The 10 Most Beautiful Towns In Bangladesh

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Tired of crowded touristy hotspots? Small towns in Bangladesh are perfect to escape the hustle-bustle of cities and to indulge in incredible experiences.

One of the many wonderful things about Bangladesh is that there are so many little towns to discover. There are so many rich towns that have  their own character and  own specialties which make every trip an authentic experience. Instead of visiting only Dhaka, Chittagong, it’s the time to try exploring the towns of Bangladesh. This charm bracelet of  amazing towns gives you wonderfully untouched Bengali culture.

Vacations in these lesser-known locales of the country are truly memorable. Avoid crowds and explore raw natural beauty and unusual cultures and get to experience a plethora of new things.

Nowadays, more and more people are looking for less frequented destinations. We bring to you some of those places that not only provide a relaxing getaway but also some cherished memories.

 

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Rajshahi
It is known as Silk City. The number one beautiful city credit goes to Rajshahi. It’s one of the least polluted cities in Bangladesh. According to the World Health Organization, Rajshahi has decreased its air pollution by 67.2%. It’s for healthier people to live in Rajshahi than to live in Dhaka which is the capital city of Bangladesh.

Sylhet
Sylhet is located along the banks of the Surma River. As one of the most affluent and easily accessible places in Bangladesh, Sylhet attracts a constant flow of visitors coming to enjoy the city’s beautiful natural landscapes including hills, rivers, lakes, tea gardens, rainforest and waterfalls that surround its pleasant urban areas.

Thakurgaon
It is located about 467 kilometres northwest of Bangladesh and falls under the district of Rangpur. It takes about 10-12 hours to reach Thakurgaon by bus and by train.  It takes a little bit more than that. If you go by train, you have to stop at Parbotipur station and from there you have to travel by local transportation or van which can take almost an hour to two depending upon the mode of transportation. You will surprise watching the Santal Village of Thakurgoan. Santals are plain land adibashis of Bangladesh and the region of Thakurgoan and the surrounding district does host a number of plain land adivasis. It is a beautiful place with lush green fields with crops and mustard plants and as far as the eye could go it was coloured yellow and green. You have to walk down the pathways of those fields as we reached the Santal village. It is neat and clean. It seemed like a painter that  has just finished brushing it with his paints. Other famous spots are Kantiji Mondir which is about 45 minutes drive by local bus from Thakurgaon to Dinajpur. The temple is one of the most magnificent religious edifices belonging to the 18th century. It boasts one of the greatest examples on terracotta architecture in Bangladesh. Try to visit during Rash Mela– a popular fair.

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Paharpur
Paharpur is a pint-sized town which is most well known for the Naogaon District where you will find UNESCO World Heritage Site ruins called Somapura Mahavihara. This spot is said to be one of the most fascinating Buddhist archeological sites in South Asia and takes the form of a large redbrick quadrangle which is bisected with alleys and chambers that would have been meditation rooms in days of old. Make sure to check out the ornate stone work which dates back to the 8th century.

 

Kamalgonj
Kamalgonj is a beautiful town of Moulvibazar. Tourist spots the first garden of medicinal plants ‘Araggakunja’ that has been established at Fulbari of Kamalganj upazila. Lauachhara Park, established in 1996 with 1250 hectors of land, has been declared as national park. Other tourist spots include Madhabkundu Water Fall, Madhabpur Lake, Parikunda, Monu Barrage and Hakaluki Haor.

 

Meherpur
It is the smallest district in Bangladesh and the first capital of Independent Bangladesh. Meherpur is a district in South-Western Bangladesh. Meherpur is a historical district of Bangladesh for the fact that the Proclamation of Independence was solemnly made at the village Baidyanathtola (now Mujibnagar), on 17 April 1971 of this district. The Famous Mango orchards and ancient Nill Kuthis are famous. The attractions are Gosaidubi Mosque at Karamdi, Dargahs of Sheik Farid and Shah Enayet, Mazars of Barkat Bibi and Bagudewan, Ballavpur Mission, Teragharia Marrut, Shiva Mandir at Ballavpur, Alampur Mandir, Bhabanipur Mandir, Neelkuthis at Aamjhupi, Bhatpara and Saharbati.

Sonargaon
Sonargaon used to be a thriving trading hub but now it is something of a ghost town that straddles the Ganges. Here you will find eerie carved mansions and docks, old mosques, and jungle vines twisting in between everything. If you want to see a completely different side of Bangladesh that many people don’t experience, then this is the place to come.

 

Bagerhat
Bagerhat is not as famous as Dhaka or Srimangal but this peaceful city in the south west of the country has an array of historic attractions that you can enjoy at a slower pace.The city was founded in the 15th century by the Sufi Saint Khan Jahan Ali and it is the home of the Shait Gumbad Mosque. Here you will find towering domes and you can also take a trip to the tomb of Saint Khan Jahan Ali which is usually covered with offerings and surrounded by chanting pilgrims.

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Cox’s Bazar
Spilling out into the Bay of Bengal is Cox’s Bazar, an area covered in salty fishing skiffs and bustling jetties. This little town in the far south-east of Bangladesh is known for its stunning beach which stretches for an amazing 120 kilometers from north to south along the side of the balmy Indian Ocean. This is the third longest beach on the planet and you will find local fishermen reeling in the day’s catch as well as bubbling rock pools and crashing turquoise waves that make this a great spot for surfing.

Mymensingh
Mymensingh is a stunning city with 200 years of political history and culture. Located by the beautiful Brahmaputa River, Mymensingh offers a range of cultural, historical and natural sites of interest, and some great picnic spots too. Visitors can stroll around the Orchid or Strawberry gardens, head to the adventure park in Gajani, visit historic Jalchhatra oe and enjoy a boat ride on the river. The city is also where the renowned handcrafted Nakshikantha, a Bengali quiet, is made.

Enough said to visit these places you can ensure your stay by booking hotels online through your trusted travel partner Jovago and make moments for the days to come .

 

By
Md. Mintu Hossain

 

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