About Boga Lake 
Boga Lake is the most beautiful natural lake in Bangladesh. It is also known as Bagakain Lake or Baga Lake. Boga lake is 18 kilometer away from Ruma Sadar Upozilla in Bandarban. The area of this lake is about 15 acres. It is about 3000 feet above sea level. The color of water of this lake is blue and very nice. There are many mythological stories behind the creation of this lake. There are many tourists make their way to Boga lake every year, specially in the winter season. Small tribe community like Bawm, Khumi have localities besides the Boga lake. In the rainy season, it is quite difficult to stroll beside the boga lake. The road from Ruma to Boga lake is still under construction. There waiting lots of pleasure and delight for you at Boga lake. You will definitely be amazed looking at the big rocks lying in and out of the Boga lake. You can have a camp fire beside the lake, that will be unbelievable and mind-blowing memory in your life.


Information for Tourist
At first you have to make a trip from Bandarban to Ruma Upozilla by “Chander Gari” (public jeep) or a private vehicle. From Ruma you can hire public jeep up to Boga lake. On the way you have to register your name, contact address and other details in the respective security camp. It is apprised that you are not allowed to leave Ruma for Boga lake after 4pm.


Bogalake, an inscriptive endowment of beauty and pleasure at Bandarban, Bangladesh
Nature lovers always feel a thirst inside for beauty, thrill and enchantment. And the holy nature has bestowed Bangladesh with an overwhelming and unparallel creature which is publicly known as Boga Lake. Bogalake is considered as a source of wonder, unlimited beauty and adventure for the nature`s lovers and travelers. So Boga Lake is waiting with its unique beauty for those adventurous travelers who just not only want to satisfy their eyes with artificial and tedious natural beauties but also want to fill their heart with eternal joy and thrill to innovate their restless mind. And it has emerged like a holy duty of the travelers and tourists to visit the Boga Lake as soon as possible to highlight the beauty with thrill.


The highest natural lake of Bangladesh, Bogalake
Bogalake is the highest natural lake of Bangladesh situated at Bandarban, Chittagong. Boga lake attracts the nature lovers in such a magnetic way that no other place of beauty can dare to be the alternative of Boga lake. Nature has created this Bogalake with its kind attention which results in a legendary reserve of water on the hilltop to attract the tourists, travelers and nature lovers not only from the local inhabitants of Bandarban but also people from all over Bangladesh and even of the whole world.


Location of the Boga lake
The location of the Boga lake is some kind of different than other common lakes and water reserves of Bangladesh. One of the peaks of the mountain range Politai , in Naitong mauza, situated in the renowned upazila Ruma of Bandarban , Chittagong is considered the politically recognized location of Bogalake in Bangladesh. It takes about 29 km way from the eastern bank of the famous river Shankha of Bandarban to reach to Bogalake. Boga lake is about 65 km away from the Bandarban town. Boga lake is registered to be 1500fts above sea level & 15km away from Ruma Sadar Upazilla of Bandarban. Boga lake has covered total 15 acre areas to attract the tourists and common people indeed.


Alternative identification of the Boga lake
Boga lake is being identified through different local names among the inhabitants there in the Bandarban city. So, the travelers and tourists must not be confused with the names like Bagakain lake, Bagakyne lake or Baga lake along with Boga lake. It is an interesting fact that the Boga lake is also sometimes known as dragon Boga including some local superstitions about the Boga lake.


Origin of the name Boga lake
The origin of the name Boga lake is derived from some domestic mythological stories. The word Boga is derived from the local word Baga which means a dragon or fire. Actually some super natural stories flame the fire about the lake being the accommodation of an ancient dragon indeed and that concludes the story of the identification of Boga lake


Description of the Boga lake
Anthropologists define Boga lake as 2000 year old hill enclaved natural lake of Bandarban,Bangladesh. Boga lake is accompanied with deep bamboo bushes from its three sides wich are bounded by mountain peaks. Again, Boga lake is recognized as the highest natural lake of Bangladesh which is approximately 1500 ft above the sea level. Boga lake has a rectangular shap either funnel shape. But some experts argue that the Boga lake is about (3000-3700) fts above the sea levels indeed. The lake is supposed to be 38 meter deep. There remains a small spring beside the Boga lake which is called Bagachhara ( 153m deep). Boga lake is a closed lake and to drain out water there is no outlet. basically Bagachhara is the fundamental source of water along with surface drainage, rain water and seepage of spring, soft and small rocks of different shapes have almost covered Boga lake surface.


