Nilgiri Hill Resort: A Place Where Clouds Are Your Playmate
No other tourist destinations of Bangladesh can be compared with Nilgiri hill resort in terms of natural beauty. That is why, it is also referred to as one of the best hidden treasures of Bangladesh. The pictorial landscape around the hills and green atmosphere has given it a photogenic look. To get relief from the boredom of the city life, pollution and work stress, people can visit here and spend some quality time.
The main attraction for which tourists visit here is cloud. One will find himself covered with the thick layer of clouds. Playing with clouds and touching them is really something imaginary. Autumn and rainy season is perhaps the best time to experience such kind of thing. When clouds play with the waves of gentle breeze, it looks like that sky has come down at the peak of the mountain. After rain the Bay of Bengal also becomes visible from the peak. Its natural attraction has made it one of the lucrative tourist spots in Bangladesh.
If you go there, it may seem to you a piece of heaven. You will never feel tired seeing its beauty because it changes with the time. At night, the entire surroundings become calm and quiet, making it a perfect situation for couple to enjoy the moonlight. After reading such vivid description, it becomes difficult for tourists to resist their desire to go to the place.
Where is it situated?
Nilgiri hill resort, which is 47 kilometres away from Bandarban town, is located in Thanchi upazilla of Bandarban district. To be more specific, it is situated on Chimbuk Range about 3500 above sea level. It lies on the Bandarban-Chimbuk-Thanchi route.
How to go there?
Nilgiri hill resort is in a remote locality and is also restricted area. So there is no direct way of going there. Those who want to visit this place will have to go to Bandarban first. The only means of transportation from Dhaka to Bandarban is bus. There are many bus companies providing bus services from different parts of Dhaka city- Fakirapul, Sayedabad, Motijheel, Arambagh, Kamalapur and Kalabagan. Bus services like S. Alam, Soudia Paribahan, Hanif Enterprise, Unique Service, Shyamoli Paribahan, BRTC, Saint Martin Paribahan, and Eagle Paribahan transport passengers from these stoppages. Both AC and non-AC bus services commute to Bandarban. After reaching Bandarban, you will have to hire either a private vehicle from town or you can choose Chander Gari (public jeep) to arrive at Nilgiri from Bandarban city.
If you want to avoid traffic congestion in the road and save time then you can choose airway as an alternative and quickest way of communication. For that, you have to go to Chittagong by air from where it will take more than three hours by road to reach Nilgiri resort.
Where to stay?
Accommodation is the next big problem after transportation. Visitors become worried about getting suitable lodge or hotel room at an affordable price. If you decide to stay at Bandarban city, you will find a number of good hotels, but the problem you will have to face is to wake up early in the morning to see clouds at the top of the Nilgiri hills. So, the best way to enjoy the natural beauty of Nilgiri hills is to book a room of one of the cottages. There are five cottages named Akashlina, Marma Reesa, Nilangana, Tehkho Reesa and Meghdut. Prices of these cottages’ rooms vary from 5000 to 10000, allowing maximum two persons to live in each room.
Marma Reesa-1, which is known as a honeymoon lodge, is a duplex cottage. It attracts tourists for its unique structure.
What makes Tehkho Reesa-1 different from other is the use of bamboo. It is totally made of bamboo.
Meghdut cottage has all the modern facilities. That is why, most of the people prefer it to make their tour memorable. From this cottage, visitors will get clear view of clouds and surroundings.
Akashlina cottage can increase your happiness by providing ultimate relaxation. It is one of the cottages situated over the hill of Nilgiri.
Besides cottages, there are also three tents having four beds each. To stay here, tourists will have to spend BDT 2500 taka per night. For keeping additional person in the cottage, tourists will have to pay BDT 500 extra for per person. However, there is a discount on cottage rent for members of Bangladesh defence- Army, Navy, Air Force.
Nilgiri hill resort is one of the busiest tourist spots in Bangladesh. That is why, I will suggest you to book cottage before you travel here.
How to book Nilgiri resort?
As it is maintained by Bandarban officers club, sister concern of Bangladesh Army, it has become mandatory for visitors to book the resort through any serving first class Bangladeshi military officer. For reservation, you have to take the help of 69th Infantry Brigade whose headquarters is in Bandarban Cantonment. One will have to go through some procedures to book resort. To know more about booking procedures, contact information and for online reservation, visit the official website- http://nilgiriresort.com/index.php.
If you want to organize a picnic here, call this number-01769299999. It should be noted here that there is limitation for foreign tourist. If any foreigner wishes to go there and book resort, they should contact in this number- 01855550088. They have to take permission from the DC office of Bandarban. For additional help, they can contact with Bangladesh Tourism Board. Interested people will also keep one thing in mind that is booking money is non-refundable. Tourists are also advised not to try to book any cottage which indicates ‘on process’.
Where to eat?
Visitors need not to worry about food and drinks. There is a clean and healthy restaurant in Nilgiri Resort. If you taste food once your mouth will be filled with water every time you think about it. Food items like Rice, beef and mutton are prepared in bamboo in a special way which requires no water. It may cost BDT 200-500 for per meal.
Recently an Ekattor TV videographer died of cerebral malaria while covering news in Bandarban. So before going to travel any hilly area, visitors are advised to take precaution to remain fit and safe from diseases.
If you want to see white clouds waving at Nilgiri then visit the below link-