Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Voodoo Lily at Bandarban

Here is another flora from Bandarban(বান্দরবান) that I have found during our Pukur Para(পুকুরপাড়া) trekking. This is called as Voodoo Lily. Botanical/scientific name is Amorphophallus Bulbifer, a species from the genus Amorphophallus. Usually the flowers from the genus Amorphophallus used to be larger in size. For example Amorphophallus Titanum is the largest inflorescence in the world.

This plant is almost similar to the species Amorphophallus Campanulatus, which we used to call "Ol Kochu"(ওল কচু). Only the flower is different. Its leafs are used to be dark green during rainy season and grows rapidly that time. During winter the leafs used to desiccate and root remains dormant. During that period, it cannot stand water around the plant.

During the spring a mature Voodoo Lily plant used to give a flower. This plant doesn't give flower every year. Also, if it doesn't give any flower, it will give fresh leafs. You'll probably won't see the flower and leafs at the same time.

The flower is rose in color and having a phallic object at the middle of the flower. It has a single petal but rolled in such a way that it looks like a tuber petal. It has a 12-18 inches spotted stem(almost like skin of snake) and the flower used to stand at the top. I didn't find any smell from the flower, but according to experts, it used to have a negative fragrance during few hours of initial blooming.

This plant is endemic starting from South and North East of India, Himalaya to Myanmar. So our Bangladesh includes inside the range of this plant's home. In India, this plant used to call as "Devil's Tongue". Possibly because of the perioral burning and itching if you try to eat the root of the plant.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Shoti Ful(শটি ফুল) - Wild Turmeric

Today I am going to add the Shoti Ful(শটি ফুল) at my blog. I am not sure about the scientific name and the English name of this flower. Since I found this at jungle of hilly areas from Bangladesh and almost looks like the turmeric(flower, plant, smell). So I am calling this as Wild Turmeric. And the botanical/scientific name of this flower is Curcuma Aromatica. This flower is indigenous to South Asia.

This flower is available around the red soiled land(Savar(সভার), Comilla(কুমিল্লা), Mymensing(ময়মনসিংহ)) and the hilly area of Chittagong. It will be hard for you to distinguish this flower from the Turmeric flower, if you are not an expert. The flower is having pink(magenta, purple) petals and directly connected with the root(rhizomes) of the plant. It doesn't have any leaf around the flower. People use this plant as cosmetic herbal(sometimes as medicine too).

Shoti Flower(শটি ফুল) used to bloom during the later part of the Winter and the initial part of Spring. During the winter the plant dies, but the rhizomes used to be dormant at the whole season. But at the end of the winter it's used to bloom, and interestingly you'll not see any leafs around the flower. It's kinda amazing that only a flower in the middle of dread place. During rainy season, this plant used to produce leaf, and those used to grow extremely fast.

This flower used to bloom at the early morning(sometimes at evening) stay fresh for the whole day. Next day you'll not find this flower around that place. Only a single day life time. The pictures I have used for this post was snapped from Sitakunda(সীতাকুন্ড) Echo Park of Chittagong, during my tour at March/April of 2010.

ফুলের জন্য ভালবাসা, আমি বুনো ফুল

Places of Interest, district Comilla

Comilla(কুমিল্লা) is the another larger district from Bangladesh. This is located almost at the middle portion of the country. It is must to pass every single vehicle through this district if the route is between Dhaka and any district of eastern portion from Bangladesh.

This district has several Archaeological spots including Moynamoti(ময়নামতি). Megna(মেঘনা) and Gomti(গোমতি) are the two main rivers for this district. Comilla is famous for Rosh Malai(রস মালাই). There are lots of outlet available around Bangladesh those sell Rosh malai(রস মালাই). But best one is available only from Comilla. So you can buy this after your traveling.

Places to visit:

Most of the tourist spots are archaeological sites. A christian cemetery of world war II is available here. I have visited several places from Comilla(কুমিল্লা), you can try those

Where to stay:

Comilla(কুমিল্লা) is near to Dhaka city. One can go there and come back within the day. Doesn't require to stay there during night. I haven't made any night time stay at Comilla, and I can't suggest you any hotels from there. If you still need some residence from Comilla(কুমিল্লা), you can look for it around the main town.

