This year, we can once again celebrate Eid with pomp and grandeur in full spirit as the deadly grip of the pandemic on our lives is finally unraveled. With the festive spirit omnipresent in the atmosphere, we can’t help but plan our Eid holidays as much as possible this time around!
If you’re in the mood to pack your bags and get away from the madding crowds, then you’re in for an experience of a lifetime because this year Eid coincides with the monsoon season, and that’s when period of the year. when you can witness the unblemished natural beauty of Bengal.
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So here are the top five travel destinations to consider for this Eid ul Fitr.
SWAMP FOREST OF RATARGUL, SYLHET
The Ratargul swamp forest is one of the few freshwater swamp forests to exist in the world. It has an ecosystem consisting of several species of various snakes, birds and plants. Connected to India by the Gowain River, the swamp forest witnesses rising waters during the monsoon season.
This is when the true heavenly beauty of the forest is awakened and the entirety of the forest is submerged under water and the canopy of plants above the ground covers the forest like an umbrella. Crossing the river by boat while listening to the chirping of birds and the pattering of raindrops on the leaves is truly a serene experience in the midst of nature.
If one wishes to enjoy the comfort of the monsoon season in Bangladesh, then Sylhet is the place to be. Miles and miles of lush greenery come alive during the rainy season and each sight is breathtaking and soothing to the eyes. Srimangal is the tea capital of Bangladesh where you can easily spend a few days with nature.
Acres and acres of verdant tea gardens and vast fields are dotted with tranquil lakes and gushing waterfalls. The Lawachara National Park located in the interior is home to various species of trees and animals. Madhabpur Lake and Baikka Beel are best enjoyed at sunset to absorb the calm of nature while sipping a cup of freshly brewed tea.
TANGUAR HAOR, SUNAMGANJ
During the monsoon season, the beauty of a haor transcends much more than the pristine landscapes of sunset and sunrise. At Tanguar Haor, you can fully experience the thrill of the monsoon and soak up the magnificent panoramic views that it does not offer at other times of the year.
Penetrating deep into the water-filled haor will transport you to a quiet world as the monotony of your robotic life begins to lessen with the hum of nature. To fully enjoy the experience, spend a night on a boat while gazing at the starry sky and enjoying its nocturnal beauty.
NAFA-KHUM FALLS, BANDARBAN
There’s probably nothing more soothing than standing in front of a majestic waterfall. Nafa-Khum, nestled deep in the Bandarban forest, is among the largest waterfalls in the country due to its shimmering sheet of rapidly falling water. Despite its depth of location, it is relatively easy to access during the monsoon season.
The journey to it is adventurous in itself, which covers hiking through the forest while enjoying the sound and magnificence of nature. It also involves an impressive boat ride along the pristine Remakree and Sangu rivers to reach the crashing waters of the Nafa-Khum waterfalls, which offer a glimpse of nature’s splendor.
Donning the creed of being the largest mangrove forest in the world and a Unesco World Heritage Site, the Sundarbans have an abundance of natural beauty in their royal territory. The peaceful environment awash with nature soothes the soul and mind.
Apart from enjoying the coolness of lush vegetation, the Sundarbans are full of small beaches and islands that can be enjoyed throughout the day, especially at sunset. You can also walk through the dense forest which is home to thousands of species of plants and animals. Hiron Point, or Nilkomol, is the most popular place to visit the Sundarbans.