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Chittagong:
Chittagong is the biggest seaport and second largest town in Bangladesh situated near the Bay of Bengal. It is 264 km away east of Dhaka, famous for hill areas, natural beauty and for the seashore. Chittagong is also known of the town of Aulias (Muslim saints).

Its green hills and forests, its broad sandy beaches and its fine cool climate always attract the holiday-markers. Described by the Chinese traveler poet, Huen Tsang (7th century A.D) as "a sleeping beauty emerging from mists and water" and given the title of "Porto Grande" by the 16th century Portuguese seafarers.
Chittagong combines remains true to both the descriptions even today. It combines the busy hum of an active seaport with the shooting quiet of a charming hill town.

The Shahi Jama-e-Masjid and Qadam Mubarak Mosque are two of the most impressive buildings in the city. It is also worth visiting the Ethnological Museum in the Modern City, which has interesting displays on Bangladesh's tribal peoples. There are good views and cooling breezes from Fairy Hill in the British City in the northwestern sector of the city.

Chittagong is the country's chief port and is the main site for the establishment of heavy, medium and light industries. Bangladesh's only steel mill and oil refinery are also located in Chittagong.

     
War Cemetery:
Chittagong war Cemetery is a memorable burial place for members of the armed forces who died during 2nd world war. It was created by the army, and there are about 755 burials. Most of the soldiers buried there were from United Kingdom-378, Canada-25, Australia-09, New Zealand-02, Undivided India-214, East Africa-11, West Africa-90, Burma(Now Myanmar)-02, Netherlands-01, Japan-19 and Non-soldiers-04. They are sleeping here in this green field forever and respected by all in the all times. Though It is a burial place now it has became a tourist spot. Everyday many foreigners and local people come here. It is maintained by Commonwealth Grave Commission.
     
Zia memorial Museum:
Previously it was known as Circuit house where the former President of Bangladesh Zia-ur Rahman and one of the architects of the liberation war was killed by a group of disgruntled army personnel. To the memory of Zia, the Circuit house was declared as Zia Memorial museum .In this museum you can see late president Zia-ur Rahman’s daily usage materials.
     
Shrine of Hazrat Bayezead Bostami:
The shrine of this famous saint is situated in Chittagong. This great priest came to Chittagong in 10th Century to spread the religion of Islam. You can also visit the ancient rare variety of Turtles in the Dighi in the Shrine premises. This shrine attracts a large number of visitors and pilgrims. At its base is a large tank with several hundred tortoises. Tradition has it that these animals are the descendants of the evil spirits (genii) who were cast into this shape because they incurred the wrath of the great saint who visited the place about 1100 years age.
     
Shrine of Shah Amanat:
The Shrine of Shah Amanat is another place of religious attraction, located in the heart of the town; the shrine is visited by hundreds of people everyday who pay homage to the memory of the saint.
 
     

Foy's Lake:
Foy’s Lake is a man-made lake in Chittagong, Bangladesh. It was created in 1924 by constructing a dam across the stream that came down from the hills in the northern part of Chittagong. The purpose of creating an artificial lake was to provide water to the residence of railway colony. It was named after Mr Foy who was a Railway engineer and believed to materialized the project. Pahartali was basically a railway town with workshop, yard and shed. A good number of railway employees lives there. Presently, a carriage workshop, diesel workshop, loco shed, laboratory, stores, electric workshop, school (established in 1924) are located.

The area belongs to Railway. However, an amusement park, managed by the Concord group, is located here.

     
Patenga & Fouzdarhat:
Patenga beach is about 22 km. from Chittagong and is sociable by a motorable road. On the way to the beach, one passes the Patenga Airport. Another ideal picnic spot is the Fouzdarhat sea-beach about 16 km. from Chittagong. Patenga sea beach is one of the main attractions of Chittagong for the tourists. in addition the sea beach, you can take pleasure in boating and river cruise in the River Karnaphuli. You can see the busy seaport activities here.
     
Sitakunda:
From the front side of Hanuman Temple if you go down 20-22 steers you reach to Sitabari(Sita Temple) & in front of it Sitakunda. When Ram, Sita & Lashkman were residing in forest they came to ashram of the saint Shorvhongo. That time he told them for paying a visit in the Eastern countries. On that time the great saint Vhargob realize that through meditation, so he created three kundas (small pond) of hot water for their use. When they reached the hilly area of Sitakund, they came here & used these kundas.From these three, which one used by Sita it becomes to known as Sitakunda. But now it becomes dry & symbolize with bricks wall.
     