How to reach:

There are several bus services available from Saydabad(সায়দাবাদ) Bus Stand. Trisha(ত্রিশা) and the Asia Line are the best available service for Comilla. It will cost around 120-150 Taka per head, and yes you can bargain. Also you can take any luxury bus of Chittagong, and get dropped at Comilla. A Train service is available from Dhaka too. I don't know much about that train.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Argemone Mexicana(শিয়াল কাটা) from Bangladesh

Sheyal Kata(শিয়াল কাটা) is the local name of Argemone Mexicana in Bangladesh. This flower is a species of Poppy and used to be considered as mildly poisonous. It's easily understandable from the name that this flower is endemic to Mexico. But it is widely available around Africa, India, America now a days.

This is a flower having bright yellow petals(possibly six). The leafs have the sharp pointed thorn at the edge. The fruit is also covered with lot of thorns and hard to grab on bare hand. Some medical expert uses this plant to sooth the pain of kidney. I don't know how.

Mainly the white nectar(কষ) from the plant is poisonous, and can cause inflammation and might feel itchy. The seeds inside the fruits are almost similar to the mustard's seed(সরিষা বীজ). So people can easily mix these with mustard seeds(সরিষা বীজ). Since the seeds are poisonous, the extracted oil of contaminated mustard become poisonous too.

The photos for this article were captured from Dinajpur(দিনাজপুর) of Bangladesh. It was the May of 2010, I was traveling there. You can read more about Shiyal Kata(শিয়ালকাটা) plant and flower from Wikipedia

The seed of Sheyal Kata that resembles mustard's seed

I have uploaded two of the photos from my recent Dinajpur tour(May 2012).

Places of Interest, district Bandarban

For a traveler, Bandarban(বান্দরবান) is the most lucrative destination from Bangladesh. Possibly it will end years after year, and still you'll have most of it's parts are hidden from you. Bandarban has the highest peak from Bangladesh. It has the most number of waterfalls too, more than half of the total waterfalls exists in Bandarban(বান্দরবান). This is a place from where you can reach to the clouds more closely.

You can do trekking around the remote villages and mountains of Bandarban, or you can visit the few selected tourist spots from around. Both are equally exciting. After your traveling you can buy some local goods from the market around the town for a token of your tour.

Popular locations for visit:

Here are the tourist attractions from the Bandarban(বান্দরবান) district as I have visited There are thousands of place at Bandarban, so it is not possible to cover by me. You can try.

Where to Stay

There are several hotels available at Bandarban. Not that much high in quality, but handy. Not sure whether there is any Porjoton(পর্যটন) Motel available or not. Few local hotels are Royal, Shoilo, etc at main town. Prices are from 200-800 depending upon luxury.

For trekkers, you can stay at the tribal villages by paying per head 40-100 taka per day. You have to use your own foods or can buy foods from them with extra money. You have to pay 400 taka per day for a guide around Ruma Bazar.

If you are planning to visit Nilgiri(নীলগিরি), you have to make the booking 2-4 months before your arrivals. There is a very small accommodation facility considering the number of tourists.

People used to live at Boga Lake(বগা লেক) too. It's possibly the most attractive tourist spot from Bandarban as it is just before the Keokaradong(কেওকারাডং) Peak.

Winter is the peak season for the tourists at Bandarban. So make your booking before the arrival. Also, during the holidays around weekend makes the place is more crowded, so prepare for that too. Otherwise you may find yourself without any accommodation. For example during Eid vacation of 2010.

How to Reach:

There are several bus services available from Dhaka to Bandarban. Shamoly, Dolphin, Unique, S. Alam are few popular services. It will be around 300-400 taka for Non-AC bus service. No AC bus is available for this route. It will take 8-10 hours to reach Bandarban. Most of the bus starts at night for Bandarban. Komlapur, Saydabad, Fokirapul are the available start point for these buses.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Flatid Planthoppers Nymph at Bandarban

During my trekking at Bandarban(বান্দরবান) of Bangladesh I have found this beautiful waxy insect. Initially it was hard for me to identify and find exact name. I have mailed this photo to an entomology expert 'Kathryn Ebert' from the University of Queensland and she helped me a lot.

This insect is commonly called as Plant Hoppers. This is a Hemiptera(True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies) in the family Flatidae from Insecta class of Animal kingdom. So we can easily call this insect as Flatid Planthoppers Nymph that has waxy tail filaments. I am not sure, but possibly this can be a gregarious insect as we found this at large number at one place.

