Thursday, May 19, 2016

Dhaka to Nijhum Dwip (নিঝুম দ্বীপ) | Best Travel Guide


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Nijhum Dwip Sea Beach
Nijhum Dwip is the island of silence and tranquility, where lives with deer!! Life struggles here but it has splendid natural beauty. The eye-catching and very quiet environment of this island really justifies its name. Tourists are bound to make a sense of silence during the exploration of Nijhum Island. The flamboyant beauty of Nijhum is almost unblemished by the human expedition. Once upon a time, it was called Char Osman. The amazing view will make your feel very refreshed from monotonous and tensed life. If you didn’t visit there yet, you have surely missed something in life. Life really happens here, no doubt about the arduous and troublesome life style which absolutely depends on the tidal forces of water.


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Deer in Nijhum Dwip
It is an offshore island with forest and deep blue water of the Bay of Bengal. The Island Nijhum is exactly situated between Noakhali and Bhola under Hatiya Upazila in Noakhali district. It covers a total area of 16,352 hectares. The island has 20 km long sandy and grassy beach.

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Roads to Nijhum Dwip, Hatia
In the 1950s, the cluster of islands started to emerge and the surface of islands began to sustainable near 1972, then the forest department started forestation program here. The most important type of tree planted in the island is Keora, locally known as Kerfa, which has fast-growing roots holding the sandy island. Besides these, there are Geowra, Bain, Kakra and other valuable trees. 

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Chowdhorir Khal - Nijhum Dwip
The forest department of Bangladesh government created mangrove forests in Nijhum Dwip, the main attraction in this forest is the herd of amount cheetral or spotted dear. In 1978- four pair of spotted deer was released in the forest and now the number of deer has increased to around 7000. Wild animals -the spotted deer, monkey, buffalo, snakes and 35 species of birds– made the island attractive for the tourists and thousands of guest birds migrate to this island to add more to its beauty especially during the winter season. Heron, Duck Bird, Egret, Cormorant, and Ibis as oysters of various nature and snails are can be easily seen on the island.

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Deer in Nijhum Forest
In 2001, the government of Bangladesh declared the natural Nijhum forest as National Park. The Nijhum Dweep National Park was originally proposed as a Sanctuary for the conservation of a wide variety of waterfowl, including the migratory shore birds, and a large number of mammals. The area includes a cluster of islands, mainly Ballar Char, Kamlar Char, Char Osman and Char Muri.

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Deer in Nijhum Island
During the high tide, a significant portion of the island becomes covered in water, apart from the cultivated and inhabited areas. Their main occupations are cultivation, fishing, livestock farming and produce vegetables in large quantities. People live here together amidst natural calamities. Life on the island is hard and risky but people are mentally so strong to survive against the rude calamities. 


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Hatia Channel - Nijhum Dwip

I am here going to explain and share some photos and the real taste of Nijhum Dwip from my true experience.

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Sunset in Nijhum Dwip
Traveling to the wonder island Nijhum Dwip is sometimes very hard since it depends totally on tidal forces of water. The tourists in the island can enjoy breathtaking sunrise and awesome sunset from the island. The uniqueness of this very island is the beauty of mangrove Sundarban & St. Martin will found here in the same place.

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Nijhum Dwip Transports -Boat

Top places to visit in Nijhum Island:

1.  Komolar Dwip
      2. Chowdhorir Khal & Kobirajer Chor
      3.  Choakhali Sea Beach
      4.  Mangrove Forest
      5. Namar Bazar Sea Beach
      6. Domar Chor
      7. Virgin Sea Beach (South part of Domar Chor)

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Kobirajer Chor

You cannot go there by bus or air as there is no land connection or airport facilities. There are more than three ways to reach Nijhum Dwip.

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Hatia Channel - Nijhum Dwip
Route 01: You have to take a boat (launch) from Sodor Ghat, Dhaka. Farhan-2 and Farhan-3 launch daily moving from Sodor Ghat to Hatiya. The time of the departure is afternoon 5 o’clock. Tamaruddi, Hatiya to Moktaria Ghat by motorbike or auto rickshaw (one and half hour journey). From there Bondor Tila Bazar is 10 minutes way by a troller. Nama bazar is 20 minutes way by motorbike from Bondor Tila. If you want you can go directly from Tamaruddin, Hatiya to Nama Bazar by a troller (boat). It would take two to three hours if the river tides. The rent of a boat would be 4 thousand if reserve.

