Bangladesh Geography Travel

The Top 30 Beautiful Places to Visit in Bangladesh

September 25, 2016
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Bangladesh is a land of flora and fauna rivers and rivulets, villages and hamlets, hills and hillocks, silvery sea-shores and blessed with six seasons. It’s a beautiful country to explore. But due to lack of knowledge, many people don’t choose this country for backpacking. I hope you’ll  love to visit the places of Bangladesh after reading the description below. You’ll be amazed by the beauty of nature of Bangladesh disguised and concealed for so long.

Sundarbans

The Sundarbans, declared as a  UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the largest mangrove forest in the world. It comprises of the southern part of Bangladesh and a part of India where the most part is in Bangladesh.

sundarbans

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Tourist attractions:

  • It’s the only abode of world famous Royal Bengal Tiger. Besides, it has a mob of spotted deer, monkeys, different colorful birds, etc. to enjoy.
  • To have the full thrill of adventure in Sundarban spent 3-4 days here. Enter to the deep forest and walk through the road of Tiger where you can get panic seeing the footprint of the tiger. But hardly you’ve a chance to meet with the the Tiger.
  • Stay in the hotel for accommodation but when you are in the forest, people usually stay in the launch.

Keokradong

The second highest mountain (1230 meters) of Bangladesh, Keokaradong is located in 30km away from the Ruma sadar Upazilla in Bandarban.

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Tourist attractions:

  • This place is full of beauty where you can see big and small mountains and hills. The area is enriched with dense forest, birds and animals.
  • You’ll be charmed by the dazzling green hill, zigzag path, cool fountains,hide and seek game of the clouds,hilly roads side on the top of the hill.
  • White clouds covered all around  during the rain and golden ray at the evening is the best moment in keokradong.It’s not possible to describe the sun rise and the night of the Keokradong if you never see it. The night is very cold, you’ll need double blanket.

You’ve to walk 14km to reach the highest peak. You’ll find a tiny village named darjeeling para 1km away from the highest peak. When you’ll reach the highest peak, you’ll feel a great achievement.

It’s a laborious job, so you need to have patience all the way long walking. Bring sufficient amount of saline water and first aid. Finally, behave properly with the local people then you’ll have great help at the time of need.

Ratargul, Sylhet

Ratargul, the only swamp forest in Bangladesh is located in Gowainghat upazila of Sylhet. The beauty is bloomed mainly in rainy season.

In gwainghat hire boat and heads towards island like place from where again hire a small boat for ratargul forest. Here it will cost BDT 200-500 for exploring ratargul forest. It’s better to hire traditional boat instead of engine boat where it’s shakiness will give you real experience of the boat riding.

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Tourist attractions:

  • Most of the trees here are ‘koroch’ trees, a spot of attraction for the botanist. The reflection of the koroch tree on the crystal clear water of Chengir Khal creates mesmerizing ambiance.
  • Freshwater swamp forest is a good source of local fishes during rainy season. Besides, monkeys, lizards, birds insects, green spiders, birds etc are available to offer you flavor of Amazon forest.
  • Ratargul will provide you very adventurous and scary feeling. During boat riding the low hanging branches will hit you slightly and again you may stuck in the narrow gap between the trees what make your ride more daring.
  • Monsoon, in the month of July and August is the best time for visiting ratargul which gets submerged under 20 to 30 feet water in some part and rest of the year the water level is 10 feet.

Report and take permission from the forest office for exploring Ratargul and they’ll manage boat for you. Don’t hire from outside as there might be the possibility of be hijacked. Don’t throw anything here and there and don’t destroy the nature.

Sada Pathor, Bholaganj

Sada pathor (zero point) is a  picturesque canvas located at Bholagonj in Sylhet. Sada pathor means ‘white stone’.

Tourist attraction:

  • Crystal clear water, mesmerizing ambiance and the the whiteness of the stones is definitely going to bewitch you. You can also take your shower here with cold and soothing water. But if you can’t swim then avoid swimming here.
  • You’ll astonish to see the bonding of the hills, clouds, white stones and the depth of the river.
  • Cold melodious sound of water flow, sunrise, sunset and moonlit night will soothe your body and mind and make you lively and fresh.

Take CNG from Amberkhana, Sylhet towards Doyar bazar. Then heads towards sadapathor in Bholaganj by boat.

As Bholaganj is still an unknown place so don’t take any kind of risk during the journey.

Tinpa Saiter

The adventurous waterfall, Tinpa Saiter is for the most daring tourist who love to travel in the steep path for seeking the beauty of nature. It’s located at Royangchori in Bandarban. Saiter means waterfall. You need to walk 40km to reach the destination.

At first come to Bandarban and heads towards Royangchori. From there you will go to small Upazilla town. Now the walking starts. You’ll love the the jhiri path during the whole journey of walking.

After climbing hills, walking along zigzag path and embracing the clouds you’ll reach ‘poikkhong para’. After taking rest and having meal, start walking again for Ronin para.

