Chittagong Division

Chittagong is a busy international seaport and the second largest city of Bangladesh. Most of the districts of this division are ideal places for tourism. The green hills and forests, the broad sandy beaches and its fine cool climate always catch the attention of the holiday-markers. The Chinese traveler and poet, Huen Tsang (7th century A.D) Described Chittagong as "a sleeping beauty emerging from mists and water" and the 16th century Portuguese seafarers gave the title of "Porto Grande". Chittagong remains true to both the descriptions even today.
Bangladesh's only steel mill and oil refinery are also located in Chittagong.

Places of Interest
Besides, the longest sea-beach, Cox's Bazar and its adjoining areas Chittagong has a lot of things to see and the places deserve visit by the tourists.

Tomb of Sultan Bayazid Bostami:

The tomb attracts a large number of visitors and pilgrims and is situated on a hillock at Nasirabad, about 6 km. to the north-west of Chittagong town. At its base is a large tank with hundreds of tortoises. The belief is 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 years age.

World War II Cemetery
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 II are buried here in eternal peace. Every year a number of tourists come here to visit this burial ground.

Shrine of Shah Amanat: Another place of religious attraction is The Shrine of Shah Amanat 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.  

Court Building Museum: The museum is situated on the Fairy Hill. From here one can get a panoramic bird's eye view of Chittagong. This site had been the place of passionate activity during the war of independence in 1971. So, A museum has been established here.

Foy's Lake (Pahartali Lake): Set amidst charming surroundings among the hills the lake is situated 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.
Mercantile Marine Academy at Juldia: The only training institute of its kind in Bangladesh, situated on the month of the river Karnaphuli.

Patenga and Fouzdarhat Sea Beaches: Patenga 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. from Chittagong.

Port 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.

Ethnological Museum
This museum located in Agrabad is a treasure-house of a variety of tribal culture and heritage of Bangladesh.

Zia Museum
The government Circuit House where former president Ziaur Rahman was assasinated has been turned into a museum.

Sitakunda, an interesting and charming place lies about 37 km. from Chittagong served by a railway station of the same name. Among the many temples here, the Chandranath Temple and the Buddhist Temple are very famous. Having a footprint of the lord Buddha, the Buddhist Temple attracts the tourist. 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 beautiful salt water spring situated about 5 km. to the north of Sitakunda, known as Labanakhya.

Climate: Pleasant and cool in winter and warm and humid in summer.
Language: Bangla, English is spoken and understood.
Wearing Apparel: Tropical in summer and light woolen in winter.
Climate: Pleasant and cool in winter and warm and humid in summer.
Language: Bangla, English is spoken and understood.
Wearing Apparel: Tropical in summer and light woolen in winter.

Parjatan facilities for Tourists in Chittagong
Motel Shaikat at Station Road is a good Motel for budget tourists. It has 2 AC suites; 13 AC Twin Rooms; 13 non-AC Twin Rooms; Shaikat Restaurant-60 seating, Tourist Information, Phones : 619514, 619845, 611046-8. Other hotels in town are Hotel Agrabad, Hotel Shahjahan, Hotel Miskha, Hotel Safina & Hotel Hawaii.

Communication & Transport:
Chittagong is connected by road and rail with rest of the country. Air link is available with Dhaka and Calcutta.

Car Rental:
Rent-A-Car facilities are available for city sightseeing and trips to Rangamati, Cox's Bazar, Sitakunda and other touristically important places.

Hill Districts:
The three districts, Rangamati, Khagrachari, and Bandarban all together are called the Hill Tracts.

Rangamati is 77 km from Chittagong. The road surrounded by green fields and winding hills will take you to 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.

The Lakes
Kaptai Lake is famous as it is the largest "man-made" lake, spreading over 680 sq. km. of crystal-clean water bordered by hills and evergreen forests lies in the Rangamati Hill District. The lake was formed when the Karnaphuli river dam (153 feet high, 1800 feet long crest) was built for the purpose of hydroelectric power project at Kaptai. The old Rangamati town was submerged under lake water and a new town had to be built later. The lake is full of fish and provides facilities for cruising, swimming and skiing. There are also facilities for angling and short trip by Sampan (local name for country boats).

The forests
The valleys of the Hill Tracts are wrapped with thick planted forests. 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 surprised to see how huge logs of wood are being carried to the plain by the tamed elephants.

3 main seasons are seen in this area- the dry season (November to March), which is relatively cool, sunny and dry, the pre-monsoon 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.

Tribal life
The inhabitants of the Hill Tracts are mostly tribal or indigenous people. Living style 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 are seen in their rites, rituals and everyday life. The tribal families are matriarchal. The women-folk are more hard working than the males and they are the main productive force.
The tribal people are self-sufficient, they grow their own food, girls weave their own clothes and thus they live a simple life. Each tribe has its own dialect, distinctive dress and rites and rituals. 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 a smile.

Chandraghona is Forty-eight kilometer from Chittagong, on the Kaptai Road 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.

Khagrachari is the district headquarters of Khagachari Hill District. A drive of 112 km. from Chittagong, by a road through the green forest brings you to Khagrachari, abode of fascinating clam. For the tourists seeking nature here in restful mood, Khagrachari is a ideal spot.

Bandarban, 92 km from Chittagong, is the home town of the Bohmong Chief who is the head of the Mogh tribe. The Moghs are of Myanmar origin and Buddhists by religion. Jovial and carefree by nature, the Moghs are simple and hospitable people. Bandarban is also the home of the Murangs who are famous for their music and dance. Fat into the interior there are several other tribes of great interest for anyone who cares to make the journey.
Bangladesh Parjatan corporation, the National Tourism Organization has created a number of facilities for the tourists at Rangamati holiday resorts.

These are: Parjatan Motel: 1st Class -3AC Twin Rooms, 15 Non-AC Twin Rooms; Labiyal Restaurant-32 seating. Phone: 3126
Cottages: Standard 3 cottages, 4 beds each; phones : 3126
Two, 8 beds each, phone : 3126

Other Facilities: Speed Boats, Paddle Boats and Canone Boats for Lake-cruise, AC Auditorium for Cultural Functions & Conferences-200 seating; Picnic Hill, and Tourist information, Phone: 3126



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