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Top 10 Places to Visit in Bangladesh

Bangladesh, a small country in South Asia with a lot of tourist attractions. People living here are very friendly to travelers. They feel happy to welcome a tourist everywhere and try their best to help. With a minimum cost, you can enjoy the actual beauty of this country. So here are the top 10 places you can visit in Bangladesh:

1. Cox’s Bazar

If I give a question to the local people of Bangladesh that what is the main tourist spot in Bangladesh then the answer should be Cox’s Bazar. Surrounded by endless blue waters in the front and dense forests in the back, this place is the first attraction for tourists. It is the longest sea beach in the world. It’s a total of 120km in length, located 150 km south of Chittagong. This place got its name from Captain Hiram Cox, an officer of the British East India Company. The beach has its own popularity for bathing, sunbathing, swimming and surfing. The beauty of the sunset behind the vast sea is enamored. It will be the best place for anyone to spend quality time for travel.

How to go: From Dhaka, you can go to Cox’s Bazar by both road and air. Nonstop AC and non-AC bus service is available. It takes 10-12 hours from Dhaka to reach Cox’s Bazar sea beach. If you are out of time then you can go to Cox’s Bazar by air. It takes only an hour to reach Cox’s Bazar from Dhaka by air. Nonstop flights are available from Dhaka and Chittagong.

2. The Sundarbans

We all know about the Amazon, the largest forest in the world. But when we talk about the largest mangrove forest in the world, the name of Sundarbans will come first. The word Sundarbans means beautiful forest. The name Sundarbans comes from the Sundari tree. The Sundarbans is mainly famous for the Royal Bengal Tiger. The forest is also home to Chitra deer, saltwater crocodiles, various species of birds and a variety of animals and birds. If the vibrant nature rocks your mind then this Sundarbans is one of the best places to seduce your mind. As a unique eco-tourism destination, it is the largest Mangrove Forest on earth and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is about 80km into the Bangladeshi and Indian mainland from the coast of the Bay of
Bengal. 60% of the total forest is located in Bangladesh.

How to go: To visit the Sundarbans you have to go to Khulna first which is the gateway to the Sundarbans. You can go there by air, road or steamer. The best way to reach Khulna is by steamer. Though the journey is a bit time-consuming, you will experience the picturesque panorama of the rural Bengal. If you don’t have enough time, then you will go by road or you can use the quickest way: air. From Khulna, water transport is the only means to visit Sundarbans. You can hire a private motor launch and speedboats to visit the forest.

3. The St. Martin’s Island

St. Martin’s Island is known as the Narikel Jinjira. It is the only coral island in Bangladesh which is 6 km in length and 1 km wide. The clear blue waters and the serene atmosphere of the island create an unparalleled beauty that is enough to cool any human mind. Anyone can travel to the island by bicycle. The roar of the sea and the starry sky add to the beauty of the island at night. The best time to visit St. Martin’s island is November to March.

How to go: Going to St. Martin’s islands is a two-step process. To get in there, at first you have to reach Teknaf, the southernmost tip of Bangladesh. From Dhaka, you can easily go there by bus. A/C and nonA/C bus services are available. It takes 10-11 hours to reach Teknaf from Dhaka. If you want to go by plane then firstly you have to reach Cox’s Bazar from Dhaka. From Cox’s Bazar you can go to Teknaf by bus or rent cars. From Teknaf water transport is the only way to reach St. Martin’s Island. Some oceanic traffic utility ships leave the island at 10.00 every morning. It takes 2.00-2.30 hours to reach St. Martin’s Island. These ships returned from the island at 3.30 pm. When the ship goes along the Naf river, tourists can enjoy the amazing views of Teknaf’s hills on one side and Myanmar on the other side.

4. Sajek Valley

Sajek Valley is an emerging tourist spot in Bangladesh situated among the hills of the Kasalong range of mountains. It is about 1800 feet above sea level. Sajek is a union located in the north of Chittagong Hill Tracts. It’s under Baghaichari Upazila in Rangamati hill district, it is situated 67 kilometres (42 mi) north-east from Khagrachari town and 95 kilometres (59 mi) north from Rangamati city. The border of Bangladesh and Mizoram of India is 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) east from Sajek. The beauty of Sajak cannot be expressed in words. This place has become popular among travelers for its mountains, forests, small rivers and mountain roads. The local people of this area
are very sincere and helpful. The Bangladesh Army ensured security for the area. Sajek’s first beauty can be seen in his mountain streets. The view of the side hills from the car on the uphill and downhill road is breathtaking. Sajak’s morning is more captivating. The sunrise on the clouds in the morning creates a shiver in everyone’s mind. In the afternoon, watching the sun go down in the mountains, it seems as if it is the best sunrise in life.

How to go: Sajek valley is located at Rangamati but people like to visit Sajek via Khagrachari. Both A/C and non-A/C bus service is available from Dhaka to Khagrachari. The journey takes 7 hours. From Khagrachari you can go to Dighinala by a CNG driven vehicle or four-wheeler. These vehicles will take you to Baghaichari Bazar and then the valley through Dighinala. If you want to go to Dighinala from Dhaka directly then you can go by Shanti Paribahan.

