Saturday, April 4, 2015

Bangladesh, Chittagong is My Homeland

Ven. Aungshapru Marma

Bangladesh, Chittagong is My Homeland

Chittagong is a district in the south-eastern of Bangladesh. It is under Chittagong Division. Local people call the city Chottogram or Chatgaon. It had been a sea port since the ancient period. It was under the rule of kings Arakan from 16th and 17th centuries. It is surrounded by Feni and Tripura (Indian State) to the north side, Cox’s Bazaar to the south, Rangamati, Bandarban and Khagrachari to the east, Noakhali and the Bay of Bengal to the west. Now it is the commercial capital of Bangladesh. The city is on the Karnafuli River. There are so many beautiful and interesting tourist attraction places to visit in my hometown in Chittagong, Bangladesh such as; Foys Lake, Patenga Sea Beach, Rangunia Eco Park, The Buddha Dhatu Jadi, and Sitakundu.

Foy’s Lake

Inside Foy’s Lake
 In 1924, Assam-Bengal Railway Engineer Mr Foy made the lake. Big in size, the man-made lake later named after Mr. Foy was constructed by erecting an embankment across a narrow valley from one hill top to the other in Pahartoli, in the northern part of the city. For an unforgettable trip, the resort at Foy’s Lake is the best selection due to its beautiful landscapes and magnificent views where you can enjoy a romantic boat ride. The lake with fun of activities has an amusement park, leased by the Concord group. After take a few steps, you will find the Sea World with a good number of rides in the water and rainbow trout, a kind of fish. A mini-zoo at the entrance of the man-made lake is most attractive view having a power to stop all visitors from senior to junior. For music lovers, Foy’s Lake Amusement World is heaven as varieties of cultural programmers and concerts are often staging here.  Meanwhile, to children, the spot is something more than paradise as the colorful shops with their Disneyland bricks at the entrance of the theme park entertain those lots. The other 
place kids got very excited to see is Sea World.

The Patenga Sea beach

located at the confluence of Karnaphuli River, gave them anew life. About 14 kilometers away from the port city Chittagong, the beach gained huge acclamations from domestic and foreign tourists for having some of the outstanding sunrises and sunsets. In 1991, a heavy storm lashed the beach, leaving this damaged. Although the reef area is 
Patenga Sea beach
later covered by some square shaped concretes to thwart river erosion, it makes the area very splendid for the beach lovers. With this, those are dashing and stylish seem it as a mega mall as a nearby market offers you interesting Burmese things, jewellery items, made of oyster shells and fascinating stones or clothes designed in native fashion, etc. The mind-blowing sunset viewing zone also offers you the busy guys a magnificent boat ride onto the ocean waves.

Rangunia Eco Park

This Eco Park was established in 1000 acres of land   in reserve forests of Kodala Beat of Hosnabad union of Rangunia upazila. This park was also designed as a attractive tourist spot.  Under the
Rangunia Eco Park
supervision of Chittagong South Forest Division DFO, this park was developed. Former minister and Chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on Forest and Environment Dr. Hasan Mahmood MP will inaugurate the park and first ever cable chair of the country today as chief guest. Sources said the entry fee of the park fixed at Tk.23 per person and the riding fee of cable chair Tk.230. Sources further said the duration of cable chair   ride of 2.50 kilometers will take about 15 minutes.

The Buddha Dhatu Jadi

The Buddhist temple is known in local language as Kyang. It is located in the remote Bandarban Hill District in south-eastern Bangladesh, which is part of the Chittagong Division of Chittagong Hill Tracts. The temple is ensconced in the hill town of Bandarban, which has two of the highest peaks
The Buddha Dhatu Jadi
with rolling hills, namely, the Tajingdong (4,000 feet (1,200 m)) and the Keokeradong (4,632 feet (1,412 m)), covered with dense forests with lush vegetation. Sangu river flows through the town. There is also a waterfall nearby. The temple is built on top of a 60 metres (200 ft) high hill, which is about 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) from the Balaghat town, and 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) from the Banderban city. Chittagong, known as a "picturesque part of Bangladesh that is referred to as the rooftop of the country", is about 92 kilometres (57 mi) away. Within the Bandarban town, the notable structures are the Ethnic Cultural Institute and a Museum.There is also a lake on the hill known as the Debota Pukur (meaning: "pond of the God").

Chandranath Temple & Buddhist temples

Chandranath Temple
The famous Chandranath Temple & Buddhist temples are in Sitakunda, 37 km for from Chittagong city. Famous among the many temples in this place, the Chandranath Temple and the Buddhist
Temple has a footprint of Lord Buddha. These places particularly the hilltops are regarded as very sacred by the Buddhists and the Hindus. Siva-chaturdashi festival is held every year in February when thousands of pilgrims assemble for the celebrations, which last about ten days. There is a salt-water spring 5 km. to the north of Sitakunda, known as Labanakhya. 

You can enjoy the steer ridings to go to Chandranath’s temple by walking. It is situated on the top of the hill from where you can
Buddhist temples
enjoy the beauty of the sea & also the hill areas. Now in sitakunda there’s made an eco-park.

My country is Magic, and I could rave on! Come and See it! You are welcome to contact me for any

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