the wonderful sanctuary BAIKKA BEEL

Baikka beel is another bird sanctuary of this region. It is on the eastern part of the Hail haor. Hail haor is a large wetland encompassing about 100 hectares. It is about 20km from the Moulvibazar town. Baikka beel was declared to be a sanctuary for fishes in 2003.

Baikka beel is located in an area of great natural beauty. The widespread empty wetland near it is simply amazing. The beautiful scenario stretching over miles creates an unbelievable feeling. You can see the blue horizon meeting the blue haor water here.

This beel is the living place of numerous birds and fishes. From the time you enter the haor area you will be engrossed by the sweet chirping of various birds. Moorhans, marsh harriers, teals, ducks and many other birds are seen here. If you are a bird watcher you will be very delighted.

There is a watchtower about 2 stories height to provide a better view of the landscape. The beel area isn’t only beautiful because of these birds but also for the beautiful lilies, lotus and many other unknown aquatic flowers and plants. While riding a boat you will find yourself surrounded by large leafy lilies. Much of the water is usually covered with the flowers in their blooming season.

The best time of visit should be very early in the morning, starting from sunrise to two hours after that. Another preferable time will be in the afternoon before sunset. Although there is no specific duration of entering the area or climbing the watch tower but this two specific times will enable you to enjoy the best sights. You can also stay there from dawn to dusk and don’t worry about food, there are a few small restaurants to satisfy your hunger.

Fare: Climb observation tower : 05 taka
Boat ride half an hour : 20 taka
Boat ride one hour : 30 taka

Travelling

You can take autorickshaws (called CNG locally) for your travel. If you start from Srimangal, then for a trip of travelling to the beel, about a 2-hour hault amd returning back to Srimangal will cost about 400 – 500 BDT. You can also use a bus in that case you will have to use a cycle or some other transport as bus will drop you at the entrance of the country road. Private cars, jeeps and even cycles can also be used if you have no problem reading the signs or finding your way to the beel.

If you haven’t yet added Baikka beel to your places to visit list then you should add it right away!

Cholon Beel: A blend of life with water and boat!

Chalan Beel is the largest wetland of Bangladesh, covering three districts of Natore, Sirajganj and Pabna. Covering around 1600 square kilometers area, the Cholon Beel is located in the North-Western part of Bangladesh. Here life and living is tied with boat and water.

To get relief from monotonous daily life, agony of family and to make change for refreshment, you can avail the scope to make a trip at Cholon Beel areas where you can discover a different lifestyle and extract the special feeling.

One who is familiar with living in the rocky or mountain lands, has a scope to share reverse experience with biggest landscape view.

Such a biggest landscape is unique one all over Bangladesh where people live surrounded by water all the year round. Fishing and farming are the main business of peoples here.

Hundreds of families, mostly fishermen, in Cholon beel areas however, live on the non-motorised/manual boat all the year round.

If you can able to earn several day holiday from busy life, can add a taste of different touch of experience by making a touring in the villages of Cholon beel.

You can be experienced how simply people can lead their life and live with happy. You also can find a real life nature, where none will dare to disturb you when you fully engaged with fishing in the deep beel!

Hospitality of the local people also unthinkable that makes you happy and it will take time to forget it from your mind.

How to reach Cholon Beel!

Cholon beel is surrounded by three districts where you can go both by bus and train from capital Dhaka. Getting on a Natore or Sirajgonj -bound coach you have to get down at Bonpara areas beside Sirajganj-Dhaka highway. If you like to travel by train from Dhaka, you have to avail a Rajshahi bound trains (Padma-Silkcity or Dhumketu inter city trains) and you have to stop traveling at Sirajganj.

Where u live !

A good number of residential hotels are abundant in Sirajgonj and Natore. Beside highway the hotels and motels with family accommodations are located.

If you travel in Rainey season, you will notice only water and water through your two eyes and during summer you will find the flood of paddy or other seasonal crops. You can hardly visualize a small village covered by some trees.

After getting down from train or bus you have to hire both manual-driven and engine boat for a day or several days with a small payment and then you will enjoy the nature.

The boat man will help you on your having meal and accommodation!

In the day time, you can see, people are busy with fishing or reaping paddy and other seasonal crops.

The prime adventure is to spend several nights on boat on the silent water of the beel. If you know to swim, it’s another comfort to you. By the help of boatmen, you can become a fisherman by carrying fishing wheels and scope of catch fish from the beel.

Most of the year, the lands are inundated by water and people only get one crop in a year. They have no alternatives to maintain their livelihoods without fishing. Traveling by boat is the only means of transportation for communication.

Another charm waits for you in Cholon Beel!

You will notice some big boats on the beel where children are getting their lesson. Some non-governmental organizations have launched floating school to provide elementary education to underprivileged children in different villages. Surprisingly the remote schools are equipped with modern information technologies like computer with internet connectivity! You have scope to give a lecture on the class.

Other spots!

Side by side you have scope to travel other nearby historical places in the region like Natore Uttara Gono Bhaban, Rajshahi Barind Museum, Puthia Rajbari, Mohastan Garh of Bogra, Paharpur Boudha Biher etc. Beside you can spend a night at Jamuna Resort beside the longest Jamuna Multipurpose Bridge at Sirajgonj.

Through very close distance, one can notice life of snake charmers in the Cholon beels. You have scope to take some rare snaps of life. Never forget to carry long distance camera and binocular, torch light, some dry food and fishing wheel.

You can take company of your family members. It would be better, if you reach there in day time. A day-long trip is also to be pleasant if you have small span of time.