Sajek Valley

 

Sajek Valley is an emerging tourist spot in Bangladesh situated among the hills of Kasalong range of mountains in Sajek union, Baghaichhari Upazila in Rangamati District. The valley is 2000 feet above sea level. Sajek valley is known as the Queen of Hills & Roof of Rangamati.

Origin of name:
The name of Sajek Valley came from Sajek River that originates from Karnafuli River. Sajek River is works as a border between Bangladesh and India.

Location:
Sajek is a union located in north of Chittagong Hill Tracts under Rangamati Zilla. It is situated 67 km north-east from Khagrachhari town and 95 km North-West from Rangamati city. The border of Bangladesh and Mizoram of India is 8 kilometer east from Sajek.

Nature:
Sajek valley is famous for its natural beauty. The valley is surrounded by mountains, dense forest and grasslands hilly tracks. Many small rivers flow through the mountains among which Kachalong and Machalong are notable. On the way to Sajek valley, one has to cross the Mayni range and Mayni River. The road to Sajek has high picks and falls.

People and culture:
The native people of Sajek valley are ethnic minorities. Among them Chakma, Marma, Tripura, Pankua, Lushai and Sagma are mentionable. Women seem to be more involved in economic activities here. Tea stalls, food joints and roadside marketplaces are dominated by women. People in general are gentle, welcoming and friendly. Picking fruits and vegetables early in the morning is a major trade here. They are not fluent in Bengali but the young population speak English confidently.

Tourism:
Sajek was unexplored for a long time and recently it emerged as a tourist spot for its outstanding natural beauty. The place does not have modern tourist facilities but tourists mostly enjoy the nature and culture of the place. Though the valley is in Rangamati but to tourists prefer the route from Kagrachari to Sajek valley through Dighinala Bazaar, Bagaihat Bazaar and Machalong Haat. Major transport is Chander Gari which is like a four wheel jeep. Tourists can also go to Sajek from Rangamati by engine vessel. It takes 5–6 hours in that route.

Permission:
Route towards Sajek Valley from Khagrachari is passing through Dighinala Army Camp. Every tourist is required to take permission from 10 No Baghaihat Police & Army Camp.

Route:
The first entrant locality to Sajek is the Ruilui Para (1800 ft. above the sea level), after taking permission from 10 No Baghaihat Police & Army Camp the path is going through Kasalong Bridge then Tiger Tilla Army Camp and Masalong Bazar, after crossing the Bazar you will enter into Ruilui Para, here you will find some local hotels and resorts, among which are most reputed Sajek Resort & Megh Machang Resort. The most famous Sajek Valley is very close to Ruilui Para.

 

 

The Valley:
The BGB (Border Guard Bangladesh) camp is located in Sajek which is the highest altitude BGB camp in Bangladesh. A helipad is located inside the camp. The last village in Sajek union is Kalanka Para. From Kalanka Para you can see the Lusai Hill of India. As Kalanka Para is very close to India and after Sajek there is no security arrangement, the BGB seldom permits to enter tourists to Kalanka Para.
On return from Sajek, you can see Hajachara waterfall, Dighinala Swinging (Jhulanta) Bridge and Dighinala Bonbihar. If you plan to visit all these places in one days you need to start your journey at very early in morning.
If you get the chance, do not forget to taste traditional meals from Khagrachari System Resturant.

Transport:
If you do not have own vehicle then you can rent jeep (locally named Chander Gari) from Khagrachari where a return trip will cost you around 5000 – 6000 BDT. A Chander Gari can accommodate around 12-15 people.  You can also travel through a CNG Auto Rickshaw which will cost you a return fare around 3000 Taka. Alternative option is a bus journey, where you need to drop at Dighinala from Khagrachari, which will cost you around 45 Taka on each ride. From Dighinala you can reserve Motocycle for 1000 – 1200 BDT for a return travel from Sajek.   

Caution:
Some malaria cases have been reported in the valley. So, it is suggested to take mosquito repeller along.

Accommodation Facilities (Hotel/Resort/Boarding):

  • Runmoy Resort, Sajek BGB, Dighinala - Sajek Rd, Phone: +880 1783-969200
  • Mountain INN; Phone: +880 1717-711541
  • Himachal Guest House; Phone: +880 1556-569224
  • Ruilui's Queen; Phone: +880 1879-698270
  • MOUNTAIN View; Phone: +880 1884-282259
  • Kajalong Guest House And Restaurant Hill Top, Dighinala - Sajek Rd, Sajek; Phone: +880 1836-207340
  • Niribili Resort (Ruilui, SajeK), Phone: +880 1866-035825
  • Alo Resort; Phone: +880 1863-606906
  • Morning Star Hotel, Ruluipara Sajek, Sajek; Phone: +880 1920-152055
  • Sajek Resort, Dighinala - Sajek Rd, Sajek; Phone: +880 1769-302370
  • Hapong Tong Resort Unit 2; Phone: +880 1875-999678
  • Hapong Tong Cottage, Dighinala - Sajek Rd, Sajek; Phone: +880 1875-999678
  • Megh Machang, Sajek; Phone: +880 1822-168877


Restaurants & Food Zones:

  • Coffee Dawr, Ruluipara Sajek, Sajek
  • Rock Proshanti Canteen, Ruluipara Sajek; Phone: +880 1868-392087
  • Kajalong Guest House And Restaurant Hill Top, Dighinala - Sajek Rd, Sajek; Phone: +880 1836-207340


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