Top 10 things to do in Bangladesh

Bangladesh

Home of beautiful mangroves and the world's longest beach.

Bangladesh is a country.

Bangladesh (/bɑːŋlɑːdɛʃ/; i/ˌbæŋɡləˈdæʃ/; বাংলাদেশ, pronounced: [ˈbaŋlad̪eʃ] ( listen), lit. "The land of Bengal"), officially the People's Republic of Bangladesh (গণপ্রজাতন্ত্রী বাংলাদেশ Gônôprôjatôntri Bangladesh), is a country in South Asia. It is bordered by India to its west, north and east; Burma to its southeast and separated from Nepal and Bhutan by the Chicken’s Neck corridor. To its south, it faces the Bay of Bengal. Bangladesh is the world's eighth-most populous country, with over 160 million people, and among the most densely populated countries. It forms part of the ethno-linguistic region of Bengal, along with the neighbouring Indian states of West Bengal and Tripura.

The present-day borders of Bangladesh took shape during the Partition of Bengal and British India in 1947, when the region used to be known as East Pakistan, as a part of the newly formed state of Pakistan. It was separated from West Pakistan by 1,400 km of Indian territory. Due to political exclusion, ethnic and linguistic discrimination and economic neglect by the politically dominant western wing, nationalism, popular agitation and civil disobedience led to the Bangladesh Liberation War and independence in 1971. After independence, the new state endured poverty, famine, political turmoil and military coups. The restoration of democracy in 1991 has been followed by relative calm and economic progress. In 2014, the Bangladeshi general election was boycotted by major opposition parties, resulting in a parliament and government dominated by the Awami League and its smaller coalition partners.

Bangladesh is a unitary parliamentary republic with an elected parliament called the Jatiyo Sangshad. The native Bengalis form the country's largest ethnic group, along with indigenous peoples in northern and southeastern districts. Geographically, the country is dominated by the fertile Bengal delta, the world's largest delta. This also gives Bangladesh a unique name tag "The land of rivers".

Bangladesh is a Next Eleven emerging economy. It has achieved significant strides in human and social development since independence, including in progress in gender equity, universal primary education, food production, health and population control. However, Bangladesh continues to face numerous political, economic, social and environmental challenges, including political instability, corruption, poverty, overpopulation and climate change.

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Top 10 things to do in Bangladesh

Rajshahi

Rajshahi
Rajshahi is a metropolitan city in Bangladesh and a major urban and industrial centre of North Bengal. It is the administrative seat of Rajshahi District and Rajshahi Division. Located on ...

Barisal

Barisal
Barisal is one of the major cities in Bangladesh. It is an old port on the Kirtankhola river, on the northern shore of the Bay of Bengal in southern Bangladesh ...

Mymensingh

Mymensingh
Mymensingh , formerly called Nasirabad, is a city in Mymensingh District in central region of Bangladesh, situated on the Brahmaputra river. It is also the district headquarters. Mymensingh is the ...

Cox's Bazar

Cox's Bazar
Cox's Bazar is a town, a fishing port and district headquarters in Bangladesh. It is the world's longest uninterrupted natural sandy sea beach, The beach in Cox's Bazar is an ...

Khulna

Khulna
Khulna is the third-largest city in Bangladesh. It is the administrative seat of Khulna District and Khulna Division. The city has a population of more than 1.4 million people. Khulna ...

Dhaka

Dhaka
Dhaka is the capital city of Bangladesh. It is the headquarters of Dhaka Division and Dhaka District. Dhaka is the most populous city in Bangladesh and the tenth-largest city in ...

Sreemangal Upazila

Sreemangal Upazila
Srimangal is an Upazila of Moulvibazar District in the Division of Sylhet, Bangladesh.GeographySreemangal is located at 24°18′30″N 91°44′00″E / 24.3083°N 91.7333°E / 24.3083; 91.7333. It has 43,952 ...

Sylhet

Sylhet
Sylhet /sɪlhət/ is a major city that lies on the banks of Surma River in north-east Bangladesh. The city has a population of over 500,000 people. It is surrounded by ...

Bogra

Bogra
Bogra is a town and one of the oldest towns in northern Bangladesh. It is a centre of commerce and trade within the Bogra District and located under the Rajshahi ...

Chittagong

Chittagong
Chittagong is the second most populous city and main seaport of Bangladesh. It is a major commercial, financial and industrial hub. Located on the Karnaphuli River, it is the administrative ...

