Things to do in Bangladesh

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Bangladesh is a culturallaly fascinating land full of historical mosques, monuments, and picturesque landscapes. The Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Meghna rivers winding down from the Himalayas make Bangladeshi soil rich and fertile, making fishing and agriculture two crucial aspects of Bangla culture.

Here are some of the must do things and interesting places to visit in Bangladesh:

Cox's Bazar:  Cox's Bazar is a fishing port city in Bangladesh located about 400 KM Southeast of Dhaka and is famous for its 78-mile-long sandy beach along the Bay of Bengal. Cox’s Bazar is also considered the world's longest unbroken beach. Some of the major attractions of Cox’s Bazar area include Himchari National Park, Aggmeda Khyang monastery, and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Safari Park.

Saint Martin Island: St. Martin Island is a small coral island located about 15 miles south of the tip of Bangladesh - Teknaf.  To go to St. Martin Island, you have to drive to Teknaf and board a ferry to reach the island. The area of the St. Martin Island is mere 3.089 mi² and is a home to around 4000 people. The Island is pristine but poor, with locals mainly surviving on tourism and fishing.

Kantaji Temple:  The Kantaji Temple is a historic Hindu temple located in Dinajpur District of Bangladesh. Built in 18th century by King Pran Nath, the temple was dedicated to Hindu Lord Krishna and his wife, Radha.  Its terracotta style architecture is sure to impress everyone who visits the temple, and has beautifully ornate walls carved with intricate details.

National Martyrs' Memorial Monument:  The Bangla name for National Martyrs' Memorial Monument is Jatiyo Sriti Shoudho. It was built to honor the sacrifice of all those who lost their lives during Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971 and was built in 1982. The monument is located in Savar town, about 22 miles northwest of Dhaka.

Buddha Dhatu Jadi: Dedicated to Theravada Buddhism, the Buddha Dhatu Jadi is located in Bandarban City, in Chittagong Division. Built in Arakanese style, this is the second largest Buddha statue in Bangladesh. Its hilltop location, green surroundings, and golden color mesmerizes everyone who visits this temple. While in the area, you should also visit the Debota Pukur Pond and Tribal Cultural Institute.

Parjatan Hanging Bridge, Rangamati:  Locally known as the Jhulonto Bridge, the Parjatan Hanging Bridge is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Chittagong area. From the top of the bridge, you can enjoy a spectacular view of Lake Rangamati or take a boat and enjoy the picnic while in the area.

Lalbagh Fort, Dhaka: Also known as Fort Aurangabad, this 17th century Mughal fort is located in old Dhaka. The fort is located in an 18-acre area and houses three ancient buildings: Pari Bibir Mazar, Darbar Hall, and a Mosque.  The fort was originally built on the bank of river Buriganga, and although the river has shifted further south, the fort still boasts the beauty of Mughal Architecture.

Sundarbans:  The Sundarbans Reserve Forest is located in the southwest Bangladesh. It lies on the delta of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers. Sundarban literal translation is "beautiful forest" in the Bangla language. Sundarban is spread in the area of about 140,000 hectares, and its mangrove is the largest such forests in the world. Sundarbans is the home to Royal Bengal Tigers and Saltwater Crocodiles. The access to Sundarbans is rather difficult, making the best way to access to Sundarbans by a boat tour from Khulna or Mongla. Besides the nature and biodiversity of Sundarbans, there are also nearby villages with the unique lifestyle & culture of the local people.

Ahsan Manzil: Located on the bank of the Buriganga river, the Ahsan Manzil is one of the famous landmarks of Dhaka. Built in 1869, Ahsan Manzil was the official residential palace of the Dhaka Nawab Family. Because of its impressive architecture and historical importance, the Ahsan Manzil is now designated as a national museum.


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