Waxy Tailed Flatid Planthoppers Nymph

This small creature is endemic to East Asia(Malaysia, Thiland, Indonesia, etc). But interestingly now it is seen from our Bandarban(বান্দরবান) hilly area too. It was beside the Ruma Khal(রুমা খাল), a trail between Boga Lake(বগা লেক) to Pukur Para(পুকুরপাড়া). We have found thousands of such insects over the plants around our trek. It looked like flowers were bloomed over those plants. So we almost ignored that. But someone from us noticed those moving, and initially thought as white spider. But after verifying from an expert, we have finally able to identify this beautiful insect.

Photo courtesy, Mahmudul Hassan Roby

Dhaka: Khan Mohammad Mridha Mosque

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Khan Mohammad Mridha Mosjid(খান মোহাম্মদ মৃধা মসজিদ) is another archaic mosque from our Dhaka city. Unlike other mosques, this one has plenty of spaces around it, and not consumed by the proximity buildings.

The mosque was built over a very high vault like platform. Using the stair anyone can go to the upper store and able to have the beauty of the antiquity. From the inscription of the central doorway of the mosque we came to know the mosque was built during 1704–05 AD by someone Khan Muhammad Mridha(খান মোহাম্মদ মৃধা), and it was named after him.

The mosque has three domes at the top of it and has four pillars at the four corners with traditional ornate. During my visiting of the mosque, I found the door of entrance was locked. It supposed to be open only before the prayer time.

At the eastern side of the mosque, there is a tomb exists, but no epigraph over the tomb, so it is hard to find anything further about this. Also the there is a garden available at eastern side having various kind of seasonal flowers.

There are plenty of spaces around the mosque. It will allow you to observe the mosque without any obstacle unlike any other mosques from Dhaka City. Having roads at west and north of the mosque kept it detached from other buildings.

The location of the mosque is at several hundreds meter west of Lalbag Fort's(লালবাগ কেল্লা) gate. One can easily go by walking straight from the gate. The Google Map coordinate is ( 23°43'15.13"N, 90°23'2.71"E).

Detail about this mosque is available at WikiPedia

Dhaka: Kartalab Khan's Mosque

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Kartalab Khan's Mosque(কর্তালাব খান মসজিদ) is located at the Begum Bazar(বেগম বাজার) of Old Dhaka. It was built by the Dewan Murshid Quli Khan(মুর্শিদ কুলি খান), also known as Kartalab Khan(কর্তালাব খান) during 1701-1704, and the mosque named after him. For it's location, people used to call this as Begum Bazar(বেগম বাজার) Mosque. Hardly very few people know this mosque as Kartalab Khan's Mosque now a days. The Google Map coordinate of the mosque is (23°43'2.03"N, 90°23'54.59"E), near to the Dhaka Central Jail.

Like any other mosques of that period, this one was built over a plinth like high vault. This mosque has five domes at the top of it, and an extended do-chala(দো চালা) like room at northern side. Though it was built around 300 years back, but now a days none of it's antiquities are available.

Old Dhaka is already a congested area and there is hardly any space around the mosque for you to observe. Busy trading is going on around the mosque area. In fact it will be hard for you to stand beside the road and watch the top of the mosque. From my experience, it was hard to take any snap of the mosque by standing on the middle of the road.

There are buildings around the mosque those are using as market. So you can easily use any of those. I have climbed two of them to get a view of the mosque. I was only able to manage the back side view of the mosque. I don't know how the frontal looks like. This mosque could have been used as a token of our glorious past if the care was taken initially.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Dhaka: Star Mosque(তারা মসজিদ)

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Tara Moshjid(তারা মসজিদ) is located at the Armanitola(আরমানিটোলা) of Old Dhaka. It is at the western side of the Armanitola(আরমানিটোলা) High School. It was built during 18th century by Mirza Ghulam Pir(মির্জা গুলাম পীর), a Zamidar(জমিদার) from Dhaka. Initially it has only three domes at top. But now days it has 5 domes and nicely decorated with myriads of stars sticking outer surface of the mosque.

In early of 20th century, a rich businessman named Ali Jan Bepari(আলী জান বেপারী) financed to do the reparation of the mosque and also added a veranda at the eastern side of the mosque. Inside the mosque is decorated nicely with the mosaic and the tiles are having floral patterns on it. Unlike any other mosques from Old Dhaka, this one has a bit of spaces at the eastern side of the mosque. During heavy crowded prayer, people can stand on that open space. Detail of the mosque is available at WikiPedia.

