Tourist places in Bangladesh: Do you want to travel to Bangladesh? On Bangladesh’s tourism logo, a concise slogan exists, and the logo (slogan) represents ‘Beautiful Bangladesh’. Is it so? Is Bangladesh worthy enough of possessing the attribute ‘Beautiful’?
Do you want to have at least a glimpse upon every place of interest in Bangladesh? Why should you invest your time and money to enjoy the ‘Beautiful Bangladesh’?
Let’s find the answer out. What’s restraining you from having a glimpse upon all the tourist places in Bangladesh? Sit vis-a-vis then with all the top enjoyable places to visit in Bangladesh that in any way might trigger the core sense of life in you or spearhead the learning of the history of a thousand years of the concerned locality and the way the people of this locality leads their life.
All those incredible places are presented below: [(Division Wise)- Notably, there are eight divisions in Bangladesh]
Chittagong division covers the southeastern part of Bangladesh. Chittagong division, which is the economic capital and the largest business hub of the country possesses the largest seaport of the country and especially the longest sea beach in the world.
Nature embellishes this division with a little inclination. Every time you tend to visit the division, you will be witnessing the sign of harmony and excellence everywhere what will make you coerced to think that the real beauty lies in one’s within.
Prominent tourist places incorporate Bandarban’s flawless elegance, the extraordinary charm of Rangamati, Foye’s lake, Patenga beach, the rich flora and fauna of Chittagong that promotes diversity, Shrine of Bayzid Bostami, Baitul Fatah, and Chandapura mosque.
Chittagong division possesses a tribal cultural museum in the hill tracts of Chittagong that provides a vivid insight of the indigenous tribal people representing different ethnicities living happily and adoring the diversified culture.
Let’s have a glimpse on how all the adorable places of Chittagong look like.
Saint Martin island: The only coral island of Bangladesh, Saint Martin Island possess another local attribute “Narikel Jinjira” what might otherwise also be interpreted as “The coconut island”. The first settlement started in the island at least 250 years ago. Adjacent to saint martin, there is another adjoining island named ‘Chera island’. One might find thousands of migratory birds flying with while leaving for the island.
Rangamati: Rangamati, the lake city of Bangladesh, hedged by small tributaries, hills and lakes, occupied top destinations like the Parjatan hanging bridge, Shuvolong waterfall, Polwel park, Indigenous museum, Kaptai lake, Rangamati town etc. and recognised as one of the hilly magnificence of Chittagong and top representatives of different indigenous ethnicities. The inexpensive honeymoon spot presents the fragrance of nature, the fragrance of hilly locals, the fragrance of you. Never think twice to give the destination a try.
Sajek Valley, a dream destination of aesthetes, is in the Sajek Union of Baghaichari subdistrict of the Rangmati district near the Bangladesh-Mizoram (India) border possesses popular attributes like ‘The queen of the hills’ and ‘the roof of Rangamati.’ If one nourishes a desire to live on clouds, Sajek might be the best alternative where cloud floats all-around at large.
Surrounded by hills, a valley above more than 2000 feet of sea level with the world’s most tranquility and full of the serenity an entity can possess (relative considering personal perception). If you want to fathom the infinite excellence of nature, feel the cheery hills full of the soothing, gentle breeze that regularly whispers in the ears of the clouds of the endless sky, Sajek is one of the perfect destinations you are supposed to have on your list.
Sajek attracts everyone and is open to all but undoubtedly unearths its beauty to only the worshippers of enchanting magnificence. Couple cottages existing in Sajek are way too popular, and honeymooners added more significance to the cottages. The people living in the Valley represent ethnicities and cultures of tribal communities. Women are claimed to be more dominant in the region. And Young adults living in the valley might not be fluent in Bengali, but they possess an excellent command of the English language.
Khoiyachora Waterfall of Mirsarai, Chittagong, one of the wonderful creations of nature, the waterfall of adventure, life, and nature, is waiting for you and your group of friends to arrive and enjoy the beauty of human life. Unlike other waterfalls of the sub-district like komoldoho waterfall, Jharjhari Waterfall, etc. Khoiyachora possesses high peaks to trek to reach the waterfalls. One is supposed to cross eight hilly trails to enjoy the beauty of eight different waterfalls. But remember, in every step while trekking, you must be careful as a single slip can make you reach the valley of death, albeit it’s applicable for every adventurous trip.
The rushing streams come down the trails with soothing murmur sounds. Little known herbs, shrubs, bamboo forests, wildflowers, and fruit trees hedge this wonderous fountain full of excellence of creation in absolute clemency.
It is a tall order to take one’s eyes off the unique beauty of that wild fountain.
The country’s largest fountain in terms of length and breadth of water surface, the waterfall full of diversity, is well known because of its green sanctuary and the wildness in nature.
Mango, coconut, and papaya orchards spring up near the locals’ houses and farms, including tribes. Let’s proceed along Jhiripath. You will soon discover a procession of red and blue grasshoppers! As far as Jhiripath stays with you, as long as the journey remains in Jhiripath, you will keep listening to their hummings till the end of the way. The sound of plunging water can be fathomed while walking. The grasshopper’s wings eat there with the green sway that makes the mind feel solid all around.
Along the way, you will be introduced to wild orchids, almost invisible green algae perched on the rocks, the call of unknown birds, the valley covered with grass carpets. Khoyachara spring will appear before your eyes with its enormity as soon as you turn a corner after walking some distance.
You might manage to witness Monkeys and deers even if you are experienced. In this gorgeous green waterfall, one can talk all the time, listen to the flowing water’s murmur, and fall asleep with the sweet fragrance of wildflowers. If you get thirsty, you can drink fresh water from the wild spring.
