If you want to immerse yourself in a metropolis filled with life, culture, superb cuisine and iconic sights then one great option for you is to get a flight ticket to Chattogram in Bangladesh. The city is formerly known as Chittagong, and it is situated on the southeastern coast of the country and on the east coast of the Bay of Bengal. It is the second-largest city in the country and a vital seaport for the nation.
Beyond the urban delights, you will find Chittagong is the ideal starting point to head out and explore the diverse natural landscapes and wildlife throughout the Chattogram Division.
Popular attractions in Chattogram
Take in the long and fascinating history and culture of the Hill Tract tribes of Bangladesh. You can learn all about them at Chattogram’s Tribal Cultural Institute Museum. It is the only tribal museum in Bangladesh that portrays the history and contains well-thought-out displays on the ethnic groups of the Hill Tracts of the country.
Take a trip out to Cox’s Bazar. This is the longest natural beach in the world, filled with sweeping sands and beautiful ocean views. It is the perfect location for some much-needed downtime, as well as a chance to indulge in some thrilling water-based activities and the freshest seafood any place has to offer.
Head up to Fairy Hill to visit the High Court Building. It may not sound like the most exciting visit, but the location gives you a panoramic view of the hustle and bustle of the city – you will get the chance to appreciate the surrounding metropolis like never before.
Go and peruse some local cuisines. We recommend some khichuri (rice with lentils) or shutki (dried fish) or any of the wide variety of curries they have to offer in and around Chattogram. You will quickly realise why Bengali food is among the top cuisines in the world.
Make an excursion to the Chittagong Hill Tracts to catch an in-person glimpse of the lives of the rainforest tribes. It’s just a 60 km journey from the city and one you will never forget.
If you are someone who has an inexplicable affinity toward waterfalls, then take the time and opportunity to visit the countless mesmerising Waterfalls of Chittagong. There are some of the most serene waterfalls in this hilly region, with multiple cascades and numerous isolated steps. This is a haven for all nature lovers.
Another treat for nature fanatics is the naturally sweet and deep water lake, Boga. It is surrounded by a thick bamboo forest from all corners and bounded by three mountains. This is the only location in Bangladesh that has a legend related to dragons. Visit the lake to give yourself up to the myths and stories behind this natural landscape.
Key tips for travellers
If you wish to make the journey to the Chittagong Hill Tracts region, check first with your tour operator. There are specific requirements in place regarding the need for tourists to obtain a permit.
Also, you should only drink purified bottled water, and ensure that any uncooked food you eat has been washed in purified water.
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