At Ronin para you can enjoy the accommodation and meal at the house of the tribes.

Again the journey starts and climb up one hill to another hill and and a short break at Debachora para.

Again the Jhiri path to hills to finally the main destination Tinpa Soitar.

So you can see it’s a long journey and a lot of places to pass for reaching the destination.

Tourist attractions:

  • You’ll love the Jhiripath all the way during the journey.
  • Climbing up hills, hospitality of the tribes, hiking, crossing daring canals, holding the clouds in your grip all are very adventurous and risky in some cases, which is only for the adventurous people.
  • The boulders in front of the waterfall give a unique panoramic view of the waterfall. The stream is fierce and flows terribly.
  • After the long laborious and hopeless journey, the waterfall is a mesmerizing view. It’ll bring peace inside you and refill your mind with new hope and aspiration.

Take permission from the army. Bring saline water and dry food with you for long 40km hiking and take malaria medicine before starting your journey.

Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban

An architectural masterpiece, Jatiyo Sangsad bhaban is designed by an American architect and Yale University Professor, Louis I. Kahn. It’s the Parliament of Bangladesh located at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka.

Though its construction started in 1964 but ends after the Liberation war in 1982.

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Tourist attractions:

  • The architectural design gives the sense of modernism. The natural light reflects in the form of triangles, circle, and rectangle due to the geometrical windows. It’s simply majestic!
  • As it’s a Parliament, so you can guess there’ll be a tight security. So take permission to have access.
  • But outside view is also great! Must have a look from the Lake Road where the reflection of the moat is guaranteed! It looks beautiful at night when it’s adorned with colorful lightings.

Nijhum deep

If you are looking for any calm and peaceful environment for healing your heart or want to get rid of boredom which seems incurable, surely you can choose Nijhum deep for exploring. It means island of serenity, island of tranquility. It’s an offshore island raised on the estuary of the Meghna channel in the mouth of the Bay of Bengal, 2 km southwest of Hatia under Noakhali district.

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Tourist attractions:

  • The island covered with small grasses looks like a green carpet island.
  • The mangrove forest, a  mob of spotted deer, monkeys and snakes and 35 species of birds, are mainly the attractions of the tour.
  • You can start the journey from Sadarghat launch terminal in the afternoon so that you can enjoy the scenic beauty of the rivers in the moonlight. After reaching there, you can have silent boat trip through narrowed creeks to observe wildlife including deer and honey collection.

Sajek valley

We explore different beautiful valleys of the world spending lots of money and time. But the fact is we also possess beautiful valley named Sajek Valley, which is a must to go place for visiting.

Imagine you are floating on the cloud and again you are embracing the cloud. How is it?Yes, you must visit here to have this experience in reality.

It’s situated in Rangamati district at Upazilla baghaichari. It’s the largest Union in Bangladesh. Though it’s location is in Rangamati but it’s easy to travel from Khagrachari. So people start their journey from khagrachari.

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Tourist attractions:

  • Floating on the cloud, lying on her lap, touching, again embracing, you won’t get this delightful moment unless you visit here. Its view is more soothing in the evening.
  • Its intimacy with the people is increasing day by day. But once it was the visiting place for only adventurous people as it was insecure and risky place. Now Bangladesh Army has established their camp. So many people are now coming to visit here. You can also have some nice clicks on the helipad.
  • You can also watch Lusai hill of India from here which is the origin of Karnafuli River.

St. Martin Island

St Martin’s Island is the marine paradise of Bangladesh. Want to get rid of maddening and suffocating life? Come here to visit this stunning island in the weekend with your friends and family.

It’s the only coral Island located in the northern part of the Bay of Bengal, 9km south of the Cox’s Bazar-teknaf mainland.

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Tourist attractions:

  • It’s called ‘Narikel Jinjira’ by the local people as it’s surrounded by coconut trees. Again, some call it ‘Daruchini Dip’ for the mesmerizing island and illusive blue crystal water of the Bay of Bengal.
  • It’s the blending of sea, sun and palm trees.Travelers love white beaches bordered by tall coconut tree and illusive crystal water that creep onto the sand. You can enjoy speed boat and engine boat here.  
  • If you are heading from Cox’s Bazar, hire bus, micro or ‘Chander gari’ for the destination. But if you’re from Dhaka, hire Teknaf going bus like- Hanif, Unique paribahan, Saint martin Paribahan etc. and reach the island by ship.
  • For food, you can get lots of green coconut at the cheapest rate. Again it’s famous for ‘shutki’. Besides, fish like crab, lobster are popular. You can get Rupchanda, prawn, koral fry etc. People lots of pickles for their friends and family.
  • It has an isolated deep called chera deep which is another attraction of the tour. The word ‘chera’ denotes broken. It got divided from the main island during tide. You can see lots of colorful living and dead corals which you’ll find interesting to collect.