Nijhum Dwip

Nijhum Dwip
Nijhum Dwip is a small island under Hatiya upazila. It is situated in Noakhali District in Bangladesh. Once it was called Char OsmaniA cluster of islands emerged in the early ...

Pabna

Pabna
This article is about the city. For the district, see Pabna District. Pabna is a town in Rajshahi Division of Bangladesh and the administrative capital of eponymous Pabna District. It ...

Rangamati

Rangamati
Rangamati .It's a travel destination of Bangladesh which is known as "Lake City".The district is administered by an office named as District Administration,Rangamati Rangamati Bangladesh http://www.rangamatitour.com From Chittagong a 77 km ...

Savar Upazila

Savar Upazila
Savar is an Upazila of Dhaka District in the Division of Dhaka, Bangladesh. It is located at a distance of about 24 kilometres to the northwest of Dhaka city. Savar ...

Comilla

Comilla
Comilla is a city in eastern Bangladesh, located along the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway. It is the administrative center of the Comilla District, part of the Chittagong Division. Comilla is second-largest city ...

Port of Mongla

Port of Mongla
Mongla is the main sea port in the Bagerhat District of south-western Bangladesh.OverviewIt was formerly located at Chalna, about 11 miles upstream on the Pusur River, but ...

Ashulia

Ashulia
Ashulia is a suburban area near Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. Nearby areas are Savar and Tongi. The attractive view of Ashulia lake and vast paddy fields of Ashulia ...

Jessore District

Jessore District
Jessore is a district in the of southwestern region of Bangladesh. It is bordered by India to the west, Khulna District and Satkhira District to the south, Magura and Narail ...

Bhawal National Park

Bhawal National Park
Bhawal National Park was established and maintained as a National Park in 1974; it was officially declared in 1982 under the Wildlife Act of 1974. It is located in Gazipur, ...

Sirajganj

Sirajganj
This article is about the city. For the district, see Sirajganj District. Sirajganj is a town in North-Bengal Bangladesh, lying just west of the Brahmaputra River and beside of Jamuna ...

Tangail

Tangail
This article is about the city. For the district, see Tangail District. Tangail is a town in the Tangail District, in the central region of Bangladesh. It is located on ...

Tongi

Tongi
Tongi is a township in Gazipur, Bangladesh,one of the nearby town of Savar, with a population of 350,000 that hosts the Biswa Ijtema, features a BSCIC industrial area, which produces ...

Sandwip

Sandwip
Sandwip is an island along the south eastern coast of Bangladesh in the Chittagong District. Also spelled Sandvip, the transliteration of the name would in fact be Shondip. It is ...

Narayanganj

Narayanganj
This article is about the city. For the district, see Narayanganj District. Narayanganj is a city in central Bangladesh. It is located in the Narayanganj District, near the capital city ...

Bhairab Upazila

Bhairab Upazila
Bhairab is an Upazila of Kishoreganj District in the Division of Dhaka, Bangladesh.GeographyBhairab is located at . It has 34419 units of house hold and total area ...

Chalan Beel

Chalan Beel
Chalan Beel is a wetland in Bangladesh. It is a large inland depression, marshy in character, with rich flora and fauna. Forty-seven rivers and other waterways flow into the Chalan ...

Palash Upazila

Palash Upazila
Palash is an Upazila of Narsingdi District in the Division of Dhaka, Bangladesh.GeographyPalash is located at . It has 31350 units of house hold and total area ...

Teknaf Game Reserve

Teknaf Game Reserve
Teknaf Wildlife Sanctuary It comprises an area of 11,615 hectare. This is one of the few places in Bangladesh where Elephants can be seen in the wild. It was established ...

Naogaon District

Naogaon District
Naogaon is a district in Northern Bangladesh. It is a part of the Rajshahi Division.UpazilasThe district is divided into 11 upazilas:Naogaon Sadar UpazilaMohadevpur UpazilaManda UpazilaNiamatpur UpazilaAtrai UpazilaRaninagar ...

Rangpur City

Rangpur City
Rangpur is one of the major cities in Bangladesh and Rangpur Division. Rangpur is one of the oldest municipality in Bangladesh, and was established in the year 1869. Rangpur was ...

Moulvibazar

Moulvibazar
Moulvibazar is a city in north-eastern Bangladesh. It is the capital of Moulvibazar District. Moulvibazar is located on the banks of the Manu River. The city has a high population ...