Having lot of stars on the outer surface of the mosque is the main reason to call this as Star Mosque(in Bengali, Tara Mosjid). Exact coordinate of the mosque is (23°42'56.36"N, 90°24'6.01"E)

Monday, June 13, 2011

Dhaka: Hoseni Dalan(হোসেনী দালান)

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Hoseni Dalan(some people pronounce as Hosaini Dalan(হোসেনী দালান)) is another edifice from Dhaka. This is located beside the Nazim Uddin(নাজিমুদ্দিন) Road of Old Dhaka. It is believed as a Shia Shrine, and was built during 17th century. There is a pond in front of the building, and I found all the doors were locked to reach near the pond.

It was built by Sayyid Murad(সৈয়দ মুরাদ) during the governorship of Shah Shuja(শাহ সুজা) to commemorate the martyrdom of Al-Hussain(আল-হোসাইন), the grandson of our holly prophet Muhammad. Shah Shuja was a Sunni Muslim, but he had a predilection for Shia and patronized several such institutions.

This building has gone through several renovation and none of it's antiquity left for the visitors. People only used to visit this place for it's historical value. During the British period it was repaired heavily at 1807 and 1810. Also during the massive earthquake of 1897 caused a severe damage over this edifice. Now a days it just looks like a modern day's building covering with rich tiles with heavy ornate.

During the first 10 days of Muharram(মহরম), Shia people used to gather at this place to mourn for Al-Hussain. Though its a festival of Shia people, but local Sunni people used to join with them and bemoan with them. This ends at the day of Ashura(আশুরা). More about this building and festival is available at WikiPedia.

It's easy to locate this place. Just few minutes of walking distance from Doyel Chattar(দোয়েল চত্তর) of Dhaka University. Any rickshaw from that circle will lead you towards it. Exact Google map coordinate for the location is (23°43'20.52"N, 90°23'52.60"E).

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Dhaka: Musa Khan Mosque(মুসা খাঁ মসজিদ)

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Musa Khan Mosque(মুসা খাঁ মসজিদ) is yet another edifice inside the Dhaka University premise that was built during the Mughal(মুঘল) era. Location of the antique mosque is at south of Doyel Chattar(দোয়েল চত্তর), beside the Karzon(কার্জন) Hall, opposite of the Dhaka University swimming complex. Exact Google map coordinate is (23°43'36.33"N, 90°24'2.92"E). You can find another mosque(Shahbaz Khan Mosque) near that place contemporary to this one.

Probably this mosque was built by Musa Khan(মুসা খাঁ), son of Isha Khan(ইশা খাঁ) who was a prominent Zamidar(জমিদার) from Baro Bhuiyan(বারো ভুইয়া). It was quite unsure about the original time when it was built. Musa Khan died during 1623, but the structure of the mosque is almost similar to the Khwaja Shahbaz's Mosque and it was built during 1679. So neither the date nor the builder of the mosque is confirmed. Some people believe this one was built by either Shaista Khan(শায়েস্তা খাঁ) or even later by Dewan Manawar Khan(দেওয়ান মনোয়ার খাঁ).

The mosque has a vault platform, and over this plinth the main architecture of the mosque is planted. It is a small building just like any other mosques during that period. It has three domes over the top. Middle one is the larger than other twos. Both the inside and outside of the mosque is plastered with cement and washed white with lime. There is a grave of Musa Khan is available at the northeast side. Detail of this mosque is available at BanglaPedia.

The mosque has gone through several renovations. Also from the first sight it seemed to me, it is currently not under proper care. The authority just placed a signboard beside the mosque and thought their works are done. It is not a good practice to color this building with yellow this year, and next year white(I have seen this mosque in several colors over the last few years), and finally let the color be disappeared. We are not in a position to do experiment on such a precious object.

If you want to visit this place, it will take hardly 10-15 minutes. And bonus will be the great Karzon Hall around. So you can make a schedule to visit this asset from our proud land, Bangladesh.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Dhaka: Chamely(চামেলী) House

Saturday, 11 June 2011

After a long time, today I have managed to free some times from life to make a hasty excursion inside the Dhaka city. I have started with the sweet Chameli(চামেলী) House that is located at Topkhana(তোপখানা) Road. Some people used to call this as Chummery House. I don't know what is the exact nomenclature behind this aesthetic beauty.