Nafakhum

Nafakhum is the largest waterfall in Bangladesh. Wide open sky over the head, roaring sound of the waterfall, hide and seek of the shades and lights make the place blissful!

It’s situated in Sangu River at remote place Remakri of Thanchi Upazilla in Bandarban.

‘Khum’ in Marma language means waterfall. In Remakri river, fish named ‘nafa’ is available. Its specialty is to move against the wave. So when they try to reach the waterfall, they jump against the wave and caught by the fisherman at the moment.

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Tourist attractions:

  • If you want to reach nafakhum, come to Bandarban first. Next, drive to Tindu for 3 hours and then head towards remakri by boat for 3 hours. Finally, you’ll get nafakhum by walking 3 hours from Remakri.
  • Hills and mountains, stony lake, rivers all these combinations will give a feeling of an imaginary scene in your dream. You’re sure to get lost for a moment listening to the melody of the waterfall.
  • In the month of September-October, you can see the real beauty of the waterfall. Water falling from the height forcefully and strike the downward calm water creating a dense fog all around which you can’t feel without watching!

Ahsan Manzil Museum

Massive and elegant building built by Nawab Abdul Gani is located at Kurmitola. He was the rich landlord in the city. Once it was the official residential Palace of the Dhaka Nawab Family.

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Tourist attraction:

  • You can explore here 23 galleries exhibiting household articles, portraits, furniture and utensils used by the Nawabs.
  • It has long staircase at the front, for the entrance, surrounded by green field and trees which have become the place of picnic and get together.

Dhakeshwari Temple

Dhakeshwari Temple is the center of Hindu religion build by Ballalasena. It’s state-owned Temple located near Bakshi Bazar at Dhakeshwari road, Dhaka. It’s a heritage place which is considered as National Temple. ‘Dhakeshwari’ means ‘Goddess of Dhaka’.

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It’s open for all and people from different religion can visit here. The largest celebration of Hindus, known as  Durga Puja is held in this temple.

One thing you need to remember is that, if you are from different religion, don’t  touch worshippers or their food as they consider it wasted.

Chawk Bazaar

The age-old Chawk Bazaar becomes the center of meeting place of the Muslim community during Ramadan. It turns into iftar hub where hundreds of people come to collect iftar for breaking their fast.

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You can get Iftar items like- suti kabab, boro baper pola, mutton kabab, fried pigeon, doi bora etc.

It’s located in old Dhaka but during Ramadan people from all around Dhaka and sometimes outside people come here to buy iftar.

Sonargaon

Sonargaon is a historic place located near industrial river port of Narayanganj, Dhaka.

It’s the oldest capital of Bengal also known as ‘the city of Panam’.

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You can find here folk arts and the craft museum for exploring where you can have the flavor of the past time. It’s an excellent representation of old museum and Mughal Palace.

Lalbagh Fort

An incomplete, 17th-century fort, located in Old Dhaka is built by Prince Mohammad Azam. It’s situated on the bank of Buriganga river.

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  Tourist attractions:

  • The monuments are the Lalbagh Mosque, Audience Hall, the tomb of Pori Bibi, Hammam of Nawab Shaista Khan.
  • It was the scene of bloody battle in 1857 A.D, during the 1st war of independence.

           So visit here and have knowledge in history and culture of old times

Hatir Jheel

It’s a combination of lake, park, and bridge, inaugurated in 2013. When the Dhaka city was getting dead due to environment pollution, it came as a breath of fresh air.

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Tourist attractions:

  • It’s at the centre of Dhaka surrounded by Tejgaon, Badda, Banasree, Magbazar, Niketon, Gulshan making the perfect transportation system in Dhaka.
  • Thousands of people come here especially at night to view the wonderful lighting and its reflection on the water gives an elegant view of the lake. You’ll start clicking unknowingly for such a stunning view even if you are not a photographer.

Sadarghat River Port

Sadarghat River Port is the largest river port in the world. This dynamic and busy port is located on the Buriganga River.

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Tourist attractions:

  • You’ll see people and cargo loaded and unloaded in the ghat and people and passengers; all are rushing from here to there all the time.
  • In the ghat, you’ll notice many kids picking the plastics and hawkers selling their things to meet the poverty.
  • You can also ride a boat awaiting for the passengers in the ghat. It’ll cost 5 tk each.

Cox’s Bazar Sea Beach

Cox’s Bazar, the longest sea beach (120 km long) in the world, is located in the eastern coastline of Bangladesh. It’s declared as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

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Tourist attractions:

  • The vast sky and sea merge to let you know about their unity. You can enjoy the fiery sun rising from the sea and again sinking  under the sea in the evening. The beach sparkles like the pearl when light falls on the sand.
  • You’ll get markets near the shore selling jewellery, show-piece etc. made of shells and again you can get stitched and unstitched clothes.
  • Walking along the sea beach at moonlit night, soft light of the moon over the head, the roar of the waves and cold touch of the wind, will make you nostalgic.

