Chittagong (officially known as Chattogram) is Bangladesh’s second largest city after Dhaka and is the largest metropolitan cities closest to the Bay of Bengal. Chittagong’s long and prominent history goes all the way back from being one of the central economic hubs of the Mughal Empire, to becoming an important trading post for the Portuguese and even at one stage even being a significant part of the British East India Company.
Chattogram is full of energy, vibrancy and the central to trading hub in Bangladesh.
Today, Chittagong has Bangladesh’s one of the largest and busiest seaports of South Asia and is the gateway to the country’s foreign trade. Chittagong’s economy is currently booming mostly due to its volume of trade, as well as the logistics and infrastructure being built around the city. Chittagong is surrounded with convenient transportation, reputable schools and high-quality hospitals making it a serious contender to Dhaka for Bangladeshis and expats to consider re-locating there.
Chittagong’s main highways are streamlined and avoids heavy congestion.
Chittagong’s transportation is respectable with its clean and well-maintained highway, avenues and roads throughout the city. Public transportation includes frequent bus and train routes, taxis, CNGS, rickshaws and there is of course ridesharing apps like Uber and Pathao, which resonate with the younger crowd.
The main highway includes N1 (Dhaka-Chittagong Highway) and the and N106 (Chittagong-Rangamati Highway), which conveniently connects Chittagong to other major cities in Bangladesh. Residents of Chittagong can also commute by rail and he two main railway stations include Station Road and Pahartali Thana. The train line connects Chittagong to other main cities in Bangaldesh including Dhaka, Sylhet, Comilla and Bhairab.
Chittagong’s airport, the Shah Amanat International Airport is commendable for travelling to domestic and international destinations, with major routes and airlines available from the airport. The Shah Amanat International Airport is conveniently located at South Patenga, making it easily accessible to drive to from the main suburbs and commercial district.
Chittagong hosts the busiest seaport on the Bay of Bengal and full ships for imports and exports.
In terms of leisure, the most popular tourist destination close to Chittagong is ofcourse the famous Cox Bazar, which is the longest natural beach in the world (take that Dhaka!). In Coxs Bazar, you can get away for the weekend and enjoy the basking in the sun while having a cold soft drink and watching the majestic waves pass by.
Other notable destinations in the region include the Tribal Cultural Museum, where you can learn all about the fascinating history and customes of Bangaldesh’s hill Tract trubes and also visit the Chittagong Hill Tracts to experience the nature and simple life outside the main city. Last but not least, if you enjoy being on the water then St. Martin’s Island is a must and is the country only coral reef.
Enjoy the sandy beaches and majestic ocean views at Cox Bazar, the world’s longest natural beach.
The schools and universities located in Chittagong are commendable and include some of the country’s most prestigious educational institutions. Some of the notable schools in Chittagong include the Chittagong Collegiate School, Chattogram Idea High School and the of course the notable Chattogram Cantonment Public College. The couple of the most promiment universities in the country are also located in the region, which are the the University of Chittagong and Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology.
There are also many high-quality medical centres and hospital in Chittagong. The Chittagong General Hospital, established in 1901, is the oldest hospital in the region. The Chittagong Medical College Hospital is the largest government hospital in Chittagong. Other notable medical centres include the Evercare Hospital Chattogram, Imperial Hospital Limited Iand the Family Welfare Centre.
Last but not least, Chittagong hosts many the most highly respected places of worship in the country. A couple of the most popular and notable mosques in the region include the Chandanpura Jame Mosque and Andarkilla Shai Hame Masjid.
Overall, Chittagong is great place to live for those looking for an alternative destination to Dhaka. From a booming economy due to trade, to first class infrastructure, access to transportation and respectable schools and hospital, it is hard to go wrong with Chittagong.
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