Are you a pluviophile? Do you find comfort and joy during rainy days? Well, if so then Bangladesh is the just the place for all you nature enthusiasts! Here is our top 10 places to visit in Bangladesh.
It is an interesting fact that the People’s Republic of Bangladesh has 6 seasons through the year namely – grismo (summer), barisha (monsoon), sharat (autumn), hemanto (cool climate), sheet (winter) and bashonto (spring) – and is rightly nicknamed, “the playground of seasons”.
So let us explore some of the major attractions of Bangladesh and check why exactly this country deserves our attention.
1. Sundarbans of Bangladesh
Well-renowned as the home of the Royal Bengal Tiger, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a major tourist attraction of Bangladesh. It is one of the largest mangrove forests in the world located on the coasts of the Bay of Bengal. There are a number of islands in the Bay of Bengal adjacent to the coast, forming an archipelago.
Travelers can reach the Sundarbans from Khulna, by taking a boat to the Kotka National Park. Travelers can engage in fun activities such as night walks through the jungle, hikes, boating trips through the narrow canals and creeks and cruises. The serene atmosphere at the coastal beaches is very relaxing. One may visit other national parks in the vicinity such as the Kochikhali Wildlife Sanctuary.
The Sundarbans exhibit a wide range of wildlife species such as the Chital deer, tigers, crocodile species and snakes. They also have a number of plant species, with the Sundari trees being the most common. It is said that the Sundarbans got its name from the Sundari trees. An alternate belief is that the Sundarbans translates to “Sea Forest”.
The Sundarbans are one of the most enthralling places to visit in Bangladesh.
2. St. Martin’s Island and Cox’s Bazar
The St. Martin’s Island, popularly called as the “Coconut Island” is a beautiful place to visit in Bangladesh. The only coral island of Bangladesh may be easily accessed by the Keari Sindbad cruiser which can be boarded from Teknaf.
The island offers a pleasant and relaxed ambience. The island is filled with coconut trees and you’ll find most locals and tourists lying by the sandy beaches sipping onto refreshing drinks.
It is amusing that there are no motored vehicles on the island. Either you can walk within the island or take one of the many cycle rickshaws commonly seen about.
One of the major Asian destinations is the Sunset Point on the St. Martin’s Island. The island is also famous for its Sea Turtle Conservation Program Site at Cox Bazar. They are known to mainly breed the Green and Olive Ridley species of sea-turtles.
Another major tourist attraction of Bangladesh is the beach in the small fishing town of Cox Bazar, known to be the world’s longest unbroken stretch of sandy beach.
Some of the best beaches are the Inani Beach and the Beach Planet Zoon in Cox Bazar. Some other places to visit in Bangladesh are the temples and caves of Cox Bazar. There is a Buddha statue which is at a 100 feet height. Exploring the Darianagar Caves will be a one of a kind experience despite the trip being tedious.
Some other fun things to do in Bangladesh are to engage in surfing, kite-surfing and many other water sports offered by some of the resorts here.
Also visit the spellbinding waterfalls of Himchori. The view from the top of the hill is simply mesmerizing!
3. Dhaka, the capital city
The capital city has quite many places to go sight-seeing. Tourists may even take walking day tours to explore the city.
The Lalbagh Fort also known as the Fort Aurangabad is a fort complex that was built during the rule of the Mughals. The construction of the fort was however never completed. There are three main monuments within the complex – the tomb of Bibi Pari, the Diwan-i-Aam and a mosque.
Some other places to visit in Bangladesh are the Bangladesh National Museum which holds many ancient artifacts that take the visitors on a journey through the past of Bangladesh, formerly known as East Pakistan, and the Bangladesh National Zoo which displays the variety of flora and fauna in the region.
Dhaka also has a number of impressive parks such as the Shishu Park, Gulshan Lake, Ramna Park and the Bahadur Shah Park.
The parliamentary building of Bangladesh is called the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban, located at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar.
The Ahsan Manzil and the Sonargaon are two other monuments of historic significance which are popular tourist attractions of Bangladesh. Dhaka being the hub that connects with other major attractions in Bangladesh, the capital city is also included in our top 10 places to visit in Bangladesh.
4. Sixty Dome Mosque
The Sixty Dome Mosque of Dhaka which has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the largest mosques in the country, built during the era of the Sultanate. It is a building of architectural brilliance with its low domes and huge towers, built in the Tughlaq style.
The architectural work of both the interior and exterior of the building are exceptional. The building is a part of the 15th century architecture.
Despite the mosque having 77 domes and 60 pillars, it was named as the Sixty Dome mosque.
Tourists are allowed to take guided tours to the mosque.
One of the most popular destinations of Bangladesh tourism is the hill station at Jaflong. The region is hidden within the tropical rainforest and mountain peaks bordering Bangladesh and the Indian state of Meghalaya.