Mirror view of Boga lake
The beauty and attraction of the Boga lake changes with the color change of the lake. Depending on various indicators like sun rays, clouds` humidity and the so called existence of a hot spring at the bottom of the Boga lake the water of the Boga lake takes different color at different seasons. But usually the lake water shows its extra –ordinary crystal clear mirror view of blue shade which reflects like pearls and more than enough to astonish a tourist guy.


Nature of the Boga lake water
Chemical experts comment thet the water of the Boga lake is lucid or acidic . so, basically Boga lake is not appropriate for the growing of common plants and weeds or living of fishes. In contrast , some argue that the nearby people use the lake water for drinking and some planktons and bacteria easily grow in the water of the Boga lake. But it is really amazing thet the travelers of the Boga lake usually do not miss the chance to take a hot swim in the beautiful lake to freshen up their mind.

The nature of the soil of the Boga lake
Rock stones dominate the core gene of the soil under the Boga lake water. And the outlook of the Boga lake also represents a view composed of small and soft rocks anywhere and everywhere.



History of the Boga lake
The mythological history of the Boga lake:
The interesting Boga Lake is believed to be created almost 2000 years back. So, it is very natural that the creation of the Boga Lake is considered to relate with some ancient supernatural mythologies. The local inhabitants believe that this Boga Lake and its surroundings have derived from an instant earthquake. Legends mention that there the particular area was the resident of the gods and goddesses of the aboriginal people. But a sudden disaster of a deity who killed (actually ate) the inhabitants of the local Khumi tribal village people. The story did not end there. The deity reappeared in the form of a dreadful dragon and was responsible for the instant earthquake which resulted in the craving of the hillside, disappearing of that village and the formation of the legendary deep Boga Lake.


The present supernatural belief about the Boga lake:
The ancient supernatural beliefs and folktales about the Boga lake is still alive for some strange specialty of the Boga lake at the present time. The Boga lake actually never dries up but there is no source of permanent water supply there because of not having the existence of any particular stream to fall in or out. Again, every year during April- May the transparent water of the Boga-lake becomes muddy. And these characteristics of the Boga lake are nothing but enough to add fuel to flame the fire of supernatural stories ahead.


Experts solution about the Boga lake:
Anthropologists, geologists and chemical experts are trying hard to solve the mystery of Boga lake. The tribal local people still believe that the ancient myth is unsolved. But scholars consider them just as superstitious stories because generally they can not show any strong evidence about the creation of the Boga Lake. Geologists mention about the existence of a dead volcano and the collection of the rain waters in the cave area of that volcano resulted in the creation of the Boga lake. Even the nature of the water and the soil of the Boga lake also support their theory to some extent.



History of the Boga lake
The mythological history of the Boga lake: 
The interesting Boga Lake is believed to be created almost 2000 years back. So, it is very natural that the creation of the Boga Lake is considered to relate with some ancient supernatural mythologies. The local inhabitants believe that this Boga Lake and its surroundings have derived from an instant earthquake. Legends mention that there the particular area was the resident of the gods and goddesses of the aboriginal people. But a sudden disaster of a deity who killed (actually ate) the inhabitants of the local Khumi tribal village people. The story did not end there. The deity reappeared in the form of a dreadful dragon and was responsible for the instant earthquake which resulted in the craving of the hillside, disappearing of that village and the formation of the legendary deep Boga Lake.


The present supernatural belief about the Boga lake:
The ancient supernatural beliefs and folktales about the Boga lake is still alive for some strange specialty of the Boga lake at the present time. The Boga lake actually never dries up but there is no source of permanent water supply there because of not having the existence of any particular stream to fall in or out. Again, every year during April- May the transparent water of the Boga-lake becomes muddy. And these characteristics of the Boga lake are nothing but enough to add fuel to flame the fire of supernatural stories ahead.


