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Khulna

Khulna

 

This division can boast of two of the three world heritage sites in Bangladesh, the Sundarbans forest, the largest mangrove forest in the world, popularly known as the habitat of the Bengal Tiger and the Shait Gambud Mosque, an unique example of Sultanate monuments in Bagerhat. Situated in the south-west of the country, about half of the division is occupied by the Sundarbans Forest. The Padma (Ganges) separates it in the north from Rajshahi division , Barisal division forms the eastern boundary while West Bengal in India lies in the west. Industries like Jute, Newsprint, Match factory, Hard board, etc., were set up, but Jute is now on the decline, while Sea fish, Cement, and Shrimp processing industries are thriving. Mongla, 40km to the south, has been developed as the second port of Bangladesh. Jessore is located at the crossroad of Dhaka, Khulna and the northern part of Bangladesh. Its location is very prominent as it is connected with West Bengal through Benapole border outpost at one hours' drive, with Dhaka by road and through the only airport of this division for domestic flights.
 

There are some traditional and unique profession being practiced by some communities of this division for hundreds of years. Wild honey collection in the Sundarbans and Fishing with the help of Otter are still being practiced in this area. The Honey Hunter's community lives along the borderline of the western forests of the Sundarbans. Honey Hunting season continues from end March to June every year. But the professionals engaged in fishing with the tame Otter, mainly live in Gobra, Gazipur and Haria Gope areas of Narail district. This unique profession is about to be extinct. It will take 1 &1/2 hours from the district head quarter to reach this area by road.
 

There are some remarkable archaelogical ruins in some villages adjacent to the Baro Bazar Railway Station of Kaliganj Upazilla of Jenaidah district. These establishments were built during the Sultan Shahi period. Fifteen numbers of Mosques of this area have been declared as protected sites by the Archaeology department.