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Buffalo's in Nijhum Dwip
Route 02: We are 4 in number. We started our journey from Shamoly, Dhaka to Sonapur, Noakhali by Himachol bus service AT 10:30 PM (400tk per head). After a short tea break in Comilla we reached at Sonapur about 5:30 AM. The very fast morning was so darken and foggy therefore we have to wait about half an hour and talking with CNG drivers more about the road, port, time and expenses. The way that we started this is the hardest way to reach Nijhum Dwip. We reserved a CNG to Chairman Ghat for 500tk and it took around 1 hour. There are sea truck, troller, and engine boats to cross the sea to reach Hatia Island from Chairman Ghat. Sea truck and troller are available only from 09:00 am to 3:00 pm depending on tidal ups and downs. We decided to go by sea-truck and it would be the better choice for nomad travelers.

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Namar Bazar Sea Beach
Route 03Form Chittagong first you will have to go Hatia Island by Motor boat or Ship and it goes first Sandwip then Hatia. It takes around 10 hours to reach Hatia then Nijhum Island.  
Time: At 9 am from Chittagong Sadarghat
Fare: Deck Class: Taka 150 (Sandwip) Taka 250 (Hatia)
Cabin (1st class) : Tk. 500/700 (Sandwip without bath/attached batch), Tk. 550 (Hatia)


Useful Tour Information:
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Fishing in Nijhum Island
Dhaka to Sonapur, Noakhali by Himachol bus service at 10:30 PM (400tk per head).
Sonapur to CNG run vehicles to Chairman Ghat for 500tk and it will take around 1 hour.
Chairman Ghat to Nalchira Ghat in Hatia        
Sea Truck- 90tk per head & will take 1 to 1:30 hours to reach at Nalchira Ghat in Hatia.   
Trawler - 150tk per head & will take 1:00 hour to reach at Nalchira Ghat in Hatia.
Speed Boat – 400/500tk per head & will take 20-30 minutes to reach at Nalchira Ghat in Hatia.

Nalchira Ghat to Moktaria Ghat by baby taxi 600 to 700tk. And it is about 40 km via Shadar Upojila and Zahazmara Bazar and will take about 1:30 hours. Hatia is a long island. It is wide north to south and it is about 50 km long. The island’s width is not more than 15 km.

Moktaria Ghat to Bondor Tila Bazar is 10 minutes way by local engine boat or troler and 10/20tk per person.

Finally, Bondor Tila Hat to Namar bazar by motorbike will take 20/25 minutes and 100tk per person. Hotel check-in………….

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Mangrove Forest - Nijhum Dwip
There is not enough accommodation facility on this island. The only resort is Nijhum Resort is maintained by Abokash Parjoton, a private tourism company. You may get some more accommodation by the local people. Local Mosque gives some facility to stay nights there. 
Forest Department and District Parishad have Guest Houses in the island, which needs prior permission. Both these places provide food. If you want you may use tents to overnight there.

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Sunset in Nijhum Dwip
Nijhum Resort Reviews:

Manager Shobuj Bhai
Mobile: 017258-145864, 01845-558899, 01738-230655
You must contact for reservation before going during the pick season or weekend (Thursday Night to Saturday Night)

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Nijhum Resort
→ Two beds (1 bathroom) deluxe room 1000tk.
→ Family room with six beds (one is four-bed room and another is two-bed rooms with attached bath) rent 2000tk.
→ 12 beds dormitory (three bathrooms) rent of 2400tk and five-bed dormitory (two bathrooms) rent of 1200tk.
→You only count 100tk for per extra person in a room.
→Boarding room of the Local Mosque: single-bed room 100tk and double-bed room 200tk or more.

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Visitors in Nijhum Dwip
Foods: there are available restaurants and traditional foods like fish, meat, chicken, or you can hire a chef from Hotel Abakash, his cook is good, he’ll take extra 200-300 tk for cooking. Do not miss the taste of buffalo yogurt, which is famous in Nijhum Dwip.