This masterclass building was built during 1920. A British architect "Robert Luis Proudolk" has designed the overall layout of that area(Karzon Hall, Ramna garden, Court buildings). I am not sure, but may be that guy has designed that building too. Whoever it was, undoubtedly was a consummate architect. It is a cottage type of building which looks like the other British buildings around the world.

Initially the building used as a residence for the unmarried female officials of British Government who were working at Dhaka. After 1938, the building has used as the girl's dormitory(starting with 12 girls initially) of Dhaka University for several years. During the Pakistan period and few years after the independence of Bangladesh, this building was used by the Public Service Commission(PSC) as their head quarter. After 1985(some people contradict 1975) it was handed to the Center for Integrated Rural Development of Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP).

The building was renovated during 2006 by replacing the tiles from the roof top. Originally it was made of red slats(we people used to call this "red tali"). During the renovation, unfortunately we didn't take any special care to retain the antiquity and the modification didn't go 100% with primordial design.

This Colonial edifice is locate at the Topkhana(তোপখানা) Road of Dhaka. It is at the opposite side of the Old High Court building, beside the National Press Club. Also opposite of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The exact coordinate of the Chammely House is (23°43'45.25"N, 90°24'19.93"E). There is a circle in front of the Chummery house, people used to call that as Kodom Fowara(কদম ফোয়ারা) circle.

There is always a security guard in front of the main entrance of the Chameli House premise. It depends upon his mood to allow you an entry. So be polite, and ask your permission. I have introduced myself as a writer who writes on old buildings from Dhaka and it worked for me.

Monday, June 6, 2011

পুকুর পারার পুকুরে: Happy Ending(Day-5)

This is the continuation from Day-4 trekking...

Sunday, 01 May 2011

Marma Para beneath Boga Lake

The morning view of Boga Lake(বগা লেক) is always awesome. It was another morning at Boga Lake. Bunch of travelers were brushing their teeth beside the lake. Another bunch were posing for photos at other place. People were wandering around the lake area. Quite a nice view. But we were only six available from our group.

By any means we have to reach at Ruma Bazar(রুমা বাজার) before 1:00, cause the last bus used to leave from Ruma Ghat(রুমা ঘাট) at 3:30. So missing that bus means counting extra money for private vehicles. We were already running out of bucks and ATM service was not available around that portion.

After finishing our breakfast at 8:15, said "Good Bye" to Boga Lake(বগা লেক) until the next time. Two things I always like from Boga Lake. One was standing beside the lake and watching the mystery of colors over the lakes. Another one was standing at the other side of the lake, and watch the Marma Para(মারমা পারা) village. I don't know why, but that sight used to enthrall me always.

Everyone of us were moving faster. Even I was faster than my other mates. Only Tushar(তুষার) and I have to do office at Monday. Mithu(মিঠু) just finished his final exam, and Hassan(হাসান) has his own business. So they knew we will make the trekking fastest as possible by our responsibility :-)

At Patang Jhiri(পতঙ ঝিরি), we have arranged a break for 20-30 minutes. I have taken a bath at the Waterfall. It was early morning, and the water was too cold. Another thing, I don't know why, but I am always feel scary about the Patang Jhiri(পতঙ ঝিরি) Waterfall. Probably its the basin beneath the fall having no fathom and the water looks a bit darker due to the shades from the stones.

After the break, we started another continuum strolling over and beside the Jhiri Path(ঝিরি পথ). Plenty of small bushes grew over the Canal. I can bet, during the advent rainy season all of those will be plucked by the water forcefully to trash at Shangu river. The water having lots of green marsh under it, and hard for a trekker to collect water for drinking.

Our second break was at Boga Mukh Para(বগা মুখ পারা). There were few shops at that village and local people along with the travelers used to take rest at there. During our last trekking we have stayed at there at night. We have used the Bela biscuit for the refreshment. We have found a tribal guy who was in the escort team of that Tripura(ত্রিপুরা) family. He was hired to help them till Ruma(রুমা), and was returning Pukur Para(পুকুর পারা) after finishing his task. We have invited him to join with us for snakes.

