Tourist attractions in the Upazila.

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A panoramic valley of tea gardens, hilly waterfalls and eye-catching greeneries.

Inside the deep woods there is wild presence of wild chickens, green doves, hare, monkeys, deers, bears and cheetahs. To see their presence you need to get deeper inside the forest. Permission from the Forest Authority is required for deeper travels as it involves constant risks.

 

There is a forest department bungalow in Shyamoli .It can be used provided you have the departmental permission. You can reach this rich forest traveling only about 8 kilometers from Sreemongal on the Bhanugach road. You can travel by hired transports or private vehicles. There is a bus service between Sreemongal and Shamshernagar that you can also avail.

 

Damaged gas field at Magurcherra

You can also see the devastation suffered by the gas field at Magurcherra on the same route which happened on the night of June 16,1997 as a result of an accidental explosion during exploration. The whole area turned into ashes involving a large area including Betel nut fields, tea gardens, railway tracks, green forest and human habitations. There are continued efforts to rejuvenate the area but you still can visualize the severe charring affect remaining.

 

Magurcherra Khashia Punjee

Beside the devastated gas field you can see the village of the tribe Khashia. This village is the Magurcherra Punjee.You can see their houses built very specially atop the hill. They live together as a community. In each punjee there are some ministers (heads). You can visit the punjee with their permission. You will see endless miles of paan leaves cultivation. The long trees are the anchors for the battle leaf cultivation. Itís a very different type of beauty. The khashia are very hospitable and friendly. There are seven such punjees in Kamalganj and ten in Sreemongal Upazilas of the Moulvibazar district. You will be amazed to learn their culture and life style.

 

Baraura Lake

There is a lake in the Baraura tea garden near Sreemongal owned by the James Fin lay Co. There is a fantastic view of lotus all over the lake. This has added to the attraction of this tea garden. Itís a wonderful place to spend your leisure time.

 

You will also have the company of the monkeys around this place. Crossing the rail crossing of the garden on the left about 1.5 km ahead you will see the red hill encircled by jackfruit trees. Getting closer to the trees you will be suddenly scared by the shouting together of the monkeys, sitting on the branches of the shade trees are hundreds of those wild friends.Stop.donít be scared. This is their nature to make funny faces at you. Donít try to be too smart with them else you will lose. Enjoy your visit and try to return before dusk.

 

On the western part of Sreemongal Upazila, there is a wide area of Haors and Bils.The name of this area is Hailhaor.This waterfront becomes the habitat of winter birds from all over the globe. They keep swimming in groups in the water. You can also enjoy the scenes of fishing by the fishermen in small Dingi boats and sunset over the water. If you want to enjoy the birdfair you have to take your binoculars of course. You can go there riding in a bus going to Mirzapur from Sreemongal. The fare is six taka. From Bhimsibabur Bazar itís only three km to your destination, the haor. You can hire a fishing boat for 20-25 taka for a water ride across the haor.

 

Monipuripara of Khashpur

In 1765 during the rule of Bhagyochandra, Monipur royal Moirangthem Gobinda led a group of monipuri who deserted Monipur, India and found a settlement in Khapur in Sreemongal. The monipuris has different lifestyle and culture. You can visit them in this village and watch the monipuri girls knitting yarns, which includes Saries, Shawls, Dupatta, Bed sheets and Bed covers.

 

Itís only about 5 km from Sreemongal on the Kalighat road. Khashpur Monipuripara is on the right of the entrance to the Phulcherra tea garden. This is also known as Khashgaon.Itís only about 5-7 taka fares by rickshaw. Monipuris are also hospitable but you have to give them some time for them to know you.

 

Nirmai Shibbari

About five hundred years ago in 1454,this shibbari was built.It is said that in fourteenth century, there was Kuki tribe in this area. The Kuki government frequently disobeyed the command of the ruling Tripura government. It is also said that the Tripura king sent a group of troops led by his son in law to control the mutineers. Even though they won the confrontation but the Tripura king lost his son in law in that fight. This is a place to see typical application of Hindu culture and religion. You can reach there traveling about seven km on the Sindurkhan road from Sreemongal. You can avail Rickshaw, Baby taxi, Mishuk or you can take your own transport.

 

Where to stay in Sreemongal?

Wherever you go around Sreemongal or Kamalganj, you will invariably notice the panorama of the tea gardens but there is no way to enjoy them unless you have some time. There are a few residential hotels in Sreemongal town. Among them Hotel Shandya in Nuton Bazar, Hotel Plaza in college road, Hotel Al Rahman, Hotel Mukta, Hotel Nilima, Hotel Taj on Habiganj road and Hotel Biroti at the Choumuhona are mention worthy. There are couples of air-conditioned restaurants in this town where you can dine. The Century on the college road, Noakhali Hotel, Hotel Rajdhani on the Shantibagh road and Shah Hotel on the station road are good.