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8 Little Known but Magnificent Sights of Bangladesh ...

By Neecey

Bangladesh is probably as far removed from the tourist track as you can imagine, but there are some magnificent sights of Bangladesh that are being missed out on. Tourism isn’t very well developed but that makes it even more of an adventure, and trust me, the effort will be worth it. You might be surprised by the magnificence of some of the sights of Bangladesh.

1 Cox’s Bazar

Cox’s BazarThis name totally doesn’t fit what actually is home to the longest natural beach in the world. The golden sand stretches unbroken for an incredible 78 miles. Even though it is one of the most amazing sights of Bangladesh, the lack of tourist infrastructure and the sheer length of the beach means that in some places, it is still deserted. Expect it to be busy on the weekend and holiday periods because Bangladeshis know it’s there even if the travel world doesn’t. The word is out though, and several large international hotel chains are planning construction in the town.

2 Sundarbans

SundarbansAnother one of the attractions of Bangladesh that can claim a superlative is the Sundarbans, which is the largest mangrove forest in the world. It is a national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site and covers a large area (about 1,600 square miles) of Bangladesh on the Bay of Bengal and through into the Indian state of West Bengal. It is full of significant flora and fauna and is one of the major reserves for the Bengal Tiger.

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3 Nafakhum Falls

Nafakhum FallsNafakhum Falls aren’t the largest in the country (that honor goes to Madhabkunda Falls) but they are very picturesque. They are also one of the most amazing places to visit in Bangladesh because of the journey involved in reaching them. It pretty much takes 3 hours from the departure point – Remakri. Remakri can only be reached by a 3 hour boat trip up the Sangu River from Tindu, which itself is a further 3 hours from Thanchi – the nearest major town. If you want to make like a modern day explorer, when you get there you can look for the flying fish who live in a cave below the falls. The pool is safe for swimming in too.

4 Srimangal Tea Plantations

Srimangal Tea PlantationsSrimangal (Sreemangal) is in the Sylhet region of Bangladesh, which is one of the country’s most stunning areas. Srimangal is known as the tea capital of Bangladesh and the tea gardens and plantations spread for miles and miles across the plains and up the slopes of the rolling hills. There are more than 150 tea gardens and this includes 3 of the world’s largest in terms of both area and production. The area is incredibly green but one of the nicest sights of Bangladesh is the dots of color of the costumes of the women among the bushes as they pick the leaves.

5 Somapura Mahavihara

Somapura MahaviharaThere are a number of significant archaeological sights in Bangladesh and amongst them is the UNESCO Heritage listed Somapura Mahavihara, one of the country’s largest Buddhist viharas. Built between 781-821, it was one of a network of 5 really important monasteries in the Indian Sub-Continent and excavations at the site in Parharpur and in Tibet show that the original building was destroyed by fire in the 11th century. It was rebuilt a century later but went into decline as more Muslims entered the country. Today you can wander the 177 acre site to view the ruins.

6 Lawachara National Park

Lawachara National ParkTropical rainforest is found in various regions in Bangladesh and most of them are protected national park areas. They are all beautiful in their own way but for bio-diversity Lawachara is probably the best. This is a place of many primates but it’s also home to the rare and endangered Hoolock Gibbon. There are only about 60 left, and most of them live in Lawachara. Lawachara was one of the filming sites for the original movie Around the World in 80 Days and has also been the site of oil and gas exploration by Chevron (controversially).

7 Bagerhat

BagerhatKnown as the Mosque City of Bagerhat, this was once a lost city that was covered by vegetation for many centuries. The site has more than 50 Islamic monuments and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. One of the most striking sights in Bangladesh is the Gombuj Masjid, a mosque that features no less than 77 domes and 60 pillars. Other attractions on the site are various other mosques and the tomb of Turkish General Ulurgh Khan Jahan, who founded the city (Khalifatabad as it was known then) in the 14th century.

8 Lalbagh Fort

Lalbagh FortDhaka is the capital city of Bangladesh, and like most cities on the Indian Sub Continent, it is a riot of color, sounds and smells – a total assault on the senses. It’s a mish mash of modern high rises and old colonial and one of its standout sights is the Lalbagh Fort. It’s an incomplete Mughal Palace Fortress complex from the 17th century and in many ways is similar to the Taj Mahal (although nowhere near as beautiful). It houses the tomb of Bibi Pari, the daughter of Shaista Khan, a Viceroy to the Emporer Aurangzeb, and some very impressive gateways.

I think the sights of Bangladesh are absolutely fascinating simply because we don’t often see them being talked about. The country certainly offers something different to the main tourist drag. Now you’ve seen just these few attractions, would you consider paying a visit?

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