Kuakata

Kuakata is famous for its panoramic view of the sea beach. The word Kuakata originates from English word ‘well’ dug on the sea shore for collecting drinking water by Rakhine people. It’s located in the south-west coastal area 70 km away from district headquarters of Patuakhali. The sea beach is about 6 km wide and 30 km long.

It’s an excellent combination of incredible natural beauty, blue sky, sandy beach, evergreen forest and a huge expanse of water of the Bay.

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Tourist attractions:

  • It has become a unique place for enjoying the full rising and setting of the crimson sun in the peaceful and calm environment.
  • In ‘Rash Purnima’ and ‘Maghi Purnima’ Hindu and Buddhist devotee come here for the celebration. It’s the place of Pilgrimage of the Hindus and Buddhist followers.
  • Kuakata is an abode of the winter migratory  birds. So it becomes the meeting place for bird watchers and bird lovers who eagerly await for this season to come.
  • Forest, series of coconuts bordering the beach, surfing waves, boat plying with colorful sails, towering cliff, everything touches the mind of the tourists.
  • Time  comes to stand still when you are going to have clicks. So you can expect to have some nice clicks!
  • There can be a good opportunity to have fishing trip if you can offer some money to the fisherman in the boat. So you can buy undoubtedly fresh fish from the sea.
  • You can visit Buddhist Temple nearby where contains an idol of Gautam Buddha. You can find 200-year-old wells in that place.
  • The Gangamati Reserved Forest is the small mangrove forest you can see there and it’s the portion of the Sundarbans.

Safari Park, Gazipur

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Safari Park in Gazipur is one of the best latest tourist additions in the country. You will get the taste of visiting wild Africa there. It is close to Gazipur city, and one can go for a day trip if visiting from Dhaka.

Visiting Time: It is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Safari Park in Gazipur is the new tourist attraction where you can have the flavor of exploring wild Africa. You can have one day trip if visiting from Dhaka.

the difference between zoo and safari park is, in zoo animals are confined where in the safari park jungles are maintained. People visit all around the jungle by bus inside.

Entry fees for adult cost 50tk where for kids above 2 years is 20tk. Tuesday is a government holiday. Otherwise, it’s open from 8 am- 5 pm.

For food, you have to buy from restaurants inside the park which are little bit expensive.

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Positive thing:

  • Large area with a fresh and clean environment.
  • Fish aquarium, crocodiles, monkey and foreign birds
  • 9D cinema studio
  • A small lake
  • Adventure trip to watch Lion and Tiger
  • Riding facility on elephant

Negative things:

  • Bad transportation from highway to park gate
  • Not enough animals
  • No tent for visitors in case of bad weather
  • Poor AC condition in the bus
  • No security guard in the bus

Shait Gumbuj Mosque

Shat Gombuj mosque, built by Khan Jahan Ali in 1459 is the largest and magnificent mosque in the country. You may get confused with the name ‘Shat Gambuj’ which means 60 domes but actually it has 60 pillars with 81 domes in all total of the mosque. It can be said that the architectural influence is from Turkish. Though exterior and interior mosque gives rather a plain architecture but the interior western wall is beautified with terracotta flowers and foliage.

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Beside the prayer hall, it was used as a court of khan Jahan Ali.The appearance of the mosque is simple but impressive in design.

Mohasthanghar

The archeological and historical site, Mahasthan Garh was the capital of the kingdom the Mourjo, the Sen Dynasty and the Gupta. It’s on the bank of the river Korotoa,13km north of Bogra town.

‘Mohasthan’ means sacred place and ‘garh’ means fort. The largest and entire city of Bengal is fortified successfully by mud and brick wall.

You can go to Mahasthan Garh from Bogra town.

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Tourist attractions:

 

  • The area is rich in Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim sites. Every year and once in 12 years, Hindu devotees come here for the bathing ceremony on the river Korotoa.
  • While visiting Mohasthan Garh, don’t forget to visit Masthan Garh Museum where you can find antiques like- terracotta objects, gold ornaments, and coins.
  • Mohasthan Buddhist Stambho is another source of attraction which is called Behula’s Basar locally.

Paharpur Buddha Bihar

Paharpur Buddha Bihar also known as Soumpur Moha Bihar is the archeological spot and largest known monastery which was discovered by excavation. It was declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1985.

It’s located at Paharpur, in the northern district Naogaon. The main mandir is in the center of this monastery.

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Tourist attraction:

 

  • It’s known for its unique architectural design. Exclusive plaques of the then musicians, snake charmer and animals are the main views. Again the outside walls are inscribed with the lifestyle plaques of the general people of hundreds of years.
  • It has a full historical flavor of 7th century. Different Buddha monks used to gather here to learn on different disciplines along with Buddhism religion. The monks were from China, Japan, India and other Asian countries. With learning, there was the exchange of their own views, culture and politics etc.
  • Don’t forget to visit Paharpur museum accommodating 3 galleries and hundreds of object taken from paharpur Monastery. It’s closed only on Sunday.

