Cities & Regions

Regions

Bangladesh is a small country, broken into 8 administrative divisions:

Regions of Bangladesh
Dhaka Division
home to the capital city along with jute and rice paddies.
Chittagong Division
a picturesque hinterland of large hills, forests and beaches.
Rajshahi Division
known for its silk and mangoes.
Khulna Division
a relaxing, slow paced area; home of the incredible Sundarbans.
Sylhet Division
home to endless rolling tea estates and beautiful natural scenery.
Barisal Division
the land of rivers, rice paddies, and lush vegetation.
Rangpur Division
Indian influence and orange-colored limes.

Cities

Most of these cities are also the capital of the division of the same name:

  • Dhaka – The hectic capital city, an intense and thriving metropolis of some 12 million people that’s growing by the day.
  • Chittagong – a bustling commercial center and the largest international seaport in the country.
  • Mymensingh – a historic city located by the side of river Brahmaputa with a rich cultural and political history dating back more than 200 years.
  • Khulna – located on the Rupsha River, famous for shrimp and a starting point for journeys into the Sundarbans.
  • Rangpur – important city in the north-west, with extensive agriculture and trade.
  • Barisal – Southern city famous for Paddy growing and its many rivers, best reached by a slow-paced and relaxing boat ride on the Rocket Steamer.
  • Sylhet – the largest city in the northeast, known for the shrine of Sufi saint Hazrat Shahjalal, one of the holiest sites in the country.
  • Jessore – a bustling district town, and convenient transit point to or from Kolkata; famous for Gur, a form of cake-like molasses produced from the extract of the date tree.
  • Comilla – (Bengali: কুমিল্লা) is a city in eastern Bangladesh, located along the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway. It is the administrative center of the Comilla District, part of the Chittagong Division. Comilla is the second-largest city of eastern Bangladesh after Chittagong and is one of the three oldest cities in Bangladesh.