The hill station is inhabited by the people of the Khasi tribe. Their villages and lifestyle is of great interest to tourists.
The locals engage themselves mainly in agriculture and you’ll find that the hill station is filled with many fruit gardens, nut gardens and tea plantations. Orange and jackfruit are the main fruits grown here.
Two rivers flow through the region, namely the River Dauki and the River Piyain.
Some other attractions of Bangladesh are the Aakhta Falls and the rolling stones in the region.
The Dauki Bazaar is one of the busiest markets in the region and it is interesting to see the countless shops with locals selling items of daily use.
6. Lawachara National Park
The Lawachara National Park located in Sreemangal is one of the most significant natural reserves of Bangladesh. The forests here are mainly evergreen; however deciduous trees are common too. The Lawachara National Park is home to a number of endangered wildlife species as well.
There are many villages located near the national park. It is amusing to see that the railways of Bangladesh pass through the Lawachara National Park.
Some other places to visit in Bangladesh are the Madhabpur Lake located near the national park, and the picturesque Ham Ham waterfalls.
Another tourist attraction of Bangladesh located close by is the Baikka Beel Wetland Sanctuary which is visited by so many bird species during the breeding season. The national park and teh surroundings get attention from a large number of tourists and considered one of the best among the nature friendly places to visit in Bangladesh.
7. Somapura Mahavihara
Bangladesh has a number of religious complexes that are devoted to Buddhism. One such site is the Somapura Mahavihara. It is a famous Buddhist monastery, located in the Naogaon district of Bangladesh.
It is an 8th century monastery, built during the reign of the Pala Kingdom.
It is has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ruins of the Somapura Mahavihara are of great archaeological significance.
There are multiple tours arranged for tourists here. Tourists are allowed to wander and explore this ancient site on their own.
The monastery which is geographically located to the south of the Himalayas, paints a calm and serene picture.
8. Tanguar Haor
Known to play the role of “mother fishery” of the country, due to the large scale fish production, Tanguar Haor is an important wetland ecosystem of Bangladesh. Bangladesh being a country of people whose staple diet is fish and rice, the demand for fish production is high
It is interesting that the region includes nearly 46 villages that depend on the wetlands for their source of livelihood.
The Tanguar Haor basin has been declared as a wetland of international importance and an ecologically important area. So many different varieties of fish species can be found here. There are some rare tree species as well.
The basin is visited by thousands of birds during the migrating season and thus it is considered one of the best places to visit in Bangladesh.
9. Buddha Dhatu Jadi
The Buddha Dhatu Jadi, also known as the Bandarban Golden Temple is located in the Bandarban City in Bangladesh. “Dhatu” means the material remains of a holy person and here, it translates to the “holy remains of Lord Buddha”. The temple contains a number of relics that belonged to Buddha.
The Buddha Dhatu Jadi is a significant historic destination that makes among the major places to visit in Bangladesh. The temple, built in Arakanese style of architecture is the largest Theravada Buddhist temple. A “Therevada” is a school of elder monks. It also has the second-largest Buddhist statue in the country, the largest being the 100 feet Buddhist statue in Dhaka
The temple was built recently, in the year 2000 and attracts devotees from all over the world. Jaunt Monkey considers this historic destination as one of the major places to visit in Bangladesh.
10. Keokradong and Bandarban
Another beautiful spot among the interesting places to visit in Bangladesh is the Keokradong peak, located in Bandarban. It is one of the highest mountain peaks found in Bangladesh.
The Keokradong peak is an ideal place for tourists who love to trek. The region is filled with colorful flowers. There is a magnificent lake, the Lake Boga (which means, “Dragon Lake”) situated near the peak. Travellers can also set up camp and stay overnight, under the beautiful starry night.
The 5 hour long trek allows the travellers to enjoy many some beautiful waterfalls as they climb hills of varying sizes.
Some of the spellbinding waterfalls in this region are the Rijuk waterfalls, Jadipai waterfalls and the Baklai waterfalls.
Another popular tourist destination of Bangladesh is the Bandarban Shankha National Park and Resort.
The Meghla Partajan Complex is a place that boosts Bangladesh tourism. It is a popular tourist spot, with its artificial lake, hanging bridge and zoo. Tourists can go on boating trips on the lake, located picturesquely with the hills in the backdrop.
The Nilachal Mountain is another place to visit in Bangladesh. The panoramic view from the mountain top is incredible. Travellers can either trek or hire a private jeep to the top of the mountain.
Bangladesh is simply a beautiful country with majestic waterfalls, lofty mountains that can be scaled, pleasant hill stations, sunny beaches and what not! It is a country that should be on every nature lover’s bucketlist!
Author: E Jey
Just a passionate traveler who loves scribbling his expeditions @ www.jauntmonkey.com, www.outonroads.com, and www.blogthatall.com