Parki Beach:
Parki beach is situated in Gahira, Anwara thana under southern Chittagong region. The beach lies about 28 km. away from Chittagong city. As the beach is situated at the Karnaphuli river channel, visitors can view both the Karnaphuli river and the sea together. Tourists enjoy the views of big ships anchored at the outer anchor, fishermen catching fish in sea, sunset, various coloured crabs at the beach, and quiet environment. In picnic season, many visitors come to the beach. Parki beach lies at Karnaphuli river channel, which is about 8 km. from Anwara thana and 28 km. away in the southern part of Chittagong city. This sandy beach is about 15 km. long and 300 - 350ft. wide with 20km tamarisk forest created by the forest division.
     
Cox's Bazar-The longest sea beach in the world:
Things to see in Bangladesh, Cox's Bazar is one of the most gorgeous tourist spots in Bangladesh & the longest sea beach in the world (approx. 120 km long). Miles of golden sands, surfing waves, towering cliffs, rare conch shells, colorful pagodas, Buddhist tibe & temples, delightful seafood--this is Cox's Bazar, the tourist capital of Bangladesh. The warm shark free waters are good for bathing and swimming & while the sandy beaches put forward opportunities for sun-bathing. The attractiveness of the setting-sun behind the waves of the sea is simply fascinating. Locally made cigars and handloom products of the tribal Rakhyne family are good to buy. Each year lots of foreign & local tourist come here to spend their vacation in Cox’s Bazaar. Though the season is in winter but Cox's Bazar sea beach is crowded almost the whole time the year. Principally in winter season, it is tough to get an accommodation in the hotels if booking is not made earlier. If you are really adventurous and want to enjoy the wildness and madness of the ruff and tuff Sea you can come to Cox's bazar tour in the month of mid April, Sea continue its wildness till August; and its even more exotic if you come to Cox's Bazar in the time of depression of the Sea.
     
Himchori & Inani Beach:
There are many attractions for the tourists around Cox’s Bazaar. From Cox’s Bazaar Sea shore, you can go to these places by jeep and it is really exotic to drive on the seashore. Himchori is famous for waterfall, though in the winter season it dwindles but during the rainy season it’s really a fabulous and full waterfall can be enjoyed. Inani beach is famous for the rock and coral boulders; you will find big coral boulders in this beach. You can plan a trip to Inani beach via Himchory for a half day or may be a full day sightseeing. Please take packet lunch with you.
     
Moheshkhali Island:
Moheshkhali Island is famous for its beauty and tranquility.It is the only hilly Island of Bangladesh. You will find ocean in one side and mountain in another side. There are lots of things you enjoy like breathtaking mangrove forest, spectacular hilly areas, salt fields, peaceful beaches, colorful buddhist temple & pagoda, shrimp, battle leaf, simple island lifestyle, rakhain villages.
Adinath Temple is one of the most attractive and famous temple, situated on the top of the Adinath Hill. The place is famous for the annual fair held in the month of Phalgun according to the Bengali Calendar.
     

Saint martin Bangladesh:
St. Martin's Island is a small island on the northeast part of the Bay of Bengal, about 9 km south of the tip of the Cox's Bazar-Teknaf peninsula, and forming the southernmost part of Bangladesh. It is the only coral island in Bangladesh. It is about 8 km west of the northwest coast of Myanmar at the mouth of the Naf River. The local name of the island is "Narical Gingira", also spelled "Narikel Janjina/Jinjera", translated from Bangla, meaning 'Coconut Island'.

St. Martin's Island has become a popular tourist spot in St maarten tourism. Currently, three shipping liners run daily trips to the island, including Sea-Truck and Keary-Sindbad. Tourists can book their trip either from Chittagong or from Cox's Bazar. The surrounding coral reef of the island has an extension named 'Chera Dwip'.

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 over-fished. Every year the fishermen must venture further out to sea to get their catch. Most of them use motorless boats.
At high tide the island is about 3 miles around, and pinched in the middle. The island exists only because of its coral base, so removal of that coral risks erosion of the beaches. St. Martins has lost roughly 25% of its coral reef in the past 7 years.

