Bangladesh offers many tourist attractions, including archaeological sites, historical mosques and monuments, longest natural beach in the world, picturesque landscape, hill forests and wildlife, rolling tea gardens and tribes. Tourists find the rich flora and fauna and colorful tribal life very enchanting. Each part of the country offers distinctly different topography, flavors and food. It is home to the Royal Bengal Tigers, freshwater pink dolphins, historical temples made of red earth.
Some of the better known tourist attractions are: Srimangal, where miles of tea gardens are located, Mainamati, Mahasthangarh, Paharpur for archaeology, Rangamati, Kaptai and Cox's Bazar for sight seeing, and the Sundarbans for wild life and the greatest Mangrove forest of the world,
A picturesque region of large forested hills and lakes, Chittagong is a wonderful holidaying spot The city itself is the second largest in Bangladesh and is a busy international seaport and airport. Its lush green hills and forests, broad sandy beaches and fine cool climate attract holiday seekers. Chittagong is a major hub of industries, trade and commerce. The country's only oil refinery is located here. Chittagong is connected with Dhaka by rail, road, air and water. The world class Shah Amanat International Airport with all modern facilities is a recent addition to the city. Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation offers tourist class accommodation at Motel Shaikat with restaurant service in Chittagong City .
A 77 km. road connects Chittagong Hill Rangamati, the headquarters of Rangamati Hill district. Ramgamati offers spectacular natural scenery -- thick forested hills lakes, and a wide variety of flowers, plants and birds. The township is located on the western bank of the Kuptai Lake . Rangamati is a favoured holiday resort furs its breathtaking beauty, its colorful tribal life, its hanging bridge, homespun textile products and ivory jewelers. The tribal museum in Rangamati is well worth a visit.
Cox bazaar :
Miles of golden sands, tall Cliffs, surfing waves, rare conch shells, colorful pagodas. Buddhist temples and tribes, delightful sea-food all these make Cox's Bazar what it is, the tourist capital of Bangladesh . The world's longest unbroken (120 km.) beach, still unspoiled, slopes gently down to the blue waters of the Bay of Bengal against the picturesque background of a chain of green hills. The beach welcomes tourists for bathing, sun-bathing and swimming.
The breathtaking beauty of the setting-sun behind the waves of the sea is captivating. Handmade cigars and handsome products of the Rakhayne tribal families are good buys. Located at a distance of 152 km. South of Chittagong, Cox's Bazar is connected both by air and road with Dhaka and Chittagong .
Kantaji's tample :
This temple near Dinajpur town was built in 1752 by Maharaja Pran Nath of Dinajpur. The temple, a 50'square three-storied edifice, rests on a slightly curved raised plinth of sandstone blocks, believed to have been quarried from the ruins of the ancient city of Bangarh near Gangarampur in West Bengal from where the now stolen Radha-Krishna idols are said to have been brought. It was originally a navaratna temple, crowned with four richly ornamental corner towers on two storey and a central one over the third storey. Unfortunately these ornate towers collapsed during an earthquake at the end of the 19th century.
Every inch of the temple surface is beautifully embellished with exquisite terracotta plaques, representing T1ora, fauna, geometric motifs, mythological scenes and an astonishing array of contemporary social scenes and favorite pastimes. The Maharaja's palace with relics of the past centuries and local museum are worth a visit.
By far the most spectacular Buddhist monuments, discovered in regular excavation is the gigantic temple and monastery at Paharpur in the Noagoan district.
Architecturally and historically Paharpur Vihara is a treasured heritage of the world. It has been identified from a set of inscribed clay seals, as the reputed Somapura Vihara, of the great Pala emperor Dharmapala. It is the biggest Vihara south of the Himalayas . This immense quadrangular monastery with 177 monastic cells enclosing the coutyard, its elaborate northern gateway and numerous votive stupas, minor chapels and extensive ancillary buildings within the 22 acre courtyard, is dominated by a lofty pyramidal temple in the centre. A site museum houses the representative collections of objects recovered from the area. The excavated finds have also been preserved at the Varendra Research Museum at Rajshahi.
Mainamati once known as 'Samatata' denotes a land lying almost even with the sea-level. An isolated eleven mile long spur of dimpled low hill range known as the Mainamati Lalmai range runs through the middle of Comilla district from north to south. Excavation on this range has revealed over 50 ancient sites dotting the hills, mostly containing various types of Buddhist remains of the 8th to 12th centuries A.D. Excavations at a number of sites, locally known as Salban Vihara, Kutila Mura, Ananda Rajar Badi, Charpatra Mura, Mainamati Ranir Badi from 1955 till todate, besides exposing many Buddhist monasteries, temples and stupas, have also yielded a rich collection of stones and bronze sculptures of various gods and goddesses, coins, reliquaries, royal copper plate grants, terracotta plaques, jewellery, pots and pans and other miscellaneous objects of daily use which eloquently speak of the glorious cultural attainments of the period.
Salban Vihara is an extensive centre of Buddhist culture of 8th to 12th century. The attractions include Buddhist Vihara (monastery) with imposing central shrine, Kotila Mura, another Buddhist establishment 5 km. north of Salban Vihara. Charpatra Mura an islolated shrine about 2.5 km north-west of Kotila Mura and Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development, known for its pioneering role in co¬operative movement in the country.
Mainamati is only 114 km. from Dhaka city and is just two hours drive on way to Chittagong .