Bangladesh Travel Guide

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About Bangladesh

Official Name: The People’s Republic of Bangladesh

State Religion: Islam but other main religions namely Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity are practiced in peace and harmony.

State Language: Bangla

Capital: Dhaka

Nationality: Bangladeshi

Name of Currency: Taka (TK)

Geographical Location: Between 20°34′ and 26°38′ north latitude and between 88°01′ and 92°41′ east longitude.

Boundary: North: India
West: India
South: Bay of Bengal
East: India and Myanmar

Area: 56977 sq. miles or 147570 sq. km.

Territorial Water: 200 nautical miles.

Bangladesh Visa on Arrival

To attract the tourists and ensure them a hassle free arrival in this land of stories, the government of Bangladesh has decided to provide Visa on Arrival to the foreign nationals including those of Bangladeshi origin. Once you arrived in Bangladesh, after examining your necessary travel documents the immigration authority at the Airports and Land ports will issue Visa on Arrival for a period of maximum 30 days to the citizens of the countries mentioned below under the following conditions:

(a) The nationals of those countries where there is no diplomatic mission of Bangladesh may be granted visa on arrival after examining the genuineness of their visit;

(b) On the basis of invitation letters of interested/required body being attested by the Board of Investment/BEPZA, the foreign investors/businessmen may be allowed to issue visa on arrival. In this case, interested/inviting organization must inform in advance the arrival of the foreign visitor(s) to the immigration and passport authority.

(c) Only for the purpose of official duty, business, investment and tourism citizens arriving from USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Russian Federation, China, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, UAE, Saudi Arabia (KSA), Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain and the countries of Europe may issue visa on arrival after examining and being satisfied by the immigration authority at the Airports and Land Ports;

(d) If any foreign national arrives in Bangladesh from a country other than his/her own country, where there is no mission of Bangladesh may be issued visa on arrival;

(e) Bangladeshi origin foreign citizens, their spouses and their offspring may be issued visa on arrival, on the proof of their being Bangladeshi origin;

(f) The staffs/officials of the foreign missions, UN or its affiliated organizations located in Bangladesh may be issued visa on arrival after examining their appointment letters or other related documents. Only UN passport holders will get such facilities gratis (free of charge).

Transit Visa

If you are waiting for your connecting flight and hoping to get the best out of it, Transit Visa will be allowed to you for the period of maximum 72 hours or till the time of the next available flight on request of the concerned carrier. For this an amount of 20 USD or equivalent amount of foreign currency is to be deposited in the concerned bank account. And then you are free to be amazed by Beautiful Bangladesh.

Geography and Climate

Bangladesh is a “Land of Stories”. Everything of this land tells a story; a story of Bangladeshi people and their heart. Not only the livelihood of Bangladeshi people is deeply rooted in this land, but also their life is deeply incorporated in this lands.

This country has a very fertile alluvial soil which gives the country abundant crops every year. These lands are like our parents, our eternal guardian who take cares of us, nurture us with providing our primitive needs. With a grand and resourceful Bay of Bengal at its south, Bangladesh is called the land of rivers. As a riverine country, about 700 rivers including tributaries flow through the country in which the souls and livelihood of Bangladeshi people are

strongly connected. Like so many songs and poems — which are written specially to celebrate these rivers — the majestically curvy banks or the turbulent tide of Bangladeshi rivers give the people hope and an excitement to live the best out of it. Apart from these rivers, the country also have plenty of haors, baor, jheel, beel which strengthens our relation with more affection.

Covered with diversified natural wonders and wildlife, this country sees a wide range of Hills in the Chittagong Hill Tracts in the southeast and Sylhet division in the northeast. What make these areas more interesting and exotic are the tribal people inhabited here for a long period of time.

The Sundarbans — home of the majestic Royal Bengal Tiger — are the largest littoral mangrove forest in the world as well as the most important and the biggest forest of Bangladesh. This land is the safest sanctuary for a diverse range of wildlife. The careless look of amazing deer, a rare glimpse or a sudden terrifying roar or even footprints of Royal Bengal Tiger on the swampy land of Sundarbans, hiking against the bushy and thick jungles of Sundarbans etc will completely satisfy any adventure seekers. Yes. Apart from some epic storytelling natural lands, the growing urban landscapes manifest the truly blend of modern and traditional setting of Bangladesh too. With rising architectural wonders and topnotch urban facility the country has its major urban areas in Dhaka, Chittagong, Khulna and Sylhet. Even in these urbanized areas, you will find some archeological heritages which will constantly remind us about our traditional and cultural root. If you have been mesmerized by the stories of our rural, hilly and watery land, then you should also be amazed by the urban wonders.

