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Eager to add Bangladesh to your travel bucket list of undiscovered gems? If so, these beautiful places in Bangladesh will help you plan a travel itinerary packed with ancient history, vibrant culture, and raw beauty.
Bangladesh has so much to offer for nature lovers, foodies, and intrepid adventurers alike. While still relatively unknown to travelers outside of Asia, those looking for a truly unforgettable trip to a place draped in both natural and human-made beauty should take some time to learn more about this vast, diverse place and what it has to offer.
So let us start with Bangladesh’s showstoppers, and find out more about this majestic country through 14 of its most beautiful places, guided by a local writer.
Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Bangladesh
1 – Old Dhaka
Oh, Old Dhaka! Sitting on the bank of the Buriganga River, Old Dhaka’s rich culture and heritage are reflected in both its architecture and the lifestyle of the city’s population. Dhaka is the capital of Bangladesh, and the southernmost region of the city is called Old Dhaka.
Among the landmarks in Old Dhaka, the Lalbagh Fort and Ahsan Manjil are two of the most visited sites. The former is an incomplete fort from Mughal times. The latter housed the Nawabs and is built upon the rich Mughal architectural principles.
The Tara Mosque, Rose Garden Palace, Christian Cemetery at Wari, and Bahadur Shah Park all come with their own fascinating history and are must-visit places if you are in the area.
Don’t forget to visit the University of Dhaka campus that spans six hundred acres of land. The Faculty of Science building is called Curzon Hall, named after Lord Curzon, and consists of a unique mix of Mughal and European architecture.
2 – Sonargaon
Once a bustling river port, Sonargaon traditionally was a popular hub for muslin traders in the late 1800s. It is jam-packed with museums and architectural landmarks, and today it is a popular tourist destination.
The Boro Sardar Bari, the then-residence of a Hindu businessperson, is now a glamorous museum that is well worth a visit.
Panam Nagar is perhaps the most visited place in Sonargaon. Founded by the British as a cotton fabric trading center, Panar Nagar initially was a small town of around fifty-two houses, inhabited by Hindus. All the houses are built upon European architectural principles, and the city remains one of the most visited tourist places in Sonargaon.
You can also visit the Sonargaon Folk-arts and Crafts museum, if you want to learn more about the origin and evolution of various fabrics produced in Sonargaon, as well as Nakshi Kantha (quilts with hand embroidery).
3 – Chittagong
Chittagong is the largest and most progressive city after Dhaka. The glorious Chittagong hill tracts are arguably the area’s most famous natural spot, and definitely worth seeing. However, the city and the district have so much more to discover.
Among the natural tourist spots, Boga Lake, Naval Beach, Guliakhali Beach, Patenga Beach, Karnaphuli River, and Bhatiary Lakes are some of the most popular places to visit.
If you love museums, you can visit the museum at Chittagong Circuit House, Zia Memorial Museum, or Bistaar – Chittagong Art Complex. The city also has a safari park, an amusement park (Foy’s Lake), and a family-friendly zoo that is perfect for an afternoon of exploring and seeing wildlife.
The city also boasts the shrine of Bayezid Bostami, which is visited by thousands for religious reasons, all year round.
The cuisine of Chittagong is a brand in itself. You cannot leave the district without tasting the Mezbani Kacchi or Kala Bhuna. You can find various high-end and casual restaurants that serve a variety of these traditional dishes, so be sure to work up an appetite with all the sightseeing!
4 – Sylhet
Cast your eyes on a map of Bangladesh, and you’ll quickly be able to locate Sylhet in the eastern region. Not only is it one of the country’s greenest districts, it also has the highest amount of rainfall.
Sylhet is popular for its lakes and other water bodies, and it is also home to many tea gardens and small tropical forests. Ratargul Swamp forest, which is a freshwater swamp forest, is the most iconic place to visit here, closely followed by Jaflong and Bisanakandi. You can view some truly jaw-dropping feats of nature in these forests, unlike anywhere else on Earth.
A 14th-century Muslim saint Shah Jalal is buried in this very district. His burial site has been turned into a shrine and is known as Shahjalal Dargah, which is visited by millions of people all year round.
