Unesco-protected Bagerhat, with its treasure trove of historical monuments, will send a shiver of excitement down the spines of archaeology buffs. Hidden among the green folds of the surrounding countryside are more ancient mosques and mausoleums than anywhere else in Bangladesh (except Dhaka), but the crowning jewel of this fabulously little-known collection is the Shait Gumbad Mosque – a multi-domed medieval masterpiece.
The creators of such buildings understood the value of good scenery, and the tranquil countryside, full of tropical trees, ponds and birds, is a joy to walk through.
Bagerhat was built in the 15th century by one of the most revered men in Bangladeshi history, Khan Jahan Ali, and is a significant cradle of Islam in Bangladesh.
The town, about 4km from the main sights, lacks decent hotels and restaurants, so it’s sensible to visit Bagerhat as a day trip from Khulna or Mongla, both of which are a short bus ride away.