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Tourism


Bangladesh is a land of scenic beauty. The country is blessed with natural beauty which attracts the tourists. It has beautiful beaches as well as the longest beach in the world. It is proud of its beautiful heritage sites and historical relics. To make best use of the natural gift, the country has developed facilities of modern hotels, motels, rest houses, youth inns and restaurants as well as modern modes of communication to visit all tourist attractions.

Some of the better known spots are: Dhaka - The City of Mosques; Chittagong - Gateway to the Bay of Bengal; Cox's Bazar - The Tourist Capital; Rangamati - The Heart of the Lake District; Kaptai - The Lake Town, Sylhet - Land of Two Leaves and a Bud; The Sundarbans- Home of the Royal Bengal Tiger; Bandarban - The Hilly Resort; Kuakata - Where the Sun Rises and Sets in the Sea; Mainamati - Seat of Lost Dynasties; Mahasthangarh - The Ancient Seat of Buddhist Rule; Rajshahi - The Silk Producing Centre; Natore - Place of Dighapatiay Palace: Paharpur - The Seat of Buddhist Learning; Dinajpur - Old Ornamental Temple Town; and Mymensing - The Heart of Bengal's Folklore.

Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) is an autonomous government organization that caters to the needs of local and foreign tourists. BPC has tourist facilities at Dhaka, Cox's Bazar, Chittagong, Rangpur, Rangamati, Rashahi, Bogra, Finajpur, Kuakata, Sylhet and the Sundarbans. It organizes package tours, sightseeing trips and excursions. A number of private sector tour operators are also active in the country.



Dhaka

Dhaka, the Capital city of Bangladesh, is developing fast as a modern metropolis. Dhaka has an exciting history and a rich culture. It is known as the city of Mosques. Some of the outstanding tourist attractions in the city and its surrounding areas include Lalbagh Fort, Central Shaheed Minar, National Martyr's Memorial, Ahsan Manjil, Bahadur Shah Park, National Botanical Garden, Hateer Jheel etc.



Cox's Bazar

Cox's Bazar, the tourist capital of Bangladesh, has the world's longest unbroken (120 km) beach sloping down to the blue waters of the Bay of Bengal against the picturesque background of a chain of hills covered with deep forests. It is a conglomeration of miles of golden sands, towering cliffs, surfing waves, rare conch shells, colourful Pagodas, Buddhist Temples, tribes and delightful seafood. The shark-free beach is good for bathing, sun-bathing and swimming. The breathtaking beauty of the setting sun behind the waves of the sea is captivating. Visits to the fascinating spots such as Himchhari, Teknaf, Inani Beach, Buddhist Temple at Ramu and islands such as Sonadia, St. Martin and Moheskhali can form memorable experiences of one's lifetime.



The Sundarbans

The Sundarbans is the home of the Royal Bengal Tiger. Located about 320 km south-west of Dhaka and spread over about 6000 sq km of deltaic swamps along the coastal belt of Khulna, it is the biggest mangrove forest of the world. These deeply dense mangrove forests are criss-crossed by a network of rivers and creeks. Tourists find that the tides here flow in two directions in the same creek. Often there are tigers swimming across the river or huge crocodiles basking in the sun. Other wildlife in this region are cheetahs, deer, monkeys and snakes. UNESCO has declared the Sundarbans as World Natural Heritage Site.



Bandarban

Bandarban is the home of Bomong chief who heads the Mogh tribe. There is metalled road which leads to the place, 92 kilometre away from Chittagong. The Moghs or Marmas are of Myanmar origin and mostly Buddhists. Bandarban is also the home of the Murang tribe who are famous for their music and dance. The highest peak of Bangladesh Tahingdong(4632 feet)is located in the Bardarban district.



Rangamati

From Chittagong, a 77 km road amidst green fields and winding hills will take one to Rangamati, the headquarters of the Rangamati Hill district, which is a wonderful repository of scenic spiendours with various flora and fauna. The township is located on the western bank of Kaptai Lake. Rangamati is a favourite holiday resort because of its beautiful landscape, scenic beauty, lake, colourful tribes (Chakma, Marma etc), its flora and fauna, tribal museum, hanging bridge, homespun textile products, ivory jeweler and the tribal men and women who fashion them. For tourists, the attractions of Rangamati are numerous - tribal life, fishing, speed boat cruising, water skiing, bathing or merely enjoying nature as it is. It is a rare spot for eco-tourism.



Dinajpur

One of the northern districts of the country, Dinajpur is a repository of interesting, historical and valuable places and objects. The Ramsagar lake with rest houses is the most ideal place for picnic lovers. This place offers many facilities for the entertainment of the visitors including fishing and rowing in a serene and calm environment. The most ornate of the late medieval temples of the country, Kantaji Temple stands out near Dinajpur town. It was built by Maharaja Pran Nath in 1752. The temple is still considered as the finest of its type in terracotta built by local artisans.



Dhaka Lit Fest 2016, November 17-19

The three-day Dhaka Literary Festival (Dhaka Lit Fest 2016, www.dhakalitfest.com) was recently held at the Bangla Academy premises on November 17-19. The sixth edition of the festival, earlier known as Dhaka Hay Festival, was inaugurated by Nobel laureate in literature VS Naipaul. Over 200 talents and more than 60 guests of literary world from 18 countries across the world attended the literary fiesta. The main objective of the festival was to introduce Bangla literature and culture to the world as well as the world literature to Bangladesh. There were some 100 panels during the three-day event that also featured cultural programmes, folk performances, poetry recitations, an editing workshop, children?s programme and film screenings.

The attached three short documentaries will provide some glimpses of the Dhaka Lit Fest 2016.

DLF Day 1
DLF Day 2
DLF Final






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