Keeping Eid holidays in mind, many of us are planning to go on trips. Some of us are selecting surreal natural destinations like Rangamati, Bandarban, and Khagrachori to wipe out any remnant city-induced stress.
Most of these destinations have hanging bridges (jhulonto shetu) that add a whole new dimension to the incredible views. So if you visit these spots this eid weekend, do not forget to check out the hanging bridges that provide unforgettable sights and thrilling experiences.
Hanging bridge of Rangamati
When we think about hanging bridges, the first one that comes to our mind is the hanging bridge of Rangamati. It is the symbol of the ‘Lal Paharir Desh’ Rangamati — one of the most popular spots for domestic tourists.
Hanging bridge of Rangamati over the Kaptai lake
Rangamati’s famous 335-feet long hanging bridge swings above Kaptai lake. It was originally built in the 1980s and remains one of the most photographed sights in the whole of Rangamati. Tourists flock to the site to see for themselves what the hype is all about.
The hanging bridge is located 15 minutes away from the Parjatan Holiday Complex. You have to buy a ticket to get on the bridge. When you walk on it, you will be treated to an amazing view of the turquoise Kaptai lake and the cascading greenery slanting down the sides of small hills.
However, during the rainy season, the bridge sometimes goes underwater due to the rise in water level.
Hanging bridge of Banshkhali eco-park
Banshkhali is a coastal Upazila situated in southern Chattogram. Home to the second-longest sea beach in the country after Cox’s Bazar, the Upazila has many tourist attractions like tea gardens, wildlife sanctuaries, historical sites, and an eco-park.
Banshkhali eco-park attracts tourists with its breathtaking natural scenery against the backdrop of hills, waterways and forests. It was built in 2003 on an area of around 1,000 hectares under a government initiative.
Hanging bridge of Banshkhali eco-park. Photo - TripAdvisor
Many people are unaware that the longest hanging bridge in Bangladesh is not located in Rangamati; it is located in this eco-park.
At the moment, the hanging bridge of Banshkhali eco-park, which spans 400 feet, is the country’s longest hanging pedestrian bridge. This is one of the best hanging bridges in the country for a full day of fun; the surrounding adventure park includes picnic spots, refreshment corners, a watchtower, and also a mini zoo.
Hanging bridge of Khagrachhari horticulture park
Khagrachhari is a popular tourist hub with its natural waterfalls, scenic valleys and several artificial and natural lakes. Horticulture park is a frequently visited park located in the Khagrachhari district where tourists can enjoy the perfect panorama of an endless tapestry of greenery and wilderness.
Hanging bridge of Khagrachhari horticulture park. Photo - LRB travel
Local people and also tourists from across the country are visiting the park every day which has been built across a 22-acre hill in the Zeromile area of the district town.
The park has a beautiful hanging bridge which is maintained by the Hill District Administration of Khagrachhari. It is within walking distance of the Khagrachhari Zeromile traffic point.
You can also plan a day-long trip to the horticulture park and arrange picnics there with your friends and family. Or you can take a boat tour to see the beauty of the lake inside the park that flows through the mountains.
Hanging bridge of Bandarban Meghla Parjatan Complex
Bandarban, situated in Chattogram division, has many tourist spots like Boga lake, golden temple, Nafakhum waterfall, Nilgiri; and always remains abuzz with tourists of all ages. The vacation destination also includes the three highest peaks of Bangladesh — Tahjindong (or Bijoy), Mowdok Mual (or Saka Haphong), and Keokradong.
Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation has built some hanging bridges in Bandarban. The most remarkable one is located at Meghla Parjatan Complex.
Meghla Parjatan Complex hanging bridge. Photo - Local Guides
The hanging bridge offers views of viridescent hills and waterways — a rarity in bustling cities. However, if you go there, step carefully because the bridge will wobble as you cross. But fear not. Because as far back as the record shows, nobody has fallen!