Resting on the western bank of the Kirtankhola River in south-central Bangladesh, Barisal is the capital and largest city of the Barisal District. The town is one of the oldest ports in the country and is the gateway to Bangladesh’s extensive network of waterways. The city itself is dotted with numerous picturesque ponds, impressive Raj-era buildings, and hosts a renowned floating market in the nearby Bhimruli village, notable especially for its delicious guavas and apples. Visitors can take scenic boat rides to the eastern borders of Sundarbans National Park. Other highlights include: the impressive red Epiphany Church; the Shaheed Kazi Azizul Islam Monument, a historic landmark; and don’t miss the Guthia Mosque, also known as Baitul Aman Jame Masjid.