Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity.
Travel is essential for temporary relief from extra work stress and anxiety. The practical aspect of travel is that people can enjoy the taste of innovation and gain various experiences. Then this experience and journey becomes a memory and makes smile or nostalgic. It is possible to learn about people and their culture through travel. Many unknown things become known. When the busy life of the city, anxiety, frustration, fatigue make life miserable, then the view of mountains, clouds, waterfalls brings peace to the mind. People who like to travel, always prefer quiet, secluded places. Mountains can be an interesting place for travel. One such beautiful place is Sajek Valley in Bangladesh. Sajek Valley is famous for its natural beauty and is also known as the Queen of Hills and Roof of Rangamati. Where the mind and soul get the feeling of heaven. There is no human noise but there is the melody of birds, the flow of fountains. Sometimes rows of clouds are running, sometimes playing hide and seek. This scene creates a different kind of love.
The valley is surrounded by mountains, dense forests, and grasslands hill tracks. It belongs to Baghaichhari Upazila of Rangamati district. It is situated at the North angle of Rangamati, near the Mizoram border boundary area. Basically, it is the name of a river that separates Bangladesh from India. The river flows into the Karnafuli River in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. The valley is 1,800 ft high from sea level. Many small rivers flow through the hills but Kachalon and Machalong are famous among them. The distance from Khagrachhari district to Sajek is about 60 km and from Dighinala about 49 km. It will take two to three hours to reach Sajek Valley from Khagrachhari city. Tourists will never forget the moments of walking along the mountain road. All around is so green and fresh air that makes the mind lively. Its attractive beauty can instantly forget all kinds of fatigue of the traveler. The beauty of Sajak is doubled in hot weather, rainy days and foggy times. In every season, people enjoy the beauty of Sajek with fascination.
People say that God has decorated Sajak Valley with all the beauty in his own hands.
The magnificent glory of the sun is seen at sunrise and sunset. It's hard to imagine how colorful the sky can be. Not only sunrise and sunset can be seen on the shores of the sea, but this view can also be seen from the hill. The sun looks more beautiful from the top of the hill. In the morning, when the sun rises in the eastern sky, the raft of clouds comes down. In the afternoon, the colorful view of the sunset from any high place in the hills will fascinate. When the sun takes the shape of a red circle, it looks awesome. It's like a beautiful scene painted by a perfect artist. This soft and alluring light, nature seems to be enchanted. Its allure does not fade with time. And the sight of millions of stars in the sky after dusk is like a tempting attraction. If the sky is not cloudy, galaxies can be seen. In that moment, tourists will think of themselves as inhabitants of another planet. Personal frustration, suffering all seem to disappear somewhere. At that time the lines of John Denver's famous song of Country roads: "Life is old there, older than the trees. Younger than the mountains, growin' like a breeze", come to mind.
Ruiluipara, Hamari Para and Konglak Para are the three combinations of Sajek Valley. Konglak Hill is the main attraction for tourists. Konglak Hill is the last village in the Sajek Valley. It is inhabited by the Lusai people. Their unique indigenous culture has become big attraction for tourists. Sajek is mainly inhabited by Lusai, Pangkhoa and Tripura tribes. It is good to see the simple life of the tribals. Tribal festivals are held here at certain times of the year. The various ingredients of their culture can be enjoyed. The village of Ruilui is adorned with tree-lined staircases, flower gardens in front of the house, and occasional cactus and orchids.
From the Konglak Hills, tourists can see the origins of Karnafuli river and the Lusai Hills of India. If tourists want, they can trek for two hours from Ruilui Para to Kamalak fountain. This beautiful waterfall is also known as Pidam Taisa Jharna (fountain) or Sikam Taisa Jharna. Those who travel to Sajak Valley are fascinated by the beauty of nature.
Mydul Islam Sumon was impressed by the beauty of. According to him, the beauty of Sajak Valley cannot be compared with anything. There are many beautiful waterfalls, bridges and lakes. Sajak is a treasure trove of beauty. Most attractions of the spot are sunset, rain, morning, evening and night. Stunning clouds kingdom can be seen from Ruilui Para of Sajek. The beauty of this cloud is impossible to describe without seeing it. After climbing Konglak Hill, he feels like that he is standing on a cloud and in the middle of a cloud. The sky seems to have come a lot closer to the head. When the sun rises slowly, it looks dazzling. The light of sunrise and sunset creates a wonderful feeling. Seeing nature in this light, it seems that the sky, the clouds, the mountains are singing with joy. In the morning the hills look darker green and the mind clams down in the frosty air. The magnificent majesty of the Sajak Valley gradually increased.
Sajak Valley is like a piece of paradise on earth. He has never seen such a beautiful scene of nature before. He is more amazed and stunned to see the diverse life journey of the Pangkhoa and Lusai tribes and also inspired by their simple life. Indigenous people are very hospitable. Their humble attitude can shake the mind of any tourist which is almost extinct in city life. The road of Sajek has high picks and falls, so he suggested that tourists should be more conscious.
Sajek can be visited throughout the year and has a variety of hill restaurants and cottages; there are 120 hotels, resorts and cottages with a daily accommodation capacity of 2,500-3,000 visitors. Bangladesh army has built two fascinating sophisticated resort with air conditioning facilities. Most popular resorts and cottages in Ruiluipara include the army-operated Sajek Resort and Runmoy Resort, Sumui Eco Resort, Sajek Hill View Resort, Abakash Eco Cottage, Monghor Resort and Resort RungRang. Along with the BD army, the BGB is also involved in various development activities. At present, almost all types of security are ensured for the tourists traveling to Sajek.
Meals are available at each resort at a lower price and anyone can arrange a barbecue if they want. The most interesting thing is that tourists can eat at the tribal houses if they wish. In that case, tourists have to tell the food menu in advance. Papaya, pineapple, banana fruits have affordable prices and also delicious to eat as this place is also famous for banana and orange. Bamboo chicken is the most common food here. Don't forget to eat these foods. Tourists can buy indigenous peoples' products from local markets. Picking fruits and vegetables early in the morning is a major trade here. The livelihood of the aborigines and the exotic beauty of nature are bound to fascinate anyone.
Some tips for travel:
- It is important to book a hotel before going to Sajek Valley.
- The holidays are more crowded, if one wants solitude then it is better not to go on that period.
- Tourists must get permission from the BGB (Border Guards Bangladesh).
- It is a remote area and has no electricity. So, take the necessary things like medicine, power bank, etc.
- The paths of Sajek Valley are crooked and steep. That is very risky, so tourists should be very careful.
- Local diver transport should be used.
- You can keep some light snacks.
- Never forget to take water. Because there is a water crisis.