 

Things to do & Attraction at Bangladesh

 

The city of Dhaka

Densely populated and humming with activity at all hours, Dhaka is a city of contrasts between old and new, rich and poor, industry and folk. From the concrete National Parliament House and ultramodern Bashundhara City, the largest shopping mall in South Asia, to the 17th Century Lalbagh Fort and the open markets along the city’s side streets, these contrasts vividly shape the city. Visit the many mosques, temples and museums for a taste of Bengali culture and history.

Top place to visit at Dhaka city:

National Parliament House

Liberation War Museum

Bangladesh National Museum

Bangabandhu Memorial Museum

Ahsan Manzil

Hatirjheel

Lalbag Fort

Sonargaon

Dhakeshwari Temple

Armenian Church of the Holy Resurrection

Star Mosque (Tara Masjid)
Shahid Minar
Nilket and New Market

Sadarghat

Ramna Park

Gulshan Lake Park

National Botanical Garden

Bangladesh National Zoo

 

Adventure in Hill Tract

Who doesn’t want to touch clouds by hiking at the peak of world? The Hill tract in Bangladesh is a sure promise for the adventure seekers. Driving through the curvy roads of the hill tracts through the clouds of will definitely excite your nerve. The cold fresh breeze will purify your soul. And the views surrounding you will give you a reason to continue living in this wonderful world.

Covered with diversified natural wonders and wildlife, this country sees a wide range of Hills in the Chittagong Hill Tracts in the southeast and Sylhet division in the northeast. What make these areas more interesting and exotic are the tribal people inhabited here for a long period of time.

List of Hill Tracts in Bangladesh:

1. Bandarban

2. Rangamati

3. Khagrachori

Trekking-through-jungle

The Sundarbans — home of the majestic Royal Bengal Tiger — are the largest littoral mangrove forest in the world as well as the most important and biggest forest of our entire country. For its extraordinary characteristics, UNESCO has inscribed as World Heritage Site in 1997. This land is the safest sanctuary for a diverse range of wildlife. The wildlife in the Sunderbans is nothing like you have ever experienced. The forest is famous for its semi-aquatic tigers, popularly known as the Royal Bengal Tiger including spotted deer, wild boar, rhesus monkey, salt-water crocodile, water monitor lizard, pythons, etc. The forest treasures 330 plant species, 35 species of reptiles, 400 types of fishes, 270 species of birds and 42 species of mammals.

The lifestyle in the Sundarbans is immensely diverse. Fishing with trained otters, gathering wild honey etc. are among the oldest professions that are still practiced by the people of this area. Even after being isolated from the civilization, the forest dwellers have developed a strong culture of their own. Their life is adapted with this unique ecosystem. Before entering the forest, they pay homage to their gods and deities. Banabibi is the most worshipped one. Each year Rash Purnima, the grand annual fair, is observed in the Dubla Island.

There are three wildlife sanctuary areas — ‘Kotka-Kachikhali Tiger point’, ‘Hironpoint’ and ‘Manderbaria’ including numerous unexplored natural beaches, innumerable rivers, canals and creeks in the Sundarbans forest. Abundance of water body makes the waterways as the only means to enter the forest.

There are so many things to do and see in the Sundarbans. The careless look of amazing deer, a rare glimpse or a sudden terrifying roar or even footprints of Royal Bengal Tiger on the swampy land, hiking against the bushy and thick jungles etc. will completely satisfy any adventure seekers. Trekking through the jungle of the Sunderbans requires an expert and organized assistance. A well-equipped vessel is also mandatory if you want to swan around this forest by rivers and rivulets. An expert tour operator will take care of all of your tour itineraries.

Beach Holiday

Feeling blue? Wanna dive into the blissful ocean? Or perhaps a beach volleyball tournament on the sandy beach? Or you may want to fancy a fruit cocktail. We have just the thing for you!

