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Bangladesh (Lonely Planet Country Guide) - ISBN 1741045479Divisions in Bangladesh : Barisal, Chittagaong, Dhaka, Khulna, Rajshahi and Sylhet.

Cities in Bangladesh : Barisal, Chittagong, Comilla, Khulna, Mymensingh, Rajshani, Rangpur, Sylhet, Tungi.

Bangladesh is nestled in the crook of the Bay of Bengal. The country is largely flat, dominated by the braiding strands of the Ganges, Brahmaputra, Jamuna and Karnaphuli rivers. The country has a multifaceted folk heritage enriched by a blend of animist, Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim roots.

Capital City of Bangladesh: Dhaka

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Car Rentals

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Hotels in Bangladesh / Hostels

   -   look for hotels in Dhaka
Pan Pacific Sonargaon Dhaka, Hotel Pacific, Best Western La Vinci Hotel, Dhaka Sheraton.

National Parks in Bangladesh

  National park and game sanctuary at Madhupur
  Sunderbarns  -  south-western part of Bangladesh, in the district of greater Khulna
The Sundarbans is a cluster of islands with an approximate area of 6000 sq. km. forming the largest block of littoral forests. It's beauty lies in its unique natural surrounding. Thousands of meandering streams, creeks, rivers and estuaries have enhanced its charm. Sundarbans meaning beautiful forest is the natural habital of the world famous Royal Bengal Tiger, spotted deer, crocodiles, jungle fowl, wild boar, lizards, theses monkey and an innumerable variety of beautiful birds. Migratory flock of Siberian ducks flying over thousands of sail boats loaded with timber, golpatta (round-leaf), fuel wood, honey, shell and fish further add to the serene natural beauty of the Sundarbans.

Travels Agencies / Tour Operators
A.o : Dhaka to Delhi rail journey: Travelling on a network that carries a staggering 10 million people every day, this incredible rail journey travels from the plains of Bangladesh into the Himalaya. You encounter pilgrims on their spiritual journeys to the most holiest of places in India, whilst passing through the wonderfully contrasting scenery of Northern India.

  British Airways   -   Holidays in Banglades 
Bangladesh seems like one huge riverbank. After you've seen all the cultural attractions in capital Dhaka, sail south along the mighty Meghna, Jamuna and Madhumati rivers towards the Bay of Bengal and the Khulna and Barisal regions. In the south-west you'll find the huge UNESCO-listed Sundarbans National Park, home to mangrove forests and Bengal tigers. For a taste of tribal life, head east to Chittagong, which is crammed with dense jungle and bamboo. Here you'll find tribal groups with a Buddhist-Burmese culture.

  Skedaddle   -   Cycling Holiday Bangladesh
Saddle Skedaddle offer a unique range of cycling holidays and mountain biking holidays. It doesn't matter if you are a regular or an infrequent cyclist, travelling on your own or with friends or family we take care of the details, leaving you to have fun and enjoy the great experiences on offer.

Inbound Tourism

  Greenchannel [ in Chittagong ]
Extensive selection of tours of Bangladesh include places such as Dhaka (Dacca), Cox's bazar, Rangamati, Mahastangarh, Bogra, Bagerhat, Chittagong, Sylhet, Sunderbans, Mongla and Paharpur
  Travel Bangladesh [ Dhaka ]  -  specialized in travels and expeditions in Bangladesh

Travel Guides Bangladesh / Related books

Bangladesh (Bradt Travel Guide) - ISBN 1841622931 Bangladesh (Bradt Travel Guide)
Mikey Leung 
An authoritative gateway to the lesser-explored regions of Bangladesh, this guidebook offers greater coverage than any other to the Chittagong Hill Tracts, where 13 different ethnic groups live amid breezy hillside scenery, and to the world's largest mangrove forest at the Sunderbans (where Bengal tigers occasionally chew on a human or two). With a focus on responsible tourism, it leads trailblazing travellers to those aspects of the country that are almost unknown to visitors – dolphin and whale watching, winter bird-watching in the northern wetlands and golden Bengal's silk and archaeological highlights. Mikey Leung has been published internationally with CNN, edited and written for business and inflight magazines and served as a radio reporter with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Co-author Belinda Meggitt is an Australian physiotherapist and nutritionist who originally came to Bangladesh to train local therapists.
Paperback: 288 pages; Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 1 edition (21 Sep 2009); ISBN-10: 1841622931; ISBN-13: 978-1841622934.

Bangladesh (Lonely Planet Country Guide)
Stuart Butler 
Paperback: 200 pages; Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 6th Revised edition edition (1 Nov 2008); ISBN-10: 1741045479; ISBN-13: 978-1741045475.

Transport / How do I travel to Bangladesh

Bangladesh borders India and Myanmar.