 

You can visit Paharpur Bihar from Dhaka by bus or train easily because of easy highway communication. Again you can start your journey from Bogra and visit Mahasthan Garh first and heads towards Paharpur via Joypurhat or Naogaon.

Kaptai lake

Kaptai is the largest artificial lake created in 1960 for a hydroelectric project. It’s extended not only in Bangladesh but also in the South East Asia. This lake is located in the Rangamati region, 77 km away from the city of Chittagong.

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Tourist Attractions:

 

  • It’s surrounded by magnificent hills and favorite tourist attraction. Here, either you can swim in the clear water or hire a boat. You can explore the small Island. Again you’ll find here tribal village where they are the follower of Buddhism. The village is more colorful during Buddhist festival.
  • You’ll find the green field and hills.
  • Fabrics made by tribal people are available here at the shop which you’ll love to buy.
  • It is primarily created for a hydroelectric project. So you can visit the project field also.

Bichanakandi

Did you ever see colors playing with different shades of its own and again altering from one color to another color? Yes to have this view come to visit Bichanakandi, falls in the Goainghat Upazila of  Sylhet, the new travel spot in Bangladesh.

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Tourist Attractions:

  • Transition is from green to blue, from greenfield to blue mountains, darker shades of green to lighter shades of blue. You’ll find there lovely little waterfall which feeds the stream and run through bichanakandi. It’s surely a breathtaking view; you should never miss while visiting Bangladesh.
  • You’ll find water clean and cool while meandering your way. You might have a view of oxen bathing and undaunted kids swimming while going by the motor-boat towards bichanakandi from Hadar Paar of Goainghat. The more you come nearer to the mountains, the more you’ll be impressed to see the real painting of the mountains.
  • The difficult part is walking over the rocks in Bichanakandi. It leads to shallow water where you can sit or even lie down as in it’s the bathtub of rocks.
  • You’ll see Indian’s waterfall few yards away where red flag is marked as the border of India.
  • You’ll see there many kids collecting stone which is their mean of livelihood.

It’s another name of serenity where water flows through rocky lake, creek and hills and give you peace of mind.

Tanguar haor

If you’re in search of vast water bodies to make you calm and peace in your mind, definitely come to Tanguar haor. Here the time stands still and colorful sky with majestic strokes of paint brush will bring you to your dreamland.

Tanguar haor, most probably the second largest haor in Bangladesh is located in the Dharmapasha and Tahirpur upazilas of Sunamganj . The main haor  with water is 28sq km and the rest are villages and farmland. It’s also known as ‘Noi Kuru Kandar Choi Kuri Beel’  locally.

 

The haor comprises of 120 beels of various sizes. It’s the motherland of fishes. It’s an abode of 200 species of aquatic plants, 140 species of fishes, 100 species of migratory bird, 11 species of amphibian, 208 indigenous bird species. The haor is waterland having unique ecosystem.

 

You’ll love the cruising of the clear water with Meghalaya view , stopping at the village and hospitality of the Garo village there.Most of the people living there are either landless or marginal farmer.

The haor is cyclone prone zone and hailstorm also occur there. So check the weather before visiting Tanguar hawor.

tanguar haor

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Tourist Attractions:

  • Long day journey by boat. When you’ll enter to the haor, you’ll see the water reigning the whole places to make you lost in kingdom of water.
  • Reaching the shore you can get warm reception at the boatman’s house where his wife will cook food for you, for rest of the journey if you can collect them food.
  • You can enjoy swimming in the water  below the watch tower. The cold and clear water will soothe your body.
  • You can go to tekerghat lake. Blue water, lake and green nature will make you bewitched. The lake and borderlined hilly areas are main spot of attraction here.
  • You can also visit Barikkatila and Zadukata nodi which are borderline of India.

Inani Beach

A fine golden sandy beach is the part of Cox’s bazar, located about 32km south of it. It’s famous for coral boulders and uniquely shaped Rock.

inani beach

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Tourist attractions:

  • Lush green Hills are rising from the east and sea stretching endlessly at the west. Edged tall palm trees sways gently along with the breeze. You can peddle in the Calm lagoon. Warm wave washing the shore is going to give you therapeutic experience.
  • Collecting seashells of different size and shape is the popular activity of the visitors.
  • Shark free and clean blue water is the good place for bathing.
  • It’s not established that much to have hotels or clubs. So you can enjoy the peace, calmness and the mesmerizing view.

 

While visiting the beach capture the nice moment like sun setting over the beach which turns into melting pot of shades of gold and copper, a really bewitching moment!

Jamuna bridge

Jamuna bridge, constructed over river Jamuna is the largest bridge in Bangladesh and 11th largest in the world. The bridge costs $962 million.