1.Cox’s Bazar

Cox’s Bazaar sea beach is the longest beach in the world. And this is definitely one of the biggest tourist attractions in the country. Located in Chittagong District, this sea beach faces the amazing waves of grand Bay of Bengal. Miles of golden sands, towering cliffs, surfing waves, rare conch shells, colorful pagodas, Buddhist temples and tribes and mouth-watering sea-food made Cox’s Bazar the tourist capital of Bangladesh. There’s a plenty of things to do in Cox’s Bazar. This is more than you can expect from a traditional sea beach.

Ramu

This Buddhist village is about 16km away from Cox’s Bazar situated on the main road to Chittagong. There are monasteries, khyangs and pagodas with great religious importance which are rich in years old artifacts, scripts, relics etc. There’s a large bronze statue of Buddha measuring more than thirteen feet height. The people of this Buddhist village has their own charm for being delicate and peace-loving.

Himchari

About 32km south of Cox’s Bazar, Himchari is a delightful place for famous broken hills and waterfalls.

Inani

Inani beach is only half an hour’s drive from Cox’s Bazar. With the sea to the west and a background of steep hills to the east, this beach will mesmerize with its amazing view.

Shopping

While shopping in Cox’s Bazar, your hands will be filled with bags full of tribal handicrafts, clothes, shell etc. within a moment. There are plenty of stores along the beach and in the town market filled with eye-catching items. You will forget when to stop.

And there is always a chance to get sporty against the waves of Bay of Bengal!

Maheskhali

An island off the coast of Cox’s Bazar. It has an area of 268 square kilometers. Through the centre of the island and along the eastern coast line rises a range of low hills, 300 feet high; but the coast to the west and north is a lowlying treat, fringed by mangrove jungle. In the hills on the coast is built the shrine of Adinath, dedicated to siva. By its side on the same hill is Buddhist Pagoda.

2. St. Martin’s Island

If you are done partying in Cox’s Bazar, St. Martin’s Island is the right place to calm down your soul. This coral island is about 10km (6mi) south-west of the southern tip of the mainland is a tropical cliché, with beaches fringed with coconut palms and bountiful marine life. This island has the most amazing blue water. Far from the maddening crowd, the serenity in this island will help your meditate and purify your soul. This air is so fresh and soothing. And the water is clearer than crystal. During any moonlight in St. Island you may end up deciding to stay in this island forever. And sea-foods here are not only delicious, but also abundant in variation.

This amazing island is so small that it is possible to walk around the entire island. Each day a ferry leaves Teknaf for St. Martin’s Island which takes only 3 hours. You can hop in a Bus from Cox’s Bazar which will easily take you to St. Martin’s Island. And if you want to go directly from Dhaka, hop in a Dhaka-Teknaf Bus.

3. Kuakata

Kuakata in the located in Patuakhali district of Bangladesh and only a few miles away to the south from Khepupara. It is the only sea beach in the world from where both the sunrise and sunset can be observed. This 10km long beach is stretched to the border of the Sundarbans.

 

How to Go?

contact with us to buy an air-tcikets and for an assistant guide you can email us.(+8801768232311)

Wondering Sylhet & tea-garden

The picturesque slopes of hill in Sylhet are covered with layers of tea garden which has been famous for providing tea to the entire country as well as foreign countries. Sylhet is called “The land of two leaves and a bud”. Different landscapes, unique range of flora and fauna, and a large of rivers and natural lakes have established Sylhet as one of the major tourist attractions in Bangladesh. Not only in Bangladesh, but also in entire South Asia, Sylhet is considered as one of the most naturally resourceful and archaeologically rich regions. This area is immensely influenced by Islam which explains the large number of shrines in this region alone.

Historically Sylhet has been a very long affiliation with mysticism. Before the conquest by the Muslims, it was ruled by local chieftains. In 1303, the great Saint Hazrat Shah Jalal came to Sylhet from Delhi with a band of 360 disciples to preach Islam and defeated the then Raja Gour Gobinda. Sylhet thus became a district of saints, shrines and daring but virile people. Its rich potentialities became easily attractive and the 18th century Englishmen made their fortune in tea plantation.

