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Bandarban town is situated on the bank of Sangu, a river that originated at North Arakan Hills of Myanmar.","type":"text"},{"content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FpPGRqq2op4wYuDOGAiZg%2FPANO_20210204_082457.jpg?alt=media&token=fa24ad6b-a2b1-4983-b0a1-04f3ab502956","type":"img","version":2,"metadata":{"width":1000,"height":368}},{"content":"We took a bus at 11:00 pm from Dhaka and reached the town at dawn. Then we got into a local hotel to keep our bags and luggage, had some breakfast, and then prepared ourselves to have a long hiking and trekking trip. We took a pair of local vehicles known as \"Chander Gari\", which means \"Car from Moon\". It represents the height or altitude of the hilly district and its mysteries. We soon got out of the town in our vehicle, crossed multiple bridges, constructed on the beautiful Sangu river. \n","type":"text"},{"version":2,"type":"img","metadata":{"width":1000,"height":750},"content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FpPGRqq2op4wYuDOGAiZg%2FIMG_20201022_090551.jpg?alt=media&token=520cc74e-a194-45b8-b808-63e7ac920023"},{"type":"audio","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FpPGRqq2op4wYuDOGAiZg%2Fstop_0_7.mp4?alt=media&token=9757937e-b328-4f73-bd1e-50686c3b7d90"},{"content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FpPGRqq2op4wYuDOGAiZg%2Fstop_0_8.mp4?alt=media&token=8c8bbf75-bcc6-4201-8f87-c9aaa4c2a309","type":"audio"}],"location":{"latitudeDelta":0.09219986310369421,"longitudeDelta":0.137992461778529,"longitude":92.21418330000002,"latitude":22.18856610647695},"address":"Bandarban Bus Stop"},{"media":[{"type":"text","content":"# Roads of Rowangcchari\n### The Registration \nRowangcchari is an Upazilla (Sub-district) on Bandarban's northeastern outskirts. We had to drive our vehicle through the sub-district to a place called Kacchaptali. The Bangladesh Army controls entry to Kacchaptali, so everyone must register with them and provide proof of identity (national ID card or passport), as well as a guide for groups of up to ten people. Rowangcchari Polices are in charge of the registration. These rules are strictly adhered to in order to ensure the safety of tourists and maintain harmony with the indigenous peoples of various villages."},{"version":2,"metadata":{"width":1000,"height":750},"content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FpPGRqq2op4wYuDOGAiZg%2FIMG_20190930_112204.jpg?alt=media&token=29092d93-8b3a-4c8b-8cb8-88a5552abd92","type":"img"},{"version":2,"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FpPGRqq2op4wYuDOGAiZg%2FIMG_20201023_133255.jpg?alt=media&token=8f6939b5-5fac-4e50-a963-28124b90067b","metadata":{"height":750,"width":1000}},{"content":"### Journey by Chander Gari\nIt was a bumpy ride as the narrow hill-cut roads were zig-zagged and had some frightening slopes at many places. We had to get down and register our names under two guides at the Rowangcchari Police Station, as we had a group of 16 people. We got to see different indigenous huts near the roads (photo attached)\n","type":"text"},{"content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FpPGRqq2op4wYuDOGAiZg%2FIMG_20201022_090630.jpg?alt=media&token=5a428c8c-ccb5-4d00-b418-6a52241beb53","version":2,"metadata":{"height":750,"width":1000},"type":"img"},{"version":2,"metadata":{"height":750,"width":1000},"content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FpPGRqq2op4wYuDOGAiZg%2FIMG_20201023_134832.jpg?alt=media&token=48fa274a-bc67-4cfb-b3e9-70745d240926","type":"img"}],"location":{"latitude":22.187718213206516,"longitude":92.34572814583927,"longitudeDelta":0.137992461778529,"latitudeDelta":0.09219986310369421},"address":"Rowangchhari Upazila"},{"address":"Kacchaptali Bazar","location":{"longitude":92.34840725,"longitudeDelta":0.137992461778529,"latitudeDelta":0.09219986310369421,"latitude":22.23659315649248},"media":[{"content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FpPGRqq2op4wYuDOGAiZg%2FPANO_20201023_132408.jpg?alt=media&token=8efb6ebc-1c37-466d-81da-d21a513b5f0c","type":"img","metadata":{"width":1000,"height":271},"version":2},{"type":"text","content":"# The Walk\nAt a place called Kacchaptali, the asphalt road comes to an end. So, one has to walk to their destination from this spot. \nAn army checkpoint is located here, where visitors are registered and the number of tourists visiting the native villages and Debotakhum is counted. After 6 p.m., no one is allowed to leave Kacchaptali. As a result, every tourist must either finish their hiking by the afternoon and return the same day, or stay and spend the night in Kacchaptali."},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FpPGRqq2op4wYuDOGAiZg%2FIMG_20201022_090551.jpg?alt=media&token=89538107-1b56-4350-b972-43a7a43e1a11","version":2,"metadata":{"width":1000,"height":750}},{"type":"text","content":"### Arrival at Kacchaptali Bazar\nWe arrived at Kacchaptali Bazar at 12 p.m. after a three-hour ride on the 'Chander Gari.' We pre-ordered lunch at a local hotel in the Bazar, as suggested by our guide because we would be ravenous when we returned in the afternoon and might not be able to order anything.