formerly Dacca, is the capital and largest city of Bangladesh. It is located
in the geographic center of the country in the great deltaic region of the
Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers. Dhaka is served by the port of Narayanganj,
located 16 km (10 mi) to the southeast. The city is within the monsoon climate
zone, with an annual average temperature of 25 deg C (77 deg F) and monthly
means varying between 18 deg C (64 deg F) in January and 29 deg C (84 deg
F) in August. Nearly 80% of the annual average rainfall of 1,854 mm (73
in) occurs between May and September.
Dhaka is located in one of the world's leading rice- and jute- growing regions.
Its industries include textiles (jute, muslin, cotton) and food processing,
especially rice milling. A variety of other consumer goods are also manufactured
here. The Muslim influence is reflected in the more than 700 mosques and
historic buildings found throughout the city. Dhaka is divided into an old
city and the new city, and many residential and industrial communities.
Dhaka was founded during the 10th century. It served as the Mogul capital
of Bengal from 1608 to 1704 and was a trading center for British, French,
and Dutch interests before coming under British rule in 1765. In 1905 it
was again named the capital of Bengal, and in 1956 it became the capital
of East Pakistan. The city suffered heavy damage during the Bangladesh war
of independence (1971). The romanized spelling of the Bengali name was changed
from Dacca to Dhaka in 1982.
Chittagong, the second largest city of Bangladesh and a busy international
seaport, is an ideal vacation spot. 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's 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 north-western 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.
Language: Bangla, English is spoken and understood.
Wearing Apparel: Tropical in summer and light woolen in winter.
Communication & Transport: Chittagong is connected by road and rail
with rest of the country. Air link is available with Dhaka and Calcutta.
Car Rental: Rent-A-Car facilities are available for city sightseeing and
trips to Rangamati, Cox's Bazaar, Sitakunda and other touristically important
Hill Districts: The Hill Tracts is divided into three districts, namely
Rangamati, Khagrachari and Bandarban.
From Chittagong a 77 km. road amidst green fields and winding hills will
take you to Rangamati, the headquarters of the Rangamati Hill District
which is a wonderful repository of scenic splendours with flora and fauna
of varied descriptions. It is also connected by water way from Kaptai.
N.B For visit of foreign tourists to the Hill Districts prior permission
from the Government is required which can be arranged through Travel Bangladesh
The Hills: The Hill Tract is divided into four valleys surrounded by the
Feni, Karnaphuli, Sangu (Sankhu) and Matamuhuri rivers and their tributaries.
The ranges or hills of the Hill Tracts rise steeply thus looking far more
impressive than what their height would imply and extend in long narrow
ridges. The highest peaks on the northern side are Thangnang, Langliang
and Khantiang while those on the southern side are Ramu, Taung, Keekradang,
Tahjindong (4632 ft, highest in Bangladesh), Mowdok Mual, Rang Tlang and
The forests: The valleys of the Hill Tracts are covered with thick-planted
forests. The vegetation in semi- evergreen to tropical evergreen dominated
by tall teak trees. The natural vegetation can be seen best in the Rain-khyong
valleys of the Bandarban district. This district provides the country
with valuable wood used for various purposes, besides supplying wood and
bamboo for the Karnaphuli Paper Mills and the Rayon Mills situated at
Chandraghona. Here a tourist may be lucky to see how huge logs of wood
are being carried to the plain by the tamed elephants.
Climate: There are there main seasons, the dry season (November to March),
which is relatively cool, sunny and dry, the premonsoon season (April
and May), which is very hot and sunny with occasional shower, and the
rainy season (June to October), which is warm, cloudy and wet.
Tribal life: The inhabitants of the Hill Tracts are mostly tribal. Life
of the tribal people is extremely fascinating. Majority of them are Buddhists
and the rest are Hindus, Christians and Animists. Despite the bondage
of religion, elements of primitiveness are strongly displayed in their
rites, rituals and everyday life. The tribal families are matriarchal.
The women-folk are more hardworking than the males and they are the main
The tribal people are extremely self-reliant, they grow their own food,
their girls weave their own clothes and generally speaking, they live
a simple life. Each tribe has its own dialect, distinctive dress and rites
and rituals. The common feature is their way of life, which still speak
of their main occupation. Some of them take pride in hunting with bows
and arrows. Tribal women are very skilful in making beautiful handicrafts.
Tribal people are generally peace loving, honest and hospitable. They
usually greet a tourist with a smile.
