Contributor: M.Islam Rahat
Island Name: Nijhum Dwip
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Nijhum Dwip means, Silent Island (Bengali: নিঝুম দ্বীপ) is a small island under Hatiya upazila. It is situated in Noakhali District in Bangladesh. Once it was called as Char Osman
Nijhum Dwip presently has six big bazaars with mainly the grocery shops, small restaurants and drug stores. These bazaars are the only places in the islands to have electricity from generators. The forest department of the government of Bangladesh created mangrove forests in Nijhum Dwip and the main attraction in these forests is the herd of about 5000 +/- spotted dear. Tthe government of Bangladesh declared Nijhum Dwip forests as National Park.
The uniqueness of this very island is the beauty of Sundarban & Cox’s Bazar will found here in a same place. The big waves & the silent mangrove forest always attract me whenever i thought of this place.
How to go:
From Dhaka one can go Hatia first by steamer. From Sadarghat there are regular Steamer of Hatia, MV Farhan, MV Tipu are good. If you want to book a cabin you have to book it one day before. You’ll reach Hatia at early morning.(Cabin rent Single 800 Tk, Double 1200 tk from Dhaka to Hatia. Deck rent 120 tk +/-) From Hatia Tomuruddin Ghat you can go to Nijhum Dip by rented engine boat. It’ll take 2/3 hours to reach Nijhum Dip (Rent cost 3000 tk +/-)There are another way. Take a local Baby taxi from Tomuruddin Bazar to Moktara Ghat. (Rent 400 tk +/-) It’ll take 1 hour to reach Moktara Ghat. From Moktara ghat you have to cross River Meghna by Engine Boat (Cost 5 tk per head) It’ll take only 4-5 mints to cross the river. Other side of the river is Nijhum Dwip. You have to take a Rickshaw to reach the other side of Nijhum Dwip.(Cost 100 tk +/-) It’ll take 1 hour to reach your ultimate Destination.
Where to stay:
The only Hotel is Hotel Abakash. (Room rent 500-1500 Tk, If you take dormitory of 5 beds it cost 2000 tk in total) Or you can stay at boarding, but those are in very bad condition. Or you can set up camp there.
What to eat (food):
There are available restaurant, or you can hire a chef from Hotel Abakash, his cook is good, he’ll take extra 200-300 tk for cooking. B-B-Q facilities is available at Hotel Abakash, they have a big BBQ Burner.
Tips/advise for traveler:
Best time to visit Nijhum Dwip is from October to February. If you want to face some big waves go there at June/July. If you are a non swimmer then you can take life jacket for safety.