Experts solution about the Boga lake:
Anthropologists, geologists and chemical experts are trying hard to solve the mystery of Boga lake. The tribal local people still believe that the ancient myth is unsolved. But scholars consider them just as superstitious stories because generally they can not show any strong evidence about the creation of the Boga Lake. Geologists mention about the existence of a dead volcano and the collection of the rain waters in the cave area of that volcano resulted in the creation of the Boga lake. Even the nature of the water and the soil of the Boga lake also support their theory to some extent.



Bogalake for Tourists
Bogalake for Tourists:
It can be stated without any hesitation that the Boga Lake has emerged as a heavenly place of beauty and pleasure for those who loves to travel and to face challenges as well. That is why every year numerous tourists and travelers from home and abroad make their way to Boga Lake compromising the hard journey and struggles because they are fond of real beauty and mental peace indeed.


Conservative thoughts about visiting Boga lake:
Generally people considered Boga lake as an ancient and rough or hard to visit place. That is way Boga lake was deprived of enlisting in their holiday tour spots for several years. They suspected that visiting Boga lake requires restless hiking and trekking of hours through some really hard and tough hilly areas where neither any transport nor any assistance is available. But reality is that they were being unattached with the recent status of the region. But most of these negative thought actually goes in vain these days. It is true that the Boga lake is a real mixture of beauty with thrill but a little courage and adventurous mind will easily pave the way for one to experience the endless beauty of the Boga lake.


Ultimate adventure through visiting Boga lake:
It is not that much tough to access in the Boga lake as it is heard. And also people are not actually unfit to visit the Boga lake. One just has to enlarge his visiting spots` list with newer views and convert their dream into beauty with adventure. Again, one must show his bravery and have to be prepared for any kind of challenges to be faced. So, the best way is to grasp the pleasure from thrill that will easily make them enable to satisfy their thirsty eyes and mind as well.

  

Nature of Bogalake
Boga Lake takes different looks during different nature:
Boga lake area, the surrounding and the way to reach Boga lake offers different elements of beauty during different nature. This diverse look of the Boga lake can be differentiated easily by a regular traveler of Boga lake. It will create thrill and diversity of beauty to the travelers of Boga lake too.


Boga lake During the rainy season:
The way Ruma to Boga lake is still under construction. There is basically two ways to go to Boga lake. One is through the `jhiripath` (jhiripot) and another is by the local vehicle `chander gari` and then keep trekking to reach to Boga lake. But the zigzag road or second way to Boga lake becomes not usable, dangerous and tricky to communicate during the rainy season because of mud and seasonal water, so, if the travelers want to enjoy the trekking side they will have to chose the winter to visit Boga lake. But it is also true that they will miss several elements of fresh, green beauty side which is offered by the nature during the rainy season if they chose the winter to visit. Though all these constrains are there but it should be also added that the lavish green beauty and fresh environment and fragrance of nature in the Boga Lake which is offered during the rainy season with the small drops of rains cannot be compared with any other elements of beauty.
 

Boga lake during the winter season:
The trip to Boga lake can be most interesting, amazing and adventurous during the winter season undoubtedly because the historical trekking of 7 hours almost 22 km can only be possible in the winter. It is also possible for the trekkers because of not having mud or rain. The sky remains clear and weather remains cool. The lofty, zigzag roads become interesting and the trekkers become enthusiastic to make the journey indeed. It is true that without this dry and cold weather the trekking is in a word impossible so the thrill remains undone. But there is also a sign of burn and barren atmosphere due to the wintery laziness of the nature of the Boga lake and the freshness of the nature remains hidden there. The lack of green signs turns into the color of burned charcoal in the Boga Lake. The roads are dusty and the atmosphere is dry. Although the nature hides its real beauty during the winter season but the dusty, rough roads are the only way to trek to Boga Lake during the winter and so for the travelers and tourists the winter comes with its own beauty and advantages to have a great trip to the thrilling Boga Lake.


Hibernate from the chaos of life with Boga lake:
The confusing and monotonous city life when makes our life boring and tasteless then it is needed to visit something different. The same sight of beauty and nature, sometimes also makes our trip meaningless. And for those nature lovers who want to feel every thrill and experience every cone of beauty Boga lake is awaiting for them with all its kind resources of beauty to make them overwhelmed all the way indeed.

