Bangladesh: Travel/Tourist Information Guide
Bangladesh, which is officially the People’s Republic of Bangladesh is a country in South Asia, bordered by India and Myanmar. It is the world’s eighth most populous country and the capital is Dhaka. The majority of the popuation are Muslims, then Hindus, with diverse Buddhist and Christian communities. The official landuage is Bengali, but English is widely spoken. The country came to existence in 1971 after the secession of Bengali-speaking East Pakistan after a 9 month of war. It emerged as an independent country in 1971 but its history and culture goes way back to centuries.It hosts the world’s longest beach, mosques, the largest mangrove forest in the world, tribal villages and a wild life. The poverty in the country is high and the gap between rich and the poor is highly obvious. The locals are usually friendly and hospitable. It has a climate of sub tropical monsoon. The climate depends from season to season. Between June and September, the monsoon makes it difficult to explore Bangladesh under rain. Between April and May, the weather is usually so hot and there are no cooling monsoon rains. Between October and March, the temperature is usually cooler and almost chilly. Taka is used as the currency in Bangladesh. Before going to Bangladesh, it is best to check the passport and visa requirements for the entrance to the country. In terms of health, there are some precautions to take before going to Bangladesh. A yellow fever certificate is required of all people including infants. There are also some vaccines to have before going. It is recommended to check every precaution before the travel. It is also recommended to regard all water as potentially contaminated. Water used for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should be boiled or sterilised at first. Milk also has to be boiled. It is recommended to avoid all dairy products and to eat well-cooked meat and fish. When it comes to safety, Bangladesh is usually safe in terms of people and crime. However, it has a history of terrorist activity and the most recent attach was in 2015 where resident foreigners were killed in Dhaka and Rangpur. Travel advisories issued by the government have warned foreign nationals to stay away from large gatherings and to avoid travelling unescortes in rural areas. It is recommended to stay away from a strike as well. It is best to check government travel advisories beforehand.
The region is home to the capital city, Dhaka. The main cities are Dhaka, Dhamrai, Ghudaria, Mymensingh, Narayanganj, Sonargaon, Savar and Tangail. Although Dhaka is usually ignored by tourists, there are plenty of attractions to see and activities to do. It has the nation’s largest international airport and it connects to numerous cities of Bangladesh. The notable attractions are Baituk Mukarram, Dhakeshwari Temple, The University of Dhaka, Ramna Park and many more.
The region covers much of southern Bangladesh. Chittagong is the main city in this division and it is also known as the country’s main seaport. The other notable cities are Bandarban Town, Rangamati, Khagrachhari, Cox’s Bazar, Teknaf and Comilla. This area holds many attractios worth visiting such as Foy’s Lake, the World War II Cemetary, the Ethnological Museum, Patenga Beach, Shrine of Bayazid Bostami, the Court Building and Chittagong Hill Tracts.
It covers the north west of Bangladesh. The capital of the division is Rajshahi. The other cities are Bogra, Bagmara and Pabna. The notable landmarks in this area are the Varenda Research Museum, Shona Mosque, Dihapatia Palace, Mohasthanfar and Sompur Bihar. The other destinations are Puthia which is a complex of ancient Hindu temples, Gaud which is a historical center with many important mosques and Paharpur which is a small village where the remains of the most important and the largest known monastery are.
It is located in the south west and lies in the Ganges Delta. The main city of the region is Khulna which is also a gateway to Sundarbans. Other cities are Kushtia, Mongla, Jessore and Benapole. The important sights are the Khan Jahan Ali Bridge and Mongla Port. Other destinations are Bagerhat which is famous for Shait Gumbad Mosque and some other historical sites, and Sundarbans which is the largest mangrove in the world.
The capital of the region is Sylhet. The other cities are Srimangal, Habiganj, Sunamganj and Tamabil. The area is best known for its production of exceptional tea. There are also many religious sites here which are condisered holy by some religions. The main attractions are Shrine of Hazrat Shah Jalal, Gour Gobinda Fort, Osmani Museum, Tilagorh Eco Park, Monipuri Para and Shahi Eidgah.
It lies in the Ganges Delta and the main city of this region is Barisal. There are plenty of activities and attractions for travellers. The notable ones are Durga Sagar, Bell’s Park and Kuakata Beach.
It is the newest division in Bangladesh which split from the Rajshahi Division in 2010. The capital of the region is Rangpur. The other cities are Burimari, Dinajpur, Saidpur and Thakurgaon. The main attractions are Kantanagar Temple, Vinno Jogot, Rangpur Zoo, Shirin Park, Rokeya University, Charmichael College, Ghaghot River and Tista Barrage.
Getting around Banglaedsh is extremely cheap but it can be quite uncomfortable in some cases because road safety is a real issue in Bangladesh. The first option is air travel which is affordable and convenient. Booking in advance is recommended. The flight time usually doesn’t take more than an our and it is safer than the dangerous roads of Bangladesh. There are airports in all capitals of the regions and also in some other small cities. Most fligthts are operated by United Airways with Regent Airways and National Airline Biman. They all offer online booking and e-tickets. The second transportation option is by bus that local buses are generally crowded but cheap. It is so crowded that people in the bus sometimes riding on the steps or the roof. The buses are operated by Bangladesh Road Transpot Corporation. The low cost buses are not recommended because of their visible poor condition. The do not stop but only slow down to let passengers on or off. The luxurious air condistioned bus services are more recommended in this case. Next, travelling by car is also an option but the driving standards are some of the worst in the world and the roads are usually not very afe. Self-driving is also not recommended. It is recommended to hire a local driver. The next option is travelling by train. Bangladesh Railways operate the railways in Bangladesh. The ticket prices are affordable and the tickets can be bought over the phone. Trains are generall comforable than buses. They are not very clean but the first class area is better. The last option is travelling by boat because there are over 230 mighty and small river throughout the country. So boats are used for travelling both by locals and tourists. It is also one of the best ways to explore Bangladesh.