Bangladesh is a land of unexplored natural beauty combining ancient history with tropical rain forests, lakes, rivers and sea. It has the world’s largest mangrove forest – the Sundarbans and also boasts of the world’s longest natural beach – Cox’s Bazaar. The hills are home to various tribes who bring along their own culture.
Bangladesh is a melting pot of religions and culture and Dhaka – the country’s capital is a glowing symbol of this amalgamation. Located on the bank of river Buriganga, the city has some beautiful mosques as well as Hindu temples. You can visit the Kamalapur Buddhist monastery, Lalgarh fort, Shahid Minar, the National memorial or Sonargaon – an ancient capital of Bengal during your visit to Bangladesh.
The port city of Chittagong located amidst the hills and sea is an ideal place for tourists. You can enjoy a leisurely stroll at either the Patenga Beach (located 14 kilometers south of Chittagong) or the Fouzdarhat Beach (almost 22 kilometers away from Chittagong). You can also visit Foy’s lake, Paterghatta and Sitakunda – a town having both Hindu and Buddhist temples. Situated at 77 kilometers from Chittagong, Rangamati is home to the Chakma tribe. The ancient ruins of Mainamati and 7th century archaeological find – Paharpur, are also worth a watch.
Yet a visit to Bangladesh is not complete without a visit to Cox’s Bazaar – Bangladesh’s district headquarter and a fishing port. Some places of attraction along the Cox’s Bazaar beach are Himchari (situated almost 18 kilometers south of Cox’s Bazar) – an ideal place of film shooting and picnic, Enani Beach (35 kilometers south of Cox’s Bazar) – famous for its clean and shark free water as well as golden sand, and Laboni Beach – the Cox’s Bazaar’s main beach.
If you are looking for wildlife, a visit to the Sundarbans – a world heritage site with its mangrove forests and Royal Bengal Tigers, is a must see.