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Monday, September 6, 2010

Nijhum DIP-Explore the Natural, Historical and Cultural Attractions of Bangladesh

Nijhum Island

Nijhum Dip- is an offshore island in the Bay of Bengal situated in the extreme south of Hatia island which is separated by Hatia channel.It is a very precious island, as it was concealed by water for many years. The island slowly started to surface, and since 1972 the forestry department has been involved in the planting of trees and brush such as Bain, Keowra and Geowra. The forest, which is irrigated by the bay, has also attracted a great number of bird species. By 1978, wildlifewas introduced to the island, and the eight spotted deer that were originally released on the island have grown to

a healthy population of approximately six thousand individuals. The spotted deer share Nijhum Deep with various other animals such as snakes, buffalo and monkeys, and it is estimated that almost thirty-five bird species are permanent residents of the island. Migratory birds also find the island the perfect resting destination as it is almost untouched and not threatened by human interaction. The beaches and sightings of crabs, sea snails and oysters create great excitement amongst tourists, as they are able to appreciate nature against the backdrop of the lush, green landscapes. The authorities have made the island more attractive to tourists by erecting visitor facilities along the beaches. Viewing a sunset or sunrise from the shores of this tranquil and inspiring natural paradise is unforgettable. Bangladesh has realized how significant and important their wildlife and nature can be for the economy and tourism industry and is looking at creating more protected areas within the country. Nijhum Deep is the perfect example of how conservation and forestry can, not only assist and ensure the survival of animals, but enhance an industry and a country. You can go to this Island either from Dhaka or from Chittagong.
From Chittagong first you will to go Hatia Island by Motor boat or Ship and from there you can go to Nijhum Island by local motor boat. From Dhaka you can go Tomzuddion by launch from Sadarghat launch terminal. From there you can go to Nijhum Island by local motorboat.

Accommodation is very limited for the tourists in this Island. You can take foods from local restaurants but be careful about the quality of foods. If you can take prior permission for forest department then you can stay in forest rest house in Nijhum Island. Another possibility for accommodation is in District Parishod Guest house. If you take the permission from Thana administration (TNO) of Hatia you can also stay in the District Parishod Guest house. For the adventure seekers Nijhum Island could be one of the greatest experience of journey and it will be a memorable enjoyment to stay and pass some days in this isolated Island.

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