 
Beauty of Bogalake
The beauty and charm of Boga lake is such a pleasure where nature has opened up all its sights without any hesitation for the tourist to grasp those beauties. And this pleasure and beauty can be seen and felt at the cost of a little adventurous journey and a bit bravery and confidence. There remains numerous delight and elements of beauty starting from the soft rocks lying in and out in a rhythmic way of the Boga Lake. The calm environment then makes the tourists familiar with the term beauty in peace. The bamboo bushes around the lake, the grass and the “kashful“, and the water lily and other plants contribute as like verse of a great poem of beauty. The travelers forget to take the breathe when the high mountains with the soft clouds on their embracing steeps appears in front of them around the magical Boga lake. The tiredness and toil of journey all are bound to wash away with the scenic beauty of the Boga Lake. The beauty is not only amplifying but it is also inspiring to fill the eyes with real and natural beauty.


 Attractions of Boga Lake
Boga Lake is one of those amazing beauties of this country and as well as this whole world that words will be too limited to describe its magical attractions. Boga lake offers such a beauty and attraction that the nature lovers feel pride inside to visit the Boga Lake. The calm and cool nature of the Boga lake takes the visitors miles away to a paradise of peace and beauty where nature hugs them with its all treasures to make the history. The beauty and attraction is diversified, sometimes it makes the travelers thrilled, sometimes it gives them peace and sometimes it makes them stunned with the incredibility of beauty. The attention of the travelers who are yearning for the unquenchable thirst for pleasure is highly recognized by the natural beauty of Boga Lake. It is such a magnetizing place which will keep the mind busy with astonishing beauty and attraction of its amazing mirror view of water resources, serpentine structure, zigzagging thin pathway with all other smallest elements around the Boga Lake.


Delights around the Boga Lake:
There are several ingredients around the lake to make the journey memorable. Organized camp fire during nights can be enjoyed fully and be an unfaded memory of life. Again swimming with friends in the mirror like crystal clear water can add a new dimension of pleasure during visiting the lake. The local inhabitants use the Boga lake water for their daily working and using purpose there.


Boga lake at the morning:
The fresh view of the morning Boga lake is more than enogh to make the mind busy for rest of the day with its captivating beauty. The moon sets slowly over the lake and then with a more slow pace the morning Sun peeps with his all beauty and power and amazing rays of light to wake the world of beauty up in front of its worshippers. The magic then starts with the reflection of numerous unseen colors and inexperienced beauty. The world of beauty begins to glow and slow, steady but strong and shaking beauty starts to emerge which keeps the eyes of the admires overwhelmed all day long.


Afternoon magic of the Boga lake:
The Sun with its magical lights can easily change and shape the beauty and charm of the Boga lake at the afternoon when the sun light starts to spread then the beauty also glows with the light of the Boga lake. Even the grass and dust also glows and spreads their beauty with the ray of sun. The sun dusking can make the tourists stunned again with eternal beauty indeed. When the afternoon sun starts hiding himself in the western hills, it creates a contrast of lights and shadows. The local grass and “kashful” waves with gentle breeze and the hilly sides seems to turn into real gold and thus the magical sun lights creates simple history for the photographers with its heavenly beauty which satisfies more than eyes and lenses through to our hearts` satisfaction.
 

Boga lake at night:
The color of the dark is endless. When the tourists stay at the Boga lake sometimes they get the lucky chance to experience the sight of full moon view during the Boga lake night. The beauty of the moon with its thousands of glorifying companion- night stars creates an unparallel beauty of joy and thrill. The reflection of the hills on the water through the moon light is bound to make the travelers of the Boga lake to be stunned with joy without any doubt there.


Tribal community in Boga lake
Tribal community in Boga lake, Bandarban
It is easy to imagine for the common people that almost 1500 ft above sea level and unfavorable natural area of Boga lake has made it without any existence of human community or barren area indeed. But the tourists and travelers will feel relieved to know that they will find numbers of local tribes like Bawm or Bom, Khumi and others on their way and in the Boga lake area too .Generally the tribes are considered their asset in their journey of Boga lake to welcome them warmly and for the betterment of their interesting tour.


