Category: Tourist Attractions
Thinking about spending a nice vacation in a calm and quiet place? Looking for such a place that can give you the opportunity to enjoy the scenic beauty of the limestone hills and the beautiful blue lakes bounded by them with your friends and loved ones? There are only a handful of places in Bangladesh that can give you the sight of crystal clear water with a multicultural environment. One of such places is Birishiri.
Birishiri is located at Shushong Durgapur Thana of the Netrokona District. It is best known for its beautiful landscape along the Shomeshwari River, small ceramic hills, and lakes with turquoise colored water. It is about 175 Kilometers north of Dhaka near the Bangladesh – India border. It is a rather remote area in comparison to other tourist spots in Bangladesh. Birishiri is a rural community at the foot of the Garo Hills dominated by the ethnic tribe known as Garo. Most of the tribal people living in this area are Christians. The area is quite underdeveloped due to its remote location and rural population but the underdevelopment and remoteness of the area are the main reasons the natural scenic beauty has remained intact till now.
There are activities for travelers of all ages and preferences in Birishiri. Whether you are a young and energetic person traveling with a group of friends looking to climb the ceramic hills and enjoy a swim in the blue, crystal clear water or are calm and peace loving person who is looking for isolation from the massive crowds of tourists and enjoy the hills and lakes alone or with your family, Birishiri is a place that can give you all that and more.
How to get there? There are two possible ways you can get to Birishiri.
If you want you can get up on a direct bus to Birishiri which leaves from Mohakhali bus stand at 1 am. There is no specific counter for this bus but you will be directed to the number of the bus service where you can easily book tickets and buy the tickets. The tickets would cost you around Taka 600 – Taka 700 per person. The bus will reach Birishiri at about 6 am – 7 am and drop you in front of the Birishiri Bazaar.
If you have a problem with travelling at night or prefer a day time journey then you can very well get up on a bus to Durgapur, Netrokona. Shah Fateh bus service leaves Mohakhali bus stand at regular intervals all through the day from the morning till 7 pm. The bus will reach Durgapur in about 4 – 5 hours. If you reach Durgapur early enough you can rent yourself a personal vehicle or you can catch a local bus that will take you to Birishiri in about 2 – 3 hours.
The road to Birishiri is not very well maintained and has not been mended in years, so the journey might be quite hectic. A helpful recommendation to you is that you should avoid taking the back seats of the bus if you are not sturdy enough to endure the constant shaking and jerking of the bus. Another suggestion would be to carry a face mask to cover your nose and mouth from the dust.
Where to stay in Birishiri?
Birishiri offers a very small range of choices in accommodation. Though it is possible to get really neat and clean accommodation for a rather reasonable price, but those accommodations do not offer the 3 star or 4 star luxuries that many tourists look for in vacations. Booking a room at YMCA would be the best option as it is run by a Christian mission and they maintain the standards such as hygiene and cleanliness.
There are other options too for the younger tourists with a smaller budget that are cheaper. For those who are willing to spend more for luxuries such as air conditioning and televisions can also get such facilities in Birishiri.
What to see in Birishiri?
Chun Pahar is one of the main tourist attractions of Birishiri. The beautiful limestone hills of Birishiri paints the horizon with such scenic beauty that is astounds the eyes of the tourists. Hills that are purple and blue in color are such a rare sight that the tourists spend their entire day walking from one hill to another in order to quench the thirst of their eyes. It is one of the most photogenic sights in Bangladesh that gives a rare opportunity to the photographers to capture images that would satisfy their own hearts as well as the hearts of the viewers.
Bounded by these hills are the turquoise colored lakes that give this area the name “NIL PANI”. This sight is only seen in pictures on the internet that people so badly wish to see with their own eyes. It is possible to get down into these lakes for a relaxing swim or sit beside them for hours admiring the beauty of this area.
Over the years, this place has been the favorite photography spot for many photographers. They have captured amazing snapshots of the beautiful lakes and the rare hills that have amused the eyes of many people.
The Shomeshwari River flows through Birishiri and it is best known for its crystal clear water. It is possible to see the river bed clearly through the water. This river is most active during the monsoon season and remains dried up for the rest of the year. Therefore the monsoon season is the best time to visit Birishiri if you want to see the beauty at its peak.
You can very easily hire auto rickshaws from your accommodation areas that will take you to the Shomeshwari River crossing, from there you have to cross the river and rent an auto rickshaw or motorcycle that will take you around all the tourist spots. Make sure to bargain well for the transport while visiting these sights so that you don’t end up paying too much.
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