The second largest city in Bangladesh sits on the bank of the Karnapuli River and has an interesting old waterfront area known as Sadarghat which reflects the importance of river trade to the city's growth. Nearby is the old Portuguese enclave of Paterghatta which remains mostly Christian. The Shahi Jama-e-Masjid and Qadam Mubarak Mosque are two of the most impressive buildings in the city. It's also worth visiting the Ethnological Museum in the Modern City which has interesting displays on Bangladesh's tribal peoples. There are good views and cooling breezes from Fairy Hill in the British City in the north-western sector of the city.
Flights between Dhaka and Chittagong leave three to four times a day, as do the trains, which can take up to seven hours to reach Chittagong. The Dhaka-Chittagong highway is one of the better roads in the country, and there are several bus lines that use it, but the trip can be hairy at times and takes almost as long as the train trip, which is more comfortable and less nerve wracking. Chittagong is 264km (164mi) southeast of Dhaka.
Chittagong Hill Tracts:
Decidedly untypical of Bangladesh in topography and culture, the Chittagong Hill Tracts have steep jungle hills, Buddhist tribal peoples and relatively low density population. The tracts are about 60km (37mi) east of Chittagong, and if it weren''''''''t for the troubles in the region they would be an idyllic place to visit. The region comprises a mass of hills, ravines and cliffs covered with dense jungle, bamboo, creepers and shrubs, and has four main valleys formed by the Karnapuli, Feni, Shangu and Matamuhur rivers. Unfortunately, the region is not entirely safe because of military operations to subdue the tribes'''''''' Shanti Bahini (Peace Army). The troubles stem from the cultural clash between the tribal peoples, who are the original inhabitants of the area, and the plains people, who have begun to develop it. Sick of being displaced, and having their land stolen and encroached upon, the tribal people took to guerrilla warfare in the 1980s to preserve their culture. Getting a government permit to visit the area takes 10 to 14 days in Dhaka.
Rangamati, a lush and verdant rural area belonging to the Chakma tribe, is open to visitors, as is Kaptai Lake. The lake, ringed by thick tropical and semi-evergreen forests, looks like nothing else in Bangladesh. While the lake itself is beautiful, the thatched fishing villages located on the lakeshore are what make a visit really special. Boats that visit the villages leave from Rangamati. Bring your swimming gear because you can take a plunge anywhere. To get to Rangamati, in the middle of the Hill Tracts, take a train, bus, or plane from Dhaka to Chittagong, and then a bus from Chittagong to Rangmati. It''''''''s about 314km (195mi) from Dhaka to Rangmati.
Rangamati hanging bridge
This tour’s destination is to visit the interesting tribal culture with our cool forest life with the Chittagong hill districts The tour will bring you once again a back journey towards the past.
Day 01: DHAKA
Receive Dhaka Airport, Transfer to Hotel Sight seeing and Night Halt.
Day 02: DHAKA-CHITTAGONG
Departure Dhaka for Chittagong by Private AC Van On the way, we will visit Moinamoti, Comilla, Buddhist Stupa of 6th- 13th Century Arrive Chittagong and transfer to Hotel & Night Halt.
Day 03: CHITTAGONG
After Breakfast Sight Seeing at Chittagong includes Foy’s Lake, the goldsmith’s alley, Reasuddin bazaar, colonial architecture and temples, Ethnological Museum, Kadam Mubarak Mosque, Shahi Jama-e-Majsid, Ship breaking yard, Patenga
Sea Beach etc. Night Halt at Chittagong
Day 04: CHITTAGONG-RANGAMATI
Dep. Chittagong for Rangamati Arrive Rangamati visit: Kaptai lake boat trip, Tribal villages around the lake, Tribal King’s House, Traditional textile Handloom factory, Tribal handicraft shop etc Night Halt at Rangamati
DAY 05: RANGAMATI-BANDARBANS
Dep. Rangamati for Bandarban at early morning, Bandarban Hill & Tribal Culture Then a scenic drive up into the Burmese foothills to Bandar ban, and casual sightseeing around this colorful native market town. We'll visit local Buddhist shrines, a Marma village, the Tribal complex, overnight in BANDARBANS
DAY 06: BANDARBANS
After Breakfast sight seeing include Sangu river cruises by country boat, swimming or strolling along the sandy river beach, a visit to the hanging bridge, waterfalls and lookout points. Typical evening pastimes are visiting the homes of the locals (with home-brew for the thirsty), tea-stall crawling or perhaps just checking out the bazaar. Overnight in BANDARBANS.
Day 07: BANDARBANS –CHITTAGONG-DHAKA
Leave Bandarban for Chittagong then start Drive or fly for Dhaka.