Boga lake para
Along with the original inhabitants of Boga lake like Bawm and Khumi communities there are some other diverse tribal communities are noticed on the way or in the surrounding areas of Boga lake. For example in the northern side of the Boga lake their lives the Marma tribal community which is renowned as the largest tribal community of our country indeed. Again, there are also seen Murong communities in the Bog lake area. And all these diverse communities form an act as a common community which is well known as Boga lake para. Among the inhabitants of Bog lake para the Bawm and the Murong tribal people are famous for their friendly attitude to welcome the tourists and trekkers warmly.


Tribal assistance in Boga lake
The astonishing beauty of Boga lake is undoubtedly its first attraction for the travelers and trekkers to make a real adventurous journey with a smiling face. But it is also cannot be denied that the way of treating of the local inhabitants also add a breathe of satisfaction to them in the Boga lake area. In that unknown unfriendly area from food to every single thing the new comers have to rely on the tribal communities. And to their utter surprise they just not only manage all the stuffs with a happy smiling and a helping hand but they also enjoy it. And sometimes a bit educated and modern tribal families or identities can also instruct them in different ways and let them know more information about ancient history and modern political, environmental and other positive or negative issues of their lives in the Boga lake.


Nature of tribal commons in Boga lake
If we have to analyze about the nature of the local tribes of Boga lake then those who have experienced their accompany would hardly deny about their polite and friendly nature. Apart from a very few exceptions the common tribes really follow the traditional Bengali culture. They lead basically very simple life. Most of them prefer or have to prefer cultivation as their profession. There is a common tradition of zum cultivation which is a renowned one in the Bog alto. They form usually large families and They are pretty much well behaved to their guests of Boga lake and try to make them satisfied to their hearts content. They feel free to share their lifestyle in the Boga lake. Some feel afraid of them before going to Boga lake being unknown of their nature. But it is really good news that they are just like us and always ready there to help the tourists out in the Boga lake. Do not be afraid, mentality of common ways and beliefs.


Precautions in behaving with the aborigine people in Boga lake
But it should be also reminded that none should criticize their culture or lifestyle or beliefs while visiting their local areas of Boga Lake. It is then actually normal that they could get disturbed or angry. And adopt some hostile behavior. But it is really rare until the tourists or trekkers do not wish to have a clash. The guests of Boga lake that is why should also be well behaved with them should respect their culture and follow some common antiquate like not to criticize them, follow their instructions as they know better than the new comers and they have potential right to instruct about Boga lake. Again it should be better not to interfere in their personal matters and to take permission before framing or capturing their personal images or videos and after all to adopt a peaceful relation to enjoy their trip without any harassment in Boga lake.

 
Journey to Boga lake
One should have to be prepared for a long time journey experience to reach to Bogalake. But the way is to reach to Bandarban first. Then the Thana/Upazilla Ruma and then from the Ruma Bazar the tourists or travelers should plan to visit Bogalake.


Transports
If anyone wants to visit Boga Lake from Dhaka or Chittagong, then he might have to use several transports like bus, car, rickshaw, river cruise and bumpy jeep of Bandarban (locally called chander gari or chader gari) and then by walking to the desired destination of Boga Lake.


Superstition about Boga Lake journey
Some still believe that trekking is the only way to reach to Boga Lake. They even do not know about the existence of Chander Gari vehicle. If proper information is being collected then things would get cleared that a little courage and confidence will easily pave your way to the dream land Boga Lake.


The routes to visit Boga lake
One can go to Bandarban city following three routes mainly. Dhaka, Chittagong and Cox`s Bazar. To reach to Bogalake firstly one has to go to Bandarban. By bus or hiring private jeep one can go to Bandarban.


