Top 10 Tourist Attractions In Beautiful Bangladesh
Bangladesh, east of India on the Bay of Bengal, is South Asian country of lush greenery and many waterways. Its Padma (Ganges), Meghna and Jamuna rivers create fertile alluvial plains, and travel by boat is common. On the southern coast, the Sundarbans, an enormous mangrove forest shared with India, are home to the Royal Bengal tiger.
Population: 156.6 million (2013) World Bank
Currency: Bangladeshi taka
Prime minister: Sheikh Hasina
President: Abdul Hamid
Official language: Bengali
Most visited destinations of Bangladesh
Bangladesh as a tourist destination offers a wide range of choices. For the tourists Bangladesh offers Hill Destinations with sloping landscape covered with evergreen rainforests, World’s longest unbroken golden sand sea beach, Mysterious Mangrove Forest bustling with wild life, Coral islands abound with Marine life and lines of coconut trees, Remains of ancient Civilization and monasteries.
Bangladesh is a picturesque and beautiful country. It is resplendent with sights to behold, both natural and man-made. One can never do complete justice to the beauty that is Bangladesh without personally taking you there.
Cox’s Bazar (Bengali: কক্সবাজার Kaksbājār) is a town, a fishing port and district headquarters in Bangladesh. It is one of the world’s longest uninterrupted natural sandy sea beaches, The beach in Cox’s Bazar is an unbroken 125 km sandy sea beach with a gentle slope. It is located 150 km south of the industrial port Chittagong. Cox’s Bazar is also known by the name Panowa, whose literal translation means “yellow flower.” Its other old name was “Palongkee”.
The modern Cox’s Bazar derives its name from Captain Hiram Cox (died 1799), an officer serving in British India. An officer of the British East India Company, Captain Cox was appointed Superintendent of Palongkee outpost after Warren Hastings became Governor of Bengal. Captain Cox was specially mobilised to deal with a century-long conflict between Arakan refugees and local Rakhains. He embarked upon the mammoth task of rehabilitating refugees in the area and made significant progress. A premature death took Captain Cox in 1799 before he could finish his work. To commemorate his role in rehabilitation work, a market was established and named Cox’s Bazar (“Cox’s Market”) after him.
Today, Cox’s Bazar is one of the most-visited tourist destinations in Bangladesh. It has yet to become a major international tourist destination, and has no international hotel chains, due to lack of publicity and transportation. In 2013, the Bangladesh Government formed the Tourist Police unit to better protect local and foreign tourists, as well as to look after the nature and wildlife in the tourist spots of Cox’s Bazar.
Saint Martin’s Island
St. Martin’s Island (Bengali: সেন্ট মার্টিন্স দ্বীপ) is a small island (area only 8 km2) in the northeastern part of the Bay of Bengal, about 9 km south of the tip of the Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf peninsula, and forming the southernmost part of Bangladesh. There is a small adjoining island that is separated at high tide, called Chhera island. It is about 8 km west of the northwest coast of Myanmar, at the mouth of the Naf River. The first settlement started just 250 years ago by some Arabian sailors who named the island ‘Zajira’. During British occupation the island was named St. Martin Island. The local names of the island are “Narical Gingira”, also spelled “Narikel Jinjira/Jinjera”, which means ‘Coconut Island’ in Bengali, and “Daruchini Dip”. It is the only coral island in Bangladesh.
Rangamati, a small town located amongst the green hills, lakes and rivers of the Chittagong Hill Tracts. This is what makes it a prime Bangladesh hill destination. It is known as the Lake City of Bangladesh as this place is located on the bank of the beautiful Kaptai Lake. It is the administrative headquarter of the Rangamati Hill District, the largest district of Bangladesh and located some 77 kilometres away from Chittagong. For long time Rangamati has been a prime Bangladesh tourist destination for its location, scenic beauty, colourful tribal people, tribal homespun textiles and ivory jewellery.
The rich natural resources, diverse flora and fauna makes Rangamati a Bangladesh Eco-Tourism destination. The road leading to Rangamati circles and winds through hilly terrains covered with lush green forests and creates a memorable experience for years to come. A stay here provides a glimpse into the lifestyle of various tribes living there. The ethnic tribes of Rangamati are the Chakma, Marma, Tonchongya, Tripura, Murong, Bome, Khumi, Kheyang, Chak, Pankhoa, and Lusai. The mix of different races, cultures, religions and customs creates an interesting community at Rangamati. It is said that without visiting Rangamati a tourist will miss a colourful slice of Bangladesh.