Bandarban District

Bandarban District
Bandarban is a district in South-Eastern Bangladesh, and a part of the Chittagong Division. It is one of the three districts that make up the Chittagong Hill Tracts, the others ...

Uttara Thana

Uttara Thana
Uttara Model Town or simply Uttara is a northern Thana and a suburb of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. The name derives from the Bengali word ut'tar meaning "north". It ...

Ahsan Manzil

Ahsan Manzil
Ahsan Manzil was the official residential palace and seat of the Dhaka Nawab Family. This magnificent building is situated at Kumartoli along the banks of the Buriganga River in Dhaka, ...

Lalbagh Fort

Lalbagh Fort
Lalbagh Fort is an incomplete 17th century Mughal fort complex that stands proudly before the Buriganga River in the southwestern part of Dhaka, Bangladesh. The construction was started in 1678 ...

Bangladesh National Museum

Bangladesh National Museum
The Bangladesh National Museum , originally established on 20 March 1913, albeit under another name , and formally inaugurated on 7 August 1913, was accorded the status of the national ...

Ramna Park

Ramna Park
Ramna Park is a large park and recreation area situated at the heart of Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. This park is one of the most beautiful areas in ...

Liberation War Museum

Liberation War Museum
The Liberation War Museum is a museum in Segunbagicha, Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh that commemorates the Bangladesh Liberation War, which led to the independence of Bangladesh from Pakistan.A museum ...

Jatiyo Sangsad Bhaban

Jatiyo Sangsad Bhaban
Jatiyo Sangsad Bhaban or National Parliament House, is the house of the Parliament of Bangladesh, located at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka. Designed by architect Louis Kahn, ...

Dhakeshwari Temple

Dhakeshwari Temple
Dhakeshwari National Temple is a Hindu temple in Dhaka, Bangladesh. It is state-owned, giving it the distinction of being Bangladesh's 'National Temple'. The name "Dhakeshwari" means "Goddess of Dhaka". Since ...

Sonargaon

Sonargaon
Sonargaon was a historic administrative, commercial and maritime center in Bengal. Situated at the center of the Ganges delta, near the old course of the Brahmaputra River, it was the ...

Jatiyo Sriti Shoudho

Jatiyo Sriti Shoudho
Jatiyo Sriti Shoudho or National Martyrs' Memorial is the national monument of Bangladesh is the symbol in the memory of the valour and the sacrifice of all those who gave ...

Star Mosque

Star Mosque
Star Mosque , is a mosque located in Armanitola area, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The mosque has ornate designs and is decorated with motifs of blue stars. It was built in the ...

Dhaka Zoo

Dhaka Zoo
Dhaka Zoo, is a Zoo located in the Mirpur section of Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. The Zoo contains many native and non-native animals and wild life, and hosts ...

New Market, Dhaka

New Market, Dhaka
New Market is a commercial shopping market in north of Azimpur, Dhaka.HistoryThe market started in 1952 by CBD during the period of Nurul Amin, the Chief Minister ...

Sixty Dome Mosque

Sixty Dome Mosque
The Sixty Dome Mosque ,a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a mosque in Bangladesh, the largest in that country from the Sultanate period. It has been described as "the most ...

Hussaini Dalan

Hussaini Dalan
The Hussaini Dalan was originally built during the later half of the Mughal rule in Dhaka. It was built as the Imambara or house of the imam of the Shia ...

Kakrail Mosque

Kakrail Mosque
Kakrail Mosque is a mosque located near Ramna Park, Dhaka, Bangladesh. It is the center of Tablighi activities in Bangladesh.Basically, it is to Bangladesh what Nizamuddin and Raiwind are to ...

Dhanmondi Lake

Dhanmondi Lake
Dhanmondi Lake is a lake located in the Dhanmondi residential area in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The lake was originally a dead channel of the Karwan Bazar River, and was connected to ...

Dhaka

Dhaka
Dhaka (Bengali: ঢাকা, pronounced: [ˈɖʱaka]; English /dɑːkə/, /dækə/; also known as Dacca, especially formerly) is the capital city of Bangladesh. It is the headquarters of Dhaka Division and Dhaka District. Dhaka ...

Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines
Malaysia Airlines Berhad formerly known as Malaysian Airline System Berhad is a major airline operating flights from Kuala Lumpur International Airport and from secondary hubs in Kota Kinabalu and Kuching ...