9 Surprises Travelers Find in Bangladesh

Here are the top places to visit and things to do in Bangladesh.

Sundarbans is a large mangrove forest spread across Bangladesh and West Bengal in India. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The history of the area can be traced back to 200–300 AD. A ruin of a city built by Chand Sadagar has been found in the Baghmara Forest Block. During the Mughal period, the Mughal Kings leased the forests of the Sundarbans to nearby residents. Many criminals took refuge in the Sundarbans from the advancing armies of Emperor Akbar. Most tourists is fascinated with Hiron Point a beautiful spot, great for spotting tigers and other wildlife


Bagerhat is an historical town in the Khulna Division of Bangladesh. Bagerhat Sadar has 12 Unions/Wards, 187 Mauzas/Mahallas, and 167 villages. Current UP chairman is Khan Habibur Rahman who was selected as this post by people's voting in 2nd consicutive time in 2011. One of the touristic sites here is the Shait Gumbad Mosque, Literally meaning the "Mosque of 60 domes", it's slightly misnamed as it actually has 77. It was built in 1549, and is one of the country's best mosques. While it's not un-interesting, if you've seen any mosque in India, Pakistan, Iran, or Afghanistan from this period you'll be pretty underwhelmed.

Narail is a district in South-western in Bangladesh. It is a part of the Khulna Division. Narail town was named after a feudal lord (Zamindars). The zaminders established a market at Roopgonj, named after a zaminder. They established a post office for the first time in the district during British Raj near Rotongonj, named after another member of the feudal lord family. They modernised Narail. They promoted culture, sports and education in that part of the world.

Bogra is a city in Rajshahi Division, one that had seen significant developments during President Zia's reign. The history says it was the oldest city of Bengal in the Great Emperor Ashoka's India. He conquered the Bengal (Bongo) and founded this old city called Pundra Bardhan. It was written in famous ancient travellers of that time. A famous site here is the ancient engraved stone believed to be of Gupta era was discovered from the bank of a pond near Sura Masjid at Ghoraghat Upazila in Dinajpur in October 2008. Another famous site is the Mahasthangarh, the earliest urban archaeological site so far discovered in Bangladesh is located in Bogra. Also visit the village Mahasthan in Shibganj thana of Bogra District it contains the remains of an ancient city which was called Pundranagara or Paundravardhanapura in the territory of Pundravardhana. The Shatmatta (the seven heads) is the heart of the city. Most tourists and travellers also visit the Mohasthan Musiam 6 KM North Side of Bogra.

Dhaka is the capital of Bangladesh. The existence of a settlement in the area that is now Dhaka dates from the 7th century. The city area was ruled by the Buddhist kingdom of Kamarupa and the Pala Empire before passing to the control of the Hindu Sena dynasty in the 9th century. The name of the city may have derived after the establishment of the Goddess Dhakeshwari's temple by Ballal Sena in the 12th century. The town itself consisted of a few market centres like Lakshmi Bazar, Shankhari Bazar, Tanti Bazar, Patuatuli, Kumartuli, Bania Nagar and Goal Nagar. Dhaka is the commercial heart of Bangladesh.The city has a growing middle class population, driving the market for modern consumer and luxury goods. The city has historically attracted a large number of migrant workers. Hawkers, peddlers, small shops, rickshaw transport, roadside vendors and stalls employ a large segment of the population — rickshaw-drivers alone number as many as 400,000. Visit the Mosques around Dhaka as the city has several hundred mosques. Prominent are Baitul Mukarram-National Mosque, the Seven Domed Mosque (17th century), Star Mosque (18th century) inlaid with mosaic and tiles , Chawkbazar Mosque and Huseni Dalan Mosque.

Char Atra
Char Atra is an island located in the Ganges in Bangladesh.

Lawachara National Park
Lawachara National Park located at Kamalganj Upazila, Maulvi Bazar District in the northeastern region of the country. The land was declared a national park by the Bangladesh government on July 7, 1996 under the Wildlife Act of 1974. It is a major national park and nature reserve in Bangladesh. Flora The forest of Lawachara is of a mixed type, with the understory usually composed of evergreens, including Quercus , Syzygium, Gmelina, Dillenia, Grewia, and Ficus. The upper canopy, meanwhile, is mainly composed of tall deciduous trees including Tectona, Artocarpus chaplasha, Tetrameles, Hopea odorata.

Rangamati is a popular town in the Chittagong Hill Tracts in the Chittagong Division of Bangladesh. It's a travel destination of Bangladesh which is known as "Lake City". Kaptai lake is a wonderful spot for boating and cruising. Parjatan and private tour operators offer a number of cruises by mechanical boats. One can go to various scenic spots in Shuvalong, Barkal, Longadu, Mainimukh and other areas by boat from Rangamati.

Saint Martins Island
Saint Martins Island is in the Chittagong Division of Bangladesh and lies about 10km south-west of the southern tip of the mainland. In the past 5 years St. Martin's visitor population has increased dramatically. While this situation has proven to be lucrative for the islanders, it is causing the natural beauty of the island to deteriorate. Presently there are many efforts being put forth to preserve the several endangered species of turtles that nest on the island, as well as the corals, some of which are found only on Narikel Jinjera. Pieces of the coral reef are being removed in order to be sold to tourists. Nesting turtles are sometimes taken for food, and their hatchlings are often distracted by the twinkling lights along the beach. Species of fish, a few just recently discovered, are being overfished. Every year the fishermen must venture further out to sea to get their catch. Most of them use motorless boats.
Village life is slow paced most work happens in the morning and evening, while midday is reserved for drying fish and rice and selling your coconuts. Or, more likely, sitting in the shade chewing paan.


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