Visit Rangamati during October to February as the temperature remains cool and usually there is no rainfall, however, the beauty of Rangamati unleashes during the monsoon as the forest becomes greener, bursts with life and the rivers and waterfalls becomes replenished.
Tourist Spots-Kaptai Lake,Shuvolong Falls,Tribal Museum,Hanging Bridge,Kaptai National Park,Rajban Bihar Pagoda,Peda Ting Ting,Chakma Royal Palace,DC Bungalow Area.
Khagrachari is one of the best tourist spots in Bangladesh. There are some extra-ordinary tourist attractions in this district. Khagrachari is known as hilltop town. Let’s know the names of the tourist attractions of this district.
1. Alutila Hill
2. Richhang Waterfall
3. Dighinala Maniker Dighi
4. Yonged Buddha Bihar
5. Alutila Cave
6. Panichari Buddha Sculpture
7. Dighinala Touduchari Waterfall
8. Sajek and Marissa Valley
9. Nunchari Debota Pond
In Chittagong District there are three hill tracts or hill district in Bangladesh. These are Bandarban, Rangamati and Khagrachori. Bandarban is the perfect place to visit in Bangladesh for the adventurous people who love wild hilly area. Main attraction of Bandarban in Bangladesh is lots of Trees, Hills, Waterfalls, Lakes and River with tribal culture. There are lots of tourist place in Bandarban. Such as Meghla and Nilachal, Upabon Parjatan Spot. Winter season is the best time to visit Bandarban. But in the rainy season the waterfall of Bandarban become robust and traveler will see the most attractive glance of this falls. There are some beautiful waterfalls in Bandarban. Such as Nafakhum, Jadipai Jhorna, Shoilo Propat and Rijuk Jhorna. If you love to climb over-top then Chimbuk hill will be one of the best attraction. You will enjoy the journey to Chimbuk by jig jag hilly way and if you want to visit more top hill then Tajingdong and Keokradong is also there.There are some beautiful natural lakes in Bandarban like Bogalakeand Prantik Lake. Boga Lake is the most beautiful natural lake in Bangladesh. The color of water of Bogalake is blue and very nice. During the winter season there are many tourists visit to Boga Lake every year. On the other hand Prantik Lake is also amazing place to visit. Prantik Lake is surrounded by many kinds of plants and trees. This Lake is an ideal place for travel who likes boating.
Chittagong Division is located at southern part of the country has an area of 33771 sq. km and a population of 23.99. It has 11 districts and 38 municipalities.
Chittagong is the biggest seaport and second largest town in Bangladesh situated near the Bay of Bengal. It is 264 km away east of Dhaka, famous for hill areas, natural beauty and for the seashore. Chittagong is also known of the town of Aulias (Muslim saints).
Major Tourist Spots in Chittagong :
Patenga and Fouzdarhat Sea Beaches,Shrine of Hazrat Bayezead Bostami,War Cemetery,Port Area,Sitakundu,Parki beach.
The Sundarbans (Bengali: সুন্দরবন, Shundorbôn) is a natural region in the Bengal region comprising Eastern India and Bangladesh. It is the largest single block of tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world.The Sundarbans covers approximately 10,000 square kilometres (3,900 sq mi) of which 60 percent is in Bangladesh with the remainder in India. The Sundarbans is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Sundarbans National Park is a National Park, Tiger Reserve, and a Biosphere Reserve located in the Sundarbans delta in the Indian state of West Bengal. Sundarbans South, East and West are three protected forests in Bangladesh. This region is densely covered by mangrove forests, and is the largest reserves for the Bengal tiger.
Dhaka, set beside the Buriganga River, is the capital of Bangladesh. It’s a hub for trade and culture, with a long history as a seat of government. In the 17th century, it was the Mughal capital of Bengal, and many palaces and mosques from that period remain. American architect Louis Kahn’s National Parliament House complex typifies this fast-growing modern metropolis.
