Bangladesh attracts thousands of tourists every year, but the majority of them stick to the capital city of Dhaka. For those travelers who want to see a different side of the Asian country away from the dusty streets and old temples, Chittagong has much to offer the modern tourist.
Chittagong is a vibrant international port and Bangladesh’s second biggest city. It benefits from an ideal climate, glorious and long sandy beaches, areas of forests and green hills, and cheap apartments to rent. It has a completely different image from the one most people expect to find when they visit Bangladesh.
The Shaheed Zia Memorial Complex is one of the city’s major attractions. This modern center gives visitors the opportunity to view replicas of national monuments and landmarks, such as Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban, the National Assembly Building of Bangladesh, and Gazipur’s Church of Saint Nicholas, alongside replicas of tribal homes, enabling them to learn more about the culture and heritage of the Bangladeshi people. They can also spend time in the stunning landscaped gardens or have fun in the amusement park, which features a carousel and Ferris wheel.
Other notable places that should be on your itinerary of Chittagong include the intricate buildings that make up the Qadam Mubarak and Shahi Jama-e-Masjid mosques and the Ethnological Museum, which highlights the tribal history of the country
Chittagong is undergoing huge changes at the moment that will see it develop into a tourist and commercial center to rival Dhaka.