Chittagong (officially Chattogram) is the main international seaport and second largest city in Bangladesh. Located on the Bay of Bengal, the city is the headquarters of many Bangladeshi companies, including the Chittagong Stock Exchange. According to the British newspaper the Telegraph, Chittagong is one of the ten fastest growing cities in the world.
Chittagong is one of the great port cities of Asia. It flourished on the Maritime Silk Road and was the eastern terminus of the Grand Trunk Road. It was visited by famous medieval explorers like the Venetians Niccolo de Conti and Caeser Frederick; the Arab traveller Ibn Battuta; and the Chinese admiral Zheng He. The Portuguese, Mughals and British controlled the port in successive periods until the 20th century. It became a major financial centre and the largest port in modern-day Bangladesh after the Partition of British India.
Today, Chittagong is a fairly large metropolitan area with a population of about 6.5 million. As in Dhaka, its streets are filled with masses of rickshaws. Rolling hills and greenery dot the landscape. The Karnaphuli River is a burgeoning hub of shipping. Chittagong puts in a little more effort than other Bangladeshi cities to keep its streets and sidewalks clean. The city's residents are called Chittagonians. Foreigners will notice a distinct increase in nuisance from beggars in certain intersections, like the Central Railway Station. Beggars come from different parts of Bangladesh because Chittagonians are more prone to charity than people in other parts of the country.
The old quarter of the city is home to several historic mosques and Sufi shrines. The Anderkilla Imperial Jame Mosque was built by the Mughals after they conquered Chittagong in 1666. It once formed part of a large hilltop fort. The Sufi Shrine of Bayazid Bostami has a pond full of turtles. The former Portuguese settlement is located in Patherghatta. It is home to the descendants of Portuguese traders, who are known locally as Firingis. The area has several churches, including the Roman Catholic Diocese of Chittagong. Chittagong is also the seat of the Bengali Buddhist priesthood.
The busiest parts of the city are Station Road, Strand Road, GEC Circle and O.R. Nizam Road. The affluent neighborhoods of Khulshi and Nasirabad are home to the city's middle and upper classes. Chittagong has many influential business families.
The city is home to prominent gentlemen's clubs, restaurants and golf courses.
The Chittagonian enthusiasm for inviting people to massive feasts is a bit of legend both locally and elsewhere. Known as mezbani these feasts feature a tremendously hot curry, usually of beef. If you're not used to it, approach with caution. You might also be able to find some of the world's best lobsters here, as Chittagong is the center of the Bangladeshi seafood industry.
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Under the Köppen climate classification, the weather has a tropical monsoon climate (Am) - hot and very humid during the summer monsoon season (April-September) and drier and cooler in the winter (October-March). The city is vulnerable to North Indian Ocean tropical cyclones. The deadliest tropical cyclone to strike Chittagong was the 1991 Bangladesh cyclone, which killed 138,000 people and left as many as 10 million homeless.
- 1 [formerly dead link] Shah Amanat International Airport (CGP IATA) is served by most major domestic and many international air carriers as the second largest and busiest international airport in Bangladesh. It has flights from Kolkata, Kuala Lumpur, Doha, Dubai, Bangkok, Muscat, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Kuwait. Domestic services include several daily flights with Dhaka.
For departing flights:
- Allow plenty of time for security screening, especially on those days when major conventions end. Or if possible schedule your flight at another day/time.
To travel between the airport and your Strip hotel:
- Taxis cost ৳200–500 from the airport to a Strip location.
- Autos cost ৳100–250 from the airport to a Strip location.
- Buses cost ৳5-30 each way and departs every 10–20 minutes, sometimes more than an hour.
- 2 Chittagong Railway Station Trains run to Dhaka, Sylhet, Mymensingh and other cities. The main route out of Chittagong runs north to Comilla and Akhaura, from where the routes to Dhaka and Sylhet diverge. The train station is on Station Road just west of Jubilee Road. Chittagong is a terminal station on the metre gauge eastern section of the Bangladeshi Railway. The headquarters of this railway are located here. Train journeys are, in general, cheaper than bus journeys. The best bet for a tourist is to make reservations at the station or a travel agency. Trains are popular so book in advance.
There are 2 spots in the city where the major private companies operate from and have offices - just to the south of GEC Circle on CDA Ave, and on Station Road near Hotel Golden Inn. Greenline, Silkline and Shohag are the nicest and have frequent services to Dhaka (৳1200, 6-8 hours) and Cox's Bazar (3-4 hours). Greenline also offers the only direct bus to Sylhet (৳550, 7-8 hours).
Local buses to Cox's Bazar (৳140, 3-4 hours) run frequently throughout the day from Cinema Palace Bus Station, about 1 km north of the Station Rd area.
- 1 Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC), Station Road, ☏ . BRTC operates the International Bus Service twice daily with Kolkata and scheduled services with Agartala
- 2 Shohagh Paribahan, Zakir Hossain Road, ☏ . Daily services with Dhaka, Sylhet, Khulna, Cox's Bazaar, Jessore and Kolkata.
- 3 Green Line Paribahan, Zakir Hossain Road, ☏ . Daily services with Dhaka, Kolkata, Sylhet, Cox's Bazaar, Khulna and Bogra.
- Chittagong Bus Depot, +031 683423. Station Road at Batali Road, across from the Old Railway Terminal.
Chittagong is the eastern terminus of the Grand Trunk Road, a historic highway that runs through parts of four countries — Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan — all the way to Kabul at the western end.
Chittagong is the focal point of the national highway system in Bangladesh. Cars can be used to travel from the Indian border, but the border with Myanmar remains closed.