Witnessing these scenes, you will feel like you are in dreamland; you will forget the bustle of the city for a moment. The brewing air will whistle in your ears and take away the fatigue of your life. Surprisingly, this masterpiece of nature was unknown to many for a long time except those living there.
Himchari Waterfall is the waterfall 5 km away from the Coxs Bazar, where the torrid stream flows. Himchari waterfall is called the cascade of warm springs. In a broader perspective, the mountain view of the big blue ocean from Himchari National park… can’t be described in words.
Bandarban: Bandarban, a portion of both Chittagong division and Chittagong hill tracts is renowned to many tourists as one of the most desired destinations to travel. Bandarban (the Bengali alternative, “the dam of the monkeys), which spreads elegance, euphemism, aestheticism to its visitors is the home to the Bhomong circle chief (one of three heads of three different circles consisting Chittagong hill tracts) who is also the chief of the Marma community. Nilgiri of Bandarban is a dream place for tourists around the world for its serenity and supersonic eagles view, the view which helps one find the true meaning of life, the real sense of Beauty.
Nafa khum is one of the waterfalls in Thanchi, Bandarban, with a high rate of downpouring. It is claimed to be on Remaikree river, a tributary of Sangu. The Nominal noun “Nafakhum” possesses a Marma origin, which refers to a distinctive variety of flying fish, whose local name sounds as nating, is ascertained at the dead color in a small cave as they swim against the tide but stir and struggle to jump over the top of the fall. Nafa Khum is lovely and quite popular among tourists. And a lot of tourists visit the cascade every day, which is one reason the waterfall is losing its appeal, and the local ecology has been getting diminished.
Tajingdong (also known as Vijay) is officially the highest mountain peak of Bangladesh, geographically positioned at the Saichal Range in Ruma Upazila, Bandarban District, southeastern Bangladesh. Officially, the claimed height of Mount Tajingdong is 1,260 meters (4196.4 feet), but its actual size is 690 meters. Keokradong was previously considered the country’s highest mountain, but modern research has disproved this information. A private study claims that Saka Huffong is the highest mountain in Bangladesh, but it is not yet officially recognized.
Jadipai Waterfall, the widest waterfall in the country, is in the Ruma sub-district of the Bandarban district. It is one of the most alluring tourist destinations in the country. The current of Jadipai fall becomes ruthless during the rainy season. However, indeed, the way to reach the waterfall to taste the sweetness is quite perilous. And those who manage to reach Jadipai Falls will disregard all the anguish and get indulged in the waterfall’s stunning magnificence.
Sitakunda Ecopark has been introduced in a relatively evergreen woodland, into a little deep of Chandranath Reserve Forest in Sitakunda Sub-district of Chittagong Hill Tracts. Sohosrodhara Waterfall is one of the unique natural hallmarks of Sitakunda Ecopark. Albeit water ceases to exist all the year-round, during the monsoon season, the full form of Sahasradhara Waterfall appears. There is another waterfall called Suptadhara Waterfall nearby Sahasradhara Waterfall. So in the rainy season, hundreds of visitors from different parts of the country flock to Sitakunda Ecopark every day to enjoy this waterfall’s excellence.
Chengmi: Nothing to be surprised with this word for the countrymen. (Many nationals may struggle to fathom corresponding to this word intensely and genuinely). So, yes, ‘Chengmei’ is one of the local names of the territory under administrative “Khagrachari district” of Chittagong hill tracts, broadly, Chittagong division. Khagrachari is attributed and distinguished as “Phalang Htaung” (a word from the language practised by the Mong tribes) as well. Chengmi is the heaven garden for the people of the Mong community. Remarkable tourist attractions of Khagrachari incorporate Haja chora waterfall, Richang waterfall, Alutila cave, young Buddist monastery, Dighinala waterfall, Alutila cave, Horticulture heritage park and many more.
Foy’s Lake: Foy’s Lake, an artificial lake, dug in 1924 in Chittagong, was named after an English Engineer Mr Foy. The Lake is adjacent to the Batali hill (One of the highest peaks in Bangladesh). Interestingly, there is a recreation park there contrived and run by the conglomerate concord group.
War cemetery of World war 2:
Second World War knight’s necropoleis include graves of world war martyrs who died in the war. The sacrificing martyrs are sleeping in tranquility in this graveyard. Eternal peace of over 700 soldiers from England, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, India, Myanmar, East, West Africa, The Netherlands, and Japan who laid down their lives on the Myanmar front during World War II occupies the region entirely. Every year several tourists pay a visit to this Cemetery.
The cemetery is occupied by varieties of trees, including wilderness, flowering, fruit trees, and indeed, a guest house with a pleasant appearance and cozy convivial courtesy to relax.
Court building Museum:
The museum is situated exactly in the chattogram court building road and according to popular opinion on the Fairy Hill. The building was the sole witnesser of the torture and all the activities of both pakistani military and the fighters of liberation war of 1971. After the independence, a museum was established here on the fairy hill in the court building.
The construction of the building began in 1892 and with the touch of flawless craftsmanship ended in 1898 on the place known as “Parir Pahar” (English alternative- The hill of fairy).
Patenga Beach: Patenga sea beach, a familiar tourist destination, near the Bangladesh Naval Academy, geographically is positioned at the 14.7 kilometres south of the economic capital of Bangladesh. The prejudiced tapering width of the beach allows no one to swim. A barrage exists there with large blocks of stones and concrete as a preventive measure to prevent corrosion. During the nineties, a host of restaurants and kiosks spearheaded all around the beach area, and it is safer now than ever before.