Area: 315 mi²
Hotels: 3-star averaging $80, 5-star averaging $300. View hotels
Weather: 81°F (27°C), Wind SE at 0 mph (0 km/h), 74% Humidity
Local time: Friday 11:44 PM
Population: 14.4 million (2013)
Major Tourist Spots in Dhaka :
Dhakeshwari Temple, Lalbag Fort,Khan Mohammad Mridha’s Mosque,Armenian Church,Star Mosque (Tara Masjid),Ahsan Manzil,Sadarghat River Port, Parliament Building,Liberation War Museum,Sukanta’s Dhamrai Metal Crafts,Shahid Minar,Bangladesh National Museum,Ramna Park,National Botanical Garden.
Sonargaon (Bengali: সোনারগাঁও; also transcribed as Sunārgāon, meaning City of Gold) was a historic administrative, commercial and maritime center in Bengal. Situated in the center of the Ganges delta, it was the seat of the medieval Muslim rulers and governors of eastern Bengal. Sonargaon was described by numerous historic travelers, including Ibn Battuta, Ma Huan, Niccolò de’ Conti and Ralph Fitch as a thriving center of trade and commerce. It served as the capital of Sultan Fakhruddin Mubarak Shah, Isa Khan and the Baro-Bhuyan Confederacy.
The area is located near the modern industrial river port of Narayanganj in Bangladesh. Today, the name Sonargaon survives as the Sonargaon Upazila (Sonargaon Subregion) in the region.
Located on the picturesque Surma valley, covered with Scenic Sylhet Tea Gardens, lush green tropical forests and crisscrossed by numerous rivers, Hill destination Sylhet is a special Tourist Destination in Bangladesh. Laid between towering hills, the Khasia and Jainta to the north and the Tripura hills to the south, Sylhet breaks the monotony of the flat Gangetic plains and often termed as the Queen of Hills.While terraced tea gardens, rolling landscapes, exotic flora and fauna sets the breathtaking scenery, thick tropical rain forest adds just the perfect backdrop to the Sylhet landscape. Besides, a large number of rivers, natural lakes and water bodies provide a sanctuary to millions of migratory birds. Visit Sylhet for a trip that will linger in your memories forever.
Sylhet Tourist Attractions:
Jaflong: This natural scenic spot amidst tea gardens and hills is located about 60km from Sylhet city and can easily be reached by local buses and privately hired car. It is a border area between Bangladesh and the Indian state Meghalaya. Height wise it is just below the mountain range. Tourist attractions here includes Collection of Rolling Stones, Colorful tribal (Khasia) Life, Khasia King’s Palace, Mountain Streams, Tea Gardens, Orange Groves, Betel Leaf &, Areca Nut Gardens and the Local Market.
Sripur: A beautiful place for seeing Gushing Sylhet Waterfalls high on the mountains. Besides, the enchanting views of the area, one can also see large stone quarry and have a glimpse of the waterfalls across the border. It is conveniently located only 7-8km from Jaflong on the same road to Sylhet.
Jaintapur: Famous for its megalithic archaeological ruins and only 5 km. from Jaflong. It is a beautiful spot amidst tea gardens. Once this was the capital of Jainta Kingdom at 18th century. The ruined palace of the Kings is adjacent to the local market, however, big number of tourists visit here due to the historical background of Jainta Kingdom.
Lala Khal: This wide canal is a common tourist destination as the water here appears in different colors at different points.
The Museum of Raja: Located at the heart of Sylhet, the museum’s mission is to preserve and share the rich history of the great Mystic poet Dewan Hasan Raja.
Temple of Sri Chaittayana Dev: This 500 year old famous temple is located about 45 km southeast from Sylhet town. Yearly fair is organized on the full moon day of the Bangla month Falgun. Hundreds and thousands of devotees from home and abroad attend this colorful fair.
Tilagarh EcoPark: Located about 6 km from Sylhet city. It is a tropical evergreen and semi-evergreen bio-geographic zone.
Shrine of Hajrat Shah Jalal and Hajrat Shah Poran: Shrine of these two renowned sufis are located close to sylhet town.
Tamabil: A border crossing between India and Bangladesh located 55km north of Sylhet. The border formalities being messy, foreigners rarely cross here. But scenery starting from past the border and up to Shillong in India is spectacular.
Tribal Village: Several aboriginal tribes live high up on the hills and practice age-old rituals, customs and traditions. With prior permissions it is possible to visit them during yearly festival periods. The Manipuri Tribe is famous for dancing, singing and traditional weaving and the Khashia tribe is famous for betel leaf cultivation.
Malinicherra Tea Garden: A very old tea garden established during 1854.
Edited By-Mir Niaz Morshed and Nabila Nusrat Rumki