The greater Mymensingh district stretches from
the plains north of Dhaka to the Garo foothills that edge the
northern border with India. Along the frontier line many tribes such
as Garos, Hajongs and Kochis who are ethnically quite distinct from
the people around them. Mymensingh has earned an important position
in Bangla literature for its rich folklores and folk songs. On the
road from Dhaka to Mymensingh there is a national park and game
sanctuary at Madhupur about 160 km. from Dhaka. There are a number
of reserve forests in
the area with rest-houses and picnic spots. The famous
painter Zainul Abedins Art Gallery at Mymensingh town is worth visiting.
An island off the coast of Cox's Bazar,
Moheskhali has an area of 268 sq. km. Through the center of the
island and along the eastern coastline rises a range of low-hills,
about 300 feet high, but the coast to the west and north is
low-lying and fringed by mangrove forest. Atop Moinak Hill lies the
old temple of Adinath, dedicated to Shiva. By its side on the same
hill is a Buddhist pagoda.
Sonadia Island lies in the bay about seven km.
off Cox's Bazar and is only 9 sq. km. in area. The western side of
the island is sandy and different kinds of shells are found on the
beach. Off the northern part of the island, there are beds of window
pane oysters. During winter, fishermen set up temporary camps on the
island and dry their catches of sea-fish.