Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban (Parliament House) located at
Sher-e-Bangla Nagar has distinctive architectural features. Designed by the
famous architect Louis I. Kahn, it may be called an architectural wonder of
National Zoo is in Mirpur, 20 km. from the center of Dhaka
besides the river Turag. Its open 10 am – 5 pm, 7 days a week, where you can
see the animals of Bangladesh and some animals from abroad. This Zoo is also
popularly known as Mirpur Zoo. Colorful and attractive collections of different
local and foreign species of animals and birds including the majestic Royal
Bengal Tiger are available here.
Bangladesh national museum is situated in shahbag. Located at
the central point of the city. The museum contains a large number of
interesting collections including sculptures and paintings of the Hindu,
Buddhist and Muslim periods as well as inscriptions of the Holy Quran in Arabic
and Persian letters and Bengali works in the Arabic script. Its open from
Friday to Wednesday, 9 am to 6 pm.
Built in 1872 and standing on the river Buriganga, this
stately building offers the visitors a feeling of the life-style of the Nawabs
of Dhaka. Sometimes known as the Pink Palace, this building now houses a
Basically, it was the residence of the Nawabs. Nawab Abdul
Gani renovated this building in the year 1872
and named it after his son Khaza Ahasanullah.
On the bank of river Buriganga in Dhaka the Pink majestic,
Ahsan Manjil has been renovated and turned into a museum recently. It is an
epitome of the nation's rich cultural heritage. Todays renovated Ahsan Manjil a
monument of immense historical beauty.
It has 31 rooms with a huge dome atop which can be seen from
miles around. It now has 23 galleries in 31 rooms displaying of traits,
furniture and household articles and utensils used by the Nawab.
Open 9 am- 5 pm from Saturday to Wednesday and 3-5 pm on
Friday. Thursday is close.
The fort of Aurangabad, popularly known as the Lalbagh Fort,
was built in 1678 AD by the then Viceroy of Bengal Prince Mohammad Azam, son of
the Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb. The fort has a three storied structure with
slender minarets at the South Gate. It has many hidden passages and a mosque of
massive structure. Outstanding among the monuments of the Lalbagh Fort are the
Tomb of Pari Bibi (Fairy lady) and Audience room and Hummam Khana (bathing
place) of Nawab Shaista Khan, now housing a museum.
The fort was the scene of bloody battle during the first war
of independence (1857) when 260 spays stationed here backed by the people
revolted against British forces. It is one of the great historical places of
Mughal era. A small museum is there in this fort where you will find the
clothes and weapons of the Mughols.
Lalbagh fort is in the old town of Dhaka at Lalbagh. It is
open 10 am-5 pm Sunday to Friday & Saturday is closed.
Mukti juddha museum
This is the museum on our liberation war which is well known
as mukti juddha. Mukti juddha museum situated at Segun Bagicha of the city the
museum contains rare photographs of liberation war and items used by the
freedom fighters during the period. It’s open 9am to 6pm from Monday to
Saturday, Sunday closed.
Botanical Garden is
also situated in Mirpur just besides the National Zoo, built on an area of 205
acres of land.
Approximately 50,000 plants and trees are there of 1200
species. Main attraction of this garden is rose garden. Approximately 300
species of roses are there in this garden. It is open 7 days a week. If you go
to this garden, it is advisable you visit National Zoo at a same time.
Suhrawardy Uddyan (Garden)
A Popular Park. The oath of independence of Bangladesh was
taken here and Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheik Mujibur Rahman gave
clarion call for independence on this occasion on the 7th March 1971. The place
is famous for its lush verdure and gentle breezes. Eternal Flame to enliven the
memory of the martyrs of our Liberation war has been blown here recently.
Baitul Mukarram Mosque is situated at Purana Paltan east of
Bangladesh Secretariat and north of Dhaka Stadium. Largest Mosque in the city,
three storied and built after the pattern of the Kaba Sharif. Very beautiful
and costly decorations in the interior. Long lawn, garden and rows of fountains
to the south and east. The mosque is on a very high platform. Lovely flights of
stairs lead to it; from the south, east and north. On the east is a vast
veranda, which is also used for prayer and Eid congregation. Below in the
ground floor is a shopping center.
Outside Dhaka: (Near Dhaka)
On the Dhaka-Chittagong highway about 29 km from Dhaka,
Sonargaon is one of the oldest capitals of Bengal. It was the seat of Deva
Dynasty until the 13th century. From that century onward till the advent of the
Mughals, Sonargaon was the subsidiary capital of the Sultanate of Bengal.