Additionally, Butterfly park is quite a famous park there close to Patenga Beach.
Ethnological Museum- Bangladesh: The only ethnological museum of the country representing diversity, harmony, and progress is positioned at the Agrabad of Chittagong. Rare components used by people of ethnic communities, mostly extinct elements or entities on the verge of extinction of the ethnic people of Bangladesh exist in the museum. The treasure trove of heritage and culture of ethnic people features the history of Bangladeshi tribal people. And sadly, the sole museum representing ethnicity is in neglect now.
Cox’s Bazar: Ah! Cox’s Bazar. Is it a city? Indeed but more than a city! Cox’s Bazar possesses the longest sea beach in the whole world. Cox’s Bazar was named after the British East India company captain Hiram Cox. Thousands of tourists gather there in cox’s Bazar every year for enlightenment. The ‘Panowa’ – (Bengali alternative- yellow flower) is another attribute of cox’s Bazar. Formerly known as Palongkee, the present cox’s Bazar will make you surprised with baffling gargantuan waves, architectural beauties of ancient Buddhist monasteries and delicious seafood. Who knows, under the beach umbrella, you won’t be thinking about any worldly stuff and remain indulged into something more profound than life. The beach allows everyone to have a deep dive into our crafted labyrinth of life.
Swandip is an island considering its feature. In fact, it is an estuary of Meghna and segregated from Chittagong through swandip channel and owns lots of etymological history. Three thousand years old swandip is arable and a part of Ganges delta as well according to some experts. If you desire to be the closest one to nature, then don’t miss out Swandip.
Shalban Bihar, a Bihar with 115 rooms for Buddist monks that existed in the early seventh century in present Moinamoti, Comilla, possesses significant historical inscriptions like Seven copper plate inscriptions, shreds of evidence like more than 400 gold plates with embedded history, and uncountable terracotta plaques.
The so-called monastery served the purpose of education for thousands of students of particularly the present subcontinental territory was constructed by a king of the Dev Dynasty at least a thousand years ago. Learners craving for knowledge and wisdom used to create a serried crowd here from around the world. Sculptural examples of stone, bronze, and terracotta of Sompur Mahavihar still mesmerizes people with its absolute splendid architectural beauty. But the monastery never deviated even for a single moment from preaching.
Remarkably, recently a well was found after an excavation program.
Mainamati provided archetypes of cruciform shrines for Paharpur and Vikramashila in eastern India and Buddhist architectural development in Burma, Indonesia, and Indochina. The construction is in a little deep remote area as it was back then, deep in the jungle where only peace surrounds entities. Mainamati is a historical place located in Comilla, Bangladesh. Mainamati,which was formerly known as Rohitgiri, is one of the oldest civilizations in the Lalmai region. The ruins that are now seen in the Mainamati region are actually the remnants of a Buddhist monastery and in a broader sense, of an ancient city and According to archaeologists, it is the ruins of the city called Jayakarmantabasak.
Kuakata & Sher- e- Bangla Museum: Two major entities from Barisal division that possess prestige in the international phenomena are Kuakata sea beach which is the second-largest sea beach of the country and from where sunrise, Sunset and heavenly twilight appears to persuade your soul and Sher- e- Bangla museum where all the elements used by Sher-e-Bangla (the prompter of the two-nation theory) and relics will be found there in the museum. So, nothing should restrain you from paying a visit to these two places.
Floating Guava Market: The largest and the only floating guava market in the world is situated in nowhere but in between the Atghar-Nabagram road of Bhimruli village which is a part of Swarupkathi sub-district of Pirojpur district. No matter how much chaos you try to create, the serenity this floating guava market possesses is never going to allow the surroundings to be chaotic. The market gets life in the very first week of July every year, and all the initial activities happen in between early morning and noon, and it’s effortless to be there from the main city of Barisal by road. You might miss the hues of serenity and the aesthetic village landscapes around the floating market. So, please, don’t have yourself occupied!
Monpura island is one of preeminent islands facing erosion of Bangladesh. The densely populated island is a part of Bhola district and at the edge of the Meghna River Deltaic basin and touches the Bay of Bengal’s northern area. The birds chirping is what adds elegance to this island, especially when winter arrives,thousands of migratory birds returns to their ephemeral home,Monpura,Bhola of Barisal. Both sunset and sunrise happens in the island and you can enjoy too being in the same place you desire. Love nature? Be there!
Someone named Ramjibon Sen founded the region where the palace belongs (Jhalokathi) and he named the palace after King Kirty Narayana. Even the village also received it’s attribute relying on the king.
Horinghata is the name of a place and the name tells it all. Horin is the Bengali noun of ‘Deer’. When you will be there to explore, You will find friendly deer approaching towards you,with you to roam around.The international airport of Barisal made it easy for the international travelers to visit such places like Horinghata.
Laldiar Bon is in the southern part of Barguna.The spot is alongside Haringhata, so it’s a must visit when a traveler pays a visit to Haringhata. If one can move to Haringhata, then why to miss here? The beach and the forest does not occupy a large territory but yet it l never cease to amaze with it’s absolutely astonishing natural beauty.
The tranquil sea breeze and flowing fresh air on the beach creates a harmony what you are not supposed to miss at least.
In the dreamy world of joy,compassion, love and beauty, the mind rushes to get lost for a moment in the mountains, rivers, seas and forests of delightfully deceiving beauty. Sometimes all the bustles captivates us in monotony, and that is when mind demands to witness some artwork of the creator.
