Rangamati Hill District

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Coordinates: 22°38′N 92°12′E / 22.633°N 92.200°E / 22.633; 92.200Coordinates: 22°38′N 92°12′E / 22.633°N 92.200°E / 22.633; 92.200
Country  Bangladesh
Division Chittagong Division
District Rangamati District
 • Member of the Parliament from Rangamati Hill District Ushatan Talukder(Chakma)
 • Deputy Commissioner(D.C) Saurendra Nath Chakrabhartty
 • Chakma Raja (Chakma Circle Chief) Debashish Roy
 • Pouroshava Mayor Saiful Islam Vuttu
 • Total 6,116.11 km2 (2,361.44 sq mi)
 • Land 4,824.63 km2 (1,862.80 sq mi)
 • Water 1,291.5 km2 (498.7 sq mi)
Elevation 14 m (49 [2] ft)
Population (2011 census)
 • Total 595,979
 • Density 97/km2 (250/sq mi)
Time zone BST (UTC+6)
 • Summer (DST) BDST (UTC+7)
Postal Code 4500
Area code(s) 0351
Website http://www.dcrangamati.gov.bd/
Population & Area related info taken from http://www.dcrangamati.gov.bd/

Rangamati (Chakma:𑄢𑄋𑄟𑄖𑄨) is a district in South-eastern Bangladesh. It is a part of the Chittagong Division[1] and the town of Rangamati serves as the headquarters of the district. Area-wise, Rangamati is the largest district of the country.


Rangamati is located in the Chittagong Division. It is bordered by the Tripura state of India to the north, Bandarban District to the south, Mizoram State of India and Chin State of Myanmar to the east, and Khagrachari and Chittagong Districts to the west.

The area of the district is 6116 km2 of which 1292 km2 is riverine and 4825 km2 is under forest vegetation. Tourist Places in Rangamati 1.rajban bihar pagoda 2.peda ting ting 3.tribal cultural museum 4.hanging bridge 5.shuvolong 6.kaptai national park 7.royal chakma palace 8.rangamati kaptai lake


The total population is 5,08,182 according to 2005 census of which tribal 52% and non-tribal 48%. The number of males is 2,87,060 and the females are 2,38,043 (Census 2001). The density of population is 83 per square kilometer (Census 2001). The number of household is 1,03,974 having the household size 4.8 (Census 2001). The total population is divided into Bangalees and eleven tribes (ethnic minorities): Chakma, Marma, Tanchangya, Tripura, Pankua, Lushai, Khiang, Murang, Rakhain, Chak, Bowm,Khumi.[2]

Tribal population : (as per census of 2005 ):

Chakma-1,86,395, Marma-44,727, Tanchanga-18,607, Tripura-6,697, Pankho- 2,118, Bowm-1,053, khyang- 791, Lusai- 217, Chak- 177, Rakhain-70, Khumi-50,Gurkha-03,Etc.-174[2]

As per 1991 census, the religious break up of the population of the district were: Buddhist 53.83%,Muslim 39.28%, Hindu 5.62% and Christian 1.12%. Religious institutions Pagoda 1230, Mosque 1059, Temple 65, Church 16. Genderwise, male constituted 53.59% and female constituted 46.41% of the population.[2]

Historical significance[edit]

  • Rangamati was a contesting ground for the kings of Tripura and Arakan.This region came under the Mughal Empire after the Muslim invasion in 1566.[3]
  • In 1737 Sher Mosta Khan,a tribal leader,took refuge with the Mughals. After this the Chakma settlement began along with various other settlements of varying ethnicity.[3]
  • From 1760 to 1761,this land was leased to the East India Company.[3]

Rangamati Town[edit]

Rangamati Town is mainly divided into 13 areas. Namely Vedvedi, Collegegate, Rajbari, Newmarket, Banarupa, Kathaltoli, Fishery Ghath, Reserve Bazar, Launch Ghath, Pathor Ghata, Tabalchori, Mazher Basti, Asam Basti.

For the Town, see Rangamati.


For the District Administration, see District Administration,Rangamati.

Deputy Commissioner (DC): Md. Mostafa Kamal [3]

Chairman of Zila Porishod: Nikhil Kumar Chakma

Chakma king: Barrister Debashish Roy wangza [4]

Education System[edit]

Rangamati district has an average literacy rate of 36.5%; male 45.8% and female 24.7%. There are 291 government primary schools, 120 non-government primary schools, 22 junior schools, 6 government high schools, 45 non-government high schools, 2 government colleges, 13 non-government colleges, 61 madrasas and 7 technical schools located throughout the district.


The district of Rangamati consists of 10 upazilas, 1 municipality (9 wards and 35 mahallas), 50 union parishads, 162 mouzas and 1347 villages.

List of upazilas and unions in Rangamati District[edit]

    • Shapchari
Rajban Vihara (Buddhist Monastery), Rangamati
The Hanging Bridge, Rangamati
Shubhalang waterfall
Statue of sitting Buddha, Rangamati.
  • Langadu Upazila
    • Betbunia
    • Fatikchari
    • Ghagra
    • Kolompati
    • Adarakchara
    • Bhasonna Adam
    • Boghachatar
    • Gulshyakhali
    • Kalapagazya
    • Langadu
    • Myanimukh


Tribal children, Rangamati.


