Details on how to travel to Bagalek.
Boga lake is a lake formed naturally 2,000 years ago at an altitude of about 1,200 feet above sea level in the Keokradong hills, 18 km from Ruma Upazila in Bandarban district. According to geologists, the lake was formed by the fall of a dead volcano or meteorite. Bagalek is known to many as Dragon Lake. In the morning, evening or night, the tourists are fascinated by the different colors of the form. The cool water of the lake takes away all the fatigue of the journey in an instant. Bagalek has become unique to the tourists by arranging sky, mountains, and blue water posara across about 15 acres of land in the lap of the hill.
It is very difficult to travel to Bagalek in the rainy season so it is convenient to visit Bagalek in winter. Nevertheless, many adventure-loving tourists come to be fascinated by the beauty of Bagalek. The whole way from Bandarban to Bagalek is a winding mountain path. The beauty of this path will attract you, the fatigue of travel will be gone.
Way to go to Bagalek
Wherever you live in the country, you have to come to Bandarban first to go to Bagalek. S. from different places in Dhaka. Buses of Alam, Saudia, Saint Martin Transport, Unique, Hanif, Shyamli, Dolphin, etc. leave for Bandarban. The fare of these buses per person is non AC 550 and AC 950-1500 respectively. It takes 8-10 hours to go to Bandarban by bus from Dhaka.
If you want to go by train from Dhaka to Chittagong Sonar Bangla, Subarna Express, Turna Nishita, Mahanagar Godhuli you can go to Chittagong by these trains. Rent varies from 350 to 1200 TK. Besides, you can come to Chittagong directly by air from Dhaka. From Baddarhat in Chittagong, two trains named Pubali and Purbani leave for Bandarban. These two buses cost 220 TK per person. You can come to Bandarban by bus from Dhampara bus stand in Chittagong for 200-300 TK.
From Bandarban to Bagalek
If you want to go to Bagalek from Bandarban city, first you have to go to Ruma Bazar. The distance from Bandarban to Ruma Bazar is 48 kilometers. You can go to Ruma Bazaar by local bus or moon car/jeep. If you want to go by bus, you have to go to Ruma bus stand in Bandarban. From there, after 1 hour, the bus leaves for Rumara. The rent is 120 rupees per person, it will take about 3 hours. If you go in a group way, you can go to Ruma Bazaar by jeep/moon car. One car can go 10-15. You have to rent a car from the jeep station of Bandarban city for 3000-4000 TK. If you do it in a jeep, it will take about 2 hours.
When you reach Ruma Bazaar, you have to get a guide to go to Bagalek. Guides are mandatory. There is a registered guide, so someone has to fix it. Before leaving, one has to get permission to go to Bagalek from Ruma Bazar Army Camp. The identity of all traveling members must be submitted in writing for permission. The guide will help you to do these things. And of course, keep in mind that you are not allowed to go to Bagalek from Rumabazar after 4 pm.
The distance from Rumabazar to Bagalek is 18 kilometers. After getting permission, you have to rent a Land Cruiser Jeep or Chander car from Rumabazar. One car can carry 8-15 people. You can take the help of a guide in these tasks. Explaining to the guide what you need will usually arrange all of those things. From Ruma to Bagalek, the reserve fare for a land cruiser is Tk 1,800 and for a moon car, it is Tk 2,000. If you have a small number of members, you can talk to any other group and fix a car together. Or you can buy a ticket and go to the local car. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., the local moon car arrives every hour. Local fare up to Bagalek is 100 rupees per person.
* At present, it is possible to go directly to Bagalek by car from Rumabazar, but if the road is bad during the rainy season, it is not possible to go directly to Bagalek by car.
Arrangements for accommodation and food in Bagale
There are no high-quality hotels or resorts in Bagale. Indigenous people have some small cottages. You have to stay in one of those cottages. It will cost 100-200 TK per person for the tribals to stay in these cottages in a completely natural environment. One-room cottage can accommodate 5-6 people. In addition, separate cottages can be arranged for couples or women. If you have any preferences in advance, tell the guide when you go and he will fix the cottage. Or you can go and fix it. The arrangement of food and drink has to be done in the tribal house. Usually, food packages of 100-200 TK are available. Meals are prepared with rice, eggs, mashed potatoes, and mountain chicken. For this, you have to tell in advance what to eat and how many people will eat. If you want to eat on arrival, you can tell with the help of the guide while leaving. The cottages have barbecue facilities, you can buy mountain chickens and sit on the shores of the lake and enjoy this arrangement in a different environment.