After another 40 minutes of walking, our third break was at a shop beside the Ruma Khal(রুমা খাল). We have used another 20 minutes there. This shop has boiled egg, and I have enjoyed that one really. I almost forgot that there is something that used to call boiled egg. I love that one :-)

After the break I was worried about climbing the Lai Rumpi(লাই রুম্পি) hill. Last time it seemed hard for me. So I wasn't that much confidence about this tough one. After reaching beneath the hill, most of us were waiting under that one. But I didn't wait there and started climbing straight and somehow reached at the top of the hill. Wasn't that much hard interestingly. May be because of the last day's hard trekking experience! It was 12:15 when all of us were gathered at Lai Rumpi(লাই রুম্পি) peak.

We have taken a rest at Johny's house, who was with us during last trek as a helping hand. Finished our lunch from Ruma Bazar(রুমা বাজার) hotel. Actually we were moving lazily as we had time at our hand. After lunch we were only four to leave Ruma Bazar. Rest of the two will stay at Boga Lake for another few months to enjoy the beauty of rainy season!

We have hired a boat to reach at Ruma Ghat(রুমা ঘাট). We could have walk beside the river instead of walking. But didn't opt with that. Just want to relax inside the shade of the boat, also it was another hottest day from Bandarban. Umm... I think I was sleeping inside the boat. Didn't feel any urge to enjoy the beauties around the river bank.

When we have reach at the bus stand, it was 3:00 and only few seats from the bus were available. So we have picked four from those. And interestingly after us, there was no one left to buy another ticket. Possibly no one else was going to Bandarban town after us. Also, we have found a guy from Pukur Para village inside the bus. He was returning back to Roangchhori.

Bus started at 3:45 and it was really hot inside the bus. Also the sun was hitting straight at my side, and didn't find any way to block the ray of the sun. I have used my gamchha(গামছা) to cover my head so that I can sleep at least inside that jerking coaster. The seat beside me was empty, and I was sitting relaxingly. That helped me to sleep well despite of the jerking.

When I waked up after 5:00 the situation just changed. It was cool weather around, and the mountains at the far looked magnificent. For the first time during the bus ride I have started enjoying. Time was passing very fast as I was loving the ambient around us. We have reached at the town after 6:00 and missed the sunset from bus. It was hard to see sunset from Bandarban town.

Jhir Poth from Lai Rumpi Hill

After refreshing at bus counter and dropping our packs at there, we have started exploring the town by rickshaw. Few of us did shopping at local market. I didn't have extra bucks to buy something from there. I was just giving them company and was pushing them to complete the shopping quickly.

After dinner, our bus left the town at 9:45 for Dhaka. Happy ending...!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

পুকুর পারার পুকুরে: Leaving Pukur Para(Day-4)

This is the continuation from Day-3

Saturday, 30 April 2011

Well it was the fourth day of our tour. Unfortunately our day started with a pain. All of us waked up before 3:30 at morning! Our today's plan was to reach at Boga Lake. But Hasnat(হাসনাত), Muntasir(মুনতাসির) and Milon(মিলন) wanted to reach at Ruma Bazar(রুমা বাজার) before 1:00 at day, and wanted to reach Dhaka as early as possible.

Around 4:00 at morning, we have started our trekking after thanking our host at Pukur Para(পুকুর পারা). Milon was one of the fittest trekker from our team. He was having a fever from last night and having difficulties during walking. I was wondering whether he could reach at Ruma before 1:00 or not.

Clouds were flowing around us and sometimes covering the mountains. Also no sun was at the sky till then. But I was sweating like a day time. After a 45 minutes of uphill trekking we have reached at the top of the hill where we have taken our break two days back. Still no sun at the sky. We were waiting for the sun to rise over the mountain at far sight.

When the sun started to show his face after the mountains, it was an excellent view. It was rising faster and the rays from the sun were totally in golden colored. The clouds around us were changed into slightly reddish color. Everything around us were golden colored. I have experienced such thing during the sunset over Padma(পদ্মা) River last year. Actually we were waiting there for the sunrise. Time to leave the place after sunrise.

From now, next hour will be downhill task. We will climb down from the top to bottom of the mountain. Since we were going down, the sun was hiding from us once again. Still the weather was clement for us. We may feel some resentment about Hasnat for the early morning incident, but it was finally proven good for us. We were having a cool weather still now :)

For the early morning dew, the narrow paths were a bit risky. It required additional care from the trekkers to handle. We have observed different types of wild flowers and fruits around this portion. This area is not possible for Zum(জুম) Cultivation. So people didn't burn this jungle. So everything was green there.