Sylhet also has many beautiful tea gardens and several museums worth checking out. If you want to taste the unique cuisine of the district, drop by at Panshi or Paanch Bhai for a quick lunch or dinner. Utterly divine!
5 – Cox’s Bazar
Cox’s Bazar is one of the most popular places for tourists in Bangladesh, visited all year round. The district is located in the southeastern part of the country and is home to the longest sea beach in the world.
When it comes to Cox’s Bazar, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to sun, sea, and sand. Inani, Kolatoli, Sugandha, and Laboni Point are just several of the region’s many beaches. You can also find beautiful hotels and resorts dotted throughout the region. Himchori has hilltops and waterfalls and is close to Kolatoli beach.
In addition, Cox’s Bazar is a shopper’s paradise. The Burmese market has a strong foothold there, and you can find vast collections of decorations, beautiful clothing, household items, cutlery and kitchen supplies, and cosmetics throughout these shops.
If you love seafood, visit any of the restaurants or roadside shops to find a variety of seafood dishes, served fresh. The fine-dining restaurants serve foods from all over the world, so you’ll always be spoilt for choice!
6 – The Sundarbans
The Sundarbans are one of the largest Mangrove forests in the world and home to thousands of species of trees and animals. It is one of Bangladesh’s top tourist attractions and is home to the national symbol – the Royal Bengal Tiger.
Sundarban has small beaches and islands that can be enjoyed throughout the day, and particularly at sunset. You can also walk through the dense forest, getting up close and personal with the luscious plants and so much amazing wildlife.
Hiron Point, or Nilkomol, is a must-visit spot where you can see various animals in their natural habitat. If you are lucky, you might even get a glimpse of the Royal Bengal tiger!
7 – St. Martin’s Island
Located close to Cox’s Bazar and the Bay of Bengal, Saint Martin’s Island is a small and very popular island, frequented by tourists from all around the world. The island is tiny and can be explored within a day. No vehicles are allowed on the island either, making it a pollution-free territory.
St. Martin’s has an extension called the Chhera Dweep or Chhera Island, that you can visit via a rented speedboat.
When not roaming around the awe and beauty of the island, you can try your hand at plenty of activities, such as scuba diving, cycling, and stargazing (or moon gazing if you visit during a full moon). The island also has unique snacks and foods that you do not want to miss!
8 – Srimangal
Located in the northwest of Bangladesh, Srimangal is one of the greenest places in the country. It consists of acres upon acres of wonderous tea gardens and sprawling fields, dotted with tranquil lakes.
You can begin your tour with Lawachara National Park. The tropical forest contains hundreds of different species of trees and animals. The Nurjahan Tea Estate has lush tea gardens, stretching across acres of land. Even a mere glimpse is nothing less than therapy to soothe your mind and soul.
Srimangal is also popular for its lakes and waterfall. Do not forget to visit Madhabpur Lake and Baikka Beel. The tranquil water body meets the green, and the views can be enjoyed best during late afternoon and at sunset.
Ham Ham Waterfall is usually pleasant during the monsoon season when there is enough water in it. If you love a little hiking, you can visit the temple on top of the Laaltila or Red Hill.
Srimangal is home to some of the finest variations of tea, so don’t forget to try plenty of different teas, and bring home a few packs with you, when you’re visiting.
9 – Khagrachari and Sajek Valley
Khagrachari is located in the Chittagong hill tracts, and is popular among hikers and trekkers. It has several lakes and small hill,s along with the Teduchara fountain, recognized as one of the most beautiful fountains in Bangladesh.
Alutila cave and Sajek Valley are both wildly popular tourist spots in Khagrachari. The Alutila cave can be crossed in about twenty minutes. Thrill-seekers will enjoy the adventure through the rugged clay rocks and icy cold waters.
Sajek Valley, too, is compact, but utterly beautiful. There are plenty of resorts and restaurants dotted on both sides of a single-track road. Since the valley is at a very high altitude, some people even get to actually touch clouds!
Sajek also has a small hill called Konglak, which is popular among hikers. The entire Sajek can be seen in two days, making it an ideal day or weekend trip.
10 – Bandarban
South of Chittagong lies Bandarban. It is also another popular destination for hikers and trekkers, dotted with hills and lakes that will etch beautiful memories in your mind. The river Sangu runs through this district, and the lands house at least thirteen different indigenous tribes.