- BIWTC has an office and launches its ferries from Sadarghat, about 1 km south of the train station down Sadarghat Rd. Barisal is the main destination, from where you can continue to Dhaka.
Getting around in Chittagong is always an adventure. Traffic is, by and large, horribly congested and many drivers will think nothing of quoting ten times the going price to a tourist. Agree on prices before setting off. Transport in Chittagong is similar to that of the country's capital Dhaka. There are various bus systems with different routes, taxis, and smaller 'CNG' taxis which are basically tricycle-structured motor vehicles. Also, the traditional manual rickshaws are very common.
Walking is also a possibility as the town isn't too confusing, but keep an eye out as the streets can be very busy, especially around Station Rd and Jubilee Rd. If travelling along the Strip, walking is a reasonable option as the hotel-casinos are close to each other. However, note that what may look to be a short walk of only a couple hotel-casinos away may be farther than you expected as the resorts often look closer than they are due to their large size.
Many locals of lower-classes often use bicycles as a primary form of transport. They can be useful in their ability to squeeze through tight situations, where traffic may prevent a large vehicle from moving. Some newer roads in the capital have dual bike/rickshaw lanes. Although, there is little opportunity to buy or rent a bike, plus the roads and traffic are in such bad condition that the chance of an accident is high.
Rickshaws are kind of three-wheeled, pedal-powered cycle with seats in the back to seat passengers and a driver in the front. They are good for short distances, or places which are too far to walk but too short for taking a bus/taxi/auto-rickshaw. Rickshaws don't use meters, so establish a price before getting on. Tk 20-100 is reasonable for most journeys of a few kilometres.
All parts of Chittagong are well connected by buses and with tickets ranging from Tk 5-50 (Tk 1.42/per km), are very cheap; but also quite crowded most of the time. Some buses are provided air-conditioned service. As bus stops do not have bus routes written properly, it can be difficult to find your way. Asking other people at the bus stop is often the best way to find out about bus routes to your destination. However, the buses are pretty frequent, running every 15-20 min or so on most routes. There is one kind of buses in Chittagong:
- Public Bus Fare Chart of Chittagong Metro Area [dead link] at BRTA.
Route 2: runs from 5 Kalurghat Bus Stand to New Market Bus Stand
Route 3: runs from 6 Fatehabad Bus Station to New Market Bus Stand.
Route 4: runs from New Market Bus Stand to 7 Bhatiyari.
Route 5: runs from New Market Bus Stand to 8 Airport.
Route 7: runs from 11 Colonel Hat Bus Stop to Laldighi via Boro Pul, Agrabad and New Market.
Route 8: runs from New Market Bus Stand to 12 Oxygen Bus Stand.
Route 10: runs from 13 Bahaddarhat Bus Stop to Kalurghat Bus Stand via EPZ, Mahila (Female) Hostel, Customs, Fakirhaat, Barek Building, Agrabad, Chowmohoni, Tigerpass, Lal Khan Bazar, GEC More, Sholoshohor Number 2 Gate and Muradpur..
Metro Provati counter-based metropolitan bus service, has several stoped around the metropolitan area from Patenga to Bahaddarhat Bus Stoppage.
Taxi (usually with driver) is required to see many of the far-flung sites within and around Chittagong. Taxis ply the roads, some yellow and some black, all with or without meters. Black taxis start the meter at Tk 15 while yellow taxis have slightly higher standards in terms of comfort, and start at Tk 20. Black taxis are typically in notoriously poor condition and lack air conditioning. Yellow taxis are required to have air conditioning; the fleet consists mostly of Toyota Corollas, with some Mitsubishis and Hondas. The yellow taxis are also considered far safer, in comparison to black taxis and auto-rickshaws.
By auto rickshaws
Auto rickshaws (also called CNG taxi, or simply CNG) are good for shorter trips. Always in a distinctive green livery, auto rickshaws are three-wheeled partially enclosed contraptions that run on CNG and can seat three-four people in the back. In general, they are much cheaper than taxis and can be hailed from the street easily.
By local train
There are limited demo services on Chittagong's railways, but the facilities are a far cry from the user-friendly railway stations. For the most part, train stations are inconveniently located. There is no passenger service on the Chittagong Railway Station outside rush hour.
The Bangladesh Railways website does not accept foreign credit cards.
- 1 BNS Issa Khan, New Mooring, Chittagong, ☏ , . Largest naval base of the Bangladeshi Navy. Formally as PNS Bakhtiar, before Bangladesh Liberation War, the base awarded National Standard by the President.
- 2 Chatteshwari Temple, Chatteshwari Road. This Hindu temple is dedicated to the Goddess Kali. It was built in the 18th century. It was damaged by Pakistani soldiers during the liberation war.
- 3 Chittagong Zoo, Foy's Lake, South Khulshi (At the entrance of Foy's lake, opposite the foothills of the mountains of USTC Medical College.). With an area of 6 acres of land the zoo is located about three kilometers north-east of the city. Major exhibits are Indian lion, Asian black bear, Indian muntjac, Chital.
- 4 J M Sen Hall, K B Abdus Sattar Road. Jatra Mohon Sen Hall is related to the history in 1930, when an armoury in Chittagong was raided. The hall is named after Bengali politician Jatra Mohan Sengupta.
- 5 Central Railway Building. Completed in 1872, it is one of the oldest buildings of the port city.
- 6 Cheragi Pahar, Cheragi Pahar Circle, Jamal Khan. Cultural and historical place whwre most of the cultural activities of Chittagong and related business were established.