After going through those risky paths and forest beauties, we have finally reached at the place where we have taken our lunch break two days back. It was the place around that small waterfall at Ruma Khal(রুমা খাল). This place is a bit colder than others, cause only around mid day the sun can heat here due to the high bank of the canal.

After having the breakfast Hasnat, Muntasir and Milon left us with the guide Belal(বেলাল). Those four had a hurry to reach at Ruma(রুমা) before 1:00 at day. From my perspective, it was a selfish idea and bad attitude. During trekking people should move along with the team. Anyway that was other topic.

We have prepared the khichuri(খিচুরী) for breakfast at last night. We have used the egg, and shutki bhorta(শুটকি ভর্তা) with the khichuri(খিচুরী). Those four did the breakfast hastily and left plenty of foods for us. We were only six and we didn't able to finish all of those foods. After the breakfast we were wandering around the canal, taking rest, sleeping over the stones, playing flutes with no rhythm, drinking tea, etc. We have a full day ahead, and only to reach Boga Lake. So what's the hurry. The break prolonged for almost two hour, didn't have any watch once again.

Suddenly a group of Tripura(ত্রিপুরা) people gathered that place and started taking rest along with us. They were having large packs around their back. One of them were caring a huge one. They were leaving the Pukur Para(পুকুর পারা) village, and will make a new settlement at Ali Kodom(আলী কদম) for better prospectus.

We have decided to move forward once again. This time few minutes will be around the Ruma Khal(রুমা খাল), and after that the trek will turn right and will be a deadly uphill climbing. During the path, we have seen lots of white spiders around the paths. Those spiders were not moving, and just staying at the leafs of the plants. Initially I thought those were flowers :p

During the climbing, once again I got tired very quickly and I was left behind the trail. I was taking short but quick breaks. Others were taking long break with a large gap. By this time the sun started heating with all it's might. And the burned mountain had hardly any trees to provide us some shade.

Finally at one stage, four of us have given up. All of us sat on the trail for a break. Possibly we have taken a 20 minutes of break. By that time the Tripura families joined with us at the same place. So we have leaved that place for them, and started moving more further. Believe me, it was a terrible climbing. Very hard to express. Just one thing, we just forgot to use our camera. Didn't use that one for a long time.

Some places from the trail were covered with dead leafs from the trees. There were a different kind of seed shells that had a structure of a snake. From far, it will feel like lots of snakes at that place. I was scared at that place, cause it was easy for a snake to dissemble at such a place.

Finally, as a last person, I have climbed the first mountain for today. For last few hours we were climbing this one. We all were thirsty, and our water supply just finished. Fortunately or unfortunately there was a Jhiri(ঝিরি) around the top. There were plenty of dead leafs at the water of Jhiri(ঝিরি), and the color of the water was almost like red tea. Possibly I have slack my thirst from that Jhiri(ঝিরি) by 2 liters of water, and repleted my bottles too. Initially few of us were reluctant to use this water though.

After that short break, we have started for Ananda Para(আনন্দ পারা). To reach that village, we had to do another hard climbing. This time the path was almost 90 degree straight upwards. I like this kind of paths. For me these are easy to climb rather than a gradual slope. After half an hour, we have reached at the Ananda Para(আনন্দ পারা). Like other villages during Zum Cultivation, it was almost empty except the kids and oldies. The village was a small one too. From the village, it was possible to see the Rumana Para(রুমানা পারা) and other known places at far mountains.

After taking another break under a jack fruit tree, we started again. We have heard about a Jhiri(ঝিরি) below this village, and expected to slack our thirst from that one and it will be on our way too. Our path was going to downwards now. The place was covered with tress, and hardly were any sun. Also the trees were deciduous and thus lots of dead leafs under the tree.

The cool environment, and the muddy patch made the place a heaven for the leeches. Those creepy creatures were moving faster towards us after sensing on their radar. So we had to move faster. When we have reached at the Jhiri(ঝিরি), we were extremely disappointed. Almost no water, lots of cow dungs, and a pungent smells were all around. Not to mention about the leeches. It was their heaven, and we were the guests or prey? I was on bare feet, and on shorts, so I had to be on a movement to avoid leeches. But failed though, got few over my feet unfortunately.

