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City Chittagong - The Heart of Bangladesh

Chittagong is the second largest city in Bangladesh and is its main seaport. It is also the commercial capital of Bangladesh. It is situated in the southern east portion of the country and is built on the banks of the river Khamaphuli.
Accommodation Option
Being the second largest city of Bangladesh, accommodation is not at all a problem in Chittagong. There is a wide variety of budget hotels to apartments. One can also go for hostels, which are considered as a great choice. Hostels are cheaper and provide you with all the basic facilities. This would help you save lots of money, which can be used in clothing and luxury benefits. There are wide options of mid range hotels that have a great spread over the entire city. Guesthouse is another option which one can always prefer in Chittagong. Apart from accommodation, restaurants and cafes are available in plenty.

History
Chittagong has been a seaport since ancient times. Arabs used to use this port since 9th century AD. Chittagong grew at the beginning of the 20th century after the partition of Bengal and creation of province of east Bengal and Assam.

Popular Places
Chittagong is an ideal vacation spot. It has been blessed with green hills and forests. It has great sandy beaches and fine cool climate. This always attracts lots of holiday makers. Some of the popular spots in Chittagong are as follows.

• Tomb of Sultan Bayazid Botani: It is located about 6 km north of Chittagong town and it attracts lots of visitors from all over the world. At the foot of the hill is a large tank containing hundred of tortoise.
• World War 2 Cemetery: This well preserved place contains bodies of around 700 soldiers resting. These soldiers came from all over the world to Bangladesh during Second World War.
• Foy’s Lake: It is a perfect picnic spot. Also known as Pahartali Lake, it is located 8 km away from Chittagong. It features superb and amazing view which attracts lots of tourists.
• Sitakunda: It is located 37 km from Chittagong and is a place to find well known temples in Bangladesh. There is also a salt water lake near Sitakunda. Chandranath and Buddha temple are found in Sitakunda.

Getting Around
Transport in Chittagong is similar to that in the capital that is Dhaka. There are various bus systems, taxis, and as well as smaller CNG taxis which are nothing but tri cycled motor cycle. You can also choose manual rickshaw which is very commonly found. Guide’s reference will always be a help. But one can avoid guides as the city isn’t so confusing. Because of its simplicity, walking can also be considered as a possibility.

Currency
Currency used in Chittagong is Taka. The currency conversion rate revisions are well updated in financial news or can be checked online.

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