\nWe got to see typical indigenous huts at Kacchaptali Bazar (Photo attached)"},{"version":2,"metadata":{"width":1000,"height":245},"content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FpPGRqq2op4wYuDOGAiZg%2FPANO_20201022_133945.jpg?alt=media&token=0755e469-b696-4397-bad5-fa111d7215ec","type":"img"},{"content":"### The Hike\nAfter that, our walk began. There are two ways to Shilbandha Para: either walking up and down the hills or walking along the 'Jhiri path,' the local name of water-stream. Multiple cascades and waterfalls create the stream. \nIt was a two-hour trek to Shilbandha Para.","type":"text"},{"content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FpPGRqq2op4wYuDOGAiZg%2FIMG_2773.jpg?alt=media&token=fc1af42d-9cda-46ab-aa2c-2e22e1a653ac","type":"img","version":2,"metadata":{"width":1000,"height":1331}},{"version":2,"metadata":{"height":1333,"width":1000},"content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FpPGRqq2op4wYuDOGAiZg%2FIMG_20201022_095041.jpg?alt=media&token=1153742a-7c92-4987-9be5-396581e6e49f","type":"img"},{"version":2,"content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FpPGRqq2op4wYuDOGAiZg%2FIMG_20201022_093413.jpg?alt=media&token=556adbe8-22c1-4b92-9e31-19e41c9da205","type":"img","metadata":{"height":1333,"width":1000}}]},{"media":[{"type":"img","metadata":{"height":1333,"width":1000},"content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FpPGRqq2op4wYuDOGAiZg%2FSakib%20Nasir%20Khan_The%20Sun%20in%20Between.jpeg?alt=media&token=99c1ebe9-24e8-48e3-a843-18e17a67136c","version":2},{"version":2,"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FpPGRqq2op4wYuDOGAiZg%2FIMG_20201022_105659.jpg?alt=media&token=87a3ae94-eb4c-446e-9c39-1be1994887f4","metadata":{"width":1000,"height":749}},{"type":"img","metadata":{"height":563,"width":1000},"content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FpPGRqq2op4wYuDOGAiZg%2FIMG-20210206-WA0058.jpg?alt=media&token=5e9c3a53-2b28-4857-88b2-5a074c399a0e","version":2},{"type":"text","content":"# The Indigenous Village\nShilbandha Para is a small native village populated by Chakma, the region's tribal group. The village is difficult to find, and the area is not covered by the mobile network. It is near Debotakhum and is known for a waterfall named 'Shilbandha Jhorna' and for the villagers' various approaches to hut construction. The huts are elevated above the ground to keep the villagers safe from streams and flash floods. These are more likely to occur when there is a lot of rain in that remote location."},{"metadata":{"width":1000,"height":563},"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FpPGRqq2op4wYuDOGAiZg%2F04_Sakib%20Nasir%20Khan_Drops%20of%20Bliss.jpeg?alt=media&token=bc576e92-72f6-454d-a716-bc96386fac79","version":2},{"type":"img","version":2,"metadata":{"width":1000,"height":598},"content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FpPGRqq2op4wYuDOGAiZg%2FIMG_20201022_101948_1.jpg?alt=media&token=af2477c2-5962-4299-a0af-9b9acd0a706f"},{"type":"text","content":"### Shilbandha Falls\nShilbandha Waterfalls is a waterfall near Shilbandha village. We were exhausted after our two-hour hike. However, the sight of the magnificent waterfall revitalized our spirits, and we felt more energized than we had in the past."},{"type":"img","version":2,"metadata":{"width":774,"height":1032},"content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FpPGRqq2op4wYuDOGAiZg%2FIMG-20210206-WA0064.jpg?alt=media&token=e700cad3-29d4-4bfc-bf7c-9328f770a48f"},{"version":2,"content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FpPGRqq2op4wYuDOGAiZg%2FIMG_20210204_120229.jpg?alt=media&token=89a5ffca-f5ee-4074-9ca6-0be92586ab3a","type":"img","metadata":{"height":750,"width":1000}},{"type":"text","content":"### To Debotakhum\nAfter bathing in the falls' water, we crossed the Shilbandha village to hear towards our Debotakhum. It was a 15 minutes walk from the village. However, the journey was by the water-stream full of large rocks. The paths we were walking on were stony and slippery. So it was a very risky and adventurous hike."},{"type":"img","version":2,"metadata":{"height":1156,"width":867},"content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FpPGRqq2op4wYuDOGAiZg%2FIMG-20210207-WA0415.jpg?alt=media&token=8e2ac106-746f-49e9-906d-46e555ac96a0"},{"content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FpPGRqq2op4wYuDOGAiZg%2FIMG-20210207-WA0416.jpg?alt=media&token=9d0c412a-0f96-41f2-a86f-43ad6aa09f54","type":"img","version":2,"metadata":{"height":1156,"width":867}}],"address":"Shilbanda para","location":{"longitude":92.36478170000002,"longitudeDelta":0.10218818160659443,"latitudeDelta":0.09219986310369421,"latitude":22.2400772064936}},{"address":"Debotakum ( দেবতা কুম)","media":[{"version":2,"content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FpPGRqq2op4wYuDOGAiZg%2Fdebotakhum-bandarban-1.jpg?alt=media&token=1191f3ca-22dc-4831-abc8-552412ad097a","type":"img","metadata":{"height":435,"width":830}},{"type":"text","content":"# The Mighty and Mysterious Khum\nNatural water reservoirs created by waterfalls and streams are referred to as 'Khum' in the local language. In Bandarban, many khums have been discovered. Debotakhum, on the other hand, is the wildest, deepest, and largest of all the khums.