Comilla city is the 3rd largest city in Bangladesh, with a population of 2 million. Comilla city stands on the River Gumti.
This urbanized center in Chittagong Division has its origins as part of an ancient state called Samatata during the 1st Millenium CE, then fell under the dominion of kings and rulers like Bengal Jagat Manikya until the East India Company assumed control in 1765. From there, it was involved in logistical facets of WWII as well as events pertaining to the Bengali liberation in 1971. A WWII cemetery lies to the northwest where there are graves of Allied forces members as well as some Japanese.
Cumilla is on the Dhaka-Chittagong (N1) Hwy and about 2.5 hours or 100 km away from Dhaka.
- 1 Shalban Vihara, Comilla University Road, 24no Word Comilla, Shalmanpur (8 km west of Cumilla), ☏ . 9AM-5PM daily. archaeological site pertaining to Buddhist vihars, that is to say, a Buddhist monastery, dating to the 7th century built under the auspices of King Bhava Deva and used by monks for prayer and religious study until the 12th century. Three sites of particular significance unearthed here are Salban Vihara, Kotila Mura and Charpatra Mura, Kotila Mura for example being where three stupas corresponding to the three deities of Buddha, Sangha, and Dharma were located. There is also a museum called the Mainamati Museum on site with more exhibits.
- 2 Dharmasagar Pond (in the center of town). A relaxing place to be in the hear of the city if the stagnant water smell doesn't get you. Big city park on the north end.