- 7 Chittagong Court Building, Porir Pahar. Situated on the Fairy Hill, this building commands a magnificent bird's eye view of Chittagong city, particularly at night. The Court building was built immediately after the East India Company conquered and declared Chittagong as a separate administrative area in 1773. The building is huge, over 250,000 square feet (23,000 m²) and has hundreds of rooms.
- 8 Jamuna Bhaban, Sheikh Mujib Road. Oldest building at Agrabad
- 9 Kadurkhil High School Mrith Bhaban & Parbati Charan Dhigi.
- 10 Masjid-e-Siraj ud-Daulah, Nabab Siraj ud-Daulah road, Chandanpura. Situated in the old city, the multi-domed mosque is an architectural sight to behold. For its impressive architecture consisting of multiple domes and minarets painted in bright colors the mosque is one of the famous landmarks in the city.
Beaches and river sides
- 11 Aananda Bazar Beach, Chittagong Coastal Road, Halishahar. 24 hours. A coastal area is situated at the Karnafuli river channel.
- 12 Avoy Mitra Ghat, Sadar Ghat. 24 hours. A river side of the Karnaphuli River.
- 13 Banglabazar Lake (Near Fouzdarhat Cadet College.). Beside the lake there is Mangrove forest which is just before Bay of Bengal.
- 14 Bhatiary Lake, Bhatiary.
- 15 Dakshin Kattali Beach, Dakshin Kattali. Natural beach with mangrove forest west of Halishahar and south of Kattali.
- Fouzdarhat Sea Beaches. About 16 km from Chittagong.
- 16 Foy's Lake, South Khulshi. Created in 1924, by building a dam, planned by an English engineer Mr. Foy and built on the initiative of the then Assam-Bengal Railway, amidst panoramic surroundings, this is an ideal spot for outings and picnics, thronged by thousands of visitors. It has been developed into an entertainment and amusement zone. There is an amusement theme park, a lake resort, and a sea world (aquatic theme) park in the lake area. The zoo is next door.
- 17 Karnaphuli River. The largest and most important river in Chittagong and the Chittagong Hill Tracts, is a 667-metre (2,188-ft) wide river in the south-eastern part of Bangladesh.
- 18 Khejur Tola Beach, Muslimabad Road.
- 19 , Patenga Road (Beside the Shah Amanat International Airport.). A river side at the meeting place of the roaring sea and the river Karnaphuli.
- 20 Patenga Beach, Patenga. Sandy beach at the meeting place of the roaring sea and the river Karnaphuli. It looks more beautiful from Naval Academy Road which is beside the Shah Amanat International Airport.
- 21 Parki Beach, Parki Beach, Anowara upazilla. About 16-17 km away from Chittagong the beach is situated at the Karnafuli river channel.
Cemeteries, memorials and sculptures
- 22 Buddhijibi Smriti Stambh, Chittagong University Road, Hathazari.
- 23 Central Shaheed Minar, University of Chittagong, Chittagong University Road, Hathazari.
- 24 Central Shaheed Minar, KC Dey Road. A divisional martyr monument
- 25 Chittagong Commonwealth War Cemetery, 19 Basha Mia Chowdhury Road. A well-preserved World War II cemetery in a quiet and picturesque place lie buried over 700 soldiers from Commonwealth countries and Japan. The War Cemetery is located in a hillside sloping place, in the south-western corner of Chittagong Medical College Hospital, beside the Badshah Mia Road of the city. The total area of this cemetery is 8 acres (3.2 ha), which is protected and supervised by the Commonwealth Graves Commission.
- 26 Swadhinata Smrity Mural, Chittagong University Road, Hathazari.
- Swaran, Chittagong University Road, Hathazari.
- 27 Shrine of Baizid Bostami. This holy shrine attracts a large number of visitors and pilgrims. At its base there is a large pond with several hundred tortoises floating in the water. According to tradition, these turtles are descendants of evil spirits (djinns) who were cast into this shape because they incurred the wrath of the great saint who visited the place about 1100 years ago.
- Shrine of Shah Amanat. A very famous saint of Chittagong, Bangladesh. Hazrat Shah Sufi Amanat Khan (R) came from Bihar Sharif, India. At Chittagong he lived in a cottage and accepted service as a pankha wala (hanging fan puller) in the Judge's Court. From the circumstantial evidence it appears that he was a great man of the late 18th century. The family that lives in the compound of Hazrat Shah Amanat Khan's (R) mausoleum and looks after it are Hazrat Shah Sufi Amanat Khan's descendants. They have got in their possession a Persian waqfnama (deed of endowment) of Anwar Khan, the son of Hazrat Shah Sufi Amanat Khan (R). Hazrat Shah Sufi Amanat Khan (R) lived a very simple life. His daily routine was to attend to his duties in the Court and to engage in prayers. No one knew that he was spiritually endowed nor did he pose to be such. His spiritual greatness was revealed through a Karamat (spiritual power with magical elements received from The Almighty Allah) which brought him to the limelight and people came to know that he was a Wali (saint) of the highest rank. When his spiritual attainments became known, he resigned from his job and remained busy with spiritual religious act and meditation. He is ranked among the greatest saints of Chittagong. People visit his mausoleum specially to seek blessings in matters of litigation. Hazrat Shah Sufi Amanat Khan (R) lies buried in a mausoleum to the east of the Laldighi of Chittagong
- 28 Biplob Uddan, 2 No. Gate (Beside Moshjid Goli). The park was created on remembrance of the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971.
- 29 Butterfly Park Bangladesh, 15 Naval Academy Road (beside airport), ☏ . The first and only tropical garden within the natural forest environment there are plenty of genus and over 4,000 live butterflies.
- 30 DC Hill Park, Nandan Kanan Road (Besides Nandan Kanan Buddist Temple.). A length of 1.02 km natural park.
- 31 Jamboree Park, SM Morshed Road, Jamboree Field, Agrabad (Besids Karnaphuli Shishu Park.).
- 32 Lal Dighi Park, Lal Dighi, Kotwali. A historical place situated near the Lalkuthi (now headquarters of the Metropolitan Police) and Lalghar (now District Jail). It was converted into a large pond during the initial stage of British rule.
- 33 United Nations Park, Panchlaish.
- 34 Shadhinata Complex, ☏ . A complex within the country's popular architectures in miniature form.
Archives and Libraries
- 35 Abdul Karim Sahityavisharad Reference Library, Chittagong University Museum, Chittagong University Campus, University of Chittagong, Hathazari, ☏ (PABX Extn. - 4370), fax: , ✉ email@example.com. A reference library which contents books to support research about iconography, epigraphy, numismatics, architecture, small and folk art and other cultural resources.
- 36 Chittagong University Library, Chittagong University Road, Hathazari. Sa-W 10:00-18:00. The largest subscription library in Chittagong.
- 37 Divisional Govt. Public Library, Chittagong, KC Dey Road. Nondon Kanan, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Sa-W 09:00-17:00 (except Thursday, Friday & Govt. holidays). This library has a collection of over 95,244 books.
- 38 Bangladesh Railway Museum, Ambagan road, Pahartali. Bangladesh Railway Museum is the sole railway museum of Bangladesh Railway. It was a bungalow before turns to a museum on November 15, 2003, which showcases some of the rich collection of relics, objects used in Assam Bengal Railway (1942), Eastern Bengal Railway (1947) and Pakistan Railway (1961). The preserved artefacts mainly belong to mechanical, electrical, telecommunication, signal, traffic and engineering departments of the Bangladesh Railway. It also includes different kinds of lamps and lights, fans and bells, uniforms and accessories of station masters, signalling equipment, transmitters, analogue telephone, monograms, track switches and railway sleepers.
- 39 Bangladesh Maritime Museum, Bangladesh Marine Academy. A museum in a small room at the old seamanship class building in Bangladesh Marine Academy.
- 40 Chittagong University Museum, Chittagong University Campus, University of Chittagong, Hathazari, ☏ (PABX Extn. - 4370), fax: , ✉ email@example.com.
- 41 Court Building Museum, Chittagong Court Building, Fairy's Hill. Situated on the Fairy Hill, this building commands a panoramic bird’s eye view of Chittagong. This had been the sight of passionate activity during the independence War in 1971.
- 42 Ethnological Museum, Sabdar Ali Road, Agrabad. Shows a mix of tribal artifacts. The Ethnological Museum of Chittagong was established in the first half of 1960s. The museum contains four galleries and a small hall. It is a little dark. Some sections contain mock ups of 'village life' for the different tribal areas with life size dolls. These are reminiscent of the museum in the film Planet of the Apes.
- 43 Zia Memorial Museum, Circuit house, Shahid Saifuddin Khaled Road.
- 44 Banshkhali Eco Park, Banshkhali Upazila. 09:00–21:00.
- 45 Botanical Garden and Eco-Park, Sitakunda Upazila (Along the Dhaka–Chittagong Highway). The area of Eco Park is about 996 acres (403 ha) which is established at forest side of Chandranath Hills of Sitakunda.
- 46 Chittagong Ship Breaking Yard, Faujdarhat, Sitakunda Upazila. The shipbreaking yards near the Indian Ocean are Chittagong's international claim to fame, but for the wrong reasons; these are considered one of the most polluted places on Earth with highly dangerous practices and hazardous working conditions. Greenpeace [dead link] is actively campaigning against them and trying to bring this issue further into the light. Tourists are not usually welcome, but some travellers have been able to sweet-talk the gate-keeper and get amazing photos of massive ships being dismantled for parts and steel. There are many breaking yards stretching for miles, so start at one end and try your luck until you have success. Keep your wits about you, safety practices leave something to be desired. It's also wise to keep your camera hidden until you're out of view of the officials, lest you be mistaken for a journalist out to do them harm. Bus #6 runs from Station Road, or you could hire an auto-rickshaw.
- 47 Chandraghona, Kaptai Road. Forty-eight kilometer from Chittagong on the Kaptai Road is one of the biggest paper mills in Asia.
There are a few amusement parks and public parks in Chittagong:
- 1 Batali Hill, Tigerpass (about 1 km from the center of the city). If you want to ride the highest hill within the metropolitan area, go to Batali Hill, near the Tiger Pass crossing.
Go fishing for Anabas, Cat fish, Ruhi, Tilapia etc.
- 2 Agrabad Deba, Agrabad.
- 3 Foy's Lake Amusement World, Foy's Lake, Khulshi., ☏ . 10:00-07:30. ৳300.
- 4 Karnaphuli Shishu Park, Jamboree Field Road, Agrabad. 03:00-20:00. ৳40/pp entry.
- 5 Chittagong Shishu Park, Circuit House. 03:00-20:00. ৳40/pp entry.
There are places where you can buy show tickets, but generally not for the really popular shows on the same day of the performance. Most where only cash accepted.
- 6 Theatre Institute Chattagram, K. C. Dey Road. TIC is a cultural Performing art center in Chittagong. It is the theater hall of fine and performing arts. The institute is organized and controlled by the City Corporation of the district. ৳50-200.
- 7 [formerly dead link] Zilla Shilpakala Academy, MM Ali Road, Dampara. Zilla Shilpakala Academy is the principal state-sponsored Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy affiliated and controlled district cultural center. It is the district academy of fine and performing arts. ৳50-200.
Chittagong continues to grow with annual events and festivals held throughout the city.
The local sales tax is 15%. Only groceries and prescription drugs are exempt.
Like most of the city, Chittagong has not implemented a tax refund mechanism for international travelers. The only retailers that can sell tax-free items to international travelers are the duty-free shops at Shah Amanat International Airport.
Most hotel/casino resort complexes in Chittagong have a gift shop open 24/7 that offers basic traveler supplies and sundries. Hotel gift shops are outrageously expensive and should be avoided except for emergencies.
There are a handful of shopping malls:
- 1 Afmi Plaza, Baizid Bostami Road, Panchlaish, East Nasirabad. Tu-Sa 10:00-21:00, M 02:00-21:00.
- 2 Akhtaruzzaman Centre, Sheikh Mujib Road. M-Sa 10:00-22:00.
- 3 Ameen Center, 320 CDA Avenue, Lalkhan Bazar. M-Sa 10:00-21:00.
- 4 Banani Complex Shopping Centre, 942/A, Sheikh Mujib Road, ☏ . 24 hours.
- 5 Central Shopping Complex, 561 OR Nizam Road. Sa-Tu 10:00-22:00.
- 6 [dead link] Finlay Square, 2 CDA Avenue, East Nasirabad. 10:00-21:00.
- 7 Keari Elysium Shopping Complex, Rashik Hajari Lane, ☏ . Sa-Th 10:00-22:00.
- 8 Lucky Plaza, Agrabad Access Road, Agrabad. Su-Th 09:00-21:00, Sa 02:00-21:00.
- 9 Mimi Super Market, O R Nizam Road. Tu-Sa 10:00-21:00, M 02:00-21:00.
- 10 Sanmar Ocean City, CDA Avenue, Nasirabad. W-M 10:00-22:00.
- 11 Singapore Bangkok Market, Agrabad Access Road, Agrabad, ☏ . M-F 10:00-21:00.
- 12 South Land Center, Agrabad Access Road, Agrabad. M-Sa 09:00-21:00.
- 13 VIP Tower, Chatteswari Road. M-F 10:00-21:00.
- 14 Agora Super Shop, Afmi Plaza, 1/A, Baizid Bostami Road, Panchlaish, ☏ .
- 15 Aarong Sholoshahar, Biman Bhaban (first floor), 1/2, CDA Avenue, Sholoshahar, Nasirabad, ☏ . M-Sa 10:00–23:00.
- 16 Aarong Halishahar, Lane #1, Road #1, House #1, Block #L, Halishahar H/A, ☏ . Su-F 10:00–23:00.
- 17 Thami Afmi Plaza Outlet, Shop #248, Afmi Plaza, Probortok Circle, ☏ . Tu-Sa 10:00–21:00, M 02:30–21:00.
The Bangladeshi book industry is huge, producing annually about thousand of books in English, and obviously far more in Bengali and other native languages. Chittagong is the hub of this industry, so small, specialist bookstores abound. Locally produced books can be very inexpensive and many popular Western titles are published and available here for a fraction of their original cost.
In general, good places to buy books are in Cheragi Pahar, Andarkilla, Station Road, GEC circle, plus shopping malls in the city.
- 18 Current Book Center, Jalsha Market, Jubilee Road, ☏ . 10:00-23:00.
- 19 [formerly dead link] Baatighar, Press Club Bhaban, Ground Floor, 146/151 Jamal Khan Rd, ☏ . 10:00-22:00. Largest books shop in the city.
- 20 Nandan Book Library, 5 Lusai Bhaban, Cheragi Pahar.
- 21 Prothoma, Sanmar Spring Garden, 64 Jamal Khan Road. 10:00-22:00.
The people of Chittagong love oily and spicy food. This can be a problem for foreigners and lead to upset stomachs. If you are a foreigner you should consider sticking with better restaurants and eating in large hotels. Never eat green salad which comes with your meal as you will not know if it has been washed in sanitized water. Just a handful of restaurants in town use sanitized water to wash salad and this is a recipe for explosive diarrhea.
One oddity in Bangladesh is that restaurants advertise themselves as, for example, "Zaman Hotel and Restaurant" but do not operate a hotel. Where you eat at one of these establishments you can tease them by demanding a room. One-room stores also have signboards advertising themselves as 'department stores'.
- 1 Ambrosia Restaurant Ltd, Jiban Bima Bhaban (Ground Floor), 1053, Sk. Mujib Road (Next to Radio Station and Opposite to Standard Chartered Bank Branch), ☏ , fax: . Buffet lunch 12:00-16:00; dinner 18:00-23:00. The largest and the latest international standard restaurant in town with a Karaoke corner, seats up to 500 people across 2 floors. Has a huge menu of Continental, Indian, Thai, Chinese, Indonesian and Bangladeshi dishes. Fully air conditioned and tiptop.
- 2 Barcode Cafe, 62-East Nasirabad, Bayazid Bostami Road, ☏ , , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Tue-Sat 9AM-11:30PM.
- 3 Barcode Cafe (GEC), GEC, Sekender Plaza, 815, CDA Avenue, Dampara, ☏ , , fax: , ✉ email@example.com.
- 4 Barcode On Fire, Ramna Trade Center, CDA Ave, ☏ , , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 5 Baskin Robbins (Agrabad), Agrabad. 08:00-23:00. Ice cream parlor
- 6 Baskin Robbins (CDA Aveneu), CDA Aveneu. 08:00-23:00. Ice cream parlor
- 7 Basmati Restaurant, CDA Ave, GEC Circle, ☏ . 10:00-22:00. It provides Bangladeshi and Indian food with a classy environment.