On rainy season, the jamuna river is transformed into sea and at night the sodium lamp on the bridge create different environment to make you nostalgic.

bangabandhu bridge jamuna multi-purpose bridge

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Tourist attractions:

  • You’ll see beautiful resorts near the bridge to welcome tourist in this area.
  • The bridge  is a strategic link between western and eastern parts of Bangladesh.
  • The picturesque of the bridge and natural beauty along the riversides is definitely going to attract you.
  • You can enjoy the fishing of the fisherman from the bridge

Komoldoho cascade

The panoramic waterfall view of Komoldoho cascade always welcomes the tourist especially the adventurous tourist. It’s located at Sitakundo in Chittagong. It’s a kind of unknown trail where you’ve the possibility to discover new trail from here.

In order to reach here first you have go to Borodarogarhat in Mirshorai. From there you will find this cascade passing rail line beside brick kiln.

 

Tourist attractions:

  • The journey starts with bus and end with walking 20mins to reach the cascade. You will find medium to big cascades at the upstream of the komoldoho cascade.
  • The upstream of the big cascade is very risky at the rainy season. So it’s better to go there at the end of rainy season.

If you are a waterfall lover, surely visit this place to enjoy the big , medium and small cascades.

Dhuppani

Dhuppani waterfall is the place to get bewitched and make you feel tiny seeing the enormity of the waterfall. It’s the place to get peace in your mind.

It’s located at Bilachori in Rangamati. Whenever you’ll visit rangamati, make a plan to visit this waterfall.

Tourist attractions:

  • You’ll observe the buddhist monk who are meditating there for many years. Due to meditation you need to maintain some rules and regulations. But only on Sunday there is no restriction as the monk leaves the places for meal.
  • Enjoy the cold water of the waterfall that can make you calm and quiet and amazed by the serenity of the environment.

 

From Dhaka, hire a bus that goes to Jetty Ghat of kaptai and from there  heads towards Bilaichori. At the south of Bilaichori, you’ll reach Dhuppani waterfall passing the Uru Chori.

What I can suggest is, go to this place on Sunday to enjoy more. Don’t spoil  the environment as this is the place of mediation of the buddhist monk.

 

Bangladesh Kantaji Temple

Kantaji Temple in Dinajpur, Bangladesh

July 5, 2016
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The architecture bears great impact on tradition, lifestyle and cultural life of a country. It is the identity of a country. Bangladesh has many architectural monuments and relics dating back thousands of years.

Dinajpur is historically rich and one of the most old districts in Bangladesh. Kantaji Temple shows one of that evidence of the history.

Kantaji Temple is a renowned temple in Bangladesh. Kantaji Temple, also known as the Kantanagar Temple is one of the architectural monument of Hindu religion in Bangladesh. It is finest Hindu Temple residing in the gorgeous countryside of Dinajpur. This is a spectacular block of religious artwork and one of the most brilliant and impressive Hindu monuments in Bangladesh.

It is the best example of Terracotta architecture which is located at Kantanagar village in Dinajpur. The Temple is an 18th-century brick temple. It is about a miles west of Dinajpur Tetulia highway and 12 miles north of the Dinajpur town. It is a wonderful architectural terracotta embellishment.

It was nine-spired or nava-ratna Hindu temple whose nine spires collapsed during the devastating Assam earthquake occurred in 1897.

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It belongs to popular Kanta or Krishna and popular with the Radha-Krishna cult (assemble of memorable love) in Bengal. It is dedicated to Krishna and his wife Rukmini.

The monument is built by Bengali artisans which rightly claims to bathe finest extant example of its type in brick and terracotta. It tells us the story of Krishna-Lila, Ramayan-Mahabharata, and Dev-Devies.

History of Kantaji Temple:

Entrance-west front-Kantaji Temple-John Henry Ravenshaw 1871-British Library

The information found about the Kantaji Temple is:

Name : Kantaji Temple

Creator : Maharaja Ramnath

Date built : 1752

Location : Kaharole PS, Dinajpur, Bangladesh

Architecture : Nava-ratna

Primary deity : Krishna

There is confusion about the date of construction. It was settled from a chronogram record inscribed in the Sanskrit stone fixed on a northeast corner of the temple. Here it is recorded that Maharaja Pran nath of Dinajpur started its construction about 1722 which was completed by his adopted son Maharaja Ram nath in 1752 AD. It was done to propitiate the consort of Rukmini. Later, Maharaja Girijanath Bahadur restored it in the early 20th century. But still, the nine spires are missing.

Architecture:

Archway on the south face of the Kantaji Temple at Kantanagar- with Thakurs canopied chair on the verandah-John Henry Ravenshaw -1871-British Library

This temple rose in 3 retreating terraces and had 9 ornamental spires or ratnas (jewels) which were crowned on the corner of the 3 terraces.