Another name of Sonargaon was "The City of Panam".
Now, the relies of uildings of the old dynasties, Goaldia Mosque and the
Folklore Museum that houses artifacts from every cultural trait of the country
increase the attractions of this place.
At Jainal Abedin Museum in Sonargaon, you will find some
historical and archeological things. Among the ancient monuments still intact
are the Tomb of Sultan Ghiasuddin (1399-1409 A. D), the shrines of Panjpirs and
Shah Abdul Alia and a beautiful mosque in Goaldi villaae.
National Martyrs Memorial is situated in Nabinagar, Savar
approximately 35 km from Dhaka. The memorial designed by architect Moinul
Hossain is dedicated to the sacred memory of the millions of unknown martyrs of
the war of liberation.
This Martyrs Memorial is a symbol of Bengali nationalism. It
is really a scenic beauty of 108 acre of land. The top of this monument is 150
ft. high, which consists other 07 triangular monuments. Its open 07 days a week
besides this monument you can enjoy your foods in Parjatan restaurant opposite
of memorial gate.
Outside Dhaka(Khulna Area):
Sundarban is the world biggest mangrove forest. In
Bangladesh tourism, Sunderban plays the most vital role. A large number of
foreigners come to Bangladesh every year only to visit this unique mangrove
forest. Besides, local tourists also go to visit Sundarban every year. The area
of great Sundarban is approximately 6000 sq. km.
MAIN ATTRACTIONS: Wildlife photography including photography
of the famous Royal Bengal Tiger, wildlife viewing, boating inside the forest
will call recordings, nature study, meeting fishermen, wood-cutters and
honey-collectors, peace and tranquility in the wilderness, seeing the world's
largest mangrove forest and the revering beauty.
The Sundarbans are the largest littoral mangrove belt in the
world, stretching 80km (50mi) into the Bangladeshi hinterland from the coast.
The forests aren't just mangrove swamps though; they include some of the last
remaining stands of the mighty jungles, which once covered the Gangetic plain.
The Sundarbans cover an area of 38,500 sq km, of which about
one-third is covered in water.
Dublar Char (Island) for fishermen. It is a beautiful island
where herds of spotted deer are often seen to graze.
Katka is one of Heritage sites in Sunderban. In Katka there
is a wooden watching tower of 40 ft. high from where you can enjoy the scenic
beauty of Sundarban. A beautiful sea beach is there is Katka; you will enjoy
while you are walking to go the beach from the watching tower. Verities birds
are visible in Katka.
This is another tourist spot in Sunderban. It is called the
world heritage state. You can enjoy the beauty of wild nature and dotted dears
walking and running in Hiron point.
There are also two other Heritage side in Sunderban; one is
Kochikhali and the other is Mandarbaria where you will find dears and birds. If
you are lucky you can see the Great Royal Bengal Tiger, but for sure you can at
least see the stepping of Great Royal Bengal Tiger here and there in these
Karamjol is a forest station for the Rangers. Here you can
see a dear breeding center. To visit Sunderban you need to go there with a
guide and it is even better if you go there with a group. You can stay
two/three days in Sunderban depending on your desire and requirements. One-day
tour is not enough for Sundarban as you will not be able to see the nature in
haste. For one-day tour you can go up to Karamjol and at a glance visit the
outer portion of Sunderban forest areas.
Outside Dhaka(Bandarban Area):
Meghla Parjatan Complex is just 4 kilometer
away from Bandarban town. Meghla Parjatan Complex is the most amazing tourist
or visited spot for the tourists coming from all over the country. It is 4 km
from the town on the road to Keranihat, which features a mini-safari-park, a
zoo, boat journey, a hanging bridge and at the bottom of the hills artificial
lake has been made. Inside Meghla there is no arrangement for heavy
food. Outside the Meghla there has two restaurants with Chinese and Continental
food at Holiday Inn resort and Parjatan Motel.
There is another beautiful place to see near Meghla is
called Nilachal also maintained by district administration. It is known as
tiger hill. The view of Nilachal is so spectacular for snapping. It is near
about 2000 feet above of sea level and 5 kilometer away from the Bandarban
here visitor can see the total glance of Bandarban town and a vast landscape. During
the winter season, it is awesome at the foggy morning. On the way to Nilachal,
visitor can see some tribe villages with their raw natural expression.There
is no food and accommodation facility.
