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Places to go in Bangladesh

 

Visit Shundorbon - the largest mangrove forest of the world

Natural beauty of the largest mangrove forest Shundorbon:

Shundorbon is the largest mangrove forest situated in the southern part of Bangladesh. It is considered as the largest single block of tidal halophytic mangrove forest in this earth. Shundarban has been declared as ‘world heritage’ by  UNESCO. It is not only the largest mangrove forest of the world, but the largest reserve for the Royal Bengal Tiger as well.

Freshwater swamp forests in Shundorbon – the largest mangrove forest of the world:

Boat riding in the freshwater forest of the largest mangrove forest Shundorbon

The freshwater swamp forests of the largest mangrove forest Shundorbon is tropical moist broadleaf forest ecoregion of Bangladesh. The brackish swamp forest is just behind the mangrove forest where the salinity is more concentrated. During the rainy season, it becomes quite fresh when the freshwater of different rivers push the salt water out and deposit silt.

Mangroves in Shundorbon – the largest mangrove forest of the world:

Shundori tree in the largest mangrove forest Shundorbon

Shundorbon mangrove ecoregion is world’s largest mangrove forest. The dominant mangrove species is locally known as ‘Shundori’. A great variety of other species of plants are absent here. Among fifty mangrove types, twenty six are available here. And most important is, the mangrove forest of Shundorbon is different in many ways compared to other non deltaic mangrove forests of this earth.

Flora in Shundorbon – the largest mangrove forest of the world:

Gol pata in the largest mangrove forest Shundorbon

In shundorbon – the largest mangrove forest of the world, 334 plant species has been recorded so far. The flora of Shundorbon is characterized more accurately by shundori, geoa, goran and keora and all of them occur prominently in the whole area.

Fauna in Shundorbon – the largest mangrove forest of the world:

Chitol deer in the largest mangrove forest Shundorbon

A unique ecosystem and a rich wildlife habitat is the main attraction of the largest mangrove forest Shundorbon. The most important fact is – mangroves are the transition from freshwater and terrestrial system to marine and provide critical habitat of numerous species of  crabs, small fish, shrimps and many more.

Predators in Shundorbon – the largest mangrove forest of the world:

Royal Bengal Tiger in the largest mangrove forest Shundorbon

The important habitats of the largest mangrove forest Shundorbon is Royal Bengal Tiger, Leopard and several other smaller predators jungle cats and fishing cats. In Shundorbon, the largest mangrove forest, there are some reptile predators as well.

Royal Bengal tiger in Shundorbon – the largest mangrove forest of the world:

Royal Bengal Tiger in Shundorbon the largest mangrove forest of the world

Royal Bengal tiger, in Shundorbon -the largest mangrove forest of the world, is the most prominent tiger subspecies among all tiger subspecies. It is the national animal of Bangladesh. The basic social unit of tiger is a mother and her offspring. Tigers like to hunt large prey like chital and sambar. Now a day, since it is difficult for them to have food on a regular basis, they some time prey domestic livestock from nearest village. As the number of tiger is decreasing in alarming rate, government has taken several steps to reverse the rate with the help of some non government organization and the local people.

Climate change impact in Shundorbon – the largest mangrove forest of the world:

Explore Dhaka City

Dhaka is not only the largest city of Bangladesh, but the capital city of the country as well. It is more than 400 years old city. And of course one of the major tourist attraction of Bangladesh.

 Main attractions of Dhaka city:

There are many attractive and beautiful sites in Dhaka city that can make your Dhaka visit more exciting and memorable. Some of them are described below-

Parks and recreation in Dhaka the capital city of Bangladesh:

In mega city Dhaka, there are many parks and recreation center where you can enjoy natural beauty of the city. On the other hand, other recreation center will give you the taste of modern city life of Dhaka.

Gulshan Park:

Gulshan Park is situated 5 minutes walking distance from Gulshan circle 2 towards north direction. The park remains open from 8 am to 9 pm for the visitors and the entry is free for all. Gulshan Park fulfills the need of nearby people who want to go to walking or jogging mainly in the morning.