- 8 BIR Chattala, Ramna Trade Center, CDA Ave, ☏ , , fax: , ✉ email@example.com.
- 9 Bonanza, 1692 N1, GEC circle, ☏ . 10:00-23:00. International standard, large menu and recommended for foreigners who need a break from an upset stomach. Mains Tk 600.
- 10 Burgwich town, SKS shopping complex, Mehedibagh (Opposite CDA Mosque), ☏ , , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 11 Cafe Milano, c/Alameda de Mazarredo 17, ☏ . 11:00-22:00.
- 12 Cocoloco, 137/B K.B. Fazlul Kader Road, ☏ . 12:00-23:00. Mexican cuisine
- 13 Handi Indian Bistro, 2nd Floor D, 805 CDA Avenue, ☏ . 12:00-23:00.
- The Meridian, Opposite to Bonanza (GEC circle). The Meridian has an excellent lunch buffet for around Tk 350. The rest of the menu used to be pretty good but as of late it is better to stick to the buffet. Mains Tk 450.
- 14 Mezzan Haile Ayun, Chowkbazar, Medical Road, ☏ , fax: , ✉ email@example.com.
- 15 Pizza Hut, 805/B CDA Avenue, JB Complex, GEC Circle, Dampara, ☏ , , , . 11:00-23:00. Tk 230-500 per medium pizza.
- 16 Royal Hut, Shahid Saifuddin Khaled Road, ☏ . 03:00-22:00. Populer for Chicken Tikka and Paratha
- 17 Shangri-La Chinese Restaurant, 39, Sabdar Ali Road, Agrabad C/A, ☏ . 11:00-24:00. Smart air-conditioned chinese restaurant. Tk 300-400 per person.
- Sugarbun (Well food), GEC circle. Fast food place from the international chain of the same name. Selling pizza, burgers, fries plus a variety of dishes to Asian tastes in a fast food format. Sugarbun also sells coffee, cakes, bread and other snacks. ~Tk 175-250 per person.
- Zaman Hotel (there are 13 Zaman hotels in Chittagong), just north of GEC Circle, on west side of street, ☏ . The menu contains no foreign dishes and this is not a place where foreigners typically eat, though it falls at the top end of middle class Bangladeshi restaurants. The place is clean, the food is OK, the service is good. You can ponder the wisdom in the quote on the menu: "For super disk with quality food to avoid cooking please step with whose family at Zaman Hotel." There are two restaurants of the same name on the same block - this one is the most southerly, with the huge neon sign on the roof. Mains Tk 40-100.
Tea and coffee
The teahouses and coffee houses in Chittagong are mostly large, heavily standardized chains. The most common location for various kind of tea is Dalla, besides Agrabad Access Rd. The most common coffee house is Rio Coffee, found in multiple locations across the city, most notably around Naval Avenue Rd.
Bangladeshi bar food, hookah, and an amazing lounge experience. The crowd that frequents these two places is young, hip and trendy.
- 1 Oasis Lounge, Hotel Agrabad, Sabder Ali Road, Agrabad Commercial Area, ☏ , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 11:30. A 4-star business hotel in the commercial district; restaurants and a swimming pool. Online booking available. US$165-700 (pp/night).
Bars and nightclubs
Alcoholic beverages are available at five-star hotels in Chittagong as well as a number of private clubs. Four hotels in Chittagong have bar license; Radisson Blu Chittagong Bay View, Hotel Agrabad, Silmoon Hotel, Saint Martin Hotel Limited and The Peninsula Chittagong. While all the hotels are expensive for drinks. Like the Peninsula is expensive by far (more than Tk 550 for a large can of Heineken).
Here you can buy Bangladeshi local branded (Karrew and Co, Darshona) alcohol (vodka, rum, malted, whiskey, gin) from licensed ware houses situated in Shadar Ghat (Kazi & Co.), BRTC, near the railway station (foreign liqueur) and from Dewan Hat.
If you want to go to a bar, then you can go Hotel Shahjahan at Shadarghat, a well-furnished bar, or there is also a bar at BRTC bus stand adjacent to the foreign liqueur shop.
It is possible to buy alcoholic beverages, ranging from local brews to smuggled beer and counterfeit brand alcohol. Local booze is available legally at government licensed shops. There is one in Agrabad on Sheik Mujib Rahman road. It is tucked into an alley way a short distance from the first floor "Siemens" showroom.
Counterfeit branded alcohol is available from illegal traders in Kulshie and other areas. But beware: deaths have been reported from consumption of adulterated liquor, and headaches and illness are more common. Smuggled booze is sometimes available on the sea beach.
- 1 Radisson Blu Chittagong Bay View, SS Khaled Road, Lalkhan Bazar (Stay within walking distance of M.A. Aziz Stadium and Chittagong Club Limited in this commercial capital.), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. A 5-star business hotel US$101.25, €85.92 (pp/night).
- 2 Hotel Agrabad, Sabder Ali Road, Agrabad Commercial Area, ☏ , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. A 4-star business hotel in the commercial district; restaurants and a swimming pool. Online booking available. US$165-700 (pp/night).
- 3 The Peninsula Chittagong, 486/B, OR Nizam Road, CDA Avenue (near the G.E.C Circle), ☏ , fax: , ✉ email@example.com. 4-star hotel. The roof of the building has a swimming pool and offers a view of the entire city. US$100-150.