However,want to run from your jeoparadize? Be at the largest mosque of the country, the Baitul Aman Jame Mosque and the Eidgah Complex, known to the locals as the Guthia Mosque, have been built with the touch of art and Suavenes. S. Sarfuddin Ahmed Santu is the founder of the mosque.
The enormous mosque is ornamented with mind boggling flowers and alluring fruit trees, which might bewitch you with all it’s charms. The interior is more beautiful. Exquisite craftsmanship, the flashing of chandeliers surely will move you. You might lose yourself being indulged in the realm of imagination while watching the colorful fish playing in the glittering vivid waters in front of the terrace.
Durga Sagar is the largest lake in the southern part of Bangladesh, with 2500 hectares. It is located at Madhabpasha village in Babuganj Upazila, 11 km far from Barisal city. Rani Durgavati, the mother of Raja Joy Narayan, dug this lake in 180. In the middle of the lake is a forested mound, looks like a small island. Albeit people are allowed to walk on the lake’s shores, but nobody can enter the artificial island. There are many opinions regarding its etymology, and remarkably, People of different religions maintain corresponding religious rituals being on the shore of the lake.
Bichanakandi: Bichana and Kandi are two different Bengali words, and the English alternatives of these two words are bed and cluster. Bichanakandi geographically is positioned at Gowainghat sub-district of Sylhet district near India-Bangladesh border.
In contemporary times there has been an inrush of tourists to its river, the bottom of which is full of stones. Remarkably, these stones are plebeian, tangible, natural and innate and travel downwards from the mountain using the water flow of the mountain stream. Specialists confirmed that Bichanakandi is nothing but the consequence of the collision of two tectonic plates. And such types of places/space only appears in regions with a high-frequency rate of earthquakes/ where frequent earthquakes occur.
Jaflong: Imagine a place surrounded by hills and numerous tea gardens in different tiers of fertile land where beauty smiles, stunning nature dances, magically harmonised diversity eavesdrops…. Do you need a more beautiful place to spend your time? Yes, this is Jaflong for you! Jaflong is geographically positioned just at the border of Bangladesh and the provincial state Meghalaya of India cloaked by subtropical mountains and rainforests. Jaflong is home to Khasia, a prominent tribal community proudly representing ethnicities in Bangladesh and contributing to diversify and create harmony in the country.
Sreemangal: Sreemangal is the tea capital where thousands of tea workers work relentlessly. The nature and wildlife of sreemangal might amaze you in a way you will feel baffled. You can have tours like private sightseeing tours, Historical tours, multi-day rail tours, walking and biking tours, Air, helicopter and balloon tours etc. A simple recommendation for all of you Never misses exploring food, wine and nightlife of sreemangal.
Madhabkunda waterfall is one of the majestic waterfalls in the Barlekha sub-district of the Moulvibazar district of the Sylhet division. The gigantic stones, girdling forest, and abutting streams of Madhabkunda Waterfall entice many. The campaign to Madhabkunda itself is fascinating. On the way, visitors and companies can see the greenish beauty of the tea garden, the hills, and the meandering road through the mountains; rubber and citron ranches form an enchanting landscape. Some people claim it a piece of paradise.
An appealing trait of the Sylhet region is the indigenous tribes such as the Tipperas, the Monipuris, Khasias, and Garos. They still live in their wild green rough ways in the hills, practicing their age-old rituals, customs, and traditions. During festivals such as Rash Leela (Full-moon night in February) and Doljatra, the attractive young girls attired and costumed in colorful robes dance with the male members of their preference & passion and make love.
More places to visit in Sylhet are as follows: Shrine of Sri Chaitanya Dev, Gour Gobinda Fort, Shahi Eidgah, and many more.
Baikka beel wetland sanctuary of sreemangal offers a wide variety of birds, you might ever witness some rare birds there, but there is still a muddy road to follow. So a caution for all, if you don’t like adventure and are not a bird watcher, then Baikka beel wetland sanctuary is not for you. And yes, you will get a setting sun there.
Sreemangal possesses another beautiful lake named Madhabpur lake.
Madhabpur Lake: Madhabpur lake, a blessing in disguise, the lake of blue lotus and water lily, in Madhabpur tea estate has been attracting tourists since the independence, and for its imperial heron, Madhabpur Lake has been attracting in many unique ways. And it’s a charming little lake about forty minutes outside of the town. You might not want to miss to climb hills around this beautiful lake to have a glimpse upon the stunning views of tea plantations, the lilies on the lake and the Indian border in the far distance. Don’t forget to go to the small cafe in the car park to get a cup of tea or buy local varieties of teas while gazing the spell bounding scenarios of the lake surrounded by hills and tea plants and witnessing the lilies on the lake.
Lawachara national park is a magical tropical forest of Bangladesh where nature, tribal communities and wild animals together project a rare harmonised surroundings.
Do You love adventure? Risks? Small treks? Yes, Ham-Ham waterfall is waiting for your arrival.
Hum Hum Waterfall, possessing a dynamic attribute ‘Cheetah Waterfall’, is a natural cataract chute placed in the profound Kurma forest, a little deep of Rajkandi Reserve Forest territory of Kamalganj Subdistrict of Moulvibazar district in Bangladesh. A leading tourist guide named Shyamal Devvarma with his group of travelers discovered the Hum Hum waterfall while wandering in the secluded forest area which is 135 feet, 148 or 160 feet high, while the height of Madhabkunda Falls, officially recognized as the highest waterfall in Bangladesh, is 182 feet [as of 12 October 1999]. However, there can never be an established or completely falsified opinion concerning the height of any waterfall. However, researchers believe that its range is about three times that of Madhabkund.