By bus
The easiest way to get to Bandarban is hiring a bus. Among few services from Dhaka to Bandarban the Dolphin at Kalabagan, Unique service, Shyamoli Paribahan at Gabtoli, Asad gate, Fakirerpul, Kamalapur, Saydabad and S Alam at Kamalapur are considered as the best services. Generally they cost (550-600) Tk per person and takes around 6/7 hours to reach. The long tiring journey can be taken during the night time to pass the time and journey easily. Usually it is better to buy advance tickets to avoid interruptions. There are only a few services from Chittagong to reach to Bandarban such as Purbani at Bahaddarhaat which takes approximately two hours and costs around 220 Tk per person. The bus service is available from 6:30 am to 5:00 pm all day long after every 30 minutes.
One can reach to Chittagong from Dhaka by taking a flight (Bangladesh Biman or GMG airlines), bus service (Shohagh is considered best) or a train service (Turna Nishitha, Subarna or Mahanagar). It is a 3 hour Journey from Cox`s Bazar to Bandarban route (the most popular is Purbani at Laldighi). To reach Cox’s Bazaar from Dhaka it can be made either a 10 hour bus journey (Shohagh is recommended) or a flight (Bangladesh Biman or GMG airlines). From Chittagong it is 4 hour bus journey (Dolphin and Purbani are most popular). But the honest advice is to take direct Bus service from Dhaka for the Dhaka dwellers and Chittagong Bus service is best for the inhabitants of Chittagong as well as Cox`s Bazar transport service for the Cox`s Bazar dwellers to reach easily and safely to Bandarban. One can also reach to Bandarban through Rangamati by the way of Chandraghona by bus (around 270 Tk per person) but due to perilous route system it is not recommended at all.



By car
It is possible from Dhaka or Chittagong to rent a car, micro bus or private jeep to directly to Bandarban. There are several services of micro bus. Among them NOAH is popularly known to all. Air conditioned and 14 seated these micro bus costs around (7000-10000) TK including all charges and air conditioned private car may cost around (6000-8000) Tk including all per day. Price may vary with different indicators indeed. But it is strictly discouraged by the experts because the roads are there are not friendly or as simple like Dhaka or Chittagong. The roads are free of jam but they are rough and unsmooth and sometimes dangerously zigzag through the map. The plain land drivers often get lousy or confused in the hilly areas and they also do not know the locality or strategy to drive there. So, it is needed an expert or habituated driver of those unfriendly roads to drive in such way to avoid unwanted interruption and secure journey to Boga lake.


Bandarban to Ruma transport system:
One can hire a public jeep Chander Gari or private jeep up to Ruma Thana/Upazilla of Bandarban. From Bandarban it takes first Chander Gari and then river cruise to reach to Ruma. The first trip of Chander Gari is at 9am. The Chander Gari or bus will go in front of ‘Koikhong Jiri’ in 1-1.30 hrs. Then it is needed to have the boat journey. The river Sangu needs to be crossed by boat. These boats usually carry ten people. It costs about 30 tk per person. During the dry season the river remains virtually dry and it takes much time to reach to Ruma. It takes around one hour (more or less depending upon the nature and season) to Ruma bazaar. It can take 9am to 1pm to reach from Bandarban to Ruma Bazar.


Chander Gari to reach from Ruma Bazar to Boga lake
Chander Gari or Chader gari (meaning the vehicle of the Moon) is the most popular transport like a bumpy jeep, open topped truck or bus in Bandarban to reach to Boga Lake. This car is actually having 4 wheels driving vehicle as land cruiser. The drivers of the Chander Gari have to be carefully trained and their tactics are pretty much different than the local drivers of Dhaka or Chittagong city. Because the roads are not smooth but enough rough and the drivers should have to be extra strategic to safely drive the cars through the lofty and serpentine zigzag roads and the hilly tracks of Bandarban to Boga Lake. The passengers usually gets squeezed in them and the vehicles are able to carry about 35-40 people in a single trip. The Chander gari is available to take the tourists to Boga Lake 3 times a day from the Ruma Bus stand or Chander Gari stand. Tourists can ride on a Chander Gari by buying tickets from the stands on the way to Boga Lake. The transport can easily be compared with a ride like roller coaster for the serpentine or zigzag road system. A little hiking or rickshaw at the cost of around 15 Tk will make the tourists to reach from Ruma bazaar to Chander Gari stand.


