Back in 1997, a devastating accident occurred while the exploration in one of the wells in Magurchara gas field. An unimaginable catastrophe broke out in the 840 meter below of surface level in the said gas field on the 14th June 1997. The explosion cost too much for the environment, it denuded about 700-acre reserved forest, destroyed 10 tea gardens and hampered greatly the lives of numerous workers and tribal people living nearby. Though measures have been taken to improve the conditions, evident to this major accident are still seen in the location of the accident.
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Magurchara is the name of the locality situated on the Moulvibazar gas reservoir in the Surma basin, an area, rich in hydrocarbon reserve. It is 88.9 km away from Sylhet. It is just next to Lawachara National Park. Take local buses from Sreemangal Upazila or Moulvibazar Sadar to reach that place.
1. Shaymoli Paribahan:
Head Office, 25/B-1, Khilji Road, Mohammadpur, Shaymoli, Dhaka, Phone-9124139
Kalabagan Counter, Dhaka, Ph-9141047, 0171-1130862
Uttara Counter, Abdullahpur, Dhaka, Phone-0171-2839111
Kalyanpur Counter, Dhaka, Phone-9003331
2. Green Line
9/2, Outer Circular Road, Momen Bagh, Rajarbagh, Dhaka, Tel: 8331302-4, 8353004-5
3. Hanif Enterprise
22/3, Block-B, College Gate, Dhaka, Tel: +8802 9008480
Sreemangal Tea Resort:
Accommodation: Bungalows BDT 3,500-5,500, Suites BDT-3,500/-, Ip rooms BDT-2,500/-. Have to add 15% vat & 7% Service charge.
Address: Bangladesh Tea Board, Bhanugach Road, Srimangal, MauloviBazar.
Hotel Tea Town:
Accommodation: Deluxe non A/c BDT 1,000-1,250, Couple BDT 1,350/-, Suite BDT-1,550-1,850/-
Have to add 15% vat & 5% service charge
Address: Dhaka Sylhet Road, Sreemongal.
3. Grand Sultan Tea Resort & Golf
Arman Khan (Act GM), Sreemangal, +8801730793552-(59)
In these 13 years, this place has become a spot where people might go to find out the direct negative impacts of human actions on the nature.
Rubber Forest is not just a forest to look over, it’s a popular place now a days for tracking, wondering, picnic center and so on. While exploring Mymensingh, there are some extra-ordinary places to pay a visit. Rubber forest/garden of Santoshpur in fulbaria Upazila is one of those. Fulbaria rubber forest and processing industries is one of the renowned places in this district. ORB Team recently visited that place while exploring the heritage of Mymensingh.
It belongs to an area of 106 acres which make this place look like a massive forest. Besides rubber garden there is a significant number of monkeys being found in a place inside the forest. Where you will also find a small forest office. Local people call this as Bandar office (বান্দর অফিস/বানর অফিস) which is very funny indeed. Nearby the office you may discover monkeys wondering around in a particular area with pride & dignity, as it seems like you just entered into their territory. It would be wise not exchanging any food with them, people may suggest you to buy them some peanuts. Once you buy for them, certainly they will be obedient for you and may follow your go.
Rubber Processing Zone:
One and half kilometer from Monkey zone, a traveler will find an industry of Rubber processing which is very near to the link road, connecting the forest with main road. It’s named after "Bangladesh Forest Development Corporation, Rubber processing factory". Here a traveler can observe the whole methods of rubber processing. However, if someone is interested to observe the methods from the very beginning of collecting raw rubber from the trees, then we would rather suggest to stay in nearby places of forest for one or two days. But, it would be so tough to stay nearby places beside the forest as there is no residential hotel or boarding to stay overnight.)  => Array ( [name] => Setabganj Sugar Mill [post_id] => 4701 [post_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/places/setabganj-sugar-mill/ [thumb_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/setabganj-surag-mill-oliviero-masseroli1-300x228.jpg [post_content] => Setabganj Sugar Mills Ltd. Operates as a sugar mill. It was founded in 1933 and is based in Dinajpur, Bangladesh. )  => Array ( [name] => Bangladesh Ordnance Factories [post_id] => 2982 [post_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/places/arms-factory/ [thumb_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/BOF-Arms-Factory-by-S.-M.-Habibur-Rahman-300x225.jpg [post_content] =>
Bangladesh Ordnance Factories (BOF), commonly known as Arms Factory, is an integrated and important base for indigenous production of defense equipment and form the backbone of the country’s defense production. It is one of the largest defense industrial complexes under the ministry of Defense, producing conventional arms and ammunition to international standards. It was inaugurated in 1970. BOF is situated about 50 km from Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh, at Gazipur Cantonment, a model township with most of the civic amenities available.)  => Array ( [name] => Rose Flower Cultivation Plant [post_id] => 7202 [post_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/places/rose-flower-cultivation-plant/ [thumb_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Sadullapur-dhaka-011-300x203.jpg [post_content] =>
Sadullapur is very near from Dhaka and it’s a very ideal place for a day trip. A large quantity of Dhaka's flower supply comes from this area. Main flowering crop from here is the rose (though they also cultivate other flowers, but only few). Most of the spaces from this area are occupied with the rose gardens. And only few seasonal vegetable cultivation were found.
To go to the Rose Flower Cultivation Plant of Sadullapur, you have to reach at the Diabari Ghat to catch the engine boat for the Sadullapur. It is a public transport and per person it takes only 20 Taka. During the dry season the boat uses to run through the serpentine river. But when the river is flooded, the boat can easily draw a straight line between the source and the destination to skip unnecessary wandering. For this reason it takes only 30 minutes to reach at Sadullapur by boat during this season, but it takes more than an hour during the dry season.
After reaching at Sadullapur, you can start wandering through the roads, sideways, and sometimes through the bank of the wetlands. Or may be look for the birds along with the rose gardens. Most of the places are occupied by the rose plants. Few of the gardens are having roses bloomed overwhelmingly, and few are about to bloom. But the farmers are always careful about the gardens regardless the flowers.
The soil from this area is somewhat red in color and few of the lands are higher than our average land height. From my understanding, it’s probably hard for irrigation and that's why they have chosen to cultivate flowers in this land. Along with the flowers, they have also planted the palm trees in between the lands. The village was having several wet lands (most of those were generated from the overflowing of the river Turag). We have had a walking around the bank of those wetlands.
You may have seen thousands of roses from the market, but never seen millions of roses in a garden. It can be a nice experience for you. If you want to swim inside the river water before returning from there, it would also be a great experience. The river water is good, and you can easily have a good swim experience over there.) )
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