     

Teknaf:
Teknaf is a sub-district of Cox's Bazar district most of the southern tip point of Bangladesh and an old-world border town. Teknaf located on the Naaf river and just at the tip of the hilly area of Cox's Bazar. By road it’s about 90 km from Cox's Bazar. For geographically it is most lovely place for the locall and foreign traveler. Winter and Auumn is the best time for visit this place. Here naaf river is the border line between Bangladesh and Myanmar.

The most enjoyable thing is a journey on the Naaf River. As a natural beautiful place wild animals and birds are available. You can buy Burmese & tribal handicraft in the local Burmese Market. Cruise by sampan (boat) is one of the main attractions of teknaf. In Teknaf have an opportunity to observe the culture of Arkan and Rakhain people. An attractive tourist place is Teknaf sea beach, one of the longest sandy beach ecosystems (eighty km) in the world. There is also a beautiful beach at shah-pari dweep. And it is located furthest from Teknaf sub-district.

     

Rangamati (Tribal of Bangladesh):
Rangamati is a small town located amongst the green hills, lakes and rivers of the Chittagong Hill Tracts. This is what makes it a prime Bangladesh hill destination. It is known as the Lake City of Bangladesh as this place is located on the bank of the beautiful Kaptai Lake. It is the administrative headquarter of the Rangamati Hill District, the largest district of Bangladesh and located some 77 kilometres away from Chittagong. For long time Rangamati has been a prime Bangladesh tourist destination for its location, scenic beauty, colourful tribal people, tribal homespun textiles and ivory jewellery.

The rich natural resources, diverse flora and fauna make Rangamati tour a Bangladesh Eco-Tourism destination. The road leading to Rangamati circles and winds through hilly terrains covered with lush green forests and creates a memorable experience for years to come. A stay here provides a glimpse into the lifestyle of various tribes living there. The ethnic tribes of Rangamati are the Chakma, Marma, Tonchongya, Tripura,Murong, Bome, Khumi, Kheyang, Chak, Pankhoa, and Lusai. The mix of different races, cultures, religions and customs creates an interesting community at Rangamati. It is said that without visiting Rangamati a tourist will miss a colourful slice of Bangladesh.

Visit Rangamati during October to February as the temperature remains cool and usually there is no rainfall, however, the beauty of Rangamati unleashes during the monsoon as the forest becomes greener, bursts with life and the rivers and waterfalls becomes replenished.

     
Kaptai Lake:
This large manmade lake of Bangladesh spanning over an area of approximately 11000 km2, was created as a reservoir when the Kaptai dam was built during the 1960s. The lake was created by flooding valleys and plain lands between numerous hills. This created a picturesque view as forested hills and plateaus rise from beneath the water. The government run tourism corporation and private operators offer Kaptai Lake Cruise Tours, which is worth of it. Other scenic spots are also accessible through the waterways.
     
Shuvolong Falls:
Shuvolong a place in Borokol sub district, located about 25kilometers (11kilometers – as the crow flies) away from Rangamati. There are few waterfalls in Shuvolong area with the largest one falling from as high as 300 feet. In the past several years, this place has turned into a tourist destination due to beautiful waterfalls and the nearby market. Shuvolong is easily accessible by speed boat or motor boats from Rangamati.
     
 

Tribal Museum:
The museum is located near the entry point to the city. Established in 1978, it is run by the Tribal Cultural Institute. Traditional ornaments, costumes, potteries, musical instruments, armaments, paintings and photographs, old manuscripts, statues and ancient coins of various tribes are on display here. It is open Saturday to Thursday excluding public holidays. Hanging Bridge: This 335feet long bridge across a portion of the Kaptai lake is an icon of Rangamati.

     
Kaptai National Park:
This forest reserve is located in the Karnafuly and Kaptai range. According to the government statistics some 50,000 people visits the national park every year as it provides some walking trails among the lush green forest. The animal species of Kaptai National park are deer, elephants, monkeys, fishing cats and birds. The Kaptai Forest Rest house, Kaptai Mukh Forest Rest House and several picnic spots are located here.
     
Rajban Bihar Pagoda:
An internationally known Buddhist Temple, where the spiritualist principal monk of Rajban Vihara, Shrimath Sadhana Nanda Mohasthabir(Ban Vante) lives.
     
Peda Ting Ting:
A small island on the Kaptai Lake, few kilometres away from Rangamati. It is mostly known for its serenity. There are a few tourist accommodation facilities here and a tiny restaurant run by the locals. It offers foods ranging from traditional to indigenous delicacies.
     
