The cover of mystery and danger is approaching the Sundarbans National Park protected by Unesco, the world’s largest mangrove forest. Bleak also strike simultaneously, the desert here contains a large network of connected rivers, stretching inland about 80km from the Bay of Bengal. This is truly a wild place, and a three- or a four-day boat trip to the heart of this beautiful southern part of Asia is often the highlight of a trip to Bangladesh.
Sylhet is known for its sugarcane products and produces tea, fertilizer, and petroleum (propane) gas. There are also a number of handmade houses, including mat weaving and bamboo work. Tea sites south-east of Sylhet contributes significantly to the Bangladesh harvest. A municipality was formed in 1878. Historic sites include the Sky Shah Jalal Mosque and the tombs of a few Muslim saints.
About 35km northwest of Sylhet lies Ratargul, the only jungle forest of Bangladesh, transformed into the fall of the Gawain River into a 200-acre [200 ha] jungle carried by countless evergreen trees. The water level in the ‘Amazonia’ swamp rises about 7.5m in the rainy season, dropping to about 3m in winter. A variety of trees, including the easily recognizable millettia or Korach, stand with their trunks submerged in the water and provide refuge for bird species such as kingfisher, cormorants, cranes, and herons, as well as large species of snakes. You can go there by booking online bus tickets.
Cox’s Bazar Sea Beach
Running by the delightful Jafar Alam, dubbed the ‘first surfer in Bangladesh’, this surf school offers a unique and fun way to feel the world through its waves and breaks. Get out of Green Beach, north of Cox’s Bazar, a day at the beach. Year-round surf, though beginners will learn best on small waves between October and April, while experienced ones will get a kick out of the beautiful waves between May and September.
To the northwest of Rajshahi there is a high and low-lying district of Barind; to the south is the high, watery valley of the Padma River; and wet stress is dragging the earth closer to the city. The main crops in the area are rice, wheat, jute, and sugarcane. Regional sericulture claims almost every Bangladesh silk product. The cottage industries include weaving, metalworking, and woodworking