What special things are there to see in Bangladesh? The reality is that you cannot afford to be ignorant of some of the highly magnificent places without visiting them, which are the signature sites of Bangladesh. Missing those wonderful places would perhaps be somewhat like visiting Paris without enjoying the grandeur of Eiffel Tower. Here are the top 10 magnificent places to visit in Bangladesh:
1. Cox’s Bazar:
The seaside town Cox’s Bazar is located in Chittagong Division. Also known as Panowa, it has the longest (125 kilometers) natural and sandy sea-beach. ‘Panowa’ literally means ‘yellow flower’. Cox’s Bazar is the district headquarter.
Cox’s Bazar is considered as one of the most widely visited tourist destinations in Bangladesh. The huge Buddhist monastery named Aggmeda Khyang is one of the top tourist attractions here. Ramu is a village where the Buddhist population resides. Cox’s Bazar is well known for its homemade cigars and handicrafts. Also the first safari park of Bangladesh, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Safari Park is about 50 kilometers away from Cox’s Bazar Town.
2. Saint Martin
The only coral island of Bangladesh, Saint Martin’s Island is quite small and it embraces about 8 square kilometers of the land area. Located close to Chhera Island, it was first named as Zajira by some unknown Arabian sailors.
The present name ‘Saint Martin’s Island’ came into existence during the rule of British. Sunrise and sunset, exotic village life, sea turtle hatchery, coral rocks, and plentiful stars at night are some most cherished attractions here. Fishing, oceanic scuba diving, and walk by the sea beach are some fascinating activities here.
Kuakata is located in the southern part of Bangladesh. The panoramic view of the sea beach and the beautiful tourist attractions in and round Kuakata makes it one of the most popular tourist destinations in Bangladesh.
The sunset and sunrise can be seen in their full splendor from the wide sandy beach of Kuakata. Fatrar Chor (part of Sundarban), Gangamati Reserved Forest, Jhau Bon (forest), Keranipara Seema Temple, Misripara Buddhist Temple, and Eco Park are very popular among both domestic and foreign tourists.
Sundarbans, literally meaning ‘beautiful forest’ is known all over the world for the tidal halophytic mangrove forest. Several documentary films have been made on this exotic forest.
Sundarban is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The major part of it is in Bangladesh; some part of it also comes under Indian Territory. Densely covered with forest, it is considered to be one of the largest reserves that protect Royal Bengal Tiger. Captivating flora, and fauna like avifauna, aqua-fauna, predators, and reptiles add beauty to the charm of Sundarban National Park, Sundarbans West Wildlife Sanctuary, Sundarbans South Wildlife Sanctuary, and Sajnakhali Wildlife Sanctuary.
Bandarban, literally meaning ‘dam of monkeys’, is a district of Bangladesh in Chittagong Division and Chittagong Hill Tracts. After the Chittagong Hill Tract Insurgency, it emerged as one of the most fascinating tourist attractions of Bangladesh.
The beautiful mountain ranges escalate the natural beauty of the surroundings. The largest Buddhist temple of Bangladesh known as Buddha Dhatu Jadi is situated in Bandarban. Shoilo Propat waterfall at Milanchari; several Buddhist temples like Ujanipara Vihar and Raj Vihar; Chimbuk Hill and Tribal Villages are worth watching. Also the peaks like Nilgiri and Thanchi captivate the eyes of the tourists immensely.
Known as the ‘Lake City’ of Bangladesh, Rangamati is full of matchless beauty and is one of the most visited tourist destinations of Bangladesh. It is located about 77 kilometers away from Chittagong.
Buses, taxis, and some other private vehicles can be taken from Chittagong to Rangamati. Rangamati Town, Hanging Bridge, Kaptai Lake, and Indigenous Museum are among the notable landmarks and popular tourist destinations of Rangamati. Hotel Sufia International, Hotel Green Castle, Parjaton Motel and Banapura Tourist’s Inn are some favorite hotels for the tourists who visit Rangamati.
Chittagong is quite a big town. The largest international seaport in Bangladesh is situated here. Shah Amanat International Airport connects Chittagong to various hot destinations of the world through airways. It functions as a domestic airport too.
Patenga Beach, Foy’s Lake, Shrine of Baizid Bostami, World War II Cemetery, Ethnological Museum, Chittagong Medical College, Court Building, and Kattali Beach are some of the most famous tourist spots in Chittagong. There are several hotels of different categories in Chittagong that cater to the needs of all types of tourists and visitors.
Located amidst the picturesque landscape of Surma Valley, Sylhet is such a well-visited and popular tourist destination that no tourist desires to miss a visit. Sylhet is the largest city of Sylhet Division of Bangladesh. It embraces the population of more than 500,000 residents.
The scenic beauties of Tamabil-Jaflong, Kalibari Temple near Jaflong, Sri Mahalaxmi Temple near Sylhet city, the largest tea garden named Sree Mangal, and Lawacherra Rain Forest are really eye-catching in and around Sylhet. The tourists can enjoy shopping at the places like Al Hamra, Blue Water, Millennium, Aarong, Monorom, Artisti, Westecs, and Kumarpara etc. There are several hotels like Hotel Supreme, Hotel Palash, Hotel Western, Hotel Golden City, Hotel Hilltown, and Niravana Inn etc. These hotels cater to the holistic needs of the tourists visiting and staying here.
A big district in Chittagong Division along the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway, Comilla is a well-known tourist destination in Bangladesh. There are various places in Comilla that fascinate the tourists with many of the attractions there.
Lalmai Hills, Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development, War Cemetery, Maynamoti Museum, Shah Shuja Masque, and Comilla Zoo etc. brings in thousands of domestic and foreign tourists every year. The hotels like Bangla Restora, Nurjahan Hotel, Jur Kanon Hotel, Dina Hotel, and Moynamoti Hotels etc. are some well known and popular hotels.
Without visiting Dhaka, the visit to Bangladesh is incomplete. Dhaka is the largest and also the capital city of Bangladesh. Dhaka is an economic, academic and cultural hub of Bangladesh. There are more than eighteen million people dwell in Dhaka.
Dhaka is the center of almost everything and every activity in Bangladesh. The National Memorial, Liberation War Museum, National Parliament House, Shahid Minar, Hatir Jheel (Lake), Lalbag Fort, Dharmajika Buddhist Monastery, Pink Palace, Ahsan Manzil, American Church of the Holy Resurrection, Baldha Gardens, Ramna Park, Bangabandhu Memorial Museum, and Maynamati Ruins are some of the hottest tourist spots in Dhaka. Dhaka has so many places to visit that hardly can it be summed up in few words!
Furthermore, being the capital city of Bangladesh, Dhaka has several five, four and three, star hotels along with innumerable small hotels, guest houses, and restaurants.