Bandarban Golden Temple:
It is located at Pulpara 4 kilometer
from Balaghata town and 10 kilometer from in the Bandarban town. The Bandarban
Golden Temple is the largest Theravada Buddhist Temple with the second largest
Buddha statue in Bangladesh. Buddhist temple is known in local language as
has two of the highest peaks hills, the Tajingdong (4,000 feet or 1,200 meters)
and the Keokaradong (4,632 feet or 1,412 meters) covered with dense forests. There
is a waterfall nearby. There is small pond in the temple named “The Pond of
Angels” on the top of a hill. Traveler or tourist can see a total glance of
Balaghata and its surrounding natural beauties from here.
The waterfall named Shoilo Propat or Shoylo
Propat at Milanchari, Bandarban, 4 km from the town on the road to Thanchi from
Bandarban town. Shoilo Propat is one of the most famous and visited
natural fall in Bangladesh. There is a small market near the Shoilo Propat for
trade local peoples handicrafts, handloom products and food. Visitor can
closely see the struggling lifestyle of this region community. There is no
arrangement for food & accommodation in Shoilo Propat. Visitors has to
carry drinking water and food with his own management. But there are some tea
stalls nearby the Shoilo Propat.This site is maintained by
Bangladesh Parjatan corporation.
Chimbuk hill is the third highest mountain
in Bangladesh. It is just 26 kilometer away from Bandarban sadar. Chimbuk hill
is about 2500 feet high above sea level. There are two government owned rest
house in this area. The road of this area is zigzag. However when you
are looking down from Chimbuk, it will get you the feelings of floating over
the clouds. When it is a shiny day, you can see the shades of clouds over the
hills. The huge horizon of zigzag hills seem waves of a see. You will also see
the beauty of Chimbuk and Nilgiri. There are two government owned rest house in
this area. There is an well managed canteen in that place so you can easily
take food or snacks here. Chimbuk Visitor have to register his
name and address to the military check post.
Boga Lake is the most beautiful natural
lake in Bangladesh. It is also known as Bagakain Lake or Baga Lake. Boga lake
is about 65 km away from the Bandarban town. Boga lake is 18 kilometer away
from Ruma Sadar Upozilla in Bandarban. The area of this lake is about 15
acres. It is about 3000 feet above sea level. The color of water of this lake
is blue and very nice. Small tribe community like Bawm, Khumi have localities
besides the Boga lake. The road from Ruma to Boga lake is still under
construction. You can have a camp fire beside the lake, that will be
unbelievable and mind-blowing memory in your life. So Boga Lake is waiting with
its unique beauty for those adventurous travelers who just not only want to
satisfy their eyes with artificial and tedious natural beauties but also want
to fill their heart with eternal joy and thrill to innovate their restless mind.
But usually the lake water shows its extra –ordinary crystal clear mirror view
of blue shade which reflects like pearls and more than enough to astonish a
tourist guy. From Ruma you can hire public jeep up to Boga lake. On
the way you have to register your name, contact address and other details in
the respective security camp. It should have to be noticed that there is no
residential or non- resident hotel, motel or restaurant in Bogalake. Trekkers should carry with them some energy
drinks, painkillers. Medicine, saline, glucose, insecticides and be very
careful about mosquito’s and insects.
Keokradong is the second highest mountain
of Bangladesh. Keokradong is about 4,035 ft (1,230 meters) high from the sea
level. It is situated in 30km away from the Ruma sadar upazilla of Bandarban.
Ruma is 50 kilometer away from Bandarban.
Keokradong Mountain is located on the border between Bangladesh and
Myanmar. This remote area is full of natural beauty. Here you can see
many small and big mountains and hills. This area is covered with dense
forests, birds and animals. You will pleased with the dazzling beauty of green
hill, cool fountains, zigzag path, hilly road side, hide and seek game of
clouds on the top of the hill. Two tribal communities named Saikotpara and
Darjilingpara are 4 km away from Keodradong.
There are some tribal groups live in this area. Darjilingpara is about 1
km away from Keokradong. It will take another 45 minute to reach the highest
point of Keokradong and you have to walk through the hills.
However, the sceneries of cool air, white
clouds, hills, river and lake are really unique and incomparable. If you go
there obviously you can get an enjoyable, delightful and thrilling
Remember that, this journey is very much
laborious. So keep confidence. Always carry drinking water and first aid box
with you. Show positive attitude with
local people and should respect the tribal culture. You should remember that
after 4 pm you are not allowed to leave Ruma for visiting Bogalake, Keokradong