On the way, you may have to cross a perpendicular steep hill and walk along several slippy muddy roads and ridges. Jhiripath rarely produces quagmire, but there are no certain guidelines for tourists to travel to such remote destinations. When you will be In the dense forest, you might find yourself experiencing the torment of monkeys, tyranny of snakes, mosquitoes, and especially torture of leeches. Another muffled low-lying waterfall might appear on the way to Hum Hum in the rainy season. Hum hum possesses two tiers, water flows downwards from the highest peak to the middle steam first, and then, from there it falls into the shallow ditch-trench below. Importantly inhabitants living near the waterfall belongs to an indigenous tribe group “Tripura”.
Do you know about Ali Amjad’s clock? It is the oldest clock tower in the country on the bank of Surma river and near the prestigious Keane bridge.
Hazrat Shah Jalal Mazar Sharif, a holy place for pious people, is one of the significant entities for which Sylhet received the grand attribute of “the city of 360 Aulia”. Thousands of devotees visit his grave shrine every day. The uniqueness of this particular Mazar is that this Mazar possesses Jalali pigeons which can be rarely found in other places of the country, let alone the world. Thousands of People jolt here every single day for salvation. Hail the holy tomb of Shah Jalal! Notably, Shah Jalal was one of the significant preachers of Islam in the region in the very early period.
MAG Osmani Museum, in fact, is the home of the predecessor of the commander in chief of Bangladesh liberation war MAG Ataul Goni Osmani. The whole home compound was turned into a Museum to pay eulogy to the contribution of the Commander in chief of our liberation war. The museum is adjacent to the Dhopa Dighir par of Sylhet city corporation and was inaugurated by the erstwhile president of the country Hussein Mohammad Ershad.
And this museum is still controlled by the Bangladesh National Museum authority.
A befitting sitting place is also available in the lobby. This memorable museum incorporates three galleries, where personal belongings of General Osmani and a remarkable number of historical photographs are stored in a flawless manner. On both the western and the eastern side of the building, there exist two small rooms known as the keeper’s office.
Ratargul Swamp forest:
Ratargul Swamp Forest is a woodland with vivid water in the remote area of Gowainghat. Why it is that much special? Yes! It is the only swamp forest of Bangladesh and one of those rare freshwater swamp forest in the world. Koroch tree is the preponderantly growing tree of this evergreen forest. The forest remains swamped under 30 feet water, particularly in the rainy season. For the rest of the year, the water level fluctuates between 10 to 20 feet depth.
Puthia temple complex: The most cherished tourist attraction of Rajshahi is Puthia temple complex. Specialists claimed that the very artistic and soulful paintings made in the temple wall tell nothing but about thousands of years of Hindu myths. They also claimed that these Terracotta paintings are the ancient original symbols of Hindutva and Hinduism.
Varendra Museum of Rajshahi possesses different attributes to different people. To researchers, Varendra Museum is nothing but a research centre where lots of historical entities like inscriptions, manuscripts, symbols, terracotta designs, personal belongings of erstwhile kings, strategies of war and a thousand types of historical shreds of evidence become the component of research available to research upon.
To local visitors, Varendra Museum is the oldest Museum of East Bengal as well as of Present Bangladesh. This Museum got established in 1910 just before the reconstruction of segregated Bengal of greater India. Reportedly, the Varendra Museum found its name after the locality lived in Varendra Territory, the present modern northern Bangladesh.
Many travellers claimed this museum to be the most resourceful museum of the country possessing an incredible collection of the history of different ages.
Sompur Mahavihar, an ancient Buddha Bihar in Badalgachi sub-district of Nagaon district of Rajshahi division, one of the three Unesco world heritages of the country, is a stupendous and miraculous creation existing in Bangladesh. Sompur Mahavihar is well renowned for its contribution to the educational and cultural development of ancient Bengal. Experts claimed that people from around the world used to come to the sompur Vihar for their education and enlightenment.
The shovelling at Paharpur, and the findings of seals exhibiting the inscription Shri-Somapure- v Shri-Dharmapaladeva-Mahavihariyarya-bhiksu-sangghasya, has confirmed the Somapura Mahavihara as built by the second Pala king Dharmapala.
The intention of the interior (central infrastructure) structure at the midpoint of the court lawn still is an unresolved mystery since its revelation. Consequently, approximately all the debates originated on the architectural beauty of Sompur Mahavihara are trotted on the classification of its missing superstructure. The reason may be diverse, but the most relevant one is the scarcity of a substantial amount of the raw resource incorporating comprehensive architectural documentation at the disposal of the researchers. There are different opinions, contention and proofs corresponding to the top of the central structure of Sompur Mahavihar.
Dutch traders were the perpetrators beneath the surface in building Boro Kuthi (Dutch business outpost). This building, on the bank of Padma, is one of the witnesses of the struggles of the Bengal people in the eighteenth century. This building is one of the relics of the imperial times, one of the symbols of all the hard times of general mass and all the consequences of indigo business. Dutch corresponding to Indigo business used to use the building for business. When the Dutch left, the building was used by the government for different national purposes and then by Rajshahi University authority as their first administrative outpost. At present, the concerned building is recognised as one of the cultural heritage of Bangladesh and under the Ministry of cultural affairs.
It has rare to offer if one is neither someone specifically interested in the building nor a researcher or a student of history.
Mahasthangarh is one of the ancient urban archaeological sites found in Bangladesh. The village Mahasthan in Shibgonj sub-district of Bogra District of Rajshahi division comprises the relics and remnants of a primordial city once used to be called Pundranagara or Paundravardhanapura in the territory renowned as Pundrabardhan, a historically rich entity. Until the eighteenth century, most of the part of the site was in regular use.
