Land of the green leaves

photos and text by Sadiqur Rahman

005The hills and tea gardens should be the number one priority for tourists visiting Moulavibazar in North-eastern Bangladesh. To make a difference, tourists could also visit the Barshijora Eco Park, only two kilometres from the district headquarters. The park is an attempt at conserving the tropical semi-evergreen forest.
Forest department of the country established this Eco Park on 887 acres of the reserve forest in 2006. Earlier, the forest was declared a reserve in 1916.
Many timber and medicinal plants were planted there later. Among the trees, Sal (Shorea robusta), Gurjan (Dipterocarpus turbinatus), Shimul (Bombax ceiba), Banak (Virola), Segun (Tectona grandis), Jarul (Lagerstroemia speciosa), Bahera (Terminalia bellirica), Lohakath (Xylia xylocarpa), Amalaki (Phyllanthus emblica) are the most prominent.
006According to the forest department, Leopard, Barking deer and Gibbon are already extinct from the forest. However, the forest still is home to Black-faced monkey, Fox, Wildcat, Squirrel, Porcupine, Pangolin, Mongoose, Monitor, Lizard, Crab, Rabbit and different kinds of snakes.
Tourists can also make a short trip to the Manu barrage where the scenic spot and cool water flow will prove to be a positive change for citizens from urban areas.















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