One of the most densely populated countries in the world, Bangladesh is one of the most naturally beautiful places in the Indian subcontinent. Known for its extensive history, spectacular, diverse nature and its top-notch Bengali cuisine, this is a country full of plentiful, wide-ranging riches.
One of the most naturally beautiful places in the world. Known for its immense biodiversity, the Sundarbans is an expansive forest across Bangladesh and India, which is home to a number of animals and plants unique to the region including endangered species such as the Bengal Tiger. It is believed to contain 270 distinct species of birds, 42 distinct species of mammals, 35 distinct reptiles and 8 amphibians. One of the world’s most distinct ecosystems, the Sundarbans is the most naturally rich region of the country.
A major Hindu temple dating back to the early 18th Century, the Kantanagar Temple is dedicated to the god Krishna. Despite sustaining minor damages in an 1897 earthquake, the temple remains mostly intact and remains one of the best surviving examples of Bangladeshi terracotta architecture. A beautiful, intricately detailed temple, Kantanagar is one of the country’s most important Hindu sites.
Shait Gumbad Mosque
Literally translated to the Sixty Dome Mosque, this is considered to be the country’s most significant Muslim monument. Dating back to the Sultanate period of the 15th Century, the Shait Gumbad Mosque is remotely located over 200 miles from the capital city of Dhaka. The mosque is an astounding achievement of Tughlaq Dynasty and contains 77 domes despite its misleading name.
Varendra Research Museum
The oldest museum in the country, the Varendra Museum was established in 1913 in the city of Rajshahi. Located behind an unassuming facade, the museum boasts an impressive and extensive collection of artefacts from Bangladesh and throughout the Indian Subcontinent. These artefacts encompass the region’s long and ever-changing history, drawing from Hindu, Islamic and British relics.
National Assembly of Bangladesh
A vast complex spanning over 200 acres, the National Assembly of Bangladesh, or the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban, is the home of the country’s Parliament. Known for its striking modernist design by esteemed architect Louis Khan which nonetheless pays tribute to Bangladeshi culture and history, the building has earned plaudits from the design community. While the building itself is not open to members of the public, the complex itself is.
One of the most picturesque regions of the country, Srimangal is best known for its vast tea plantations. It is also well-known for its forests and tribal villages, which accommodate travellers seeking an experience off the beaten path. There are a number of top-tier hiking trails and the region is home to a diverse range of wildlife. The region’s plentiful tea houses are absolutely essential for visitors to the region.
Chittagong Shipbreaking Yards
Definitely one for those seeking a more niche experience, the Chittagong Shipbreaking Yards is, as its name suggests, the world capital for the practice of ship-breaking. Since its establishment in the 1960’s, the yards have become a major industry in Bangladesh and a major source of employment, with over 200,000 workers at this particular sight. Over 50% of the country’s steel is sourced from this yard. A strange yet undeniably compelling world.
Cox’s Bazaar Beach
The world’s longest unbroken beach, this is the country’s most popular tourist destination, particularly amongst the country’s residents. Notably one of the few locales in Bangladesh which retains a British name from its colonial past, the beach is one of the most relaxing places in the country.
One of the country’s most important architectural sites, Paharpur is home to the famous Somapura Mahavihara. Dating back to the 8th Century, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is the country’s most significant Buddhist historical site. A Vihara, generally pertaining to a Buddhist Monastery, this is without a doubt one of the most insightful and well-preserved Buddhist sites in the entire Indian Subcontinent.
St. Martin’s Island
A short journey from Cox’s Bazaar in the Northeast of the Bay of Bengal, Until recently, St. Martin’s Island was notorious for barring Bangladeshi residents from visiting. Sine the lifting of this ban, the island has become a major tourist destination within the country. The country’s only coral island, it is one of the most naturally beautiful parts of the country and the best place to appreciate the unique wonders of the Bay of Bengal.