Major cities


Dhaka is the capital of Bangladesh. Located on the east bank of the Buriganga River in the heart of the Bengal delta, Dhaka has an estimated population of more than 15 million people, making it the largest city in Bangladesh and the 9th largest city in the world. It is known as the City of Mosques, and with 400,000 cycle-rickshaws running on its streets every day, the city is described as the Rickshaw Capital of the World.


Chittagong is the main seaport and second largest city of Bangladesh. Located on the banks of the Karnaphuli River in southeastern Bangladesh, it has a population of over 6.5 million; and is one of the fastest growing cities in the world.  Chittagong is a major commercial, financial and industrial centre in South Asia and one of the busiest ports on the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean.


Sylhet  is a major urban center in north-east Bangladesh. It is one of the richest city of Bangladesh. The city is located on the banks of Surma River in the Surma Valley and has a population of 500,000 people, making it the fifth largest city in Bangladesh. The city is home to the mausoleums and mosques of Shah Jalal and Shah Paran, revered Sufis of Bengal and the eastern South Asian subcontinent. Sylhet is also famed for its natural setting, amidst rainforests, waterfalls, hills and river valleys. Located in the heart of Bangladesh’s tea country, Sylhet is a hub of the tea industry. Sylhet is also a center of the Bangladeshi oil and gas sector, with the country’s largest natural gas reserves located in Sylhet Division.


Rajshahi is a city in western Bangladesh, and the divisional headquarters of Rajshahi Division. Silk of Rajshahi was of great quality once upon a time, so this city is often referred to as Silk City and Education City, for it’s calm environment. Rajshahi is located in the north-west of the country and has an estimated population of 853,000 people. Its total area is 96.69 km2 and is situated on the northern banks of the river Padma.


Khulna is the headquarters of Khulna District and the principal city of Khulna Division. It is located in the south western  area of Bangladesh and situated on the banks of the Rupsha and Bhairab River. The River port of Khulna is one of the oldest River port in Bangladesh.

Khulna is the 3rd largest city in Bangladesh after Dhaka and Chittagong. Often referred to as Industrial City, it is one of the important industrial and commercial areas of the country. It has a Sea port named Mongla on its outskirts, 48 km south from Khulna city which is the 2nd seaport in Bangladesh. Khulna is also the gateway of Sundarban. Sundarban is refereed as the largest tidal forest in the whole world.


Barisal City is an old port on the Kirtankhola, former Ariel Khan on the northern shore of the Bay of Bengal in southern Bangladesh and it is 142 km from capital city Dhaka. It is now the headquarters of both the Barisal Division and the Barisal District. The city consists of 30 wards and 50 mahallas. The area of the town is 20 km². Barisal municipality was established in 1957 and was turned into a City Corporation in 2000.


Rangpur  is a divisional headquarters. The city one of the oldest municipality in Bangladesh, which was established in the year 1869. Rangpur declared as a district headquarters as on 16 December 1769. The municipal office building was erected in the year of 1892. The Municipality is located in the north western part of Bangladesh. Later the Greater Rangpur district was broken down into Rangpur, Kurigram, Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat and Gaibandha districts. As a hub of trade, business and non-governmental organisational activities its influence over the districts under Greater-Dinajpur is also considerable.

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