The sky kissing the peak of the mountains over the distant horizon, gentle breeze passing through the hills touching one’s face, the clouds gradually moving in an unknown direction and sometimes one can feel the clouds, a mountain top serene aesthetic view of nature which instantly will take away all the monotony of urban life, Nilgiri is considered to be the pilgrimage for all nature lovers. Nilgiri Resort, Bandarban will present the tourists a view of nature filled with beauty and at the same time majestic in size.
AT A GLANCE Name: Nilgiri Location: Nilgiri ,Bandarban,Bangladesh Destination: Dhaka to Bandarban. Transport: Shamoli Paribahan, Hanif Enterprise, Year-71 etc bus services from Fakirapul, Saydabad , Kalampur,Panthopath etc. Fair: BDT 350 to 700 (Dhaka to Bandarban) Time: 9-10 Hours. Explore: Nilgiri ,Bandarban,Bangladesh. Distance: 2 hours from Bandarban . Cost: Depend to coverage tourists spots. Accommodation: Hotels ,Government rest house ,Cottages etc available Food: Available. Advice: Keep dry foods, water, medicines, saline, glucose, extra money, and kits.
At night, and in particular in the lunar days, the view of the moonlight as it penetrates through the transparent cloud creating a white hue with a darkness of a different quality for its background is a sight to see with absolute wonder and immense joy. Nilgiri presents to its visitors a stunning view of the night.
Nilgiri is approximately 3500 feet high situated in Thanci Thana. It is one of the tallest peaks in Bandarban and undoubtedly one of the favorite tourists’ spots of Bangladesh. Nilgiri is about 46 kilometer South of Bandarban town. Nilgiri is situated in the Bandarban-Thanci-Chimbuk road.
Tourists visiting Nilgiri will be able to see the Mro Village and meet some wonderful bunch of people there. The simple lifestyle of the Mro people, their colorful culture living so close to nature and wilderness is absolutely a stunning thing to explore and experience. Bangladesh Army manages this place, and the resorts which are available in Nilgiri are managed by the local governing body of the Bangladesh Army. Tourists who want to stay the night at the Nilgiri resort at the top of Nilgiri Mountain must confirm their reservation beforehand through contacting the Army officers of Bandarban.
As far as living accommodations are concerned, there are three cottages, clean and very well equipped and furnished. There are also three tents having four beds. The cost of the cottages range from 5000 to 8000 taka, and the tents cost 2500 taka each. As the place is managed by the Army, Nilgiri is a safe place for tourists to dwell into the heart of nature. For those who like wilderness, natural photography, and mountain top natural landscape Nilgiri is a must visit for them.
How to Go to Nilgiri?
To go to Nilgiri tourists must come to Bandarban first. Visitors can avail themselves bus services such as S Alam Paribhan, Shamoli Paribhan, etc. from various points in Dhaka such as Fakirapool, one of the regular departing points for a bus leaving Bandarban, or Gabtoli, etc.
For those who like to travel in train, tourists can take the train from Dhaka to Chittagong and then from Chittagong travel by bus to Bandarban. From Dhaka to Bandarban it takes less than 8 hours, and from Chittagong, it takes 2 hours to reach Bandarban. After reaching Bandarban tourists can hire a jeep or go to Tanchai bus stop from where there are buses and jeeps which directly go to Nilgiri Mountain. While going to the Nilgiri Mountain, there are Army check posts where tourists must get their names registered.
Living Accommodation and its Process
Since Nilgiri is 46 kilometers away from Bandarban town, it is wise travelers undertake the necessary steps and manage to stay at the Nilgiri resort. The Resort is maintained by Bandarban Officer’s Club, which is a sister concern of Bangladesh Army.
The resort is very well furnished and suitable for spending the night. The booking of the resort is done through 69 Infantry Brigade Headquarters in Bandarban Cantonment. Tourists can also book the cottage through web sites or any serving Bangladeshi Military Officer. The online reservation process activities are complex, and it is wise for travelers to contact their relative serving the Bangladesh Army and from him/her know to get the registration of the Bandarban Hill Resort completed.
In that way, tourists will be saved from some hassles. When tourists visit the Army Headquarter in Bandarban, they can contact their known relative or friend serving the Bangladesh Army and then confirm their booking of the Resort. The officers at Bandarban will clearly illustrate the procedures of the booking as well as instruct the method of payment.
For people doing their registration online they will have to pay beforehand in the specified banks, and the money receipts they will need to show to the officers at Nilgiri resort for confirmation. International tourists can communicate via e-mail with various Bandarban tourist agencies and learn the procedure of booking the resort in Nilgiri Mountain.
One drawback of the hill resort of Nilgiri is that most of the time it remains reserved, so it is advisable for tourists to book the resort at least before three months. As a result, a traveler can spend the night in places like Sakura Hill Resort, Holiday Inn or Hotel Sangu which are situated in Bandarban Sadar. Visitors will find in these hotels a wide range of price to select their convenient room type, for example, air conditioned or non air conditioned, and their convenient service, for example, cottage or bungalow or dormitory.
As Nilgiri is a resort, there is a clean restaurant which serves a variety of healthy dishes such as rice, curry, chicken, mutton, etc. prepared in bamboo without water. The culinary experience at Nilgiri resort is sure to be something different. The cost of every meal item is within the range of 200 to 600 taka.