Rangamati: Wandering at Ghagra Jhiri(ঘাগরা ঝিরির আঁকে বাঁকে)

Friday, 15 July 2011

I have watched a video from YouTube and the uploader claimed that there is a waterfall near at Rangamati(রাঙামাটি) town which is larger than Shubolong Waterfall. In Bangladesh, its natural that you won't see too much flow from any waterfall without rainy season. Inspired by that video, at this rainy season I have decided to visit this waterfall and finally made it with few of my adventure lover office colleagues.

It was a team comprises of 8 member. So we have hired two CNG auto rickshaws from Rangamati(রাঙামাটি) town. Each of those did cost 200 Taka and dropped us to the Kolatoli(কলাতলী) of Ghagra(ঘাগরা). The place was near to the Ansar camp of Ghagra(ঘাগরা আনসার কেম্প). It was a 45 minutes of journey with enjoying the lash green bushes around the roads. It was raining, by the way. So we have enjoyed the whole twisting and turning road journey thoroughly.

After leaving the CNG, we have started to trek at the Jhiri Poth of Ghagra(ঘাগরা ঝিরি). It was only 1-2 kilometer walking distance through the adventurous Jhiri(ঝিরি) from that point. I have tried for GPS data from my phone, but it wasn't responding that time interestingly/annoyingly. It was raining slightly, so the weather was cool and ideal for trekking.

The path was rather facile, and only challenge was climbing 3/4 steeps(ঢাল) which were almost perpendicular amid of the Jhiri(ঝিরি). I have few female trekkers at my team and it was their very first time, but they have done that climbing in a courageous manner. I was always having an anxiety of leaving few of them behind for lack of stamina and strength, but I was proved wrong later. Those steps were sometimes slippy and didn't have any support(bushes, plant roots, etc) around to control your body balance.

Before starting the trekking I have noticed the less amount of water flow at the Jhiri(ঝিরি) and had an agitation about having no water at waterfall. Unfortunately the fear came true. When we have reached at the top of the Jhiri(ঝিরি), we have found almost no water at there, it was just a dried up place. Also hundreds of local tourists(mostly tribal) have gathered beneath the waterfall. It was a chaotic situation there. Possibly it was Friday, and most of them wanted to have a different flavor at the weekend like us.

Since most of them were local(around the village), few of them were drinking local wines, some were playing cards. I have found few of those stupids were out of control by the excessive drinking. They were vociferating among them around and making the situation even more worse. Frankly, the place was lovely, but the situation didn't allow me to stay more than five minutes. Also there was a turn at the left of the Jhiri(ঝিরি), I have left that Jhiri(ঝিরি) unexplored and returned back.

A waterfall, but no water even in a rainy day

It was at the middle of the rainy season, and when I was around the waterfall, it was raining. Even when I was returning back, It was raining heavily. Now my question is, why there wasn't any water even at a rainy season? This waterfall had plenty of water even at last year, but noting available this year. I believe we humans are responsible for demising of this promising beauty or Rangamati(রাঙামাটি).