  Dhaka Airport   -   Zia International Airport [ DAC ]  -  20 km north of the City of Dhaka
  Syhlet Airport  -   Osmani International Airport
  Chittagong Airport [ CGP ]   -   Shah Amanat Inernational 

  British Airways   -   Flight tickets Dhaka

  Ebookers   -   
Book flights to Bangladesh at ebookers and benefit from discounted airfares. View their latest offers and book your flights, accommodation, car hire and insurance online

  Airline Tickets /  Bargain Flights  
Price comparison possible

  Bangladesh Airlines
Bangladesh airlines connects Dhaka with major cities of the world.  Biman, Bangladesh Airlines also connects Dhaka with Chittagong, Jessore, Cox's Bazar, Rajshahi Saidpur and Sylhet in its 7 domestic routes.

  Bangladesh Railway
Provides services to places of interest such as Chittagong, Sylhet, Khulna, Mymensingh, Bogra, Rajshahi, Dinajpur starting from Dhaka.

Express and non-stop services are available to principal towns from Gabtali, Saidabad and Mohakhali bus terminals in Dhaka

  Bus   -   Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation [ BRTC ]
Maintains a country-wide network of bus services.

Border crossings between Bangladesh and India are located at Benopol [ direction Calcutta ], Chiliharti [ route to Darjeeling ] and Tamabil-Dawki [ route to Shillong ].

  Ferries Bangladesh
The landscape of Bangladesh is dominated by about 250 rivers which flow essentially north-sourth. The alluvial flood plain formed by these rivers covers most of the country. Wherever there is a river and a village, a launch or steamer will ply for trade. A journey by Rocket Steamer service from Dhaka (Sadarghat) to Khulna, the gateway to Sundarbans is a rewarding experience.

  Bangladesh Map [ Nelles Map] - 3865742319
+ Map India Northeast
Map: 2 pages; Publisher: Nelles Verlag GmbH (1 Feb 2011); ISBN-10: 3865742319; ISBN-13: 978-3865742315.
  Maps International  - Maps of Bangladesh is one of the largest map shops online.
  Map of Bangladesh [ Uni Texas  -  Perry-Castaņeda Library  -  Map Collection ]


  Tourism in Bangladesh
Includes attractions, events, accommodation, entertainment, practical information for visitors, and more

  Bangladash Parjatan Corporation   -   Tourism Development Corporation
Valt onder het Ministerie van Civil Aviation en Tourism

  Government Bangladesh
President, Prime Minister, Cabinet Members, Constitution, Maps, 21st February, News Papers 
includes attractions, events, accommodation, entertainment, practical information for visitors, and more

  Dhaka   -   Capital City of Bangladesh
Motijheel is the main commercial area of the city. Dhaka's major waterfront Sadarghat is on the bank of the river Buriganga and is crowded with all kinds of rivercraft, yatchs, country boats, motor launches, paddle - steamers, fishermen's boats all bustling with activity.Colourful rickshaws (tricycle) on the city streets are common attractions for the visitors

  Chittagong Division
Chittagong Division. the second most developed division of the four in the country, shares its northern border with Assam - the tea-growing area - and, to the east, with Burma. It has the distinction of being Bangladesh's only hilly region with hills ranging from about 800 feet (242 meters) in the north to about 200 feet (60 meters) in the southern ranges. The narrow coastal strip is crowded in by hills to the east, which is the only region where the land is not fragmented by river deltas
  Dhaka Division
  Khulna Division
The Division of Khulna is considerably influenced by the tributaries of the Ganges, which find their way into the Bay of Bengal through a vast maze of waterways, making two-thirds of Khulna marshland or dense jungle consisting of mangrove swamps, an absolute haven for wildlife. The great tidal forest of the Sundarbans , as this lower area is called, an ideal habitat for the Royal Bengal tiger, stretches along the indented coastline of the Bay of Bengal for about 170 miles (276 km) and in places penetrates up to 80 miles (128 km) inland from the sea. The heavy mangrove forest floor of the Sunarbans is intersected by shark- infested rivers with their bewildering maze of evershifting tidal tributaries.
  Rajshahi   -   largest Vihara (Buddhist Image House) south of the Himalayas.
The Division of Rajshahi in the northwestern corner of Bangladesh is bordered on the east by the mighty Jamuna River and the Padma/Ganges River on the south, and shares a disputed border with India to the north and west, making access to Gaud, one of the most interesting archaeological sites in all of Bengal, almost impossible. During Partition, the ancient capital of Gaur was split through the middle and now part of it lies in Bangladesh and part in India.