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Deer in Nijhum Island

Exploration Nijhum Dwip:


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Beautiful Moment in Nijhum Island
First Day: Everyone was so tired after around 15 hour’s incredible non-stop journey. After refreshing at hotel room we took our lavish lunch with traditional seafood in a local restaurant. It is about 3:30 pm, we started to the get the real taste of Nijhum Dwip tour. We hired a local boat (100tk) for Komolar Dwip (special for Birds), Kobirajer Chor (Natural views), Chowdhorir Khal, where deer are playing in the forest. You must go before evening. To see deer in the forest is defends on your luck. You cannot see deer often in the forest. You must keep silent, follow your guide and keep the camera ready for the shutter. Suddenly, you can see a large group of deer near of you eating leaves or grass. But, they are very clever and their hearing power is so high. Only a small sound of dry leaves can aware them of leaving the place with 100km per hour speed. Moving behind the deer line was so exciting and memorable for me. It was so sunny and hot day, therefore we have to move in the clay mixed mangrove forest. After a few moments, it was so beautiful to see the herd of deer moving in front of us. But the herd of deer fled the place from a few hundred yards after hearing the sound of the camera shutter. We also saw thousands of buffalo herd on the deep green ground and canal.

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Birds in Nijhum Dwip
At the time of return, we got in trouble, trapped in the tiny canal inside the forest, which is covered by waist height mud. We had to wait for high tide until 10 pm. After a long time, we enjoyed lying on the wood made boat under the open sky as well, Moonlight night was awesome. Watching Bengali movie “Paglu2” in the boatman’s mobile gave us a fantastic and unforgettable moment.

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Wonderful Nijhum Dwip
At the very early morning on our second day, we were very lucky to saw a deer near the window of Nijhum Resort. Taking some photos, we moved to the Choakhali sea beach by motorbike, if you lucky deer can be seen there.

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Canal inside the Mangrove Forest - Nijhum Dwip
Namar Bazar sea beach it is almost 15 minutes walking distance from the hotel room. It is clay mixed sandy beach but the mind blowing wind can touch your heart deeply. Drinking fancy green coconut water was awesome and it helped us to fit physically in that hot day.

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Deer in Nijhum Island
 After 11:00 am we reserved an engine boat to enjoy the whole Nijhum Dwip and the new “Virgin Island Sea Beach”. Our boat started to run over the heavy wave, seeing birds, buffalos, mangrove forest, fisherman, and splendid natural beauties. The day was ended by moving behind the deer at the Chowdhori Khal forest area. Hiding inside the forest and waiting for deer silently was so incredible. Finally, the dream comes true, after waiting about 30 more minutes silently a herd of deer coming to the open ground slowly and carefully. That was a great chance us to see deer and taking some photos of the trees and jungle of the forest. It was so imagined and unexplainable moment that a large group of deer were moving and eating grass and leaves in front of us.

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Flying Birds in Nijhum Dwip
Times up and have to leave, but the beauty of sunset was so cool over the green field and sea. Buffalo's were moving, birds were flying and the fishermen doing hurry to set their net for fishing. 
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Beautiful Nijhum Island
It’s time for B-B-Q, the facilities are available at Hotel Abakash, and they have a big BBQ burner. Manager Shuboj Bhai organized the party and all the guests were so enthusiastic and enjoying the night by playing cards, gossiping, singing songs under the moonlight. The night party was outstanding. BBQ per head 200tk including all.

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B-B-Q in Nijhum Dwip
Day third - foggy morning, it was the time to see the perfect beauty of sunrise from of South Para beach. Hired a motorbike and took a short trip to see the beauty of the nice sandy beach. Goodbye Nijhum Dwip!!!

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Sunrise in Nijhum Dwip
Must Follow:
Everyone should avoid anything which can be the cause of destruction for the beauty of Nihjum forest and please do not litter the forest. It is suggested visit Nihjum Island silently and come back silently. Bring back everything you have taken with you such as water bottle, plastic packet or other things. Keep Nihjum neat and clean so that our next generation does not think it was a story. Give a chance for them to explore it, therefore, we have the responsibility to look after of it. 

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Green Coconut - Nijhum Dwip 
Travel Tips: 
1. Must keep comfortable clothes and suitable shoes.
2. The entire journey deserves huge mental & physical strength. 
3. Keep necessary medicine. E.g. Painkiller, Odomos (anti-mosquito lotion, available at pharmacy).
4. Keep dry food, high-calorie food, like chocolate, ground nut.
5. Important to keep glucose or or-saline for the instant energy solution.
6. Keep rope, matches for the fire, chargeable light, light water bottle, cap, sunglass and those you needed.

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