Kaptai Lake Indigenous group's Hand loom cloth called Thami
  • The economy of Rangamati is hugely dependent on agriculture with a total of 41.94% of the population employed there. Other occupational percentages are: agricultural labourer 12.06%, wage labourer 4.95%, commerce 8.22%, service 13.04%, fishing 2.02%, industry 4.57%, forestry 3.2% and others 10%. A grand total of 12275 hectares of land is used for cultivation,producing food and non food crops such as rice, potato, corn, mustard seed, cotton and jute among others. Fruits such as mango, jackfruit, banana, pineapple, litchi, black berry are also grown in Rangmati.
  • Notable cottage industries of Rangamati are weaving, blacksmithing and wood work.Weaving is particularly famous for their woolen and jute rugs and hand loom cloth.
  • Major industries include Chandraghona paper and rayon mill, Plywood Factory, Ghagra Textile and a Satellite Station at Betbunia amongst many others, producing and exporting goods.[3]


kaptai lake[edit]

main article kaptai lake

Kaptai Lake is a man made lake in south-eastern Bangladesh. It is located in the Kaptai Upazila under Rangamati District of Chittagong Division. The lake was created as a result of building the Kaptai Dam on the Karnaphuli River, as part of the Karnaphuli Hydro-electric project. The Kaptai Lake's average depth is 100 feet (30 m) and maximum depth is 490 feet (150 m). This lake was developed by inundating valleys and plain lands between lots of hills. This made a beautiful scenario while forested mountains and highland climb from within the water.

Hanging Bridge[edit]

In Bengali the name of the Hanging Bridge is Jhulonto Bridge and this is also popular to its visitors. This hanging bridge is established on kaptai Lake. This is the link way of kaptai Lake. The total height of this bridge is 335 feet which is the land mark icon of Rangamati.[4]

Kaptai National Park[edit]

The Kaptai National Park cascades between the Karnaphuly and Kaptai Mountain assortments. It was conventional in 1999 and its area is 5,464.78 hectares (13,498.0 Acres). Prior to announcement of the national park it was Sitapahar Reserve. It is about 57 kilometer from Chittagong city. In this Park You can find plenty of old tree which were planted in 1873! In Kaptai National Park, there is a number of wild life like- Deer, Jungle cat, elephant, Monkey etc. Many species of Birds may also a matter of interest for the tourists and bird’s lovers. Kaptai National Park is a safe and sanctuary for birds and other wild life. Forest division founded picnic spot, restaurants in this Park.[5]

Shuvolong Falls[edit]

Shuvolong a place in Borokol sub district, located about 25kilometers (11kilometers – as the crow flies) away from Rangamati. There are few waterfalls in Shuvolong area with the largest one falling from as high as 300 feet. In the past several years, this place has turned into a tourist destination due to beautiful waterfalls and the nearby market. Shuvolong is easily accessible by speed boat or motor boats from Rangamati.[6]

Sajek valley[edit]

Sajek is a union at Baghaichari Upazila in Rangamati districts. Basically it is name of a river which separates Bangladesh from India. The river flows into the Karnafuli River in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. Sajek Valley is situated in the North angle of Rangamati, near the Mizoram border boundary area. The valley is 18000 ft high form sea lavel. Many small rivers flow through the hills among them Kachalon and Machalong are famous. The main ethnic minorities on the valley are Chakma, Marma, Tripura, Pankua, Lushai and Sagma. The place is known as hill queen for its natural beauty and roof of Rangamati. Marishsha is a name of a place near Sajek Valley. Most of the houses are made by bamboo. There is another place near Sajek, it is Kanlak, and it is famous for orange orchard. Most attractions of the spot are sun set, rain, morning, evening, and night and aborigine people. Tourist can buy aborigine people product from indigenous Haat. Roads are like big snake spirals mountains. Most of the people are Buddhist and people are Christian here. A new road has been built up to the Ruilui Para by the guidance of Bangladesh army. On the way traveler need to take permission from the army camp. Bangladesh army is very helpful and cooperative. Now mobile network is available here. The valley is in Rangamati but tourist can reach there from Khagrachhari too. The route is Khagrachhori – Dighinala Bazaar – Bagaihat Bazaar – Machalong Haat – then Sajek. It is 106 km from Khagrachhari. Dighinala to Sajek is 25 km. Main transportation is Chander Gari.[7] Spots on the road side of Sajak Valley • Sajek Resort – on the left of entering the valley. • Helipad • The Horizon Garden • Runmoy Rest house • Ruilui Para Club House - Guest house • Ruilui Para Church • Alo Resort • Local people house and tea Stals • BGB[8]

Member of ninth Jatiyo Sangshad[edit]

Rangamati Seat 299: Dipankar Talukder [from Awami League] [5] [6]

Notable person[edit]

Raja Tridib Raay : former king of Chakma community, father of present king Debashish Raay, and lifetime federal minister and former ambassador of Pakistan to Argentina and United Nations [7] [8]

See also[edit]