\nGod or deity is the meaning of the word 'Debota.' As a result, 'Debotakhum' means 'God of Khums.'\nThe khum is said to be up to 60 feet deep. Some parts of the khum are obscured by two adjacent rocky hills, allowing only a sliver of sunlight to reach the water."},{"metadata":{"height":749,"width":1000},"version":2,"content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FpPGRqq2op4wYuDOGAiZg%2FIMG-20210207-WA0068.jpg?alt=media&token=3003c440-ea8f-461d-ad60-139222b8b632","type":"img"},{"content":"### Requirements and Precautions\nWe had to cut tickets in order to reserve bamboo rafts and life jackets. When the khum was discovered by the locals a few years ago, there was no such system in place. These bamboo rafter systems, as well as safety precautions, grew in popularity as the area became more popular as a tourist destination. Because people have drowned in the khum before, even though most of us knew how to swim, we were required to wear life jackets. Bamboo rafts and jackets were only 150 taka per person to rent.","type":"text"},{"metadata":{"height":750,"width":1000},"content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FpPGRqq2op4wYuDOGAiZg%2FIMG-20210207-WA0085.jpg?alt=media&token=266ad07f-5b2e-4604-8b69-24040e7dc809","type":"img","version":2},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FpPGRqq2op4wYuDOGAiZg%2FIMG-20210207-WA0227.jpg?alt=media&token=e0b4d791-167d-416c-afff-c8fc48dc3a55","metadata":{"height":750,"width":1000},"version":2},{"content":"### The Raft\nWe had to take a boat from a certain point to get to Debotakhum's main spot, where rafts are provided, because the hills on both sides of us were getting higher and there was no land to step on. The water was quite deep and cold, and whenever we drowned our legs in it, we felt as if they were being frozen.\nThe boats took us to a location where the waterway was completely blocked by rocks. As a result, we disembarked from the boat and proceeded to the rafting location.\nBamboo rafts came in two varieties: one with two layers of bamboos and was quite long, and the other with only one layer of bamboos. The first could carry the weight of two average-weighted people, while the latter could only carry one.","type":"text"},{"content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FpPGRqq2op4wYuDOGAiZg%2FIMG-20210207-WA0086.jpg?alt=media&token=70a3fa3a-90cf-4e20-97a8-a6edb360d4b5","type":"img","version":2,"metadata":{"width":1000,"height":750}},{"content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FpPGRqq2op4wYuDOGAiZg%2FIMG-20210207-WA0010.jpg?alt=media&token=cf0cc33a-5cef-48b2-bb0d-f95c088715a1","version":2,"metadata":{"height":750,"width":1000},"type":"img"},{"content":"### The Magical Experience\nIt was an incredible experience rafting for about 30 minutes in one of Bangladesh's remote locations. Only our excited shouts and the sound of oars on water could be heard in the silence. The sounds reflected off the rocky hills, creating a magical atmosphere. It was unique, something I had never experienced before, and something that everyone should have opportunity to do at least once in their life. The khum has a mysterious beauty to it. Although the sun's rays penetrated the rocks and plants and were reflected on the water, the scene exuded a wonderful sense of the playful composition of light and shadow, as if God were playing with us.\nI will treasure these memories and experiences for the rest of my life.","type":"text"},{"content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FpPGRqq2op4wYuDOGAiZg%2FIMG-20210207-WA0070.jpg?alt=media&token=bd1bc02d-9b71-481b-95f1-4f8bdb60f5b0","version":2,"type":"img","metadata":{"height":750,"width":1000}},{"content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FpPGRqq2op4wYuDOGAiZg%2FIMG_20210204_142747.jpg?alt=media&token=f0e6c0c1-8689-4f32-8356-b6602ee25b5e","version":2,"type":"img","metadata":{"width":1000,"height":750}}],"location":{"latitudeDelta":0.09219986310369421,"longitudeDelta":0.137992461778529,"latitude":22.237046506492614,"longitude":92.37205949999999}}]
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As an undergraduate student of Architecture, I like to travel a lot and visit different places all around the world. It helps me learn from nature as well as from the histories of different reigns or dynasties. I love to go to adventurous places and photography whatever pleases my eyes. I also like to play guitar and compose music.

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