Khulna is the headquarter of the Khulna division and is the third largest city in Bangladesh. Nestled between the Rupsa and Bhoirob rivers, Khulna is home to upwards of 2.5 million residents and serves as an industrial center, port city, and the doorway city of the Sundarbans.

The Greater Khulna region offers travelers a mix of cultural, historical, and natural attractions. It is home to two UNESCO world heritage sites: Sundarbans Reserved Forest and the Mosque City of Bagerhat (historically known as Khalifatabad) in the Bagerhat district. Travelers can indulge in local cuisine and become acquainted with Khulna’s local culture and history before setting off on their journey to explore the natural beauty of the Sundarbans. Khulna is a safe and budget-friendly city with many attractions and can be reached from Dhaka by bus, train, and air.

Travelers can expect Khulna to be less crowded than Dhaka, making it easier to roam around and experience local life. Start your day observing the bustling Rupsa Ghat fish market in the morning and spend the afternoon strolling the streets and visiting the many museums and sites of interest Khulna offers. Khulna Divisional Museum is the second largest museum in Bangladesh and offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the region’s ancient history. In the evening, you can enjoy a boat ride down the Rupsa River as the sun sets or take a walk along the Khan Jahan Ali Bridge to view the city and river below.

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