Time schedule of Chander Gari
Chander Gari is 3 times available to reach to Boga Lake. This are
  • The first trip at 8.00 am
  • The second trip at 12.00 pm
  • The third and last trip 3.00 pm
It should be reminded that the best one is to catch the first tip to Boga Lake because the latter journey is full of challenge, adventure and uncertainty of long trekking and all stuffs. And it is also important that no tourist or travelers are allowed to set for Boga lake after 4pm because of natural risk and unsmooth way. After reaching Ruma Bazar the tourists have to seek permission from the Ruma Garrison or Ruma Bazar Army Camp before 2pm if anyone wants to start that day for Boga Lake. So, the tourists should try to catch the first Chander Gari for their own safety and enjoyment.


Hard rock roads to Boga lake
The roads to Boga lake is not smooth but challenging basically for two reasons. One is for its longer duration and another is for its rough, dry and zigzag, unsmooth way to go to Bogalake surroundings fill with dust and dirt indeed.


Journey by Chander Gari
The first advice is for the travelers not to be nervous. The drivers are quite experts. They would not let you easily to fall down. Secondly passengers should try to be squeeze. The transport basically moves through the top of the hills, from one base to another directly like a bumpy ride. It is thrilling as well as challenging. The thorny roads can easily move the travelers up and down according to the soft, rock, soil made or brick laid roads which are still under construction. It is beyond mention that they have to sit tightly with much confidence.


Trekking and climbing hills to Bogalake
During the winter season the tourists can have a walk to Bogalake- the historical trekking takes approximately 6 hours and way of 22 km to Boga lake. It is a bit tough part of the journey. Sometimes hills seem too harder to climb and travelers wish to give up. But they have to keep patience to reach to the desired destination of Boga lake. It would be easier for the trekkers to keep a bamboo stick with them for keeping balance. It is also easy to go down rather than going up scientifically.


All Fare and usually required time to travel Dhaka-Bandarban-Ruma-Bogalake at a glance
Location
Transport
Time
Fare
Dhaka to Bandarban
S. Alam/Saudia/ Dolphin/Unique
10:30pm-6:30am
Tk 550-600/- (BDT)
Bandarban – Sangu
By Chander Gari or Bus
9:00am-10.30am
Tk 70/- (BDT)
Sangu – Ruma Bazar
By Boat
12:00pm-1:30pm
Tk 30/- (BDT)
Ruma Bazar – Boga lake
By Walk
About 6 hours


The simple graph from Dhaka to Boga lake using two different ways
Dhaka – Bandarban city (by bus) – Ruma Sadar (by Chader gari) – Ruma Bazar (by Hired boat) Boga lake (By walking at the Hilly Road about 22km) – Ruma bazar (by walking in Jhiri Pot around 16 km) – Bandarban city (by boat) – Dhaka (by bus)


Guides in the Boga Lake
Travelers can hire guides from the local hotels of Ruma, Bandarban because it becomes kind of impossible without a guide to visit the Boga Lake. Because the tourists are totally unknown and unaware of the new atmosphere. Guides are available at TK (500- 600) approximately per day for the travelers. Guide will also stay and eat with the travelers cost indeed. Guide is damn necessary for the strangers and first timers. An experienced and smart guide is needed who will understand the zeal and thirst for knowledge and beauty. Tribal guides can offer a better service because they are more experienced about the Boga Lake.


Precautions before Trekking Bogalake
Precautions before trekking the Boga Lake
Travelers should have to be enough confident about trekking a long way and also to be energetic and mentally prepared to walk almost 7 hours through almost 22 km hilly roads indeed/ They can carry some energy drinks with them. But it is also important that they should carry as less stuffs as possible to make their journey easier to Bogalake. Trekkers should carry with them some energy drinks, painkillers. Medicine, saline, glucose, insecticides and be very careful about mosquito’s and insects.


