An ancient city, much of Chittagong has been inhabited for over a thousand years, first by Bengali Buddhist kingdoms, later by Sufi Muslim Sultanates, and finally by the Mughal Dynasty and the British colonial administration. The modern history of Chittagong has been a tragic one; in the 1930s, it was the site of an unsuccessful uprising by independence activists, and in 1971, many years after the partition of the Indian subcontinent, it was the epicenter of the war between Bangladesh (then East Pakistan), and Pakistan.
Today, Chittagong is a mostly industrial, crowded city, and unremarkable in most aspects, save for its shipbreaking industry. After ships have reached the end of their service lives, the vast majority of them are sent to yards northwest of Chittagong, where armies of workers pour over them and dismantle them entirely for scrap.
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Chandanpura Mosque and Shahi Jama-e-Masjid
Of the many mosques within Chittagong, two standout sites are Shahi Jama-e-Masjid, and Chandanpura Mosque. The Shahi Jama-e-Masjid was built atop a tall hill, and features Central Asian design influences, including in its minaret, or prayer tower, and the elaborate, curved arches overlooking a central courtyard.
Also of note is the Chandanpura Mosque, a compact, eclectic structure featuring onion domes, a complex of minarets, and intricate, decorative panels. Indeed the design of the Chandanpura Mosque is varied and difficult to pin down, as it sources a number of aesthetics from various architectural traditions, among them Central Asia and India.
Chittagong Hill Tribes
Drive into the hilly country outside Chittagong, where you will be a guest of a small village. Half of the region’s small population belongs to tribal groups such as the Chakma, Marma, Tripura, Tenchungya, Chak and Mru, whose are descended from Himalayan peoples, practice Theravada Buddhism and have their own languages and traditions. Spend the afternoon visiting with the local people and learning about their traditions, lives and livelihoods, and conclude the day with a traditional celebratory meal held in your honor.
Situated atop Fairy Hill, the Court Building is a British-era colonial structure that offers visitors panoramic views of Chittagong, which are particularly beautiful at night. A large, sprawling compound, Court Building comprises hundreds of rooms.
Also known as Foy Lake, after the British engineer who designed it in 1924, Pahartali is a picturesque body of water not far from the city center. On weekends, the lake is often crowded with families and all the manner of day-trippers. The best time to visit is in the mornings, when the temperatures are cool and comfortable.
Shrine of Baizid Bostami
A colorful shrine, the Mazar of Bayazid Bostami is visited by many pilgrims and travelers. It includes a pond inhabited by hundreds of tortoises, whom, according to legend, are descendants of djinn, or evil spirits who were lured into the turtles by a saint who visited the area over a thousand years ago.
Tomb of Hazrat Shah Sufi Amanat Khan
Hailing from the Indian state of Bihar, Hazrat Shah Sufi Amanat Khan was a saint of the Sufi order of Islam, a mystical, esoteric strain of Islam known for its tolerance and acceptance of other orders. After his death, Hazrat Shah Sufi Amanat Khan was recognized for his piety and spiritual practices, and honored by this elaborate, if small, marble mausoleum.
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See the best Bangladesh has to offer on this classic 10-day journey through the historical, colorful country. You’ll move from the historical buildings of Dhaka, through the thick flora of the Sundarbans forest, and back again, visiting must-see sights the Shrine of Bayazid Bostami, interacting with local hilltribes in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, and tasting tea fresh from the plantations in Sylhet.
- 10 days / 9 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $6,500
Explore the sights and attractions of India’s exciting Bengal region, on a 12-day luxury journey from Bangladesh’s bustling Dhaka, through the lush Sundarbans mangrove forest, onwards to Calcutta for lunch at the Polo Club, and ending Darjeeling for a tour and stay at Glenburn Tea Estate.
- 12 days / 11 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $9,000
Delve into the amazing architecture and sacred structures of Buddhist Bangladesh on this eight-day tour. From the city to the hillsides and the countryside to the coast, this is your opportunity to explore this fascinating culture and its ancient history up close.
- 8 days / 7 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $7,800
BPC Motel Meghla
The government-run BPC Motel Meghla is conveniently located just a three-mile jeep ride from the Meghla Complex - one of Bangladesh’s most popular tourist spots - where guests can explore the mini safari-park and zoo, as well as indulge in a waterside picnic set against the calm backdrop of the man-made lake - a favorite local pastime. Each of the hotel’s spacious, air-conditioned rooms and suites are decorated in a simple modern style, featuring connected en-suite bathrooms and cooling ceramic tiles underfoot. Leading off the main living area are separate balconies, providing guests with arresting views of the verdant green foliage of the surrounding area. Alongside ample conference rooms and business facilities, Motel Meghla has a 50-seat restaurant serving a tempting range of Bangladeshi and Western fare - a great introduction to the colourful and vibrant cuisine of Bangladesh.
The Peninsula Chittagong is a property in the city’s upscale GEC Circle, a short 5-minute walk from Central Plaza shopping area. Feel soothed by the outdoor pool, pampering spa treatments and well-equipped fitness center. The air-conditioned guestrooms all come with a flat-screen TV, minibar and personal safe.
The Peninsula Chittagong Limited is a 20-minute drive from Chittagong Railway Station, while Chittagong International Airport is a 45-minute drive away.
Laguna Multi-Cuisine Restaurant offers dishes from Bangladesh, India, Thailand and China. Other dining options include Continental and Korean food at Flamingo Cafe, pastries at Orchid Patisserie and cocktails at Isles Bar. At the spa, guests can relax with a massage, or in the sauna and hot tub. The hotel also provides a business centre and a tour desk.
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Aland with a fascinating and sometimes tragic history, Bangladesh is an undiscovered travel gem still well off the beaten tourist trail and yet home to so many cultural treasures just waiting to be uncovered.
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