Travelling is a part of my life. We are in this world for a while eventually we will die. But the world is a magical place where so much is hidden. Our eyes seek to see those places. The beauty of nature, living the lives of other people, their culture, they struggle it makes us see the difference between them and us. It turns us into a Storyteller. We make new friends. Travelling is not how many miles you travel it’s how much you learn from those and how many friends you make. You get to know you are just a little part of this world!
So I enjoy travelling. I try to travel places as much as I can. I travel to escape from the busy life, to have some alone time with friends, to cheer with them, get to know new people & make some new friends. Blend in their culture, enjoy their festivals with them. There are many places I want to travel.I don’t have enough money now and I have some responsibilities I have to fulfill so in the future when I can I will go there. Spain, Germany, and so many other places maybe one day I will share what’s on my list with you guys.
Today I will share the story of my recent visit to NijhumDip. First, let me give you some info on the island. It is a small island under Hatiya Upazila. It is situated in Noakhali District in Bangladesh. Once it was called Char Osmani . The population of Nijhum Dwip in 2001 was 15,670. Their main occupations are cultivation, fishing and livestock farming. The island produces vegetables.
DAY1: There are only 2-3 hotels available. Also, there is no electricity so they use solar energy and when travelers come they use generators. There is a Bazzar which awakens at night. These bazaars are the only places in the islands to have electricity from generators. The best time to visit NijhumDip is during Winter.You get to see a lot of Migratory Birds that time and also you don’t have to suffer from the heat. As you know the temperature of Bangladesh during summer over 35-40. If you go in winter you won’t feel it too much. First, we started our journey from Chittagong BRTC at 9 .30 PM in Resala. After 7 hours of Journey, we reached Chairman Ghat. From here we have to go to Hatiya by Sea Truck or Boat. Which will take us to Karmuddi Ghat Hatiya. So we bought tickets and the Sea Truck started at 7.00 AM. In the meantime, we finished our Breakfast in the Hotels around. So after starting the journey by Sea truck, we started playing 29 Cards in our seat. But after a while, the view from the boat was so good that we stopped playing and gone outside to enjoy the view. By the riverside, there was a green field it was so good one of my friend quoted that let’s play Football there. Seriously I never saw such good field in Bangladesh. Then we reached Hatiya around 10 AM. From there we hired MotorCycles Which will take us to Moktar Ghat. Then we started our bike Journey from there. The bike was going so fast I had to wear my Sun Glass to keep my eyes open. This bike journey was speechless. The roadside trees were saving us from the Mighty Sun. And the roads were newly made so it was smooth. The island Hatiya was just a sea of Green. I also loved to see that it is developing I saw a lot of Schools, Colleges there and the students were attending in large numbers. I just loved the 2 hours we spent on that bike.
Then we reached Moktar Ghat at 1 PM. Then we had to hire a Boat and After 30 minutes of the boat ride, we reached the mainland of NijhumDip.
Then again there was a Bike Journey of 15 Minutes to get us into the main part of NijhumDip where the hotels are. This 15 minutes ride is another thrilling experience. You will start to see the forest beside the road on one side and the other side is the sea. Though the waves are small still it’s nice. So we stayed in a Hotel of Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation named Obokash. After booking the Hotel, we came to the Local Bazar and finished our lunch. Then we all headed back to the hotel and I was tired and slept for some time. In the evening, we all go out to Enjoy the Sea Beach. We felt the high wind and started walking from one end to the other. Then after a while, we saw a Boat which was anchored. So we all enjoyed the view of Sunset from there and we started singing together all the songs we knew. It was an amazing experience.
We came back to the hotel we had a little gossip about the life, some horror stories and then we finished out Dinner and again back to the beach. This time we shared stories and then no more talks just silence and feeling the winds and thinking about the life. No sound and that’s everyone was having their own moment which we can’t have in our City life. Which is always busy no one has time to think about just work and follow the routine.
After 2 hours, we came back to the hotel. I had a wonderful sleep after a long time.
Day 2 :
Today I got up early in the Morning. It was refreshing and the air was clean. Just the perfect start in the morning. I heard one of my friend saying let’s go see Deers. They come by the river at this time of the morning. So I got up and left the hotel with my camera. But sorry to say no they were long gone. So we took some photos there and headed back to Hotel. Then we finished our breakfast and started the search for Deers in the deepest forest. The cloud was threatening us but who cares we are Heroes of today nothing can send us back from finding Deers today. After a while a there was a lot of winds and thunderstorms in the forest and I had to use my Tshirt to cover the camera from rain. But it was a wonderful moment the air was so refreshing and we were walking in the forest. Also, we were walking too slowly that the deer can’t hear we are here or they will run away. But after all the cautions we couldn’t find any deer. So we headed back to the hotel. I have some problem with my head maybe some kind of migraine problem. I can’t get wet in the rain it gives me a headache. So I stayed in the hotel and my friends went back to the beach and played Football.
Then we finished our lunch and there was a Pond in the back of our Hotel we went there finished our bath and also did some swimming. After some rest in the hotel, we went back again to another part of the Forest to find the Deers. This is the last day we must have to find deer cause they are the reasons we are here. With a lot of hope, we started finding a small child was with us to show us the way. After a lot of hard work, we actually found a Deer but it was a far away from us and we just had a glimpse of it. So we were heading back to the side of a pond and the child was saying that the Deers will come to this pond for drinking water. So we stayed there for a while but nothing came by and we headed back. When we were going back the bike driver said did you saw the Deers? I said no not clearly, He said wait you can see them here and he started to move the Headlight of the bike towards the Forest and I was surprised there were a lot of Deers. At last, I saw the deer of NijhumDip. In the night, we finished our dinner and came back to the beach. We started singing, gossiping and had a lot of fun.
Day 3: Today we will leave NijhumDip. But this time not by Road we will be back by a small ship from Hatiya. So we started again by Bike then boat then again bike. Then again boat and we were just going to miss the Ship. We got on the Ship and it was another awesome journey. First few hours I was really worried it was raining heavily and all I was thinking about KalBoishakhi. Later I thought if I die I will die happily. So I came back to the deck and started having fun with my friends and this was an amazing journey.There were a lot of winds which was trying to take us with it. We saw a view of Naval Port which we have never seen before cause this time it was from the sea and normally we used to see it from the roads and towards the sea. Then the whole city from the Ship it was a wonderful experience
We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin.