Urban Cities in Bangladesh

Although Dhaka is the largest urban city in Bangladesh, all of the 7 districts have built environments with industry.  Municipal areas within Bangladesh include:

Chittagong—Chittagong is the second largest city in Bangladesh and houses the busiest seaport.  Chittagong is the gateway to the Bay of Bengal for the country.  Chittagong Division is famous for Cox’s Bazar, the world’s longest natural sea beach, and the hill tracks area.

Rajshahi–Rajshahi, historically known as Rampur, has been nicknamed the Silk City.  Rajshahi sits on the northern bank of the Padma River near the Bangladesh-India border.  It is historically a major trading post and still serves as a prominent commercial area.

Barishal–Barishal lies just south of Dhaka and has been nicknamed the Venice of the East due to the extensive network of waterways and common use of boat for transport.  Barishal has very interesting and old history, as it served as the Capital of the Kingdom of Chandradvipa during the medieval era.

Khulna—Khulna sits at the mouth of the Sundarbans, the largest mangrove forest in the world and is the third largest city in Bangladesh.  Khulna is home to one of the principal naval command centers for the Bangladesh Navy.  Outside of the city lies the historic Mosque City of Bagerhat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Rangpur—Rangpur, also known as Green City, is one of the oldest municipalities in Bangladesh.  Rangpur is the birthplace of many famous influential people and is home to many archeologically significant sites.

Sylhet—Sylhet is one of the leading tourist destinations within the country.  Most of Bangladesh’s tea is produced here.  Sylhet city is one of the major recipients of remittances from the Bangladeshi diaspora.  Sylhet also is one of the leading source areas for the natural gas that is used for the national public transport and other uses.