Chakma Royal Palace:
This is the palace of the present Chakma King. However, it is open to public for a visit.
     
DC Bungalow Area:
The District Commissioner’s Bungalow is located adjacent to the lake. There is a small light house and a shelter accessible to the public. This spot provides a nice view of the lake.
 
     
Bandarban (Wildlife & Eco-Tourism in Bangladesh):
Boga Lake:
Boga Lake is the most beautiful natural lake in Bandarban tour, Bangladesh. It is also known as Bagakain Lake or Baga Lake. Boga lake is 18 kilometer away from Ruma Sadar Upozilla in Bandarban, Bangladesh. The area of Boga lake in Bandarban is about 15 acres. Boga lake is situated at about 3000 feet above sea level of Bangladesh. The color of water of this Boga lake is blue and very much eye catching. There are many mythological stories behind the creation of Boga lake.
     
Buddha Dhatu Jadi:
The Buddha Dhatu Jadi is a Theravada Buddhist temple known as the Bandarban Golden Temple. The Buddha Dhatu Jadi is located at Pulpara, 4 kilometer from Balaghata town and 10 kilometer from the remote Bandarban hill district in Bangladesh. The Bandarban Golden Temple is the largest Theravada Buddhist Temple with the second largest Buddha statue in Bangladesh.
     
Chimbuk Hill and Tribal Villages:
Chimbuk hill is the third highest mountain in Bangladesh. Chimbuk is one of the most familiar tourist spots in Bandarban, Bangladesh. Chimbuk hill is just 26 kilometer away from Bandarban sadar. Chimbuk hill is about 2500 feet high above sea level of Bangladesh. The road of this area is zigzag. So if a traveler rides in a jeep it will be adventurous and charming while the jeep will be moving through the various indigenous villages of Bandarban.
     
Keokradong:
Keokradong is the second highest mountain of Bangladesh. Sometime officially it claimed as the highest peak of Bangladesh. Keokradong is about 4,035 ft (1,230 meters) high from the sea level of Bangladesh. It is situated at 30 kilometer away from the Ruma sadar upazilla of Bandarban, Bangladesh. This remote area is full of natural beauty. Here the travelers and nature lovers can see many small and big mountains and hills. Keokradong is covered with dense forests, birds and animals.
     
Meghla Tourist Spot:
Meghla Parjatan Complex is one of the most amazing tourist spots for the travelers and tourists coming from all over Bangladesh and world. Meghla is in the contiguous area of the Bandarban hill district council on the gateway of Bandarban, maintained by Bandarban district administration.
     
Nilachal Tourist Spot:
There is another beautiful place to see near Meghla, which is called Nilachal, maintained by Bandarban district administration. Nilachal is known as tiger hill. The view of Nilachal is so spectacular for snapping. Nilachal is the nearest tourist spot from Bandarban town, Bangladesh. Nilachal is situated at Tigerpara. Nilachal is near about 2000 feet above the sea level and 5 kilometer away from the Bandarban town.
     
 
Mirinja Parjatan:
Mirinja tourist spot (Parjatan complex) is situated at Lama upazilla of Bandarban district in Bangladesh. Mirinja is a wonderful tourist spot in Lama, Bandarban. Mirinja is about 1500 feet high from the sea level of Bangladesh. In good weather, travelers and tourists can see the Maheskhali Island, Bay of Bengal, Matamuhuri River and Lama upazilla at a glance.
     
Nafakhum and Remakri:
Nafakhum is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Bandarban, Bangladesh and an excellent place to travel. Every traveler should have a tour plan to visit this beautiful tourism spot of Bandarban, Bangladesh at least once and then they will feel to visit that travel spot again and again. Nafakhum is situated on the wild hilly Sangu River at a remote area called Remakri of Thanchi upazilla
     
Nilgiri and Thanchi:
Nilgiri or Nil Giri or Neelgiri is one of the tallest peaks and beautiful tourist spots in Bandarban, Bangladesh. Nilgiri is about 3500 feet high and situated at Thanchi Thana of Bandarban district in Bangladesh. Nilgiri is about 46 km south of Bandarban on the Bandarban-Chimbuk-Thanchi road. Beside this Nilgiri spot travelers and tourists can also roam around the Mro villages. Their colorful culture and living style are surely an unexplored experience for the visitors and tourists.
     
