Best Tourist Attractions to Visit in Bangladesh
Cox’s Bazaar is the biggest tourist attraction in Bangladesh. Cox’s Bazar sea beach is the longest sea beach in the globe. The total length of the beach is 120km. The beach located 150 km south of Chittagong. It is the place of much of golden sands, surfing waves, amazing shells, beautiful pagodas, Buddhist temples and tribal communities, and delicious sea-food. The beach is feasible for bathing, sunbathing, swimming, and surfing. The wonderful beauty of the setting sun is fascinating for the visitors. You can visit to the beautiful places e.g. Himchari, Teknaf, Inani Beach, Buddhist temples at Ramu and islands such as Sonadia, St. Martin and Maheshkhali can make your journey notable.
The Sundarban is the largest Mangrove Forest in the world. It stretches about 80km into the Bangladeshi and Indian mainland from the coast of the Bay of Bengal. The word Sundarbans means a beautiful forest. However, the name derived from the “Sundari” trees which are seen here plentifully. This forest is mainly famous for the Royal Bengal Tiger but you’ll also see here the deer, salt-water crocodiles, and different types of birds. This huge forest provide habitat for 42 species of mammal, 290 species of bird, 120 species of fish, 50 species of reptiles and 8 species of amphibians.
The St. Martin’s Island:
The St. Martin’s Island, is known as Narikel Jinjira (an island of coconut). The St. Martin’s Island also called Daruchinir Deep (an island of cinnamon). The St. Martin’s Island is one of the most visited tourist’s spots in Bangladesh. The only The St. Martin’s Island in Bangladesh is about 8 km in length and more than 1km wide. It is about 10 km tip of the Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf peninsula. The St. Martin’s Island is famous for wonderful landscapes, crystal clear sea-water, coral colony, and the roar of the Bay of Bengal are the key attraction of the visitors.
Kuakata is known as Sagar Kannya or the Daughter of the sea, Kuakata is famous for tourist attraction in Bangladesh. Kuakata is 18 km long and 3 km wide sea beach which is located at Kalapara Police Station of Patuakhali district of Bangladesh. It is near about 320 km distance from Dhaka and 70 km from Patuakhali Sadar Distric. It is an exclusive place from where you can see both sunrise and sunset open. Kuakata beach is a lovely combination of natural beauty, blue sky, sandy beach, vast bay, and evergreen jhaobon. In Kuakata you can see 100 years of old Buddhist temple and two pits of about 200 years of old.
Jaflong is situated at the border between Bangladesh and Indian. Jaflong is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Sylhet Bangladesh. Here you can see subtropical mountains and rain-forests. Jaflong is about 60 km from Sylhet town. This attractive spot is situated on the river Piain. The beauty of Jaflong among gardens and hills charms the tourists
This place is famous for stone collection activities. It is the home of the Khasia tribe. Tourists come in Jaflong mainly in winter to see the stone collecting process but during monsoon, Jaflong shows its dissimilar type of beauty with numerous of water falls. The astonishing beauty of white clouds and gushing waterfalls streaming from the green mountains allure tourists very much.
Sajek Valley is one of the famous tourist destinations in Bangladesh. Sajek Valley is located among the hills of the Kasalong range of Baghaichhari Upazila in the Rangamai District of Bangladesh. Sajek Valley is about 1800 feet above the sea level. Sajek Valley is known as the queen of hills and roof of Rangamati District. Sajek valley is about 80 km away from Khagrachari town and 90 km northwest from Rangamati town. Sajek Valley is only 8 km away from Mizoram, India. It’s scenic beauty of hills, the opportunity of playing with clouds attract the tourists.
The Shat Gambuj Mosque:
The Shat Gambuj Mosque is one of the topmost Tourist Attraction in Bangladesh. It is UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the largest historical mosque of the Sultanate period. This mosque is three miles west of the Bagerhat town. The The Shat Gambuj Mosque is famous for its sheer size and architectural beauty. Beside The Shat Gambuj Mosque, there is an archaeological museum where you will find different archaeological and historical materials of that time-period.
Paharpur Bihar is also called Sompur Bihar is one of the largest well known Buddhist Bihars in the Indian Subcontinent and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Bangladesh. This archaeological site was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. It is located at Paharpur village, Badalgachhi Upazila in Naogaon District of Bangladesh. This Buddhist Bihar is famous for its unparalleled architectural design. The different types of animals are the key attractions to see. The outer walls of the temple are decorated with the lifestyle plaques of ordinary folks of hundreds of years.