Nightclubs and dancing
There are three private clubs in Chittagong. The premiere club is the Chittagong Club which is located at number one Empress Road. The Chittagong club has a bar license and serves foreign alcohol in addition to local gin, vodka, and whiskey. Chittagong Club membership is closed but foreigners can apply for "temporary membership" for up to two years.
The Chittagong Institute is a far smaller club but it does maintain a bar. It is located in Jamal Khan road.
The Catholic club opens membership to all persons for a small fee but membership applications are only accepted once a year (during December?) It maintains a small bar serving local drinks.
|This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:|
|Splurge||৳10000 and over|
- 2 Hotel Miskha (হোটেল মিসখা), 95 Station Road, ☏ . Check-out: 12:00. One of the better of the Station Road cheapies, rooms are large, fairly clean and more atmospheric than others in the area with faded old wooden furniture. Prices are a little high but don't even think of asking the stubborn manager for a discount or to throw in a TV. There's a decent restaurant behind the reception desk. Tk 200-300.
- Asian SR Hotel, 291 Station Road, ☏ , , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 3-star international hotel
- 3 Ambassador Residency, Road #2, House#23 O.R Nizam Road R/A, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. Check-in: 12:00, check-out: 12:00. All children are welcome. One child under 5 years stays free of charge when using existing beds. One further child under 5 years is charged US$15 pp/night in an extra bed. One extra bed or children's cot is permitted in a room. Pets are not allowed.
- 4 Executive Residence, Jiban Bima Bhaban (2nd floor), 1053, Sheikh Mujib Road, Agrabad, ☏ . Check-in: 11:00-12:00, check-out: 12:00-12:30. Children cannot be accommodated at the hotel. There is no capacity for extra beds in the room. Pets are not allowed. This property only accepts cash payments.
- Hotel Al-Faisal, 1050 Nur Ahmed Road, ☏ . Check-out: 12:00. This is a good option, mostly because it's far enough away from Station Rd. Tk 350-1200.
- Hotel Bandargaon, 875 Nur Ahmed Road, ☏ . Check-out: noon. Near Hotel Al-Faisal, it's also a good choice. Rooms around Tk 600.
- Hotel Eastern View, 225/A, Sheikh Mujib Road, Chowmuhony, Agrabad, ☏ , , (Hot Line), , , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Well-equipped, 24 hours service, lift, standby generator, all kinds of food in room, Internet, hot & cold water, secretarial service. It's run by ex-managers of renowned hotels & staff are really good, whole atmosphere is quiet & clean.
- Hotel Golden Inn, 336 Station Road, ☏ . Check-out: 12:00. Across the street from Sylhet Super, it's another decent choice. Tk 400-1000.
- 5 Hotel Saint Martin, 25, Sheikh Mujib Road, Agrabad C/A, ☏ , , , fax: , ✉ email@example.com. 3-star hotel situated in the commercial district of Chittagong.
- Hotel Sylhet Super, 16 Station Road, ☏ . Check-out: 12:00. This is a very large hotel west of the train station. Tk 300-1000.
- Hotel Tower Inn, 183 Jubilee Road, ☏ . Typical large 3-star hotel. Wireless internet throughout.
- 6 Landmark Hotel & Restaurant, Sheikh Mujib Road, Agrabad, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 7 Orchid Business Hotel, 1739, Sheikh Mujib Road, Agrabad.
- 8 Well Park Residence, Road # 1, Plot # 2, O.R. Nizam Road (near the G.E.C Circle), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. 4-star hotel. Roof top restaurant have trendy with the touch of nature. US$100-500.
- 9 Radisson Blu Chittagong Bay View, SS Khaled Road, Lalkhan Bazar (Stay within walking distance of M.A. Aziz Stadium and Chittagong Club Limited in this commercial capital.), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. A 5-star business hotel US$101.25, €85.92 (pp/night).
- 10 Hotel Agrabad, Sabder Ali Road, Agrabad Commercial Area, ☏ , fax: , ✉ email@example.com. A 4-star business hotel in the commercial district; restaurants and a swimming pool. Online booking available. US$165-700 (pp/night).
- 11 The Peninsula Chittagong Limited, 486/B, OR Nizam Road, CDA Avenue (near the G.E.C Circle), ☏ , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 4-star hotel. The roof of the building has a swimming pool and offers a view of the entire city. US$100-150.
Most hotel charge a separate fee for WiFi usage. Internet cafes can be found around the intersection of Station Rd and Jubilee Rd and around GEC Circle and Agrabad. Price around ৳40-60/hr.
- 4 Dot Com, 41/42 Central Shopping Complex, 3rd Floor, OR Nizam Road, GEC Circle, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. Maximum speed 512 kbps+ per PC ৳40/hr.
The country code for Bangladesh is 880. Add 31 to make a call for Chittagong.
Postal and courier services
- Government courier
- Private courier companies
Chittagong emergency numbers
Here are the Chittagong emergency contact numbers
- Police Commissioner, ☏ .
- Agrabad Fire Station, ☏ .
If you need cash, it's a good idea to get it before going inside bar or club. American Express, Master Card, VISA Card have accepted almost all the ATMs booth in the city. Check ahead to see if your bank has locations in Chittagong. On the Strip, the following ATMs are safer bets:
- For the 5 Citibank N.A customers, there are ATMs inside the branch at Agrabad Commercial Area.
- For 6 HSBC customers, there are ATMs inside the district main branch at Sheikh Mujib Road and different places of the city.
- 7 Chittagong Diabetic General Hospital, Zakir Hossain Road, ☏ . 24 hours.
