Ghagra Jhiri in Rangamati

I have watched a video from YouTube and the uploader claimed that there is a waterfall near at Rangamati town which is larger than Shubolong Waterfall (later found it is not that much big). In Bangladesh, it's natural that you wouldn't see too much flow from any waterfall without rainy season. Inspired by that video, at this rainy season I have decided to visit this waterfall and finally made it with few of my friends. The waterfall is located near the Ghagra bazaar of Rangamati.

We have hired two auto rickshaws from Rangamati town. Each of those did cost 200 Taka. They have dropped us at the Kolatoli of Ghagra. The place was near to the Ansar camp of Ghagra. It was around 45 minutes of journey through the green bushes around the roads. It was raining, by the way. During the rainy season the beauty of the hilly area in Bangladesh gets a boost compare to other seasons. We have enjoyed the whole twisting and turning road journey thoroughly.

After leaving the auto rickshaw, we have started to trek through the Ghagra Jhiri (aka Ghagra water stream). It was only 1/2 kilometer walking distance through the adventurous stream. I have tried for GPS data from my phone, but it wasn't responding that time interestingly/annoyingly. It was raining slightly, so the weather was cool and ideal for trekking.

The path was rather facile, and only challenge was climbing 3/4 steeps which were almost perpendicular amid of the stream. I had few new trekkers in my team, but they have done that climbing with a little effort. Those steps were sometimes slippery and didn't have any support (bushes, plant roots, etc) around to control your body balance.

Before starting the trekking I have noticed the less amount of water flow at the stream and had an agitation about having no water at waterfall. Unfortunately the fear came true later on. When we have reached at the top of the Ghagra jhiri, we have found almost no water at there, it was just a dried up place. Also hundreds of local tourists (mostly tribal) have gathered beneath the waterfall. It was a chaotic situation there. Possible reason is being Friday, and most of them wanted to have a different flavor at the weekend like us.

A waterfall, but no water even in a rainy day

Since most of them were local, few of them were drinking local wines, some were playing cards. I have found few of those stupids were out of control by the excessive drinking. They were vociferating among them around and making the situation even more worse. Frankly, the place was lovely, but the situation didn't allow me to stay more than five minutes. Also there was a turn at the left of the stream, I have left that one unexplored and returned back home.

It was at the middle of the rainy season, and it was raining when I was around the waterfall. Even when I was returning back, It was raining heavily. Now my question is, why there wasn't any water even at a rainy season? This waterfall had plenty of water even at last year, but noting available this year.

This article has written by Lonely Traveler,
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Friday, 15 July 2011