Places of Interest and Tourist Attractions in Bangladesh
There are many places of interest and tourist attractions in Bangladesh. I have selected few of them which are famous and I have personally visited those places.
Bangladesh is nestled in the crook of the Bay of Bengal, sharing borders with India and Myanmar, fronting onto the Bay of Bengal. Except for the hilltract regions, the country is largely flat and dominated by the braided strands of the Ganges, Brahmaputra, Jamuna and Karnaphuli rivers.
Roughly two-thirds of Bangladesh is fertile arable land The country is home to the Royal Bengal Tiger, leopards, Asiatic elephants (mostly migratory herds from Bihar), and a few remaining black bears. There are also plenty of monkeys, langurs, gibbons (the only ape on the subcontinent), otters and mongooses. Reptiles include the sea tortoise, mud turtle, river tortoise, pythons, crocodiles and a variety of snakes. There are more than 600 species of birds: the best known is the mynah but the most spectacular are the kingfishers and fishing eagles.
Cox’s Bazar, the world’s longest natural sandy sea beach:
With its incredible 125 km length, it is the most visited tourist destinations in Bangladesh. It is also a modern town; well known fishing port and a district headquarter in Bangladesh.It is a district in the Chittagong Division of Bangladesh near the border of Myanmar.
Near the Cox’s Bazar city there are several places to visit which places are really attractive for the tourists. Himchari, Laboni Beach, Sonadia Island, Maheshkhali, Teknaf, ST Martin Island etc places are really exciting and enjoyable spot for the viewers.
The best remarkable scenery of Cox’s Bazar is the sunrise and sunset scenery. You can enjoy there with water-related activities. A lot of small shopping mall are located here you can get very nice handmade clothes, Barmiz shoes, dress and various types of showpieces.
The Sundarban mangrove:
The Sundarbans are the largest mangrove forest in the world, stretching 80km into the Bangladeshi hinterland from the coast. The Sundarbans cover an area of 38,500 sq. km, of which about one-third is water. It is optimistically estimated that there are around 400 Royal Bengal tigers (of which you'll never see one -- and be grateful for it) and several thousand spotted deer in the area.
Kaptaiis an upazila under Rangamati district. It is famous for hydro-electric project. Karnafuli Hydro Power Station the only hydropower plant in the country is located at kaptai, about 50 km from the port city of chittagong.
A panoramic man-made lake called Kaptai lake (680-sq. km.) in the midst of hills has added to its beauty. A pleasant and picturesque drive of 64 km. from Chittagong brings you to huge expanse of emerald and blue water ringed with tropical forest. Only 3 km. from Kaptai along Chittagong road, lies the ancient Chit Morong Buddhist temple having beautiful Buddhist statues.
Kuakata: A rare scenic beauty spot on the southern most tip of Bangladesh in the district of Patuakhali. The name Kuakata originated from the word 'Kua'-the Bengali word for “Well” which was dug on the sea shore by the early Rakhine settlers in quest of collecting drinking water, who landed on Kuakata coast in the eighteenth century after being expelled from Arakan (Myanmar) by the Mughals. Afterwards, it has become a tradition of digging Well in the neighborhoods of Rakhaine tribes for water.
It has a wide sandy beach from where one can get the unique opportunity of seeing both the sunrise and sunsetting. It is located at a distance of 70 km. from the district headquarters of Patuakhali. Accessible by road, by air to Barisal and then by road, by river vessel.
CHITTAGONG HILL TRACTS
Decidedly untypical of Bangladesh in topography and culture, the Chittagong Hill Tracts have steep jungle hills, Buddhist tribal peoples and is the one place that must be visited. The tracts are about 60km east of Chittagong, that have recently been opened to the public are an idyllic place to visit. The region comprises a mass of hills, ravines and cliffs covered with jungle, bamboo, creepers and shrubs, and has four main valleys formed by the Karnaphuli, Feni, Sangu and Matamuhuri rivers.
Chittagong Hill Tracts is enriched with resources like :
1) bio-diversity, water, forestry etc.
2) Trees of the forests of Chittagong Hill Tracts are Gamari, Shegun, Garjan, Arjun, Chapalish etc.
3) The Chittagong Hill Tracts is the main source of Bamboo for the country.
4) The forests of CHT are habitat for many species of animals, reptiles and amphibians.
5) Fishes of Kaptai Lake are famous for taste. The region is criss-crossed by several rivers such as the the Sangu, Karnafuli, the Feni , the Matamuhuri etc.
To know more about 'Chittagong Hill Tracts'
A lush and verdant rural area belonging to the Chakma tribe, is open to visitors, as is Kaptai Lake. The lake, ringed by thick tropical and semi-evergreen forests, looks like nothing else in Bangladesh. While the lake itself is beautiful, the thatched fishing villages located on the lake shore are what make a visit really special. Boats which visit the villages leave from Rangamati. Bring your swimming gear because you can take a plunge anywhere. The town itself is crowded with baby taxis and becoming increasingly polluted. Avoid holidays and Fridays when hundreds of Bengali 'picnickers' converge in crowded buses, each competing with the loudest cinema music screaming tape systems mounted on the roofs.
The rather crowded capital city of Bangladesh sits on the bustling north bank of the Buriganga River, roughly in the center of the country.
Dhaka's premier attraction is Lalbagh Fort, an unfinished fort dating from 1678 located in the Old City. The area also contains a couple of attractive mosques, including Hussain Dalan. The National Museum is north of the Old City in the old European zone known as Modern City. It has fascinating displays of Bangladesh's Hindu, Buddhist and Moghul past and an extensive collection of fine folk art and handicrafts.
Dhaka is the rickshaw capital of the world, with over 300,000 colorful painted rickshaws in operations. Taking a ride in one is as essential as catching a red double-decker bus in London.
Souce: Bangladesh Ecotours