Memos from Asia

Embracing Clouds in the Sajek Valley, Bangladesh

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The clouds in the sky have always been setting our mood directly or indirectly. While a puffy white cloud in the sky will help you forget all the worries in your life and make you smile, the black stormy cloud will leave you drowning in your thoughts and fear. Despite the impact of clouds on one’s state of mind, the idea of getting close to the clouds made us all excited at least once in our life.

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Bangladesh has many places where you can become one with the clouds. You can touch the cloud or even embrace it, and the Sajek Valley is one of those places where you can do all. From the peak of Sajek valley, you will not have to look up to see the clouds, you can look down instead and see the clouds floating.

Empire of the Clouds

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Sajek is one of the most beautiful tourist spots in Bangladesh, situated on top of the Kasalong ranges in Rangamati district. You will have to reach a peak that is 450 meters above the sea level to observe the true beauty of Sajek. The valley was named after the Sajek river that was originated from the Karnafuli River. The beauty of Sajek made it the queen, among other hillocks.

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The dense forest and nearby hill tracks engender a scenic view. The inhabitants of Sajek and the areas close to it are mostly ethnic minorities that include tribes like Chakma, Marma, Tripura, and other communities. Their culture will introduce you to a different kind of Bangladesh.

Stairway to Heaven

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To visit Sajek from the capital Dhaka, first, you will have to reach Khagrachari by Bus, which will take $7-$12. From there, you can reach Sajek Valley through different mediums of transportation, including Jeep, Taxi, and Motorbike.

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The most popular medium of transportation is Jeep, or also known as “Chander Gari” which costs $100-$150, including a return trip, and can take up to 15 people. So if you’re traveling alone, you can share the Jeep with other groups of tourists to minimize the cost.

Accommodation

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You will not have to worry about accommodation since you’ll find plenty of resorts and hotels to stay there. Though it’s advised to book hotels by phone calls at least a week before your trip to avoid any hassles.

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The indigenous people living there also offer rooms in their cottages at a lower price. The majority of the cottages are built near the brink of the mountain, to give a scenic view. Any time of the year is fine to visit Sajek. However, in the rainy season, you will get a whole different view.

The indigenous people living there are very friendly. They will let you blend with their culture. You can also try traditional foods made by them apart from the common dishes you will find in the restaurants there.

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