Places to Visit in Chittagong, Bangladesh, Asia
Chittagong is a 2nd largest city of Bangladesh placed on the northern banks of the River Karnaphuli. It is considered as one of the highly emerging cities in the world in the tourism, education, infrastructure and industrial sectors.
Chittagong is located between latitude 22°22′0″ in the north and longitude 91°48′0″ in the east. Chittagong metropolitan city occupies an area of 168 sq. km. and its Postal code is 4000.
Chittagong is serving as the main industrial and trade centre of the country. The city houses abundant number of steel mills, power plants, automobile industries and pharmaceutical industries. Other than the industries, Chittagong is home to Chittagong University, Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology and Chittagong Medical College Hospital.
History of Chittagong:
It is believed that, Chittagong derives its name from the permutation of two Bengali words Chattagram and Chatgaon. Chittagong was a main trade centre during the period of 9th century and was ruled by Arakan, Mughal, Portuguese and British in the past. Also Chittagong witnessed the World War II.
Food and Culture in Chittagong:
Chittagonian is a widely spoken language in Chittagong region along with Bengali Language. 87% of the Chittagong population is Muslims, 9% of Hindus, 2.5% of Buddhists and 1.5% of Christians.
Rice and fish is the major staple foods of Chittagong natives. Higher majority of locals use gourds, pumpkins, various legume vegetables in their routine diet. Chatgaiya song is one of the famous songs in Chittagong region. Anderkilla Mosque, Memorial Museum and Chatteshwari Temple are the popular worship places as well as the cultural centres at Chittagong.
Connectivity to Chittagong:
Chittagong has well maintained road infrastructure similar to the national capital Dhaka. Buses are accessible at Kadamtali Inter District Bus Station and Rangamati-Hathazari Bus Station.
Chittagong Railway Station New Terminal is located 1.5 km away from the midpoint of the city.
Shah Amanat International Airport is placed 18 km away from the heart of the Chittagong City.
Places to see in Chittagong:
Patenga beach is a top tourist destination in Chittagong located about 22 kms from Chittagong City centre. It is situated in the vicinity of Shah Amanat International Airport.
Foy’s Lake is a manmade lake, constructed in the year 1924.The Lake is surrounded by Batali Hill, an amusement park and a stunning water park.
Heritage Park also called as Shaheed Zia Memorial Complex which showcases the history of Bangladesh. It includes one rich restaurant inside with different amenities. Apart from the restaurant, Heritage Park comprises the building models of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban, National Memorial of Savar, Paharpur Monastery and Lalbagh Fort.
Chittagong Ethnological Museum:
Chittagong Ethnological Museum is a solitary ecological museum in entire Bangladesh. It is situated in Agrabad built in the year 1965. The museum showcases the tradition and culture of the varied tribal groups of the country. A portion of broken down Berlin Wall and the figurines of the populace of various tribal groups are the major attractions of the museum. It is visited by more than 250 visitors every day.
Other tourist attractions present in Chittagong include:
- Saint Martin Island
- Inani Beach
- Cox’s Bazar Beach
- Nijhum Island
- Dulahazra Safari Park
Ideal time to visit Chittagong:
January, February, March, June, September, October, November and December are the best months to visit Chittagong.
Accommodation options in Chittagong:
The luxury hotels situated in Chittagong are listed here below:
- Asian SR Hotel
- Hotel Agrabad
- Well Park
- Hotel Eastern View
- Grand Park Hotel
- Avenue Hotel & Suites
- Hotel Tower Inn International Ltd
- Hotel Lord’s Inn
- Hotel Saint Martin Ltd
- Hotel Favour Inn International
- The Peninsula Chittagong
- Hotel Shaibal