Chirped cladding is proposed as a novel tailoring tool to simultaneously attain wider transmission window and reduced temporal dispersion in an all-solid Bragg-like microstructured optical fiber as compared to its perfectly periodic cladding counterpart. This design route for photonic bandgap microstructured fibers could be exploited as an additional degree of freedom for bandgap engineering. A suitably chirped clad fiber could be gainfully exploited to deliver femto-second pulse with ultra wide bandwidth. Further, generation of self-similar parabolic profile pulse is demonstrated by simulating propagation of an input Gaussian pulse through a 2 m long sample of such a linearly tapered Bragg like fiber. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.