When searched on Google, Bangladesh will simply pop up as a nation struggling with poverty and other unfortunate circumstances. Once in every (about) 15th search, something positive (progress of the national cricket team perhaps) might emerge if one still retains the patience to bear it all. While such a presentation to the global frontier might not be entirely undeniable; there exists another Bangladesh within this one that brings forward our true beauty and stories of sheer audacity. The following places have such traces, both inside cities and out.
Also known as Fort Aurangabad, it is situated in the southwestern part of Dhaka, just before the Buriganga River. The fort is a combination of three buildings: namely the mosque, the tomb of Bibi Pari and the Diwan-i-Aam. This famous monument stands tall in the city with various myths. It is believed that it is a symbol of unfulfilled dreams of Prince Muhammed Azam, the beloved son of Emperor Aurangzeb. The fort’s construction took place in the 17th Century, while he was serving the Viceroy of Bengal.
Ratargul Swamp Forest
Ratargul is a freshwater swamp forest, situated in the Gowain River, Fatehpur Union, Gowainghat, Sylhet; and has stolen the limelight recently for its serene beauty. This 3,326 acres of blissful serenity is now being called the Amazon of Sylhet with its deep evergreen forests being submerged under around 30 feet of water in the rainy seasons. The rest of the year, it maintains a water level of 10 feet, consistently creating a mirroring effect of infinite roots and tangles.
One has to travel through Khagracchori district to be in Rangamati in order to experience the heavenly Sajek region. In the past, it was considered to be notoriously dangerous, the culprit being nature itself; but now people choose to spend their holidays there on hilltops and camp completely submerged within the clouds! The area is now secured by the national army and is becoming a booming tourist spot in Bangladesh.
Located in the old capital of Bengal, Sonargaon exhibits traditional traces of true Bengal craft design and poses as a museum of architectural art. The surreal beauty of the abandoned Panam City (considered haunted), forgotten Hindu temples, bamboo schools and small island by river Meghna make the complete experience informative as well as unforgettable. It does not end there, as Sonargaon also brings its beholders calming gardens and the Goaldi Mosque, all abandoned from the early 20th Century.
Nilgiri is one of the highest points of magnificence in Bangladesh, both literally and metaphorically. It is 3,500 feet above sea level and located at Thanci Thana, with Moro villages homed nearby. The location becomes even more vivid with the colorful culture and peoples’ way of living. During the monsoon, Nilgiri itself is draped inside a cloud blanket. Sangu river flows just by it, and the place is well maintained by the Army brigade of Bandarban.
Located in the coastal region of the Bay of Bengal, the Sundarbans is titled as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It has the world’s largest Mangrove Forest and has been recognized as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the home to unique species and wildlife and since May 21st, 1992, the Sundarbans is recognized as a Ramsar Site of Ecological importance.
Bisnakandi lies within the Rustompur Union of Sylhet district’s Gowainghat Upazila, and is similar to the stone koyaris of Jaflong. Smack in the middle of the Bangladesh-India border, the several peaks of the Khasiya hills match at this singular point. The main attraction of this spot for travelers is the serene flow of endless water over an endless wiring of rocky beds, with clouds nesting peacefully in every direction. To boot, a branch of the Piyain River goes through to the bottom of the hill from the East towards Bholaganj. A coalition of mountains, rivers, springs, waterfalls, and stones, Bisnakandi is a remarkable natural creation.
Hatirjheel is a pathway designed with eight main and minor bridges, several flyovers, and footbridges in Dhaka, surrounding a lake. The area is decorated with flowering shrubs and trees, water sprinkles, lighted bridges and protected by the army. After its completion, the project became a place for people seeking relaxation within the crowded city. Hatirjheel is considered to be one of the most notable suggestions on urban architectural landmarks in the country today.
The Armenian Church is a historically significant architectural monument situated in the Armanitola area of old Dhaka, Bangladesh. The church bears testimony to the existence of the significant Armenian community in the region in the 17th and 18th centuries. Although the majority of Bangladesh practices Islam, all religion cumulates there in harmony, making the place a special tourist spot during Christmas.
Inani Beach is located in the Ukhia Thana, 35 kilometers to the south of Cox’s Bazar. The beach has its own charm with golden sand streaked throughout and lush green to the East. It is the ultimate spot for a perfect holiday.