Visit Bangladesh and….
… discover a world similar to India 50 years ago. Bangladesh as a country has the most rivers in the world, it has the second longest beach in the world, the Bay of Bengal is the biggest bay in the world, the Sundarbans is the largest mangrove swamp in the world and Bangladesh is listed 8th as the most dense country in the world! For whatever reason you would like to visit Bangladesh, it will be a journey to remember.
History in a nutshell
The present day borders of Bangladesh were shaped during the partition with British India in 1947, when it came to be known as East Pakistan, even though it was separated from West Pakistan for over 1400km. Because of ethnic, political and economic reasons the people of East Pakistan started to go against West Pakistan, which led to the Bangladesh liberation war in 1971.
Bangladesh isn’t famously known as a holiday destination. In fact, the most you hear about the country is when a cyclone or flood has destroyed the land or when a factory has collapsed and taken innocent lives. This post will show you a different side to the perception you might have about Bangladesh and we might even intrigue you to come with us to see the beauty for yourself.
Bangladesh in Photo’s
The Padma (Ganges), Brahmaputra and Meghna all end in the Bay of Bengal. The biggest bay in the world.
Bangladesh also has the most rivers in the world a staggering 700! You will see many ferries and get a real feel for the water life here.
Lalbagh Fort is a 17th century Mughal fort built by a son of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in Dhaka.
Star Mosque is one of the finest mosques in Dhaka decorated with blue stars.
These cycle rickshaws are immensely popular in the city of Dhaka and so is the decoration of each individual cycle. Each rickshaw is hand painted to the preferences of the owner.
The rocket paddle steamer that we have been talking about a lot lately. Almost a 100 years old and still kept its romance.
The Sundarbans is the largest mangrove swamp in the world and home to the Royal Bengal Tiger.
In Barisal the local fishermen use the help of trained otters to catch fish.
Nature in Sylhet and Srimangal is just awesome. You will see many waterfalls and enjoy the quiet country side.
Tea plantations in Sylhet are very common.
Cox Bazaar – the second largest beach in the world. 150km long…. that will be a long jog!
These are just a few impressions of Bangladesh. As the recce is taking place in a few weeks, I will keep you updates with more discoveries and stories from the road.