Chittagong Tourism, Bangladesh

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Chittagong /tʃɪtəɡɒŋ/ (Bengali: চট্টগ্রাম Bengali pronunciation: [tʃɔt̠t̠ɔgram]) is a major coastal seaport city and financial centre in southeastern Bangladesh. The city has a population of more than 2.5 million while the metropolitan area has a population of over 6.5 million, making it the second largest city in the country. It is the capital of an eponymous district and division. The city is located on the banks of the Karnaphuli River between the Chittagong Hill Tracts and the Bay of Bengal. Much of Chittagong Division is located within the ecological Indo-Burma zone on the boundary of the India Plate and Burma Plate. This makes Chittagong the crossroads of the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. The port city has been known by various names in history, including Chatigaon, Chatigam, Chattagrama, Islamabad, Chattala, Chaityabhumi and Porto Grande De Bengala. The natural harbour of Chittagong is an ancient gateway to the region of Bengal. It was noted as one of the largest Eastern ports by the Roman geographer Ptolemy in the 1st century. As part of the rich seafaring tradition of the Bengali people, coastal Chittagong was settled and ruled by Indian and Bengali kingdoms. Arab traders saw well-developed currency, banking and shipping in Chittagong during the 9th century. Early cosmopolitan Muslims established dominance over the port as an entrepot of maritime trade, while Arakan, Bengal and Tripura competed for control of the wider hinterland. Muslim conquest took place in the 14th century. Chittagong became the principal port of the Bengal Sultanate. It was used by several leading medieval global explorers, including Ibn Battuta and Niccolo De Conti. Later, Mrauk U, with assistance from Portuguese trading posts, gained control of the area. The Mughal conquest of Chittagong reestablished Bengali control and ushered an era of stability and trade. The city was renamed as Islamabad. This diverse history is reflected in the rural Chittagonian dialect of Bengali, which has a nearly 50% Arabic-origin vocabulary, as well as Persian and Portuguese loanwords. Ceded to the British East India Company in 1760, Chittagong became the chief port of Eastern Bengal and Assam under the British Raj, as well as a hub of railways. A notable anti-colonial uprising took place in 1930. It was an important base for Allied Forces during the Burma Campaign in World War II. Rapid industrialization followed the war, as Chittagong became part of East Pakistan. During Bangladesh’s liberation war in 1971, Chittagong was site of the country’s declaration of independence. Modern Chittagong is an important economic hub in South Asia. It is home to the Chittagong Stock Exchange and many of Bangladesh's oldest and largest companies. The Port of Chittagong is the largest international seaport on the Bay of Bengal. It is the largest base of the Bangladesh Navy. Though despite having a high and growing urban per capita GDP in South Asia and being one of the fastest growing cities in the world, the city has a poverty rate of 11.3%, as of 2010. Chittagong is reputed as a relatively clean city, but still confronts substantial logistical and socioeconomic problems. The mountainous hinterland of Chittagong is the most biodiverse region in Bangladesh, with 2000 endemic plants and various critically endangered wildlife.

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Facts and Stats for Chittagong*

  • Pollution Statistics in Chittagong

    Know the pollution level of Chittagong before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 86.11 (Very High)
    • Water Pollution 77.08 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 54.17 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 75 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 52.08 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 79.17 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 75 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 54.17 (Moderate)
  • Chittagong: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Chittagong for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Chittagong.

    • Burglary and Theft 65.63 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 68.75 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 71.43 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 93.75 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 60.71 (High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 64.29 (High)
    • Attacks 62.5 (High)
    • Drug offense 75 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 37.5 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during night 25 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 65.63 (High)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 50 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 75 (High)
  • Living in Chittagong - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Chittagong is 112.27 (High)

    • Safety Index 31.47 (Low)
    • Climate Index 74.52 (High)
    • Pollution Index 87.84 (Very High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 27 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 31.7 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 87.5 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 8.27 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 50.48 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Chittagong

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Chittagong

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.02 USD
    • International Movie per seat 5.01 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 19.16 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 42.45 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 30.25 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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