The natural haven
Bangladesh is known for its vast natural landscape and magnificent archaeological sites
Endowed with the blessings and abundance of nature, the terrain of Bangladesh is one of the liveliest territories on the earth. With more than 10 per cent of the country covered with forest, Bangladesh contains greater biodiversity than that of many countries taken together. Few countries in the world can match its rich and varied flora and fauna, which are not only a unique biological phenomenon but are also great natural resources for the country. The country has so much to offer from sea-side retreats to hilltop spas to floating hotels, that exploring it is a lifetime experience. A lot of wonders and attractions are waiting in every part of the land of six seasons and six hundred rivers. Here is an account of a few of its exotic natural attractions:
Sajek Valley: Sajek is located in the verdant hills of Kasalong range of mountains amidst the serene and exotic beauty of nature. Lofty mountains, dense forests, sprawling grasslands and miles of hilly tracks feature in the valley. The simple and basic indigenous lifestyle of local people is just fabulous for visitors to spend a day.
Nilgiri: It is a place with the combination of the tallest peak, the tribal village, vibrant with the culture and colourful lifestyle of the villagers, and the spectacular natural beauty. This place gives visitors a feel like they're floating in a kingdom of clouds.
Keokradong: Keokradong is the highest recognised peak of Bangladesh while Tajingdong is the second, Situated in Ruma Upazila both are surrounded by small hills and mountains.
Cox's Bazar: Cox's Bazar is the longest unbroken sea beach in the world and the tourist capital of Bangladesh. Miles of golden sands, towering cliffs, surfing waves, rare conch shells, colourful pagodas, Buddhist temples and tribes and delicious seafood are some of the wonderful aspects of Cox's Bazar.
Saint Martin's Island: Saint Martin's, the one and only coral island of Bangladesh, is a small island measuring eight square km. The visible landmass sinks during the tide. Alternatively called the pearl of the sea, it is about 10 km from the mainland at Teknaf.
Dublar Char: Dublar Char is a famous island in the Sundarbans. It is a very popular place for various types of fish, some of which are very rare. The Hindu community observe the famous three days long "Rash Mela" every year, here.
Hiron Point: Hiron Point, a protected sanctuary in the southern part of the Sundarbans. Another name is Nilkamol. Located on the western bank of the river Kunga, in the Khulna Range. It is a Unesco World Heritage Site under Sundarbans.
Karamjol Wildlife Rescue
Center: Karamjol Wildlife Rescue Center is one of the wonderful visiting place in Sundarbans. To appreciate and to view the most cherished species of Bangladesh's wildlife, thousands of visitors make their way to Karamjol, a ranger station deep in the forest that also serves as a deer-breeding centre.
Kotka Beach: Kotka Beach is one of the most beautiful tourist spots among the entire Sundarbans where one can go on a jungle trail along with a night stay. It is actually a sanctuary area for the wild animals and a Unesco declared world heritage site.
Barishal Backwaters: Barisal is a major city and a good jumping-off point for the largest delta in the world. It is an abode for boats, boat gear, river channels, islands, ferry trips, private boat trips, small villages, cottage industries rice plantations and verdant tram land. It is turning into an exciting destination for backwaters.
Char Kukri-Mukri Wildlife Sanctuary: Char Kukri-Mukri Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in Southern Charfession Upazilla on an island in the Bay of Bengal in the south of the country. The area of the sanctuary is 99 acres and is elongated in shape. It is 130 km from the Barisal town in the Gangetic delta on the mouth of the Meghana river.
Kuakata: Locally known as Sagar Kannya (Daughter of the Sea), Kuakata is a rare scenic beauty and tourism attraction on the southernmost tip of Bangladesh. From this place, visitors can enjoy both sunrise and sunset. Kuakata is truly a virgin beach having a series of coconut trees and a sandy beach of the blue bay.
Oxford Mission Epiphany Church: Oxford Mission Epiphany Church, commonly known as Oxford Mission Church is an Anglican church in Barisal. It is one of the oldest and arguably the second largest church in Asia.
Baikka Beel: A sanctuary for birds and fish, it is located in Sreemangal and Moulvibazar. It is a part of Hail Haor. The beel has an area of 1,000 hectares and comprises open water with emergent vegetation and a fringe of the native swamp forest.
Lalakhal: This is one of the spectacles of Sylhet that overwhelms visitors with its unique natural beauty. This is a wide canal flowing from the Meghalaya range of India and meeting Sharee River near Tamabil road.
Madhabkunda Waterfalls: Ever imagined a place that goes through the tea gardens, hills and leads you to a beautiful waterfall? If not, visit Madhabkunda waterfall. This is one of the highest waterfalls in Bangladesh.
Ratargul Swamp Forest: One would never imagine that silence could be so enjoyable until they visit the amazing beauty of a swamp forest named Ratargul. Visitors will find a forest underwater with lots of big trees that have emerged. This is an evergreen forest and one of the best freshwater swamp forests in the world.
Choto Shona Masjid: The mosque was built during the reign of the Sultan of Bengal Alauddin Husain Shah, between 1493 and 1519. The fifteen domes of the mosque were once gilded, giving the mosque the name of Choto Shona Masjid (Small Golden Mosque). The mosque is one of the best-preserved sultana monuments under the protection of the Department of Archaeology and Museums, Government of Bangladesh.
Mahasthangarh: Mahasthangarh is the oldest citadel and an archaeological site. Once it was the ancient capital of the Pundra Kingdom. This third century BC archaeological site
is still held to be a great sanctum by Buddhists, Hindus and
Noborotno Mondir: The Noboratna style of temple architecture incorporates two main levels, each with four spired corner pavilions, and a central pavilion above, for a total of nine spires. The style arose in Bengal during the 18th century as an elaboration of the pancharatna style that had five pavilions (four at the corners and one above).
Paharpur Buddhist Monastery: Somapura Mahavihara, known as Paharpur Buddhist Monastery, and a Unesco World Heritage site built during the Pala dynasty in the seventh century is considered as a base of Buddhism in this part of the world. It is located in Rajshahi.
Puthia Rajbari: Puthia Rajbari, located at Puthia Upazila in Rajshahi, is an Indo-European style two-story palace. The palace was constructed in 1984 by Rani Hemanta Kumari in memory of her mother-in-law Maharani Sarat Sundori Devi.
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