Behula Lakhindar Basor Ghor
Behula is the mainstay of the famous Bengali medieval epic ‘Manasamongol’. Several parts of this medieval epic were written conceptually in between the thirteenth and eighteenth centuries. Though the religious goal of these fictional works is to applaud the Hindu goddess Manasa, these works received more prestige, appreciation and recognition for portraying the romanticism of Behula and her husband, Lakhindar. Kana Hari Datta is known as the first writer of the epic who started writing it.
However, the Concerned Basor Ghor(the room where a bride-groom enjoys their first night after marriage) is way more significant than other parts or consequences because Just after the first night of Behula’s wedding, her husband got killed by the goddess Manasa in the specially designed Basor Ghor where an ant would have had to struggle to intervene. To know more, click the link. The Symbolic Bashor Ghor exists in Bogra of Rajshahi Division but who knows if all the mythical or fictional characters lived truly earlier.
Bagha Mosque, a mosque situated about 40 kilometres south and not very far from the Rajshahi city, reportedly was established by Sultan Nusrat Shah in 1523 and possessed ten domes on the roof and all the domes collapsed long ago. When the authority fathomed the historical importance of this stupendous monument, the authority rebuilt the mosque again to bring it in the original shape. And it is still considered as one of the most significant monuments built with care and magical architectural beauty and according to an inscription found in the central gate of the mosque which now is preserved in Karachi, Pakistan, confirmation of the actual builder of the mosque can be found.
Choto Sona Masjid (little golden mosque), a medieval fifty domed mosque of Bengal, situated in Chapai Nawabganj, Rajshahi, was built by the erstwhile sultan of Bengal, Sultan Alauddin Hussein Shah. All the surrounding external four walls built with lai bricks and stones are covered and, to some extent, privately with granite stone blocks in the internal parts. The mosque’s most eye-soothing ornamentation can be witnessed on the mosque’s frontal courtyard, discovered very recently. The adornment consists of pastiche of mosaic roundels of blue and white colors of the varicolored design. Stone carving, brick-setting, terracotta, gilding, and vitreous tiles adorned the masjid building.
Birisiri is a wonderland existing in the Netrokona district of Mymensingh division, where soil with more than ten different colors remains ready to welcome its visitors. You might witness and enjoy the lifestyle of the people living in the countryside of Bangladesh while visiting there. A river with blue and a little greenish water as vivid as crystals flows by Birisiri, Durgapur and the reason beneath the surface is the presence of stones and silica. Do you need anything more to get mesmerized?
You might have to cross several rivers to enter into the realms of pure wilderness representing beauty and encounter the excellence and elegance of ceramic hills and mesmerizing lakes.
Sadly, the road condition is not well off. No issues. Love aestheticism? Be there! Yes, you are not supposed to miss something precious before you die. Emerald blue-greenish watery lake, hills of china clay, Ranikhong mission, and Bijoypur army camp, all of these places are waiting for your arrival.
The English alternative of Muktagachar Rajbari is the King’s home in Muktagacha. This Rajbari is a palace where the king of Muktagacha lived earlier. It is a historic ancient building and possesses a lot to offer. So, Don’t be in your cocoon. Get up and be there.
Shoshi lodge offers a comforting and mesmerizing Riverview of the Brahmaputra with its ancient spirit, valor, vibes, and delicate old architectural innovation designs. Essentially, Shoshi Lodge is in a residential area, and, as a consequence, it is gentle and kind, and loving.
Garo Hill is hedged in south by Mymensingh district and partly belongs to Rangpur of Bangladesh and Assam and Meghalaya of India. The weather, calm and quite environment and panoramic beauty of the countryside with hill and river is really charming.
Garo Hills in Meghalaya is perhaps world’s most preserved biodiversity region.Garo people are the dominant tribe living in the garo hill. Their coexistence with nature is evident from the folk songs and dances of the region.
If you are to explore various agricultural ventures, Moyna island is the best place to be. The island was named after a protester against the British tyranny Moyna Mia.
Alexandar Castle/ Castle of Alexandar.
There have been numerous historical events and wars in our country before no one knows about. Alexandar castle was built in the year 1879 by Suryakanta Acharya Chowdhury, attributing all the gratefulness to Alexander the great of Greece. The luxurious castle was constructed spending forty-five thousand Bangladeshi Taka which was a huge deal in the eighteenth century.
Bangladesh Agricultural university Botanical garden:
By the University area and one of the largest bio-sanctuary of the world, there flows a river. Sounds of thousands of birds chirpings being in the one of the most diversified bio-sanctuary on the bank of a lively river. Isn’t it a heaven?
More interested places of interest of Mymensingh division are as followed:
- Gouripur Lodge.
- Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Shangrohoshala is the building where different relics and used stuffs of the pioneer of art in Bangladesh, the creator of Madona 43, Zainul Abedin is preserved.
- Shaheed memorial.
The manor of Debi Chowdhurany
This old manor place, with its gleaming ponds, castles, and countless untold narratives, is a place where sightseers must set their feet for at least once in a lifetime. To get the genuine slice of Bangladesh, come here as such authenticity does not exist anywhere else. Visiting different temples like Shiva, Harih and Bishnupur will let you know more about the erstwhile culture, norms, views, customs, and beliefs of the people of this locality., so, for those keen to learn about different cultures, it is going to be an extraordinary journey assuredly.
