A trip to Bangladesh is quite an exotic solution for a vacation, but this country is all the more interesting for sophisticated tourists. Bangladesh is distinguished by an amazing mixture of nations, cultures, religions. The bright colors of the country flare up at numerous Buddhist, Hindu, Christian, Muslim holidays and festivals. Due to the mixing of several calendars, representatives of several faiths often participate in processions, creating the feeling of an endless carnival.
Bangladesh has amazingly beautiful nature, a rich variety of fauna and flora, which can be found in the Sundarbans, Chittagong and Madhuriur national parks. The local seaside resort of Cox's Bazar is 200 km away. almost deserted beaches washed by the warm waters of the Bay of Bengal. In the capital of the state, Dhaka, colorful oriental bazaars are noisy and more than 700 mosques are calling for prayers, while ancient Buddhist monasteries are hiding in the mangrove forests, where the traveler will not be denied an overnight stay.
The tourist infrastructure of Bangladesh is still not very well developed. Comfortable 4 * and 5 * hotels are located in Dhaka and Chittagong, in other places you can count on a more or less decent "guest house". In remote areas of the country, there is practically no housing suitable for tourists, but foreigners rarely look into these parts.
What to see in Bangladesh?
The most interesting and beautiful places, photos and a brief description.
Vihara in Paharpur
It is the largest Hindu vihara (monastery) on the entire continent. It was founded in the 8th century. under the ruler Dharmapala. With the spread of Islam, the vihara was abandoned for many centuries, but in the 20th century. restored with funds from UNESCO. The complex occupies a large area of more than 85 hectares, on its territory there is a stupa with 177 monastic cells. The walls are lined with terracotta plates depicting the Buddha.
Mangrove Forest Sundarbans
It is believed that the Sundarbans is the largest mangrove forest in the world. The name comes from the sundri tree, reaching more than 20 meters in length. In the past, the impenetrable thicket served as a refuge for both Portuguese pirates and rebels fighting the British Empire. Now a large area of the forest is occupied by a national park, where Bengal tigers and other rare protected animals are found.
City of mosques Bagerhat
It is located in the south of Bangladesh. There are more than 2 thousand mosques here, many of them are taken under the protection of UNESCO as a historically significant heritage. Bagerhat is located in a very picturesque area in the midst of expressive tropical nature. The city was founded by the Islamic educator and commander Ulug Khan Jahan, who was canonized in the Muslim faith for his successful work in converting the local population to Islam.
Star Mosque (Tara Masjid)
This mosque was built at the end of the 18th century in Dhaka. In the interior, the theme of stars is constantly repeated - they decorate the walls and decorative panels. In the 20th century, the temple was restored at the expense of the local philanthropist Ali Jean Bepari. Chinese ceramics were involved in the finishing works, which made the mosque unique in terms of artistic value.
It is located in the city of Dhaka, on the banks of the Buriganga River. It is a palace-fortress in the architectural style of the Great Moghuls. It was founded at the end of the 17th century. Prince Muhammad Azama. The successor of the ruler did not continue construction, as he considered this place sinister due to the premature death of his beloved daughter Pari Bibi.
Khan Mohammad Mridh Mosque
Outwardly, it is somewhat reminiscent of Lalbagh Fort, since one architectural style was used during construction. The temple is open to tourists, and even women of other religions can admire its decoration after receiving a special permit. The mosque is one of the many centers of Islamic culture in Bangladesh.
Ahsan Manzil Pink Palace
The building is one of the most significant sights of the capital. It was built in 1969 in the so-called "Indo-Saracenic Revival" style. It now houses the Bangladeshi National Museum. Around the palace there is a small cozy garden, where peace and comfort reigns, unlike the dirty busy street immediately behind the fence.
Hindu shrine, which is a three-tiered building topped with openwork stone spiers. The concept of the temple demonstrates the abundance, luxury that Shiva bestows on his followers. The surviving sculptures symbolize the mercy of the deity, which he is able to give to people.
Another Hindu temple of the XIX century, located near the border with India. It is dedicated to one of the many deities of the Hindu pantheon - Govinda (one of the names of Vishnu / Krishna). The building is decorated with decorative towers and terracotta bas-reliefs depicting scenes from the Hindu epic.
One of the longest bridges in Asia across the river. Yamuna. Prior to the construction of this bridge, the river actually divided Bangladesh into two territories that were rather loosely interconnected. The bridge is about 5 km long, over 18 meters wide, and consists of 47 spans. It can move rail and road transport.
A pond where perches weighing up to 50 kg live. and tourists can scuba dive to swim in the "lotus forest" (during the flowering period, the surface of the water is partially covered by these flowering plants). On the banks there are several mansions of maharajas, built several centuries ago, nearby are Buddhist monasteries and mosques.
Saint Martin's Island
It is located in the very south of the country and is a classic tropical landscape from a postcard - bamboo huts, palm trees, fishing boats. They get to the island by boat, which runs from the border town of Tekanfa. The surrounding area can be unsettled due to the refugees whose campgrounds are encountered on the way to the island.
A magnificent panoramic beach at the southern tip of Bangladesh. Here, tourists can contemplate stunning sunsets and sunrises, enjoying the rest on the beige-pink sand. Kuakat hosts the annual Magni Purnima and Rash Purnima festivals, which attract hundreds of Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims. At this time, life on the beach is seething - fairs, mass chants and ablutions are organized.
Cox's Bazar Beach
It is located in the resort region of Bangladesh near the border with Myanmar. The total length is about 200 km, which makes it the longest beach in the world. In 2009, Cox's Bazar was voted one of the Seven New Wonders of the World by a worldwide vote. Despite the beauty of the places, the infrastructure is poorly developed, so mostly local residents rest here.
The largest waterfall in the country, attracting tourists with its beauty. It is located in a picturesque rocky gorge among tropical vegetation. Tons of water fall from a height and form a small lake at the foot of the waterfall, where it is very convenient to stop for a picnic and admire the surroundings.