Sundarbans Mangrove Forest
Sundarbans in the largest mangrove forest on earth and a UNESCO world heritage site. Sundarbans is located in between two neighboring countries – Bangladesh and India. Majority of the forest is located in Bangladesh. It is home of the last remaining Bengal tigers in the world and many other wildlife. Environment of Sundarbans is tranquilizing and visiting this forest could be an once in a lifetime experience.
Chittagong Hill Tracts
Chittagong Hill Tracts area is a naturally beautiful place full of beautiful hills. It is home of many tribal group of Bangladesh. This is the best place in Bangladesh for adventure travel. You can trek deep inside the hills for many days here if you can manage permission from the local authority. Also you can meet different tribal groups in this region and see their lifestyle.
Srimangal is the tea capital of Bangladesh, located in the north-eastern part of the country. You’ll find lush green tea gardens anywhere you go here. This is one of the few places in the country where if you look around, you may not find any other people anywhere except you. A really nice and calm place. Cycling through the trails inside the tea plantations here could be one of the best thing you can do in Bangladesh. Also worth visiting is the Lawachhara National Park, and trek to Hamham waterfalls. You can easily spend few days here with the nature.
Rangamti is a district of Chittagong Hill-Tracts area. Main reason to visit this place is the Kaptai Lake. It is a naturally beautiful man made lake surrounded by beautiful hills. Best thing to do at Rangamati is enjoying boat ride on the Kaptai Lake for the whole day. Rangamati is also home of many tribal groups. You can visit their handicraft market here to buy some fine quality handmade fabrics. There is a Buddhist monastery called Rajban Bihara which is also worth visiting.
In the north-western part of Bangladesh, there is a tiny little place called Paharpur, which holds the most impressive archeological site in Bangladesh called Somapuri Mahabhihara, a UNESCO world heritage site. It was the second largest Buddhist monastery south of Himalayas on 8th century. On it’s prime time, monks from all over the world used to come here for higher education. It was one of the best Buddhist monasteries in the world on that time.
St. Martin’s Island
St. Martin’s Island is a beautiful coral island of Bay of Bengal in Bangladesh. For the beach lovers, this is the best place to visit in Bangladesh. Local tourists go to visit this island mostly on a day trip. After they leave in the afternoon, it becomes really quiet. You can stay in any resort with a private beach, and relax in the island for couple of days when become tired of traveling for several weeks in the whole country.
Gaur is a ruined city from ancient and medieval period, located in the India-Bangladesh border. The city was on it’s prime time during 12th to 14th century. It became the capital of the whole Bengal region. It was a very rich and wealthy city in the medieval period, which was finally abandoned because of cholera. Some of the beautiful mosques of Gaur are still remaining hidden behind the mango orchards. Archaeological department of Bangladesh has done some amazing restoration work to some of these mosques. This is an amazing place to visit for the history lovers.
Barisal is a unique place located on the heart of Ganges Delta. Life in Barisal is fully based on river. Main attraction to visit Barisal is to experience the unique life and culture of the people of this region. You can visit its many floating markets, bazaars, schools, and villages to experience the unique culture of Barisal. Monsoon is the best place to visit this region when its numerous rivers and canals become full of water and nature become very green. Also it is time for the floating guava markets, which are very photogenic.
Puthia is a small village in Rajshahi full of beautiful Hindu temples. Largest number of historical temples in Bangladesh are found in Puthia, some of which are very well maintained. These temples are unique in design. Some of them are ornamented with beautiful terracotta plaques describing epic Hindu stories.
Mosque City Bagerhat
Bagerhat is a city founded in 15th century by a Turkish general, which was formerly known as Khalifatabad. It is full of beautiful historic mosques, among which 60 Dome Mosque is the most famous. This whole city is recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site. The historic city, listed by Forbes as one of the 15 lost cities of the world, has more than 50 Islamic monuments which have been found after removing the vegetation that had obscured them from view for many centuries.