Prantik Lake:
Prantik Lake is really a beautiful tourist spot in Bandarban district of Bangladesh. Prantik lake of Bandarban is surrounded by many kind of plants and trees. This amazing place – Prantik Lake will certainly attract tourists minds. Prantik Lake is an ideal place for travel. Prantik Lake located in a village named “Holudia” near the Keranihat-Bandarban Road. Prantik Lake is 14 kilometer away from Bandarban town. Volume of this Prantic Lake area is 29 acres.
     
Rijuk Waterfall:
Rijuk waterfall (Rijuk Jhorna) is located at Ruma upazilla of Bandarban district, Bangladesh. The water of Rijuk waterfall continuously falls into the river Sangu from about 300 feet high hill with beautiful sound throughout the year and this water is shiny like pearl particles in the space creating a unique beauty of nature. Rijuk waterfall is surrounded by different kind of plants.
     
Sangu River:
Sangu River is the complete part of the natural beauty of Bandarban, Bangladesh. Sangu river follows a northerly circuitous course in the hill tracts up to Bandarban, Bangladesh. Sangu river enters the Bandarban district from the east and flows west across the Bandarban district and finally falls into the bay of Bengal at the end of a course of 270 kilometer. Sangu river is flowing through the hills for thousands of years.
     
Shoilo Propat:
The waterfall named Shoilo Propat or Shoylo Propat at Milanchari, Bandarban, 4 km from the town on the road to Thanchi from Bandarban town. Shoilo propat is also an excellent site, maintained by Bangladesh Parjatan, the national tourism promotion corporation of Bangladesh.
     
Tajingdong:
Tajingdong, also known as “Bijoy” is the highest mountain of Bangladesh. Tajingdong is about 4300 feet (1310 meters) high from the sea level of Bangladesh. Tajingdong is situated in remakri pangsha union under Ruma upazilla of Bandarban in Bangladesh. According to local tribal language “Tajing” means “Great” & “Dong” means “Hill” so that means “Great hill”.
     
 
Upabon Parjatan:
Upabon Parjatan is another beautiful tourist spot in Bandarban at Naikhongchari, Bangladesh. Upabon Parjatan is a wonderful gift of nature. Here is an amazing lake surrounded by forest. A lot of birds are singing here and tourists will surely be amazed by looking at the big rocks and surrounding natural scenes. At Upabon Parjatan, there is a hanging bridge over the lake and it is longer than the Meghla hanging bridge of Bandarban.
     

Lalmai Moinamoti And Shalbon Bihar:
They Are Famous Historical And Archeological Places Around Comilla. These Are A Series Of Hillocks, Where The Northern Part Is Called Moinamoti And The Southern Part Is Called Lalmai; And Shalbon Bihar Is In The Middle Of Lalmai And Moinamoti, Which The Was Established In 8th Century By King Buddadev. Salbanvihara, Almost In The Middle Of The Mainarnati-Lalmai Hill Range Consists Of 115 Cells, Built Around A Spacious Courtyard With Cruciform Temple In The Centre Facing Its Only Gateway Complex To The North Resembling That Of The Paharpur Monastery.

If You Are In Comilla And Already Visited Lalmai, Moinamoti Then Don't Miss To Go Moinamoti Museum – Where You Will Find The Historical Things Found In Lalmai & Moinamoti Of 7th & 8th Centuries. The Mainamati Site Museum Has A Rich and Varied Collection Of Copper Plates, Gold And Silver Coins And 86 Bronze Objects. Over 150 Bronze Statues Have Been Recovered Mostly From The Monastic Cells, Bronze Stupas, Stone Sculptures And Hundreds Of Terracotta Plaques Each Measuring On An Average Of 9" High And 8" To 12" Wide. Mainamati Is Only 114 Km. From Dhaka City And Is Just A Day's Trip By Road On Way To Chittagong. Decidedly Untypical Of Bangladesh In Topography And Culture, The Chittagong Hill Tracts Have Steep Jungle Hills, Buddhist Tribal Peoples And Relatively Low-Density Population. The Tracts Are About 60km (37mi) East Of Chittagong. The Region Comprises A Mass Of Hills, Ravines And Cliffs Covered With Dense Jungle, Bamboo, Creepers And Shrubs, And Have Four Main Valleys Formed By The Karnapuli, Feni, Shangu And Matamuhur Rivers.

 
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