top about 3 kilometers away from Banarupa town. Rajban Vihara is one of the Buddha Viharas in the country. Though it is the place of pilgrimage of the followers of Buddhism, yet all people irrespective of caste, creed and color can enter it. This Vihara is located in a calm natural atmosphere. In the Vihara there are big caves for meditation of the monks and various statues of the followers of Buddhism. Here the dead body of the religious preceptor Sadhananandh Mahastabir(Banbhontai) has been preserved for the devotees to see. In the Vihara, there are 4 temples, a Tapghar( a room for practice of ascetic austerities or austere worship of God ), a rest house and a Tabtingsu. Moreover, a brass made big image/ statue of Buddha is its main attraction.

09. Shuvolong Jharna (fountain)

Shuvolong Jharna (fountain) is about six kilometers away from the town, and it has become an attractive tourist spot. The fountains remain active/live during the rainy season. During the winter season, there is little water in the fountains, so to attract the tourists various species of flower plants have been planted around the fountains, and paths have been built to climb the hills. At different place of the hills, rest houses have been built, and a few artificial fountains have been built by means of pipe from the water of the main fountains. A restaurant has been set up by the side of the fountain, and the traditional zoomghars of the tribal people have been built with dam and tall grass at the entrance gate of the fountain on the slope of the hills.

10. Kattali Lake

By launch or small naval vessel, it takes about two hours to cross the lake located in Kattali. There is an island in the middle of this lake and there is a bazaar on the island. A good number of migratory birds come to this lake in winter. You can enjoy the wonderful sunset view in the Kattali Lake.

11. Kaptai National Park

This park comprises about 13 thousand and a half acres of land close to the river Karnafuli in Kaptai Upazila. This National Park is the unique combination/ matching/ of liberal nature with the extensive ranges of hills and attraction. The view of the Karnafuli River that flows through the green hills of this park by the Kaptai-Chittagang Road is rally fascinating. The forest which is covered with natural and artificial trees, contains Segun, Parul,Gamar, and  Karoi. And other than these trees,   roams of various wild animals and birds come into sight.

12. Na-Kaba Chhara and Pankhopara

Na-Kaba Chhara (fountain) is located in Belaichhari Upazila. You can go to Belaichhari by boat from the Kaptai Launchghat at Jotghat. The artistic beauty of the naturally flowing fountain can easily attract a tourist. You can know here the real acquaintance of the tribal culture and tradition. Pankhopara of Belaichhari is another spectacular place of unique beauty of nature, surrounded by green forests. You can go to Pankhopara by engine operated boat from Belaichhari and it will take two hours’ time. You will find there the zigzag river courses and the abodes of Pankho communities on hill top. You can climb the hill-tops and the helipad and can enjoy the beauty of the nature.

13. Kassalong

Kassalong is 80 kilometers away from Rangamati and launch is the only means of communication.  While going by launch through the hilly rivers, you will find houses built by the hillside. There live Bome, Murangs, Pankhoans, Bangujis, and the Kharar tribals. At Kassalong, a good number of big or small fountains are to be found.

14. Raingkhyang Pukur

Raingkhyang Pukur is mainly a deep natural lake. This is located at Barotholy ward, Farua Union, under Belaichhari Upazila, in Rangamati District. It is at the height of 2,500 ft. from the sea level, and its area is about 30 acres of land. The people of Tripura have been living on the banks of the lake for many years. According to the geologists, it is actually the crater created by the volcano 2000 years ago. This lake of transparent water in different seasons assumes different colors with the change of cloud and weather. The natural beauty of this lake will enchant the people who have a thirst for travel. There is no residential hotels, no proper arrangements for treat here.

15. Sajek Valley

Sajek is the biggest union under Baghaichhari Upazila in Rangamati Dristict.  This valley is called the roof of Rangamati. On the north of Sajek lies Tripura of India, on the south Longgadu Upazila, on the east Mizoram, and on the west Dighinala of Khagrachhari. Though Sajek is located in Rangamati District, but it has its better communication from Dighinala of Khagrachhar. The BGB camp located  here on the highest place in Bangladesh.

16. Burial ground of Birsrestha Munshi Abdur Rauf

One of the seven Birsresthas of the Liberation War of the country is Birsrestha  Munshi Abdur Rauf whose tomb is at Burighat  an hour’s distance by water from Rangamati town.

17. Tintila Banvihara

Tintila Banvihara is located in Langadu Upazila. Kathin Chivar Dan is a Buddhist ceremony in which every year viksus/ ascetics are given chiver or professional cloth to wear (a piece of scanty loincloth as worn by an ascetic). According to Buddhist belief, this is the best of all gifts.

18. Wagga Cha Estate

Wagga Cha Estate of Chittagong is the largest and enchanting tea-garden located in hilly area by the River Karnafuli.

19. Foormoon Pahar( hill)

You will find it by the roadside  when  you go to Kutubchhari. Your can view the whole of the town from this hill.

20. Chitmaram Buddha Vihara

Chitmaram Buddha Vihara is located about 45 kilometers away from Chittagang.

21. Karnafuli Paper Mills

The largest Paper Mill in Asia is located at Chandraghana was established in 1951.Here bamboos are the raw materials for the production of paper.

22. Satellite Ground Station at Betbunia

The first and foremost Satellite Ground Station at Betbunia was inaugurated in 1975 by the then president and Father of the Nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. At present telephone data communications, fax, telex, etc. are exchanged with Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Oman, Pakistan, Kuwait, Katter, Bahrain, Japan, the United States of Emirates and Mumbai through the above Satellite Station.

23. Rangamati-Kaptai Connecting Road and Bridge

The newly constructed Rangamati-Kaptai Road and the Bridge are very charming to look at and the tourists enjoy beautiful views.

24. Local Traditions and Festivals

To the Therbadi Buddha in Parbatta Districts ‘Kathin Chivar Dan’ is a remarkable ceremony. The red dyed cloth is called chivar. This type of chivar (a piece of cloth dyed red) is required to be prepared within 24 hours that is why it is called ‘Kathin Chivar.’ Once a year during the time that is from the second day of the full moon to the day of the next full moon that is till the full moon of Kartik month, a magnificent ceremony is held and through the ceremony the monks are given ‘Kathin Chivar.’ The main traditional social festivals of the Chakma, Marma, Tripura and Tanchanga are Baju, Sangrai, and Baisuk. This community-festival is observed for three days– the last two days of the month of Chaira and the first day of Baishak. The kings of the tribal communities of Parbatta Chattagram still perform the social functions as leaders. The Chakma Raja still formally takes the royal seat through the Rajpunya ceremony. In the Rilong Poiha Festival mainly the Marma young boys and girls sprinkle each other water and thus drench each other with the rain of welcome/greetings.  At the end of Chaitra and in Baishak the minor ethnic communities of Tripura observe Goraia Nrito for about a week. The main purpose of this Nrito (dance) is to call rainfall, richness of the cornfield, and salvation and deliverance from natural disaster and disease.

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