National Martyrs Memorial:
Jatiyo Sriti Shoudho or National Martyrs Memorial is the national monument of Bangladesh. The monument established for the memory who laid down their lives in the Liberation war of 1971. This monument is situated at Savar thana, about 35km of Dhaka city. Architect Moinul Hossain designed the monument. The whole monument complex area is of about 84 acres. Some graves and a water pond is located in front of the monument. From the main entrance, visitors get a strong axial view of this monument.
Sonargaon was the old capital of Bengal in the medieval period. It was the important administrative and business center at that time period. During the medieval period, it was the new capital. From the 13th century, Sonargaon was used as the capital city by different rulers of eastern Bengal. In the mid-13th century, Sonargaon was the capital of the Hindu Deva dynasty. But after a short time, Muslim rulers acquired it and made it their capital city.
Ahsan Manzil is once the official residential palace of the Nawabs of Dhaka, now Ahsan Manzil is a museum and one of the most visited places in Dhaka Bangladesh. The 5.5-acre premise of this palace stands the significance as an architectural reminder of the elite life of the Nawabs of Dhaka during the colonial era of 19th and early 20th century. In 1872, Abdul Ghani (1813-1896), constructed the family’s official residence on the bank of the River Buriganga in old Dhaka and named the palace after his son Nawab Khwaja Ahsanullah (1846-1901). Ahsan Manzil mostly European styled building mixed with some decorative Indian motifs.
Many important persons of the Colonial dated either visited or stayed here. In 1906 Muslim leaders from all over India congregated at the Durbar Hall for the 20th Session of the All India Mohammedan Educational Conference in Dhaka.
Lalbag Fort is the most popular and renowned one and bears a great significance of art by the Mughal Empire in Bangladesh. It stands proudly before the Buriganga River in the southwestern part of the old city Dhaka. In 1678 a Mughal prince Muhammad Azam started the fort’s construction work during his viceroyalty. But the construction work incomplete when he was called back by his father Aurangazeb to the capital Delhi. His son Shaista Khan did could not complete the fort though he stayed here up to 1688. In 1684 his daughter Pari Bibi died. After her death, he started thinking the fort ominous and left the structure incomplete. There are several old structures in the Lalbag Fort area.
Dhakeshwari National Temple :
Dhakeshwari Temple is the national Hindu temple in Dhaka. The name Dhakeshwari means “Goddess of Dhaka”. This ‘National Temple’ was built by one Mangat Ray who was also known as Ballalsena, younger brother of Arakanese king Shrisudharma, son of famous Arakanese king Raja Malhana, alias Husen Shah. Though the present edifice is modern in construction, there has been a temple on this same spot for nine centuries. The original statue was 800 years old but it was vandalized by the Pakistani soldiers during the liberation war in 1971. As the temple complex has undergone repairs, renovation and rebuilding several times in its long years of life, its present form does not clearly specify any of its original architectural sign.
National Parliament House of Bangladesh:
National Parliament House designed by famous architect Louis I Kahn. The National Parliament house of Bangladesh is one of the twentieth century’s most significant building in Bangladesh. National Parliament House is Located at Sher-e Bangla Nagar. National Parliament House building is the largest legislative complex in the world. The construction work of Bangladesh National Parliament of Bangladesh commenced in 1964 but halted due to the liberation war and it was finally completed in 1982. The total National Parliament House complex is divided into three parts: The Main Plaza, the South Plaza, and the Presidential Plaza.
The National Parliament House main building is in the middle of the complex. The MP hostel is located at the outer part of the complex. A beautifully designed artificial lake surrounds the National Parliament House building. The North of complex, across the Lake Road, has intricately designed lake called Crescent Lake and there is a monument of late president of Bangladesh Ziaur Rahman. The two complexes together attract the attention of the tourists. The National Parliament House complex is very popular among joggers and skaters.
National Zoo of Bangladesh:
National Zoo Located at Mirpur in Dhaka, Bangladesh. National Zoo is one of the key attractions among the tourists and the local people of Bangladesh. The zoo houses has more than 2,000 animals of 165 species. National Zoo was established in 1974 over 75.53 hectors of land in Mirpur Dhaka. About 10,000 spectators visit The National Zoo of Bangladesh daily and the number increases in the weekends and holidays. Among the animals in the zoo, the key attraction is the Royal Bengal Tiger of Bangladesh. National Zoo has a good collection of birds, animals, and wildlife of both local and foreign origin. National Zoo has different types of animals including Lions, elephants, cheetahs, rhinos, zebras, deer, giraffes, black bear, hippos as well as many species of monkeys, chimpanzees, baboons etc. There are several bird shades in the National Zoo. In the zoo you will find different types of local and foreign birds which attracts the tourist more.