Malaria affected zone, Boga lake
Commonly Boga Lake is and surrounding Bandarban area is called the Malaria affected zone. So, the travelers have to take necessary precautions while travelling the Boga lake area, such as
  • Travelers should take relative medicines with them to Boga lake.
  • Tourists should be careful about local mosquito and insects.
  • They should carry with them mosquito resistant spray and other stuffs to keep themselves safe in the Boga lake area.
  • They should try their best not to be affected to happily enjoy the sight and beauty of Boga lake.
  • Tourists should also consult with some doctors before visiting the Boga lake area.
  • They should have to carry first aid box and particular medicines with them with them for emergency.
  • Malaria prophylaxis is highly advisable. Avloquin and Malacide are two popular local brands of the drugs which should be purchased as early as possible.
  • In the case of emergency, Bandarban District Hospital has arguably the best treatment and research facilities for malarial treatment in Bangladesh.
Precautions and consciousness
  • Be careful about using local water.
  • Travelers can carry their own mineral water but they should keep in mind that they have to carry those in the hilly areas with them.
  • Tourists have to pack their bags in water resistant bags.
  • They should avoid heavy loads to Bogalake.
  • It is easy and safe to use back packs then other kind of bags or luggage.
  • Avoid about acting in a hurry.
  • Take slow steps while walking otherwise travelers may get tired in a very short time.
  • Tourists always should have to be nature friendly.
  • It is their major duty to keep the nature clean.
  • Be friendly with the local inhabitants.
  • Be careful and seek permission from the ethnic people before taking photographs.
  • Travelers should carry water purifying tablets with them.
  • While trekking it feels damn tiredness to those who are not habituated. So, they should store much more energy to reach to the dreamt destination Boga Lake.
  • Patients and weak and faint hearted persons are strictly requested not to travel to Boga Lake for their safe and secure mind and life indeed.
  • Dust and dirt Allergic should take extra care of them because the way can be compared with the paradise of dust to Boga Lake.
  • Luggage should have to be carried individually while trekking so, be careful about their quantity and curse the extra load strictly.
  • But in another way vehicles can reach Boga Lake with some risk. So, they can carry those luggages, but it is also not free from the risk of being lost actually.
  • It is better for the travelers not to interfere or interrupt in local tribes` personal matters like zum cultivation or deforestation. Obviously it is not legal or required. But we should keep in mind that that place is considered to be their own and none should interrupt while visiting the place. It will add nothing but just problems. If it is wrong then they can complain later through governmental authority. And it is also safe for both.
Security
The travelers should have to be careful about their safety and security. They have to register their name, number and contact address and other important stuffs in the respective security camp before going to Bogalake. It is also restricted that travelers cannot leave Ruma after 4 pm because of the security purpose. But it is still true that after taking all these precautions, western or modern culture tourists can also consider Boga lake as a great security risk which is as well as adventurous too. All non-Bangladeshis are required to contact and register with the local police in Bandarban.


Local animals of the Boga lake area
Along with local animals and snakes colorful lizards and local lizards are animals of attraction there around the Boga Lake.


Some important advice to follow during the journey to Boga Lake
  • Price may vary with different indicators. So, be careful before fixing price.
  • Try to avoid unknown persons and strangers on the way.
  • Time calculation is the most important part of the journey to convert it into good or bad experience.
  • One cannot leave for Boga lake after 4pm. Time should be planned with this factor.
  • It is better to start the journey in a group. It is safe too then.
  • The local inhabitants have unbelievable power and strength. They can squeeze anywhere.
  • The travelers should have to mentally and physically prepared for a tough and heard journey.
  • There are two ways to go to Bogalake – Ruma and jhiripath. Those who are young and enthusiastic they can try both the ways for experience and adventure.
  • The Sangu boat schedule is 8.00am and 12.00pm like that very long distance time so; to save our time and energy we should be careful about schedule and time conscious indeed.
  • Extra energetic for hiking.
  • Proper time calculation is needed.
  • The tribal cottages is not so costly .one can stay per night 100 Tk only.
Conclusion
Simply words will be limited to describe the charm and thrill, beauty and adventure of the unparallel creature Boga Lake. And it will also not be fare trying to do so. Because the beauty and charm of the Boga lake not only satisfies our eyes but also fills our heart with peace of beauty. And until an individual experiences the beauty himself, the peace of the beauty remains incomplete. And that is why if the worshippers of the nature once discovers the treasure of peace and beauty of Boga lake, then they never gives up satisfying their heart with the unique beauty again and again. And thus the natural creature of our country-Bogalake has become the source of beauty, fame, peace as well as pride all over the world.

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