Sajek Valley is one of the most popular tourist spots now days among the backpackers. The valley is located in Sajek Union, Baghaichhari Upazila in Rangamati District. The height of the peak is around 2000 feet from the sea level. The name Sajek has come from the name of Sajek River which is flowing as a border between Bangladesh & India. The valley is only 8km far from the Mizoram, India. It is also known as the ‘Roof of Rangamati’ & ‘The Queen of Hills’.
- Best Time to Travel Sajek Valley
- Sajek Valley Location
- Hotels & Resorts in Sajek Valley
- Available Foods & Drinks
- Top Tourist Attractions & Activities
Best Time to Travel Sajek Valley
As the deep clouds & sudden rain on the valley is the key attraction, its better choosing rainy season for backpacking Sajek Valley. Mostly from the beginning of the June to the end of September is the best time. But you can visit Sajek all around the year. Two days & two nights are enough for visiting every attractions & taking the feelings of the valley.
Sajek Valley Location
The valley is situated among the hills of Kasalong range & this is the tallest among all hills. The border of Mizoram, India is only 8km east from the valley & the valley is standing 67km north-east from Khagrachhari & 95km north-west from Rangamati district. You’ve to pass Mayni River, as well as Mayni Range for reaching to the peak of Sajek Valley.
Though Sajek valley is situated in the district of Rangamati, the shortest & easiest way of Dhaka to Sajek Valley is going from Khagrachhari. That means Dhaka or Chittagong, from whatever you want to start your journey, the first keep your feet on Khagrachhari bus stand.
How to Go from Dhaka to Khagrachhari
There are several bus companies from Dhaka to Khagrachhari. Among them Saudia, etc. are the notable coaches. It takes around 7 hours from Dhaka to Khagrachhari & 3 hours from Chittagong to Khagrachhari. Night coaches are more popular than day coaches because people love to sleep in this long journey. It’s better to confirm your tickets at least 72 hours before as tickets are limited. Besides, Thursday night is the busiest because Friday-Saturday are the weekends of Bangladesh. So, book your bus tickets before at least before a week if you want to go to Thursday night.
How to Go from Khagrachhari to Sajek Valley
After reaching to Khagrachhari bus stand, you’ll find ‘Chander Gari’ which is actually 4 wheelers cars specially designed for mount climbing. Each Chander Gari can accommodate 12 passengers & you’ve to pay around 200 Taka for traveling Khagrachhari to Sajek Valley by this car. At first, the car will go to Baghaichhari Bazar via Dighinala within 10am or 3pm because from Baghaichhari bazar to Kasalong range army cars will escort you for security reason. The timing for this escorts are 10am & 3pm and if you miss this timing you can’t pass the Baghaichhari bazar. So, this timing is very important. It needs around 2 hours to reach Baghaichhari bazar & then up to 1.5 hours to reach to the valley.
Hotels & Resorts in Sajek Valley
The Sajek Valley is full of hotels & resorts because the locals know the demand of the valley among the travel enthusiasts. You’ll get both cheap & expensive options, though cheap cottages are also little expensive than other tourist spots of Bangladesh. Among these cottages the view from Megh Machang & Lusai Cottage is the best. Besides, there are also some resorts made my army persons. Those are also nice to stay. For honeymoon couples there are also some remote cottages at the edge of the hill from where couples can feel the view of sunrise, sunset & the clouds with great romance.
Available Foods & Drinks
There is no any special or popular traditional food on this valley. But you’ll always get wild chickens & vegetables. Pork are also available for foreigners. There are also some halal restaurants for the Muslims. But you’ll never find beef in the total area. Vegetables are available. There are some coffee shops & they make coffee really fine. Packaged snacks, cakes, biscuits are limitedly available, but a little high in price since they’ve to carry these stuffs to the whole mountain.