5. Jaflong

Jaflong is located in the border area of Sylhet, Bangladesh. On the other side of it is the Daoki region of India. The Daoki River enters Bangladesh through the Jaflong from the hills of the Daoki region. Jaflong is located in the Piain River Basin. The Jaflong-Tamabil-Lalkhan area of Sylhet district has hilly cliffs. Standing on the Bangladesh border of Jaflong, one can see the high mountain ranges within the Indian border. The waterfall coming down from these hills is one of the tourist attractions. Besides, the suspension bridge of Dauki port in India also attracts many people. Besides, the spiraling Dauki river also attracts tourists. Due to the monsoon, heavy rains along the Indian border caused the river to regain its vitality and become more picturesque. The clarity of the water of Daoki river is also one of the attractions of Jaflong. The whole area became famous for the festival surrounding this fair. In the rainy season and winter, the beauty of Jaflong is different. During the monsoon season, rainforests and rapids are a sight to behold. Moreover, the view of the clouds at the top of the hill is quite beautiful.

How to go: Jaflong is 315 km away from Dhaka and 60.7 km away from Sylhet. Journey to Jaflong from Dhaka is a two-phased one. First, you have to reach Sylhet from Dhaka and then you have to go to Jaflong from Sylhet. From Dhaka, you can go to Sylhet by three types of transportation: bus, train, and air. A/C and non-A/C buses are available from Sayedabad Bus Terminal. Different Train leaves for Sylhet from Kamalapur Railway Station and if you have a shortage of time then you can go by plane from Shahjalal International Airport. From Sylhet, you can go to Jaflong by bus or CNG auto rickshaw. Tourist Attractions in Jaflong takes two hours to reach in Jaflong from Sylhet.

6. Kuakata

Kuakata is a beach and tourist destination in southwestern Bangladesh. Kuakata is known to tourists as the “Daughter of the Sea”. Kuakata is one of the most scenic beaches in Bangladesh with a length of 18 km. It is the only beach in Bangladesh where both sunrise and sunset can be seen. Here you can see a 36-foot-tall golden Buddhist statue, another Buddhist statue above the embankment by the sea, Shutki Palli, Fatra’s Char, Red Crab Island, the charming Mayami Gangamati Char – where the well is named after the standing sunrise and sunset.

How to go: Several buses from Dhaka now go directly to Kuakata. Apart from “Sakura
Paribahan” from Dhaka, BRTC Paribahan buses go directly to Kuakata. If you take these buses, you will be dropped off 200 meters away from Kuakata beach. The total time to go from Dhaka to Kuakata bus is about 12/13 hours. Numerous buses go to Kuakata every day from Gabtali. Surbhi, Sonartari and Sakura buses are among them. Get a bus anytime from morning to evening. It takes about 9-10 hours to get on the bus and cross two ferries.

7. Sonargaon

Sonargaon is a traditional ancient town located at Sonargaon in Narayanganj district. About 450 years ago today, Isha Khan, the leader of Bar Bhuiyan, established the first capital of Bengal in the 15th century at Sonargaon. Here you can see the historical memories of rural Bengal. These are: Folk and Crafts Foundation Museum, Historic Panam Nagar, Goaldi Mosque, Gias Uddin Azam Shah’s Shrine and many more historical places.

How to go: From Gulistan, take a bus called Swadesh, Borak, Doel and Sonargaon and get off at Sonargaon Mograpara crossroads on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway. The distance from Mograpara to the Folk Art Museum is about 2 km. If you want you can go by rickshaw or CNG. If you want to go early, take CNG. Otherwise it is better to go by rickshaw. It would not be bad to go by rickshaw through the winding roads of the village. You can also go with your own vehicle. There is a parking space next to the museum. Panam Nagar is very close to here. If you want you can go on foot.

8. Ahsan Monjil

Ahsan Manzil is located on the banks of the river Buriganga in the Kumartuli area of Islampur in old Dhaka. It was formerly the residential palace of the Nawabs of Dhaka and the Sadar Kachari of the zamindari. It is currently being used as a museum. It was founded by Nawab Abdul Gani. He named it after his son Khwaja Ahsanullah. The construction work of Ahsan Manzil started in 1859 AD and was completed in 182 AD. A meeting held here in 1906 decided to establish the Muslim League. Ahsan Manzil has been renovated several times. The latest reforms have been made very recently. It is now a museum run by the Bangladesh National Museum. There are 23 galleries in
total.

How to go: From Dhaka airport or Gulisthan, you can reach here by CNG,Pathao or Uber ride.

9. Lalbagh Fort

Lalbagh Fort (also known as Aurangabad Fort) is an unfinished Mughal fort built in the 16th century. Its construction began in 16 AD by the Mughal subahdar Muhammad Azam Shah, who was the son of Emperor Aurangzeb and later became emperor himself. His successor, Mughal subahdar Shaista Khan, resumed construction in 180, but did not finish. Here you can see the Tomb of Pori Bibi, Three Domed Fort Mosque (Shahi Mosque), and the Water tank.

How to go: After coming to Dhaka, you can come here by bus, CNG, taxi etc.

10. Bangladesh National Zoo

Bangladesh National Zoo Located at Mirpur in Dhaka, is one of the key attractions among the tourists and the local people. The zoo houses more than 2,000 animals of 165 species. It was established in 1974 over 75.53 hectares of land. About 10,000 spectators visit The National Zoo daily and the number increases on the weekends and holidays. Among the animals, the key attraction is the Royal Bengal Tiger. It has a good collection of birds, animals, and wildlife of both local and foreign origin. There are 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 zoo. Here you will find different types of local and foreign birds.

How to go: After coming to Dhaka, you can come here by bus, CNG, taxi etc.

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