the second largest city of Bangladesh and a busy
international seaport, is an ideal vacation spot.
Its green hills and forests, its broad sandy beaches
and its fine cool climate always attract the holiday-markers.
Described by the Chinese traveler poet, Huen Tsang
(7th century A.D) as "a sleeping beauty emerging
from mists and water" and given the title
of "Porto Grande" by the 16th century
Portuguese seafarers. Chittagong combines remains
true to both the descriptions even today. It combines
the busy hum of an active seaport with the shooting
quiet of a charming hill town.
The Shahi Jama-e-Masjid and Qadam Mubarak Mosque
are two of the most impressive buildings in the
city. It's also worth visiting the Ethnological
Museum in the Modern City which has interesting
displays on Bangladesh's tribal peoples. There
are good views and cooling breezes from Fairy
Hill in the British City in the north-western
sector of the city.
Chittagong is the country's chief port and is
the main site for the establishment of heavy,
medium and light industries. Bangladesh's only
steel mill and oil refinery are also located in
English is spoken and understood.
Apparel : Tropical
in summer and light woolen in winter.
& Transport :
is connected by road and rail with rest of the
country. Air link is available with Dhaka and
Rental : Rent-A-Car
facilities are available for city sightseeing
and trips to Rangamati, Cox's Bazar, Sitakunda
and other touristically important places.
Districts : The
Hill Tracts is divided into three districts, namely
Rangamati, Khagrachari and Bandarban.
From Chittagong a 77 km. road amidst green fields
and winding hills will take you to Rangamati,
the headquarters of the Rangamati Hill District
which is a wonderful repository of scenic splendours
with flora and fauna of varied descriptions. It
is also connected by water way from Kaptai.
For visit of foreign tourists to the Hill Districts
prior permission from the Government is required
which can be arranged through Tour Operators &
Hill Tract is divided into four valleys surrounded
by the Feni, Karnaphuli, Sangu (Sankhu) and Matamuhuri
rivers and their tributaries. The ranges or hills
of the Hill Tracts rise steeply thus looking far
more impressive than what their height would imply
and extend in long narrow ridges. The highest
peaks on the northern side are Thangnang, Langliang
and Khantiang while those on the southern side
are Ramu, Taung, Keekradang, Tahjindong (4632
ft, highest in Bangladesh), Mowdok Mual, Rang
Tlang and Mowdok Tlang.
forests : The
valleys of the Hill Tracts are covered with thick
planted forests. The vegetation in semi-evergreen
to tropical evergreen dominated by tall teak trees.
The natural vegetation can be seen best in the
Rain-khyong valleys of the Bandarban district.
This district provides the country with valuable
wood used for various purposes, besides supplying
wood and bamboo for the Karnaphuli Paper Mills
and the Rayon Mills situated at Chandraghona.
Here a tourist may be lucky to see how huge logs
of wood are being carried to the plain by the
are there main seasons, the dry season (November
to March), which is relatively cool, sunny and
dry, the premonsoon season (April and May), which
is very hot and sunny with occasional shower,
and the rainy season (June to October), which
is warm, cloudy and wet.
inhabitants of the Hill Tracts are mostly tribal.
Life of the tribal people is extremely fascinating.
Majority of them are Buddhists and the rest are
Hindus, Christians and Animists. Despite the bondage
of religion, elements of primitiveness is strongly
displayed in their rites, rituals and everyday
life. The tribal families are matriarchal. The
women-folk are more hardworking than the males
and they are the main productive force.
The tribal people are extremely self-reliant,
they grow their own food, their girls weave their
own clothes and generally speaking, they live
a simple life. Each tribe has its own dialect,
distinctive dress and rites and rituals. The common
feature is their way of life which still speak
of their main occupation. Some of them take pride
in hunting with bows and arrows. Tribal women
are very skilful in making beautiful handicrafts.
Tribal people are generally peace loving, honest
and hospitable. They usually greet a tourist with
Tourist Attractions >>
of Sultan Bayazid Bostami : Situated
on a hillock at Nasirabad, about 6 km. to the
north-west of Chittagong town, this shrine attracts
a large number of visitors and pilgrims. At its
base is a large tank with several hundred tortoises.
Tradition has it that these animals are the descendants
of the evil spirits (genii) who were cast into
this shape because they incurred the wrath of
the great saint who visited the place about 1100
War II Cemetery : In
a well-preserved cemetery at a quiet and picturesque
place within the city lie buried in eternal peace
over 700 soldiers from British, Australia, Canada,
New Zealand, India, Myanmar, East and West Africa,
The Netherlands and Japan who laid down their
lives on the Myanmar front during the World War
of Shah Amanat : The
Shrine of Shah Amanat is another place of religious
attraction, located in the heart of the town,
the shrine is visited by hundreds of people everyday
who pay homage to the memory of the saint.
Building Museum : Situated
on the Fairy Hill, this building commands a panoramic
bird's eye view of Chittagong. This had been the
scene of intense activity during the independence
War in 1971. A museum has been established here
Lake(Pahartali Lake) :
amidst picturesque surroundings in the railway
township of Pahartali 8 km. from Chittagong this
is an ideal spot of outing and picnic thronged
by thousands of visitors every week.
Marine Academy at Juldia : The
only training institute of its kind in Bangladesh,
situated on the month of the river Karnaphuli.
and Fouzdarhat Sea Beaches :
beach is about 22 km. from Chittagong and is approachable
by a motorable road. On the way to the beach one
passes the Patenga Airport. Another ideal picnic
spot is the Fouzdarhat sea-beach about 16 km.
Area : Located
near the river mouth of the river Karnaphuli,
the Chittagong port has a recorded history from
9th century. Today, this is the principal seaport
of the country
Museum : This
museum located in Agrabad is a treasure-house
of a variety of tribal culture and heritage of
Museum : The
government Circuit House where former president
Ziaur Rahman was assasinated has been turned into
37 km. from Chittagong lies an interesting place
known as Sitakunda, served by a railway station
of the same name. Famous among the many temples
in this place are the Chandranath Temple and the
Buddhist Temple has a footprint of Lord Buddha.
These places particularly the hilltops are regarded
as very sacred by the Buddhists and the Hindus.
Siva-chaturdashi festival is held every year in
February when thousands of pilgrims assemble for
the celebrations which last about ten days. There
is a salt water spring 5 km. to the north of Sitakunda,
known as Labanakhya.
kilometer from Chittagong, on the Kaptai Road
is Chandraghona where one of the biggest paper
mills in Asia is located. Close to the paper mill
there is a rayon factory which produces synthetic
fibers from bamboo.