Top Tourist Attractions & Activities
The valley area is really very tiny & you can finish the whole area only by 40-50 minutes of walking. Still, there are lots more to see, feel & do. According to the tourists the main attractions are the way through which you’ll go Sajek valley, the morning of the valley & visiting Konglak Para which is a small village for folks; these three are the best attractions. Besides, there are other attractions and to do’s also. A list of these attractions is described below:
The Route of Sajek Valley
This route will cover the half of your total tour entertainment. The curvy path through the hills will definitely mesmerize you deeply. This roads are sometimes 60-70 degree inclined and when you’ll start roaming up on that road you’ll feel your lower part of your body is just started disconnecting from the upper part. Again after a few while the scenario will go to opposite when you’ll start getting down from the upper hill to lower.
In this amid, you’ll say small tribe villages & little children will welcome you by pouring their hands. Tourists, normally stop their cars & give them chocolates to eat. After these ups & downs, finally you’ve to traverse the highest peak of Sajek which is the best shot of your total path. And after reaching to the top you can say yourself: welcome to Sajek Valley.
The Sunset from the Helipad
If you enter into the valley with 3pm escort, then the first thing you can do is going to helipad & enjoy the sunset from there. This is mainly the time for relaxing and you’ll see lots of tourists are walking, gossiping, taking photos and overall enjoying the beauty of nature. After sunset you can also pass your time on helipad. If you travel with your group or friends the place is awesome for singing loudly after the sunset. For couples, walking on the plain roads or standing for long times at the edge of the mountain will be more enjoyable.
The Sunrise & Morning View from Cottage
After passing the night, you must get up early to watch the sunrise from the cloud. At the end of the night, when morning lights start getting out from the cloud you can feel a heavenly experience. The white clouds will seem grey & gradually with the increase of morning lights, this clouds will gradually become white. After the sunrise, the hills will look like clouds. You just need to close your eyes, take long breathes & keep calm to feel the whole scenario. And I guarantee you’ll re-explore your life.
Trekking to Konglak Para
Immediately after the sunrise, start walking for Konglak Para which is a living place of local folks. To reach there you’ve to have a 30-45 minutes trekking on Konglak hill. This is a very easy trekking and if you’ve never experience any trekking, you can also climb on the top of Konglak hill. During this trekking you can see the clouds, the mountain ranges & far view of India. There are also some orange gardens in this hills those are also fabulous to look. After reaching the top of Konglak hill, you’ll see the houses of local inhabitants & you’ll see Sajek Valley far & down from this hill. You can collect & eat Banana & Papaya from local people. The price is reasonable and the taste is delicious.
Trekking to Sikam Toisa Water Fall
This fall is also known as Komlok Waterfall, Sikam Toisha Fall or Pidam Toisa fall. You’ll find steep hill road right hand side between Ruilui para to Helipad road which will lead you to this waterfall. The place is really hard to crack & you’ve to pass through 80-85 degree vertical hill treks to reach there. It’ll take 40-45 minutes trekking to reach Sikam Toisha. But for absolute beginners or bulky people, its better avoiding this waterfall. But if you’ve even a little experience of trekking & you love to explore new places, don’t miss visiting Pidam Toisha Water fall.
Roaming on the Valley on Day Time
The roads of valley is very well organized, awesome in look & comfortable to roam. You can see hotels & resorts of Sajek Valley in the both side. Besides, there are also some tea restaurants. In this time the local people take rests, give their family time & collect water from the water sources into the hill. This path is very hard to tackle. But local women do it very adroitly & the best thing you’ll see is that these women are climbing on this hills carrying water baskets on their head. In addition, you’ll also see many natural resources which will definitely amuse you.
This valley is a combination of both natural beauty & man-made architectures. And the whole combination has made Sajek Valley one of the best choices among the comfortable looking travelers, adventure lover backpackers & digital nomads. You’ll find full mobile network & 3G internet connections also. Though the place is little expensive, still you’ll be completely paid off by its beauty & resources.
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