Bangladesh – the land from the myths where people spoke the language of birds! Where the rivers and hundreds of estuaries crisscross the landscape giving birth to a unique riverine culture! A relatively unexplored area of Indian sub-continent is immensely rich in its geographical and cultural diversity. The lesser-treaded neighboring nation on the northeast of India holds a resilient promise of wonders that one wouldn’t expect. Its prime draw lies in the Sunderbans forests, a haven for the Royal Bengal tiger. Apart from that, a vivid history and a rich repository of nature’s bounty make Bangladesh an undiscovered place that one must unearth to feel the pulsation of life. Bangladesh Tourism Board’s catchline correctly said – “Life Happens Here”!
Think of Bangladesh as an extension of eastern India, giving it a subtropical monsoon climate characterized by seasonal variations in rainfall, high temperatures and humidity. This also means thick dense forests and plenty of wildlife. For those like the rush of green after a heavy downpour, should reserve the monsoon months for their travel. Else, the winter months from October to February are ideal.
Major Cities / Tourist Places
With Dhaka taking the centre stage for all political and administrative activities, other cities in the small country of Bangladesh take the onus of travel oriented exposure to the visitor. For this, Chittagong, Khulna and even Cox’ Bazaar offer their wonderful scapes to explore. Use these as a base to get around, as the infrastructure is better in major towns rather than small villages off these. There are eight such division towns in Bangladesh.
Chittagong Hill Tract
The heady rural sprawl of the country is sure to strike as paradisical – that is what Bangladesh promises. The country is a small one and easy to traverse distance wise. But one encounters a plethora of wondrous sights even in these short distances. Some of the iconic destinations include Kantanagar Temple, swamp safaris in Ratargul, Sunderbans, Kaptai Lake and others.
Amongst the experiences, Bangladesh’s wildlife trips can be counted as some of the best in the world. Tracking tigers in Sundarbans is one of the most intriguing and popular things to do in the country. Add to that the swamp safaris or hiking through off the beaten track trails in the lower Himalayas and tea gardens. Turbid rivers and unending tracts of greenery across the region with small hamlets rising amidst this offer a multitude of experiences for the traveller.
The multicultural fabric of Bangladesh allows the country to have celebrations from all religious and cultural backgrounds. You will find the same zeal in Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations as in Durga Puja. These are the two main festivals of the country. Apart from this, Buddha Purnima, too is celebrated with enthusiasm. Amongst the more contemporary festivals, the Literature festival, Art Summit, International Photography Festival, International Film Festival and Chhobi Mela have been making waves.
Ramadan & Iftar Festival
Festivals Calendar 2016
14thBangla New Year’s Day
05thEid Ul Fitr (Rojar Eid)
11thEid Ul Azha (Korbani Eid)
11thDurga Puja (Vijaya Dasami)
16thBijoy Dibosh (Victory Day )
Acommodation is Bangladesh makes an integral part of the travel. The country offers a variety of options, from heritage stays, luxury campsites, top star hotels, basic lodges, forest accommodations and more. You can stay in hotels with well-trained staff or experience the warm hospitality of homestays across the country. At Indo Asia Tours, we offer you a range of accommodations to make your trip memorable.