At one stage, we have missed our path and picked the wrong one. Luckily within five minutes we have found the mistake. So returned back where the path was divided and picked the other one. After few minutes we have returned back to the sun light. We were happy that leeches can not sustain at sunlight. It was kind of dilemma, at sunlight you feel tired, and at shades under trees you are scared about leeches. Which one do you prefer? :-)

It was another tall mountain ahead of us, and I was almost daunted by the height. But my friends assured me that after this one, we will be at Saikat Para(সৈকত পারা). So we started to climb once again. Not sure about the time, but possibly 2:00 when we have reached at the Saikat Para(সৈকত পারা) village. It was an excellent village, and probably having highest altitude among the other villages from Bandarban.

It was breezy at Saikat Para, and no high mountain around the proximity. This one is the tallest around. So you can only see the other mountains below from you. Trust me, I was so tired, and the beauty was such magnificent, and I have forgotten to use my camera unfortunately. So far, to reach here I had to do immense hard work, either did my trekking friends. I was thinking at one stage... endless.

We expected at least a shop at Saikat Para. But surprisingly there was nothing. We wanted to use the kitchen from the tribal people, but they didn't interest about that. It was an awful experience. We didn't have any water with us, finished all. We need our lunch to be prepared. But no one from the village wanted to help us. It can happen that the seniors were not at village and juniors were afraid by our presence.

We have almost decided to reach the nearest Jhiri for drinking water, and cooking our lunch. But luckily there was a guy from Boga Lake(বগা লেক) at there, and he saw us. He came here at his relative's house. Through that guy, we have taken rest at a house. I think I have drunk 2-3 liters of water from that house. He was tired by supply those water to us.

We have used "Maggie" noodles for our lunch. All of us were hungry after that hard trekking. That noodles were like the food from heaven. We have finished those with in few minutes. After the lunch we have taken few minutes of break there, and started for Boga Lake(বগা লেক) from Saikat Para. People were assuring about 30 minutes of trekking. Lets see how long it can take.

I was like a dead man for last few hours. But I didn't know from where I get the energy, I was running on the trek after lunch. I was feeling like as if a new trekking just started. Within 30 minutes we have reached near the Harmon Para, and It started to rain. We could have wait at that village, but didn't. From Ruma Bazar(রুমা বাজার), vehicles can come to this village using the road. It was a newly built village.

Local people suggested us to use the road when we were heading towards the Zum. But for shortcut, we have used the other one, and didn't listen to them. Since it was raining, the trek was dangerous. Also the slopes were too steep. But somehow we have passed that one, and joined with the trail of Keokaradong(কেওকারাডং). After a minute we have reached at he Chingri Jhiri(চিংড়ি ঝিরি).

There were lots of Papaya garden around the path. We have picked adequate amount from the trees for our refreshment. Beside the trail we have started piling the papaya and serving all. Our known tribal villagers from Boga lake were on the way to visit Saikat Para. We have invited those with use for refreshment.

It was around 4:30 at day possibly. Amazingly a group of exuberant travelers were heading towards the Keokaradong(চিংড়ি ঝিরি) that time. They had a very high quality camera with them. From their dress and preparation, it appeared that it was their first trekking. One of them were caring fishing net, to catch fish at Chingri Jhiri(hohoho hahahaha), it was hard to stop laughing in front of those strangers.

Before 5:00 at day, we have finally reached at Boga Lake, and just completed a long day of trekking. It was really a hard day, and somehow we have managed to pass that one successfully. We went to the lake to refresh and cool our body. After a long swimming session at Boga Lake, we have finished our dinner too early. We have left two of our teammates at Boga Lake, Maruf(মারুফ), and Selim(সেলিম). We didn't find them at Boga. According to Siam Didi(সিয়াম দিদি), they left for Dhaka two days back.

During night, it was the time for BBQ party. Using two chickens we have started the processing beside Boga Lake. It was the day before the holiday of 1st May, and lots of people came at this attractive tourist spot. So the environment of the night wasn't pretty anymore. I dislike tourists who don't know any manner about natural places. They only know to make the spot dirty and clumsy for next generation. It is our natural resources, and we are only responsible to keep that clean and peaceful.

Anyway, after finishing the BBQ party, we went for a sleep to relaxation. It was possibly 10:00 at night or more.

The last day, Day-4 is here