The temple of 52´-0´´ square stands in the centre of an oblong court (240´×120´). It is enclosed by pilgrim shed having a corrugated tin roof. Its chief fabric pivots around 10´-3´´ nuclear square cell, shooting up to a height of about 50´ above high plinth stone (3´-3´´). It is believed to have been digging out from the ancient ruins of Bannagar in Dinajpur. 3 other square outer shells have been added it to strengthen the central cella. The other eight ornamental towers which are missing now occupied the eight roof corners. The curved cornice of the ground floor rises in the middle to a height having 25´-0´´ from the plinth. At each of the four corners of the ground, there are small square cells. The temples have 4 rectangular corridors measuring 30´-8´´×5´-0´´ and 15´-6´´×4´-4´´. There are 3 multi- cusped arched entrances where each is  separated by two brick pillars that are richly decorated. The number of arched doorways on the ground floor is 21 and the first floor is 27.

Terracotta Decoration available in every inch of its wall surface both inside and out depict flora and fauna,
the exploits of Krishna, the stories of the Mahabharata (Mahabharata and the Ramayana ),favorite pastimes of the landed aristocracy. The amazing profusion, modeling have seldom been surpassed by any mural art of its kind in Bengal. One can observe here a carefully arranged thematic scheme at different levels and spaces on the temple wall.

Mythological scenes depict the nativity of Krishna, the demon King Kangsa; Krsna’s killing of the Putana ogress, attempts to kill the infant Krishna, the killing of Keshi, the lifting of Govardhana mountain, the quelling of the snake-demon, Kaliya, and Krishna’s pleasure ride on the boat with revelers.

The south face of the temple reveal stories from the Ramayana but it is a little bit in confusing manner. Ramayana stories continue on the east face. Here contains the exile of Sita, Ramachandra, Laksmana  and in the Panchavati forest, the abduction of Sita by Ravana from Dandakaranya, Laksmana’s striking off the nose of Shurpanakha; Jatayu’s futile attempt to obstruct the chariot of Ravana; the abduction of Sita by Ravana from Dandakaranya; the fight between Bali and Sugriva with their monkey followers for the throne of Kiskindhya; the captivity of Sita in Ashoka Forest; Ramachandra’s sapta tala veda and Sugriva with his monkey followers and their palaver with Ramachandra etc.

The north face portrays scenes of Balarama and Krishna. So, Krishna’s various marriages, curd pots in shika, cowgirls carrying milk etc are shown. In the second register, it depicts European battleship in great details with soldiers and a cannon which seem interesting.

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The entire western face of the third register portrays various episodes from the Krishna legend, ending with the demon king of Mathura, the slaying of Kangsa. It comprises the monstrous murderer elephant of Kangsa, the destruction of Kuvalayapida; Radha’s fainting fits for failing to dissuade Krishna from taking part in Kangsa’s ssportstournament in Mathura. Of others contain a group of cowherds carrying milk and butter in string bags which are suspended from a pole on the shoulder. This is a familiar scene in rural Bengal.

The folk artists who gave masterful touches to the temple were superb storytellers. In one panel, a demon portrayed swallowing monkeys, which reappear from his ear. There are domestic scenes like a wife massaging her husband’s legs or a lady combing lice from another woman’s hair. These harmonious scenes are like a richly embroidered patchwork of Bangladeshi culture, society, and mythology.
The elaborate panels over multi-cusped arches demonstrate animated battle scenes from the great epics and rasa-mandala too, with dancing Radha-Krsna couple within circles etc. The spirited battle scenes of Lanka and Kuruksetra are depicted with great invention and vitality by the folk artists.

One delightful aspect of the wonderful terracotta ornamentation of the Kantaji Temple, which is distinct is its restriction in depicting erotic scenes.

Base of one of the west pillars of the Kantaji Temple at Kantanagar, taken by John Henry Ravenshaw around 1871-British Library

The endless panels of terracotta art adorning the wall surface of the Kantaji temple have a life of their own. They are deeply inspired by the spirit nourished for thousand years in Bangladesh. The development of an indigenous terracotta art was a logical consequence because of enormous volumes of fertilizing soft alluvium available here. This plastic art came from the early historic period and it is traditional , especially during the Pala-Chandra period. But Buddhist temples at Sitakot, paharpur, mainamati, bhasu vihara,   and other monuments were enflamed with floral terracotta art. Though these plaques are large and usually archaic but terracotta of the Kantaji is of totally different nature. They show very sophisticated mature art. This temple was composed of several individual plaques which are integrated into an extended composition in order to maintain a rhythm. It is more like decorated embroidered tapestry than an architectural structure.

According to the British historians and local, it stands on an old fort of great antiquity. It is said that here Virat Raja used to keep his herd of cattle. He was a very powerful monarch. The space covered by the fort is about a mile square and surrounded and intersected by high ramparts now covered with jungle and the ruin seems like no bricks or stones are found.