- 8 Centre for Specialized Care & Reaseach (CSCR), 1675/A O.R. Nizam Road, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 24 hours.
- 9 Chittagong Medical College, 57, K.B. Fazlul Kader Road, Panchlaish, Chawkbazar., ☏ , ✉ email@example.com.
- 10 Chittagong Maa-O-Shishu General Hospital & Medical College, Agrabad, ☏ , , , , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 11 Chattagram Metropolitan Haspatal Limited, OR Nizam Road, ☏ . 24 hours.
- 12 Memon Maternity Hospital, 291 Strand Road, ☏ , fax: . Sa-Th 09:00-18:00, Friday closed.
- 13 National Hospital (Pvt.) Ltd., Mehdibag, ☏ (Ext. 623753). 24 hours.
In the public places and stand-alone bars, smoking is permitted. However, there are some areas which are smoke-free but may be very close to smoking areas. Nightclubs and lounges may allow smoking if they do not serve food. For all other standalone restaurants, bars, convenience stores, grocery stores and airport facilities smoking is prohibited.
Laundry service is offered in most laundry shops and hotels, even in budget accommodations. If you would rather save the money and do it yourself, buckets are found in almost all public bathrooms - but perhaps wash it out well first.
- 22 The Laundry Boy Head Outlet, 1030, Zakir Hossain Road (Opposite M.E.S College), Nasirabad, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com.
- 23 The Laundry Boy Khulshi Outlet, First Floor, Khulshi Mart, Khulshi, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Exercising outdoors is not recommended due to the level of pollution and swimming in rivers is also not recommended. Instead, look for a hotel with a gym or a pool since many offer day passes. You can always try a morning or evening walk in the parks.
Foreign missions and High Commissions
- 14 Germany, German Honorary Consulate in Chittagong, c/o M.M. Ispahani Ltd., Ispahani Building, Sk. Mujib Road, Agrabad, ☏ , , fax: , ✉ email@example.com. 9:00-17:00. Mirza Shakir Ispahani, Honorary Consul
- 15 India, Assistant High Commision of India, Zakir Hossain Road, Khulshi, ☏ , , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Shri Anindya Banerjee, Representative
- 16 Indonesia, Indonesian Honorary Consulate in Chittagong, A.K. Khan & Company Ltd., Batali Hills, GPO Box 223, ☏ , , fax: , ✉ email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org. A.K. Shamsuddin Khan, Honorary Consul
- 17 Italy, Italian Honorary Consulate in Chittagong, Ispahani Building, Sheikh Mujib Road, Agrabad, ☏ , , , fax: , ✉ email@example.com. Mirza Salman Ispahani, Honorary Consul
- 18 Japan, Japanese Honorary Consulate General in Chittagong, Osman Court (2nd floor), 70, Agrabad C/A (Oposits the Ethnological Museum), ☏ , , , fax: . Muhammad Nurul Islam, Honorary Consul General
- 19 Malaysia, Malaysian Honorary Consulate in Chittagong, Eastern Overseas Shiooing Lines Ltd. (MISC), 5 Agrabad C/A, South Land Center (8th & 9th Floor),, ☏ , , fax: , , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. A.K.M. Shahidul Islam, Honorary Consul
- 20 Malta, Maltese Honorary Consulate in Chittagong, Makkah Madina Trade Centre (15th Floor), 78 Agrabad Commercial Area, ☏ , , fax: , ✉ email@example.com. Syed Mahmudul Huq, Honorary Consul. The Maltese consulate in Chittagong is one of 217 Maltese diplomatic and consular representations abroad.
- 21 Myanmar, Suite 200, Hotel Agrabad, Agrabad Commercial Area, ☏ , , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Haj Mohammed Hakim Ali, Honorary Consul General
- 22 Philippines, Philippine Honorary Consulate in Chittagong, Palm View, 101 Agrabad Commercial Area, ☏ , , , ✉ email@example.com. Mohammed Abdul Awwal, Honorary Consul
- 23 Russia, Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Chittagong, House 1, Road 6, Khulshi R/A, 1001, ☏ , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Oleg P. Boyko, Consul General
- 24 South Africa, South African Honorary Consulate in Chittagong, 2293/A, Zakir Hossain Road, East Nasirabad, Khulshi, ☏ , , fax: , ✉ email@example.com. Mohammed Solaiman Alam Seth, Honorary Consul
- 25 South Korea, South Korean Honorary Consulate in Chittagong, Hotel Agrabad (8th Floor), Agrabad C/A, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Mohammed Riyadh Ali, Honorary Consul
- 26 Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan Honorary Consulate in Chittagong, Seatex Limited, Plot No. 8 & 9, Section 6, CEPZ, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org. S. Kaiser Ally, Honorary Consul
- 27 Thailand, Thai Honorary Consulate in Chittagong, Progati House (4th Floor), 1070, Sk. Mujib Road, Agrabad, ☏ , , ✉ email@example.com. Amir Humayun Mahmud Chowdhury, Honorary Consul
- 28 Turkey, Turkish Honorary Consulate General in Chittagong, Farhatbagh, Batali Hills, 4000, ☏ , , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Salahuddin Kasem Khan, Honorary Consul General
Chittagong is a great base for exploring the famous hill districts.
- Chittagong Hill Tracts -
- Bandarban - a hill district two hours by bus
- Rangamati - a popular town in the Chittagong Hill Tracts
- Cox's Bazar - The country's premier beach resort, about 3 hours south by bus.
- St. Martin's Island - an island in the northeastern part of the Bay of Bengal.
- Comilla - World War Cemetery, Kotbari Baddha Bihar, BIRD, Salban Bihar