Jaflong

Jaflong is one of the most attractive tourist spots in Sylhet division. It only takes two hours drive from Sylhet town. Situated besides the river Mari in the lap of Hill Khashia, Jaflong is famous for its scenic view. The river is straightly connected with the great Himalayas of India which brings tons of stone boulders with its tide. The struggling lifestyle of the stone collectors in the river Mari is definitely a catch.

 

Sripur

Numerous waterfalls on the hill across the border of India are the major attractions of Sripur. Besides, this area will pleases you with its enchanting views of nature and hills. Sripur is only 7-8km from Jaflong, and to be precisely it is actually on the way to Jaflong.

Jointapur’s Rajbari

Located around 5km away from Jaflong, Jaintiapur is a scenic spot amidst tea gardens. Jaintapur was the capital of Jainta Kingdome at 18th century. You can visit the Jainta Rajbari, the palace of Kings of Jainta. Huge number of tourists visit this place to get a glimpse of remaining of Jainta Kingdom.

Chatak

Around 35km northwest of Sylhet town, Chhatak is famous for orange garden and Assam Bengal Cement Factory.

Srimangal

Srimongal is famous for tea gardens, hills and forest areas on the hills. The tea gardens in here are famous for being the largest in the world. These gardens are beautifully patterned by the green nature. If you are not satisfied after only watching you can also look into how the tea is grown and processed. The Tea Research Institute Bangladesh will give you practical knowledge on how tea is processed, produced and exported eventually.

Lalakhal

Rent a high-speed engine boat. And go to the last border point of Bangladesh through the beautiful Lalakhal canal. There’s beautiful resort in where you can fill your tummy with getting mesmerized with amazing views of hillside.

Madhabkunda Waterfall

Madhabkunda waterfall is one of the most attractive tourist spots in Sylhet division. Lots of tourists and picnic parties come to Madhabkunda every day for their enjoyment. The journey to Madhabkunda itself is exotic. On the way you can see the greenish beauty of tea garden, the hills and the zigzag road through the hills will increase the joy of your journey. In Madhabkunda you will see the great waterfall – falls of million tons of water from 200ft. height. There is a Parjatan Motel with a good restaurant for accommodation and food. You can also trek through Rajkandi Reserve Forest to discover Ham Ham waterfalls.

Lawacherra Rain Forest

Lawacherra Rain Forest is one of the important & well-reserved forests in Bangladesh. Here visitor may see gibbons swimming through the trees and birds like bee-eater owls parrot. It is a good habitant of Deer, leopard, wild chicken, squirrel, and python. Don’t miss it especially if you are bird watcher. The terrain is hilly and vegetation is fairly thick. Only one rare Chloroform tree of Asia is prime attraction.

The Shrine of Hazrat Shah Jalal

Shrine of Saint Hazrat Shah Jalal is the most historical interest in Sylhet town. Today, more than six hundred years after his death, the shrine is visited by innumerable devotees of every caste and creed, who make the journey from far away places. Legend says, the great saint who came from Delhi to preach Islam and defeated the then Hindu Raja (king) Gour Gobinda, transformed the witchcraft followers of the Raja into catfishes which are still alive in the tank adjacent to the shrine Swords, the holy Quran and the robes of the holy saint are still preserved in the shrine.

The main attraction of Sylhet city is the Shrine of Hajrat Shahjalal(R) and Hajrat Shah Poran (R). Shrine of Hajrat Shahjalal (R) is on the top of a hillock (tilla) in Sylhet city. Thousands of visitors are coming everyday in this Shrine. Shrine of Hajrat Shah Paran (R) is eight km far from Sylhet town on the Sylhet-Jaflong road where also thousands of visitors visits this Shrine everyday. Road journey to Sylhet is a wonderful experience through roads running ups and down the hills and green lush tea gardens of nature at its best.

Temple of Sri Chaitannya Dev

About 500 years old famous Temple of Sri Chaitannya Dev is about 45 km southeast from Sylhet town. The place is revered from being the ancestral home of the famous Vaishnava saint. Yearly fair is organized on the full moon day of the Bangla month Falgun. Hundreds and thousands of devotees from home and abroad attend this colorful fair.

Lawachora National Park

Lawachara National Park, located at Kamalganj Upazila, Maulvi Bazar District in the northeastern region of the country, is a major national park and nature reserve in Bangladesh. Biological diversity is a strong aspect of Lawachara National Park. The wildlife in Lawachara includes nearly 460 species of which nearly 250 are bird species. Lawchara National Park is a sure thing for those who want to have an adventurous ride through the jungle with getting fascinated by natural wonders and biodiversity.

