Bangladesh or the land of Bengal is officially named the People's Republic of Bangladesh, with Dhaka as its capital. Bangladesh is a South Asian country bordered to the west, north, and east by India, and to the southeast by Burma. The country is abundant with vegetation, rivers, and of course, very friendly locals. Tourism is underdeveloped, but perhaps that what makes it so appealing to travellers who wish to explore a completely new environment in its most authentic nature, without bumping into too many fellow tourists.
Sundarbans National Park – It's a National Park, Tiger Reserve, and a Biosphere Reserve in one, located in West Bengal, India and extends to Bangladesh. It is the largest mangrove forest in the world and is home to a variety of species of bird and reptile such as Rose Ringed Parakeets, Grey-headed Fish Eagles, Seagulls, Peregrine falcons, and Woodpeckers for the former, and chameleons, Dog-Faced Water Snakes, and monitor lizards for the latter. It is also one of the largest reserves for the Bengal tiger and houses over 400 tigers, as well as Fishing Cats, Leopard Cats, Wild Boar, Flying Foxes, Indian Grey Mongoose, and other mammals. The park is the perfect way to experience wildlife first-hand and discover the beauty of mother nature.
Kuakuata – Kuakuata is a panoramic white sandy beach surrounded by forests, located in the Patuakhali district. Kuakuata Beach is the ideal spot from which one may watch both sunrise and sunset. Though it isn't the typical tropical destination, there are other places to go from there; take a short scenic walk 7km east to the Gangamati Mangrove Forest, or rent a motorbike to Misripara Village to find an ancient temple with a 21ft Buddha statue known as Misripara Seema Buddha Bihar. You can also check out the Rakhine Market back in Kuakuata for really good souvenirs of locally-woven clothes and other handicrafts.
Mosque City of Bagerhat – Situated in the Bagerhat District in the Khulna Division of Bangladesh, the formerly lost city originally known as Khalifatabad. It contains over 50 Islamic monuments and mosques that were concealed by plantation for many years. Most well-known is the Sixty Pillar Mosque, which was constructed with 60 pillars and 77 domes.
How to get around within Bangladesh
The public transport in Bangladesh is completely inexpensive, but can be quite uncomfortable and scary at times, especially at night. Bus rides in particular can be dangerous, considering how the drivers manoeuvre their vehicles as if they had no regard for their passengers' or their own safety. Unaccompanied women who take the bus should sit at the front, while those who travel with a man must take the window seat. It is advisable to take the train instead. With the train, travel time is prolonged due to hindrances such as unabridged rivers that require ferry crossings, but the journey is relatively safer. The trains and their carriages are divided according to classes, from the most expensive but also the most comfortable and even luxurious first class on Intercity trains, to the remarkably cheap but quite uncomfortable second class on local trains. Car rentals are also available, but they all come with their own driver.
How to get there
The largest international airport in Bangladesh is the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, formerly Zia International Airport and Dacca International Airport, located in Kurmitola, in Northern Dhaka. It is also used by the Bangladesh Air Force, but is managed and maintained by the Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh. The airport serves as a hub for all Bangladeshi Airlines, namely Biman Bangladesh Airlines, United Airways, Regent Airways, Novoair, and US-Bangla Airlines. It also operates to Asian and European countries via Air Arabia, Air India, Bangkok Airways, Dragonair, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Jet Airways, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Tiger Airways, and other various airlines.
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