Nilachal Point is the most popular destination in Bandarban. From here, you can see the entire Bandarban cityscape before your very eyes, and needless to say, the view is breathtaking. The Golden Temple or the Buddha Dhatu Jadi is a Buddhist temple and is also frequented by travelers.
Bandarban has two popular hills – Nilgiri and Chimbuk Hill, and you don’t have to be a hiker to visit them. You can also roam the streets of the city and even visit the residence of the indigenous tribes.
11 – Rangamati and Kaptai Lake
Rangamati is located in Chittagong, and it is one of the popular hill tracts in the district. It is inhabited by various indigenous tribes and has multiple temples and places of worship.
Kayaking on Kaptai Lake, the magnificent Shuvolong Waterfall, and the impressive Rangamati Hanging Bridge, connecting the banks of the lake, are some of the many wonders that await you.
Also, be sure to spend some time at Rangamati Cultural Museum, amid the beauty of Peda Ting Ting Island, and connecting with nature at Kaptai National Park. You can also visit the temples and Vihars, but it’s advised not to disturb the worshippers during religious festivals.
12 – Kuakata
Kuakata is renowned for its spellbinding sea beach and is located in the district of Patuakhali. There are no other places in Bangladesh that can provide such a jaw-dropping scenic view of sunrise and sunset over the Bay of Bengal quite like Kuakata. So much so, the town is known as the ‘Daughter of Ocean.’
When you’re not spending time sprawled out on the beach, you can also visit Fatra’r chor (island), Lebur Chor (island), Kuakata Eco Park, and Gangamati Reserve Forest.
Kuakata is a pilgrimage for Buddhists and Hindus; hence, the area is home to many temples of all shapes and sizes. You can visit them at Misripara, Amkholapara, and Keranipara.
The island is also popular for its production of dry fish, and there is a village that sells entirely dry fish and nothing else. If you are a fan of the delicacy, don’t forget to bring some home.
13 – Bagerhat
Bagerhat is located in the southwestern part of the country, and it is close to the Sundarbans. The district is popular for its mosques and museums and is perfect for a short trip out of the city. If you love architecture, you will quickly find a place in your heart for Bagerhat.
The historical place has many mosques, with six of its most important being the Shat Gombuj Mosque, the Nine Dome Mosque, the Zinda Pir Mosque, the Chunakhola Mosque, the Singar Mosque, and Bibi Begni’s Mosque. All are visited by thousands of people every year and are mosques with rich and majestic architecture.
A trip to visit the Tomb of Khan Jahan Ali is also a must, while nature lovers will find peace and tranqulity at the waters of Khan Jahan Dighi (pond), and Ghora Dighi (pond).
Finally, don’t miss out on a trip to Chandra Mahal Eco Park, especially if you are traveling with children. If you want to try local cuisine, just drop by any branch of the Dhanshiri restaurant.
14 – Barisal
Lying on the banks of the river of Kirtonkhola, Barisal is a small city of lights and laughter that is ideal for a weekend getaway. It has shimmering lakes and beautiful architectural sites, and you can enjoy both the city, and its natural surroundings, on the same trip.
The Guthia Mosque located in the city is perhaps the most iconic tourist attraction, and it is a must-visit. In addition, the floating guava market held on boats is another experience you do not want to miss, as it is quite the spectacle. If you want to enjoy nature further, you can visit the Durga Sagar lake and take a boat out or go kayaking.
Barisal has its unique cuisine, and you can taste it at any restaurant in the city. Shokal Shondha restaurant is pretty popular for its breakfast and desserts, so be sure to stop by for a spot of lunch or dinner.
Beautiful Bangladeshi Places Summary
Representing all that is beautiful, glorious, and alluring about Bangladesh, these beautiful places to visit in Bangladesh promise a trip to this vast country like no other.
If you are looking for a truly unique travel experience, rich with natural beauty, ancient architecture, and plenty of memorable experiences, look no further than Bangladesh.
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Author: Mehnaz Tabassum is a creative writer, hailing from Dhaka. She writes fiction and has also written a number of cultural and lifestyle pieces for various publications. She is deeply passionate about sharing Bangladeshi cuisine, tourism, and culture with the world.