Kantajew temple is one of the brightest examples of terracotta art in Bangladesh. And the distinctive feature of kantajew temple is all the terracotta embedded on it’s building are handcrafted. Maharaja Pran Nath was the first to start building the temple, but he wasn’t the one to complete it successfully. His son Ramnath came to the rescue and continued the infrastructural development of the temple building. The late medieval Hindu temple lost all it’s nine spires in the Assam earthquake that took place in 1897.
Tajhat Palace is a sumptuous and spectacular palace (Inspired-European model) situated at Tajhat, a territory of Rangpur division. It is about three kilometres south-east of the city centre of the divisional city. Constructed by a Hindu landlord named Maharaja Kumar Gopal Lal Roy in early 20th century, it now signifies the antiquity, sophistication and culture of northern Bangladesh. But in recent times, authority turned the palace into a Museum. And in the contemporary era, people know the palace as the “Rangpur Divisional Museum”.
It is assumed that from the evident and grossly striking appearance of his Taj or jewelled crown, his estate reaped the name Tajhat.
The palace is an east-facing two-storeyed building with approximately 76 metres of front face wall. An imposing broad staircase in the centre, paved with imported white marble, leads directly above the entrance to the upper storey.
The palace is crowned by a ribbed conical dome in the centre of the roof with a tall octagonal neck, partly supported on a series of slender semi-corinthian columns. The railing on either side of the dignified staircase has initially been embellished with various sculptures of classical Roman figures in Italian marble, but now these are missing. There are two semi-octagonal projections at each end of the front face and a central projecting porch. The balcony roof above the porch is carried on four graceful Corinthian columns with round shafts. In comparison, two similar columns on each of the projecting ends of the building support a triangular gable.
Why does this palace hold such colossal significance?
Because a nation’s judicial system depends more on the supreme court of the country and from 1984 to 1991, the supreme court authority had used the palace as a Rangpur High Court Branch of the supreme court. In 1995 the Palace was announced as a preserved monumental masterpiece by the Department of Archaeology. Acknowledging its exceptional architectural prestige, the government of the Republic of Bangladesh moved the Rangpur Museum to the second floor of the palace in 2005. The main room at the top of the marble stairs possesses several display cases which exhibit and represent the 10th–11th-century terracotta artefacts. There are many bright and clear examples of Sanskrit and Arabic manuscripts, inscriptions including copies of the Mahabharat, Ramayan, and a Quran whose derivation and the credit of invention is attributed to nobody else but the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. Notably, there stays an embargo always for any sort of Photography within the Museum.
Pairaband is the birthplace of the pioneering activist of women rights, Rokeya Khatun.
Madhutila Eco-park, the first artificial eco-park of 380 acres of land for tourists geographically is positioned at the Sherpur district of Mymensingh. At present, LGED is working to preserve the park in the best way possible.
Sundarban is the largest mangrove forest in the world. The largest single block tidal halophytic sundarban is one of the three UNESCO world heritage existing in Bangladesh. Sundar and Ban, two different Bengali words (Two English alternatives for these two Bengali words are chronologically Beautiful and forest) together stand as Sundarban, the Beautiful forest. The largest sanctuary of the royal Bengal tigers, Sundarban, is called the lungs of the territory. To the people living in the coastal area of Bangladesh, Sundarban is the protector, the super saviour of the locality as the sundarban alone always stands against all the natural calamities, and for the change of the climate, sundarban might cease to exist in future. Sadly, the Sundarbans were listed imperilled and sensitive to extinction in a 2020 assessment under the IUCN red list of a wco systems framework.
Sundarban covers an area of about 10,000 km2 (3,900 sq mi) in total and mostly engulfed the Khulna territory which is a part of Bangladesh. (calculatingly, 6,017 km2 (2,323 sq mi) . The most copious tree species are sundori (Heritiera fomes) and gewa. It’s home to millions of wildlife.
Sundarban alone is enough to supply all the honey Bangladesh needs. Sundarban is mitigating almost all the demands and at the same time protecting all of the people living in the territory as well. Sundarban is one of the brightest examples of diversity.
The Mosque City of Bagerhat was a city filled with love, life, spirituality and mobility. It still is! The town was a previously lost one, located in the purlieu of Bagerhat district of Khulna division, southwestern part of Bangladesh.
Formerly known as Khalifatabad and nicknamed the “mint town of the Bengal Sultanate”, the city was settled in the 15th century by the warrior saint Turkish general and one of the most reliable Islam preacher Khan Jahan Ali. The prestigious town was listed as one of the fifteen notable lost cities of the world by Forbes and possessed more than 50 Islamic monuments which have been discovered after eradicating the vegetation that had overshadowed, enshrouded and restrained them from having a glance for many centuries. The site has been recognised as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1983 under criteria (iv), “as a stunning example of an architectural masterpiece embellishing and depicting a noteworthy phase in human history”, and of which the Sixty domed Mosque constructed with 60 pillars and 77 domes, is the most renowned and glorifying, especially for being the holy place where Khan Jahan Ali lived. Besides these monuments, UNESCO also incorporates the mausoleum of Khan Jahan, the mosques of Singar, Bibi Begni, Reza Khoda, Zindavir among the most idiosyncratic and distinctive monuments.
Lalbagh Fort is an unfinished Mughal fort complex of the seventeenth century in the capital city Dhaka of Bangladesh. Lalbagh fort possesses another attribute. People know the fort as the Aurangabad fort as well. The fort near the bank of Buriganga stands proudly and reaches millions of hearts every year with its majestic architectural beauty and a long-cherished history. In the central tomb room, there is a small museum where the dress Mughal warriors wore in different battles are kept and the arms they used. There exists a harem sharif as well where the Mughal queens and their daughters used to bath. Mughal Subahdar Muhammad Azam Shah started the infrastructural development of the fort first in 1768 AD.