The Visitors can no longer go inside the inner sanctum of the temple where contains a Krishna shrine but due to the intricate detail of its exterior, it will keep you engaged.

Do you want to have a look on Kantaji Temple in a video? The thing that I said till now you can have a better look in the video in a minute.  It will give you a better understanding and clear view of the architectural monument with the depiction beautifully seen in the wall of the temple.  For better view check out Kantaji Temple, the best Hindu monument of the ancient period located at Dinajpur.

How to go there

There are buses available all the time from Dinajpur’s main bus stand to the village of Kantanagar ( 7am to 7pm, Tk 30, 30 minutes). The more efficient and comfortable alternative is to grab a return CNG ride from Dinajpur which will cost you Tk 1000 with the waiting time. When the bus drops you, it’s a more 10 minute of walking to reach the destination passing the farmland, over a river bridge and through a couple of mud-hut villages. In the dry season, due to the decrease of the water level , sandbanks are exposed and become the perfect place for the cricket pitch for the kids.

From Dhaka, you can go by Bus, train or even in a plane.

For bus – You will get the bus from Gabtoli, Uttara or from Kollanpur. You can go by all buses which go to Thakurgoan, Panchagar or Dinajpur There are a lot of bus services like – Hanif, Shamoli, Nabil etc. If you go by Thakurgoan or Panchagar buses you take off from the buses to Kantanagor then take Easybike which is available at the intersection which will cross the newly built Dhapa River Bridge and you will reach your destination at Kantaji Temple. If you go by by Dinajpur buses you take off from bus to Dosh Mile from where you will get vehicles like easybike, nocimon, bus etc to reach the Kantaji temple

Some of the bus services are:

  1. Bablu Enterprise
    Contact: Shymoli: 01716 932 122, 8120653
    Fair: BDT 600 (Approx.)
  2. Keya Paribahan
    Contact: Gabtoli: 01193-255 944. 01193-255 943, 88-02-9000812,
    Uttora: 01197-435 092

Shyamoli: 01193-255 941
Arambagh: 01711-704 171

  1. Mim Paribahan
    Contact: Gabtoli: 01734422971, 01911013694
  2. Nabil Enterprise
    Contact: Asad gate: 02-9007036, 02-8012136
    Fair: BDT 600 (Approx.)

Where to Stay

The accommodation facilities are now better in Dinajpur compared to before. List of some places are given below:

  1. Hotel Diamond
    Contact: 64629
  2. Hotel Unique
    Contact: 01736 335264, 0531 52203
  3. Al Rashid Hotel
    Contact: 01716 535956, 0531 65658
  4. Caritas Guest House
    West Shibrampur, Dinajpur,
    Phone: 0531-65673, Email: cbdinaj@btcl.net.bd
  5. Parjatan Motel
    Contact: 64718
  6. Dinajpur Circuit House
    RK Mission Road, Dinajpur.
    Phone: 0531-63112, 63377

Things to do

You can start your journey from Dinajpur town or Sayedpur by any kind of motorized vehicle for the monument. I will suggest hiring a rickshaw van to take a ride by ‘Nosimon’ from “Das Mile”. It will take 10-20 taka per person for a ride.

 Eating Facilities

The food management is also quite good. It won’t give you that much trouble to get a suitable restaurant for you. The foods are very delicious and you can have a variety of food.

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There is a small market where different items related to this place are available. The place is nice and charming.

Raas Leela Festival

Maha Raas Leela, the centuries-old Hindu festival takes place here around the full moon in late November or early December. It celebrates the life of a young Lord Krishna and attracts up to 200,000 pilgrims. A rural fair takes place around the temple complex where the stalls sell objects of daily village life and folk artists engaged in music and dance performances, much to the delight of the attending pilgrims and in keeping with hospitality. It begins on Friday and the inaugural ceremonies are held under tight security. The temple authorities deliver food and entertainment.

During this celebration, the Kantajiu idol (Radha-Krishna Bigroho) is  brought at the Rash altar (Rash Bedi) in the presence of thousands of devotees. The devotees come from all over the subcontinent. The rituals are performed accordance with a tradition connected with Rajas of Dinajpur.
The festival itself changes the look of the region. Veritable human sea swells and pulses around the Kantanagar Temple area from Nepal, India and Bangladesh because as pilgrims from Dhaka, Rangpur, Faridpur, Magura, , Madaripur, and Bhola flood in for the festivities.

Along with the religious rituals, the organizers also arrange a month-long mela at the temple premises. Here hundreds of traders arrive with their products from different parts of the country.

The Kantaji Temple is a late-medieval Hindu temple whose detail and intricacy of the designs show a skill of workmanship which is really impressive for the 1700’s

The Archaeology department is trying to do the conservation and restoration work of Kantaji temple since 1960, when it was declared a protected monument by the Government. It is now a UNESCO world heritage site.

Did you ever visit Kantaji Temple? You can share your experience.

 

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