Ramna Park:

Ramna Park is one of the largest parks in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. It is situated at the heart of Dhaka city. The park started its journey during Mughal era by Subehdar Islam Khan under Mughal Emperor Jahangir. Today, the park has many beautiful and modern facilities for relaxation. Now a day, the park is maintained by PWD.

Shopping Malls:

In recent years, many beautiful and modern shopping malls has been built in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. Moreover, these shopping malls are also gorgeous from the architectural point of view. On the other hand, the traditional shopping malls are also there traditional feelings of shopping from Dhaka.

Jamuna Future Park:

Jamuna Future Park is the largest shopping mall in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The shopping was built by Jamuna Builders, a subsidiary of Jamuna group. The future park is located near Gulshan and Baridhara.

Bashundhara Shopping Complex:

The second largest shopping mall of Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh is Bashundhara Shopping Complex. It is located in Panthapath, near Karwan Bazar. It has a gym, multiplex movie theater, top floor food court, ice skating ring and theme park. And of course, the entire shopping mall is fully air conditioned.

 

   

Enjoy The Beauty Of Bandorbon

Bandorbon, one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Bangladesh, is located in the south eastern part of Bangladesh. It is not only the remotest part but is the least populated area of the country as well. In addition, all the highest peaks of Bangladesh are situated in the district of Bandorbon. In Bandorbon town, there is a tribal cultural institute with a library and a museum. There is also a hospital, district public library, government college, district stadium, the one and only movie theatre, royal cemetery and of course a royal palace in the town of Bandorbon.

Boga Lake, Bandorbon:

Boga Lake is situated in the Upazilla of Ruma in the hill district of Bandorbon, Bangladesh. The natural and deep water lake is 2000 feet from the sea level. Water color of the rectangular shaped lake varies during the day time depending on the cloud, sunlight and humidity. Three side of the lake is bounded by thick covered bushes in the mountain peaks. There is no way to drain out the rain water from the lake since it is a closed lake. Main source of water in the lake is a small spring called ‘Boga’. Crystal clear water of the lake enables the tourist to enjoy the beauty of rocks and boulders under the lake.

Nilgiri, Bandorbon:

One of the tallest peaks in Bangladesh is Nilgiri. There are many hotels and tourists for both domestic and foreign travelers. You can book your accommodation within your budget.

Nil Achol:

Festivals in Bandorbon:

Raj Punnyah is the main festival in Bandorbon which take place in mid of February since 1885. The three day long festival is take place in the royal palace where the king meet with his subject and receive their tribute to him by a ceremonial guard. Motto of this festival is to pay tax to the king of Bohmang circle.

Sangrai is the biggest festival of Marma circle. The festival takes place in the middle of April to celebrate the New Year. The main attraction of Sangrai is water festival and magic charm competition along with song and dance.

How to go in Bandorbon:

You can go to Bandorbon in three ways – bus, train and car. Depending on your budget and time in hand, you can choose any one of them.

By bus – The easiest way to go to Bandorbon from Dhaka is to direct bus service which takes 6 hours to reach the destination. If you are planning your Bandorbon trip in the highest time of tourist season, it is highly advisable to buy ticket as prior as possible.

By train – Depending on your departure point, you can collect your ticket from Kamalapur railway station or Dhaka cantonment railway station. As I said earlier that if you are traveling Bandorbon in tourist season, it is recommended that you purchase the ticket prior to your trip to ensure your journey tension free.

By car – You can travel to Bandorbon by car as well. If you are going by your own private car, then nothing to say. But if you need to rent a car, book it long before your journey starts. And make sure that the vehicle has tank full of fuel and condition of the car is sound.

River cruise on the river Sangu:

If you want to make your Bandorbon tour memorable, you should have a cruise on the river Sangu. You can enjoy the boat ride on a traditional boat or on a ‘shampan’ – a local boat. The cruise may be hourly basis on or you can book for a whole day. Your boat might get stuck with the soil under the river if you are traveling in a dry season since the river is not that much deep in that season.

What and where to buy in Bandorbon:

There a plenty of local product in local bazar or hat – a local weekly bazar. You can get traditional and tribal product from there.

Stay healthy during your Bandorbon visit:

Before you travel to Bandorbon, buy some water purification tablet. Though local pharmacies have those most of the time but they might be out of stock and you should not take any chance. Same can be said about anti mosquito lotion.