Other Tourist Attractions
Tomb of Sultan Bayazid Bostami: Situated on a hillock at Nasirabad, about
6 km. to the north-west of Chittagong town, 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
World War II Cemetery: In a well-preserved cemetery at a quiet and picturesque
place within the city lie buried in eternal peace over 700 soldiers from
British, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, India, Myanmar, East and West
Africa, The Netherlands and Japan who laid down their lives on the Myanmar
front during the World War II.
Shrine of Shah Amana: 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.
Court Building Museum: Situated on the Fairy Hill, this building commands
a panoramic bird's eye view of Chittagong. This had been the scene of
intense activity during the independence War in 1971. A museum has been
Foy's Lake (Pahartali Lake): Set amidst picturesque surroundings in the
railway township of Pahartali 8 km. from Chittagong this is an ideal spot
of outing and picnic thronged by thousands of visitors every week.
Mercantile Marine Academy at Juldia: The only training institute of its
kind in Bangladesh, situated on the month of the river Karnaphuli.
Patenga and Fouzdarhat Sea Beaches: Patenga beach is about 22 km. from
Chittagong and is approachable by a motor able 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.
Port Area: Located near the river mouth of the river Karnaphuli, the Chittagong
port has a recorded history from 9th century. Today, this is the principal
seaport of the country
Ethnological Museum: This museum located in Agrabad is a treasure-house
of a variety of tribal culture and heritage of Bangladesh
Zia Museum: The government Circuit House where former president Ziaur
Rahman was assasinated has been turned into a museum.
Sitakunda: About 37 km. from Chittagong lies an interesting place known
as Sitakunda, served by a railway station of the same name. Famous among
the many temples in this place are the Chandranath Temple and the Buddhist
Temple has a footprint of Lord Buddha. These places particularly the hilltops
are regarded as very sacred by the Buddhists and the Hindus. Siva-chaturdashi
festival is held every year in February when thousands of pilgrims assemble
for the celebrations, which last about ten days. There is a salt-water
spring 5 km. to the north of Sitakunda, known as Labanakhya.
Chandraghona: Forty-eight kilometer from Chittagong, on the Kaptai Road
is Chandraghona where one of the biggest paper mills in Asia is located.
Close to the paper mill there is a rayon factory, which produces synthetic
fibers from bamboo.
Sylhet has a population of almost 0.7 milliom people and has one medical
college, one University, and one cadet college. It is at present a divisional
headquarter and the city of the Mausaleumm of Hazrat Shahajalal( Rahm
) and the birth place of Bangobir General Mohammed Ataul Gani Osmani,
the commander in chief of the Bangladesh Forces during our liberation
war. It has an Army Cantonment (but not full division), and the country's
3rd largest airport.
Jessore has a population of nearly 0.6 million. It has an education Board,
a cantonment with a full division, the Bangladesh Air Force Academy with
4th largest Airport in our country, some jute and textile industries and
8 Daily news papers in both Bangla and English. At present, there are
8 degree colleges in the city proper.
Comilla has almost 0.5 million people. It has a cantonment with full division,
the Bangladesh Rural Academy, a Cadet college, a Medical college and an
Bogra with nearly 0.5 million population and some pharmaceutical industries,
textile, medical college and cantonment with a full division.
Rajshahi with nearly 0.4 million people and divisional headquarter, university,
BIT, medical college, education board, cadet college and a cantonment
(not full division ) and an airport Although, there are so many educational
institutions and government offices in Rajshahi, it's population is still
less than those of the above mentioned cities of Bangladesh. Rajshahi
is called a student city. And it is one of our four metropolitan cities.
Barisal is a city
with nearly 0.38 million people and a divisional headquarter, medical
college, cadet college, some pharmaceutical industries, textile industries
and the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority's head office. Barisal
is fast growing city of our country stands on the Kirtan Khola River.
Recently, country's first short landing and take off airport has been
completed over there in Barisal and a private Airlines named Air Bengal
has begun its regular air flight between Dhaka's Tejgaon Airport and Barisal.
It is a divisional headquarter in southwestern Bangladesh. An important
river port and produce collection and trade center, it is connected by
river steamer, road, and rail to the major cities of the southern Gangetic
delta. Shipyards are located 3 miles (5 km) south, on the Kazibacha River.
Forest products from the Sundarbans supply Khulna's industries, which
include jute, oilseed, cotton-textile, paper, and board mills and match
and newsprint factories.
Khulna is one of our four metropolitan cities and has a university, a
Medical college, a BIT, a Cantonment (Zahanabad Sena Nibash not with a
full division), a Naval Base (BNS Titumir), the country's only Telephone
Cable and Newsprint industry. Bangladesh' largest Ship building industry
is also there.