A giant structure with beautiful gardens and mesmerising flowers was found with three buildings (the mosque, the tomb of Bibi Pari and the Diwan-i-Aam), with two gateways and a portion of the partly mangled buttressing wall.
However, recent excavations carried out by the Department of Archaeology have unveiled the existence of other edifices and the possibility of more mystical entities.
Ahsan Manzil is an astonishing antiquated palace, situated on the bank of Buriganga near the Sadarghat Launch terminal. Adjacent to the castle, there are two more historical attractions to visit. They are Bahadur Shah Park and Jagannath college. The concerned construction was nothing but a residential palace of Dhaka Nawab Family. The infrastructural development of this palace was started in 1859 and ended in 1869. It was constructed following the Indo-Saracenic Revival architecture. To fulfil the intention of preserving the culture and history of the area, the palace was turned into Bangladesh National Museum on 20 September 1992. Remarkably, this is the place where the territory of Bangladesh for the first time witnessed an electric bulb providing light in the night.
Seven onion-domed mosque (Saat Masjid) stands tall as one of the brightest examples of Mughal era infrastructure in the Mohammadpur area of Dhaka. Why is Dhaka called the city of the mosques? These are the mosques that enhanced the prestige of the attribute. The mosque looks a little similar to the Lalbagh fort.
Adjacent to Peelkhana, a little far following north of peelkhana, where the Mughal Dhaka ends, were known as the Jafarbad or Katasur area of Begumganj Mouza, and this is where this Seven onion-domed mosque got established in direct patronization of Mughal rulers.
In the English year 1913, Nawab Khwaja Ahsanullah repaired the mosque. The axioms of seven onion-domed Mosque are invaded by different religious societies building, unauthorized structures, and annexes to the enlisted building, scorning its heritage prestige.
Bikrampur Bihar was found in 2009, and anthropologists and archaeologists started excavating the relics in the same year but secretly in the Bikrampur area of Munshiganj district. And after precisely four years, Bangladesh’s Ministry of Cultural Affairs patronized research team from the Department of Archaeology of Jahangir Nagar University, on 23rd march of 2013, revealed their discovery of this Buddhist Monastery.
Jatiyo Sriti Shoudho or National Martyrs’ Memorial is the national monument of Bangladesh which symbolises the memory of the valour and the sacrifice and dedication of all those who laid their lives down in the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971. Seven pillars of the memorial signify seven different perceptions of the liberation war.
Jatiyo Sangsad Bhaban, National parliament of Bangladesh, is a surprisingly miraculous construction which was designed by American architect Louis Aii kan. Simply, A nation waits for its parliament always. The heart of the nation, the national parliament is situated at Shre-e-Bangla Nagar in Dhaka. Adjacent to the construction, you might find the Jiya Uddan, a recreational park and the grave of the erstwhile president Ziaur Rahaman. Jatiyo Sangsad Bhaban was used for the first time on 15 February 1982 as the venue for the eighth (last) session of the second parliament of Bangladesh. Since then, it has been used for the Bangladesh national assembly. Funny stuff is one who does not know the construction well might lose oneself within.
The Shaheed Minar is a national monument in Dhaka, Bangladesh, built to commemorate the language martyrs of 1952. On 21st February 1952, hundreds of students and political activists marched to protest the imposed official language by the Pakistani oppressors. On the same possession, Pakistani police force nakedly opened fire and killed dozens of Bengali protesters who were demanding the rightful fair status for their native tongue, Bengali. The carnage took place near Dhaka Medical college and Ramna Park in Dhaka. A stopgap monument was raised on 23rd February by students of the University of Dhaka and other educational institutions, but Pakistani forces demolished it again on 26 February. The Language Movement gained momentum, and after a bloody struggle, protesters managed to bring the same status of Urdu for Bengali. To commemorate the dead, the Shaheed Minar was designed and built by Hamidur Rahaman, a Bangladeshi sculptor. The monument somehow existed until the operation searchlight of 1971. Now, Bangladesh is an independent country and UNESCO declared the day 21st of February as the international mother language day to honour the martyrs of the first and only nation who fought for their mother tongue.
Places of interest in Dhaka:
- Dhakeshwari temple.
- Baitul Mokarram is the world’s 10th largest mosque with a capacity of 30,000 people.
- Liberation war Museum.
- Shikha Chironton. Shikha Chironton is the place from where the father of the nation recessively announced independence and delivered the historical 7th march speech. Shikha Chironton is to honour the UNESCO recognised 7th March speech, and the flame of Shikha chironton never disappears.
- National 4 leaders grave.
- Bashundhara City.
- The tomb of the national poet.
- Hosni Dalan is a medieval Shia Shrine constructed in the seventeenth century and one of the few Shia signs existing in a Sunni majority country, Bangladesh.
- Curzon Hall.A Hundred years old British building which now gets used as the centre of the science faculty of the University of Dhaka.
- Northbrook Hall.
- Bara Katra. An archaic architectural ruins.
- Greek memorial is situated in a part of Dhaka where the greek community-owned land was in use beforehand by the greeks.
- Suhrawardy udyan.
- Zia Memorial Museum.
Mohamaya lake and Kaptai lake also should be on a list of a traveller. The English alternative of Mohamaya is great infatuation, Similar to ruth, enchanter, charmer etc. And Mohamaya lake truly deserves to have all these attributes. So, Please, Do not miss out!
And Kaptai lake is the largest and only artificial lake in Bangladesh which is a consequence of the Kaptai Dam on Karnaphuli river (Karnaphuli Hydro-electric project).
Niaz Mahmud Sakib