Ratargul Swamp Forest

Located in Gowainghat, Ratargul Swamp Forest is the only freshwater swamp forest in Bangladesh. This also is one of the few freshwater swamp forest in the world. Currently, this forest is naturally conserved under the Department of Forestry, Government of Bangladesh. The forest is situated in the river Goain adjacent with the canal named Chengir Khal. During rainy season, the forest goes under 20-30 feet water. You will have to rent a boat to wonder around the Ratargul Swamp Forest.

How to go

From Dhaka you can go Sylhet via Bus, Train or Plane. MAG Osmani International Airport is close to the Sylhet city. It takes only a few hours ride from Dhaka to Sylhet by road.contact with us to buy an air-tcikets and for an assistant guide you can email us.(+8801768232311)

 

Experience Village Life

Life is so good when you live it in Bangladesh. The people and the nature will help you to get the most out of it. Happiness, for us, needs no reason. We are always happy with knowing who we are whether our capability is satisfactory to us or not. We know how to celebrate the life we are give. We know how to get the most out of our life.

There are many kinds of lifestyle of the people can be seen in Bangladesh — urban, rural and Tribal. Amidst the concrete jungle, the urban life follows a different direction than the rural life. The rural life has a much more strong relation with the nature. And, far from the maddening crowd, there are many tribal lifestyles can be noticed which are unique and vibrant in their own characteristics.

If you want to seek happiness with no condition applied, go visit our rural areas. The way of life has always been primitive and there exist no complications. The people in our village areas live by the nature. They respect the nature. In return, they are taken cared by the nature. This is most divine transaction in the entire world. This is why you can even find the most primitive lifestyle here. People uses farming tools just like their ancestors like. They prefer manual labor and natural resources instead of heavy machinery. This is why you will be amazed when you see any farmers ploughing their beloved soil with the help of macho bulls. Or even you will see the village woman making foods in ovens fueled with chopped up woods.

The village kids use the most of their life by playing various footballs, cricket, kabadi and many traditional sports. You can join them. While playing in the rain, the splash of mud will remind you how close you are being with the nature. Most of them are skillful in climbing trees. Ask them, and you will be blessed with freshly picked juicy fruits instantly. You can jump on the river or pond from the peak of a tree. You can swim through the river under the hot sun. The clean and cold water will relieve you from the boredom of life. On a calm evening at the yard of traditional village house, you can stare the clean sky where the moon and stars glaze with their fullest integrity. And that moment, you will get know true meaning of life.

The best thing you will experience and will definitely spice up of you entire vacation is the hospitality of Bangladeshi people. We treat our guest just like anyone of our family. Our smile gives them a hope to live on their wonder life and come back in this land of wonders again and again.

These are definitely not all. There are plenty of other things to do and see in the rural areas of Bangladesh. You will never get bored. And you will never fail to understand the true meaning of life. This is an experience of lifetime. Even if you return to your country, the memory will keep your soul alive and fresh.

Just come visit our rural lands. We treat everyone like family. If necessary contact with tour operators. With a perfect and convenient planning, they will take care of your tour flawlessly. There are so may tour plans available which will certainly give you a detailed experience of rural life.

Fishing-with-otters

No other country will ever give you the excitement of such variation of fishing. Bangladesh is the only place where fishermen still practice fishing with their trained otters. And amazingly this is nearly 200 years old tradition. This is way beyond anything you could ever imagine.

Mainly the fisherman from the Narail and Khulna districts use this technique. They usually catch fishes in the rivers north of the The Sunderbans forest. Even sometimes they enter into the majestic land of tiger through the river.

Among the three species of commonly found otters in Bangladesh, only Lutra perspicillata is used. This species is bred and trained specially for this purpose. The otters do not usually catch fish directly by themselves. Rather they chase the fishes to the fishermen’s net. When the net is full, the only job left for the fishermen is to pull up the net. Each time the total amount of captured fish may reach to 4 to 12 kg.

There are many tour operators that promotes special packages to experience fishing with otters. The tour may be adjacent to The Sunderbans tour. Fishing with otters after tracking down the footprints tiger can never get more exciting than this.

 

 

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