The 10 best places to visit in Bangladesh

 

In the city of Chittagong in the east of the country is the Chandanpura Masjid, an ornate mosque of colourful domes and minarets. Today in a state of deterioration the mosque still remains the most famous landmark in the region, drawing tourists from around the world.

10. Chandanpura Mosque

 

Slightly north west of the capital, Dhaka, is the National Martyr's Memorial Monument, built in memory of those who gave their lives in the Bangladesh liberation war of 1971. Completed in 1982 this 46 metre (150 ft) national monument is a reminder of the countries separation from East Pakistan.

9. Jatiyo Sriti Shoudho

 

In the extreme east of the country in the Rajkandi Forest Reserve on the border with India is the Ham Ham Waterfall. Considered by many to be one of the most beautiful falls in the country, the long trek through the untamed forests to view it make it all the more spectacular.

8. Ham Ham Waterfall

 

In the west of the country close to the border with India is the Puthia Temple Complex, consisting of a group of notable Hindu temples built in the 18th and 19th centuries. The most notable building on the site is the Bhubaneshwar Shiva Temple, built in 1823 the ornate five spire temple holds the largest Shiva Linga in the country and is today a protected monument.

Pictured is the Shiva Temple and the Shiv Sagar Lake.

7. Puthia Temple Complex

 

In the extreme north east of the country close to the Indian border is an area called Lala Khal, famed for it's natural landscape and the meandering blue Shari-Goyain River cutting through the forests, tea plantations and mountains in this less visited part of the country.

6. Lala Khal

 

Built in the 15th century in the south of the country is the Sixty Dome Mosque, the largest in existence from the Sultanate period. Despite it's name, the building consists of 81 separate domes, but with 60 pillars it is suspected that the original name was most likely the Sixty Pillared Mosque. Considered the most impressive Muslim monument on the Indian subcontinent the ancient Sixty Dome Mosque has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

5. Shat Gombuj Moshjid

 

Built in the year 2000 in a south east Asian style is the very modern Buddha Dhatu Jadi, also known as the Bandarban Golden Temple. Decorated with colourful tiles and stonework, the temple is covered in intricate detailing and statues, including the second largest Buddha statue in Bangladesh. 

4. Buddha Dhatu Jadi

 

In the north west of the country, dating back to the 8th century is the Somapura Mahavihara, the most important archaeological site in Bhutan and the most well known Buddhist Monastery on the Indian subcontinent. Standing 24 metres (80 ft) high this impressive ancient structure is covered in carvings and ornamental terracotta plaques depicting symbols of the three religions, Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism. The ancient monastery has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

3. Somapura Mahavihara

 

In the north east of the country near to the Indian border is an area known as Bisnakandi. Difficult to get to on poorly maintained roads the area is still a popular place among tourists and locals alike. Located on the southern side of India's large forest reserves the landscape remains rugged and mountainous and is seen as one of Bangladesh's foremost beauty spots.

2. Bisnakandi

 

Covering an area of 10,000 square kilometres (3,861 square miles) in the south west of the country along the Bay of Bengal is the Sundarbans, a vast unique forest comprising of several eco-regions. From freshwater swamp forests, mangrove forests, mudflats, salt tolerant island mangroves to deep lakes and rivers the entire reserve is teeming with wildlife, among them crocodiles, snakes and the extremely elusive Royal Bengal Tiger. Shortlisted as a contender for the New 7 Wonders Of Nature, the entire area has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

1. Sundarbans

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