National Botanical Garden:
National Botanical Garden is Situated at Mirpur in Dhaka adjacent the Dhaka National Zoo. The Garden is the largest plant conservation center in Bangladesh. Established in 1961 over an area of about 84 hectors it is a must visiting place for nature lovers and botanists. This is the place of beauty. National Botanical Garden Divided into 57 sections, this garden has a collection of approximately 100 species of local and foreign plants. National Botanical Garden has Hundreds of varieties of roses, multiple types of bamboo, the sandalwood, and old banyan trees are the key attractions of the garden. National Botanical Garden has a cactus house, lily ponds, six lakes, two nurseries, an orchid house, a tissue culture research center, and a lotus pond with extensive visitor facilities the National Botanical Garden.
Star Mosque Located at Armanitola in old Dhaka. Star Mosque decorated with engraved floral and star patterns. Star mosque is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Dhaka Bangladesh. Star Mosque is decorated with motifs of blue stars. Star Mosque was built in the first half of the 19th century by Mirza Golam Pir. Unlike other Mughal architectures.
This mosque was built in 1711. At first, it was a small three domed mosque. In 1926, Ali Jaan Bepari, a wealthy merchant at Armanitola residential area renovate the mosque. He imported china clay tiles from Japan and England and decorated the entire mosque walls and even domes with nice floral and star-shaped patterns of China clay tiles. Still this is the tourist attraction of Bangladesh.
This Temple is a late-medieval Hindu temple at Kantanagar, Dinajpur. This temple is one of the best examples of the 18th century’s stunning religious edifices. Kantaji Temple belongs to Hindu God Krishna and so it’s most popular among the devotees of Krishna in Bengal. Maharaja Pran Nath built this magnificent Kantaji Temple and devoted it to Krishna and his wife Rukmini. The construction work of this beautiful Kantaji Temple started in 1704CE and completed in 1722 CE. Its wall surfaces, both inside and outside are ornamented with figured and floral terracotta art. The stories from Mahabharata and Ramayana, the exploits of Krishna and a series of absolutely fascinating contemporary social scenes are depicted on the wall through the terracotta art. This is one of the best tourist attraction of Bangladesh.
It is the most ancient city of Bangladesh. The word Mahasthan means a place of holiness and Garh means fort. The massive remains of Mahasthangarh represent a majestic past of about two thousand and five hundred years of Pundranagar. The capital of ancient Pundra Vardhan. Mahasthangarh is located 13 km north of Bogra town. This is one of the highest areas of Bangladesh is about 36 meters above sea level of Bangladesh. The Mahasthangarh city is rectangular in plan and it’s 1,525 meters long from north-south and 1,370 meters broad from east-west and 5 meters high from the surroundings. From a script discovered in 1931, Mahasthangarh is known that this city existed during the 3rd century BC. This area was in use until the 18th century AD. This is one of the famous historical tourist place in Bangladesh.
Ratargul Swamp Forest:
Ratargul Swamp Forest Located in Gowan River, Gowainghat, Sylhet. Ratargul Swamp Forest is the only freshwater swamp forest in Bangladesh and one of the few in the world. Ratargul Swamp Forest is called the Amazon of Bangladesh. The beauty of (Ratargul Swamp Forest) this evergreen forest blooms mainly in the rainy season. This forest is flooded by the water coming from the hills of India during monsoon in every year.
In other seasons Ratargul Swamp Forest remains dry. The water of Ratargul Swamp Forest is transparent and you can see the bottom layer of this forest through this water. Ratargul Swamp Forest, the water-level depends on the quantity of rainfall. It could be 15-20 feet if the rainfall is high. The total area of this Ratargul Swamp Forest is 3,325 acres. The main trees of this forest are Koroch and Hizal. Monkeys, snakes, frogs and many types of birds are seen in this Ratargul Swamp Forest. The best time to visit Ratargul is Monsoon. You can hire a local wooden boat and enjoy the stunning beauty of Ratargul Swamp Forest the whole day.
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