  Barisal - Stadt am Kirtan Khola Fluss
With a divisional headquarter, medical college, cadet college, some pharmaceutical industries, textile industries and the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority's head office.
  Bogra   -
Some pharmaceutical industries, textile, medical college and cantonment with a full division.
  Chittagong  -  second largest city of Bangladesh and a busy international seaport
Its green hills and forests, its broad sandy beaches and its fine cool climate always attract the holiday -markers. Described by the Chinese traveler poet, Huen Tsang (7th century A.D) as "a sleeping beauty emerging from mists and water" and given the title of "Porto Grande" by the 16th century Portuguese seafarers.
Besides, the longest sea-beach, Cox's Bazar and its adjoing areas have a lot of things to see and places deserve visit by the tourists.
It has a cantonment with full division, the Bangladesh Rural Academy, a Cadet college, a Medical college and a Education Board.
  Cox Bazar [ Bay of Bengal ]
The main reason to come to Cox's Bazar is to visit the beach. This is the longest and shark-free beach in the world.... Miles of golden sands, towering cliffs, surfing waves, rare conch shells, colorful pagodas, Buddhist temples and tribes, delightful sea foods - this is Cox's bazar, the tourist capital of Bangladesh. Having the world's longest (120 km.) beach slopping gently down to the blue waters of the Bay of Bengal, Cox's Bazar is one of the most attractive tourist spots in the country.
Located at a distance of 152 km. south of Chittagong, the leading seaport of Bangladesh, Cox's Bazar is connected both by air and road from Dhaka and Chittagong.
It has an education Board, a cantonment with a full division, the Bangladesh Air Force Academy with 4th largest Airport in our country, some jute and textile industries and 8 Daily news papers in both Bangla and English.
District town in the West-Central Bangladesh, situated between the Padma(Ganges) and the Jamuna(Brahmaputra).
  Natore   -   an old seat of Maharajas with a beautiful palace
Now serving as the Uttara Ganabhaban (President's Official residence of the northern region). It was residence of the Dighapatiya Raj.
  Pabna  -
Pabna or Pubna is a district town in the West-Central Bangladesh,  situated between the Padma(Ganges) and the Jamuna(Brahmaputra). Pabna district comprises of ten(10) administrative units called thana or upazilla.
  Paharpur  -  small village 5 km. west of Jamalganj in the greater Rajshahi district
In Paharpur the remains of the most important and the largest known monastery south of the Himalayas have been excavated.
Rajshahi with nearly 0.4 million people and divisional headquarter, university, BIT, medical college, education board, cadet college and a cantonment ( not full division ) and an airport Although, there are so many educational institutions and government offices in Rajshahi, it's population is still less than those of the above mentioned cities of Bangladesh. Rajshahi is called a student city. And it is one of our four metropolitan cities.
  Rangamati   -   located on the western bank of the Kaptai lake
Rangamati is a favourite holiday resort because of its beautiful landscape, scenic beauty, lake, colourful tribes [ Chakma, Marma, etc. ], its flora and fauna, tribal museum, hanging bridge, homespun textile products, ivory jewellery and the tribal men and women who fashion them.
For tourists the attractions of Rangamati are numerous, tribal life, fishing, speed boat cruising, water skiing, hiking, bathing or merely enjoying nature as it is.
Has seen the most glorious period of Bengal's Paul dynasty. It is famous for pure silk, mango and lichi.
Nestled in the picturesque Surma Valley amidst scenic tea plantations and lush green tropical forests, greater Sylhet is a prime attraction for all tourists visiting Bangladesh. Laying between the Khasia and the Jaintia hills on the north, and the Tripura hills on the south, Sylhet breaks the monotony of the flatness of this land by a multitude of terraced tea gardens, rolling countryside and the exotic flora and fauna. Here the thick tropical forests abound with many species of wildlife, spread their aroma around the typical hearth and homes of the Mainpuri Tribal maidens famous for their dance. The Sylhet valley is formed by a beautiful, winding pair of rivers named the Surma and the Kushiara both of which are fed by innumerable hill streams from the north and the south.
Sylhet has a population of almost 0.7 milliom people and has one medical college, one University, and one cadet college. It is at present a divisional headquarter and the city of the Mausaleumm of Hazrat Shahajalal( Rahm ) and the birth place of Bangobir General Mohammed Ataul Gani Osmani, the commander in chief of the Bangladesh Forces during our liberation war. It has an Army Cantonment ( but not full division ), and the country's 3rd largest airport.

  Bay of Bengal
The northern most district of the country, offers a number of attractions to the visitors. The Ramsagar (great sea) lake with rest-houses is a good picnic spot having facilities for fishing and rowing in a serene and quiet green countryside atmosphere. Kantanagar temple, the most ornate among the late medieval temples of Bangladesh is situated near Dinajpur town.
  Kaptai Lake   -   64 km. from Chittagong
A huge expanse of emerald and blue water ringed with tropical forest. It is the famous man-made Kaptai lake (680 sq. km) formed by damming the Karnaphuli river.
Kuakata is one of the rarest places which has the unique beauty of offering the full view of the rising and setting of crimson sun in the water of the Bay of Bengal in a calm environment. That perhaps makes kuakata one of the world's unique beaches. The long and wide beach at Kuakata has a typical natural setting. This sandy beach has gentle slopes into the Bay of Bengal and bathing there is as pleasant as is walking or diving. .
  Mainamati-Lalmai ridge   -   a range of low hills
An extensive centre of Buddhist culture. On the slopes of these hills lie scattered a treasure of information about the early Buddhist civilization (7th-12th Century A.D.)
  Shahjadpur Kuthibari
Carries the memory of the Nobel laurate poet Rabindranath Tagore who made frequent visits to this place

  Gokul Medh, a historical relic at Mahasthangarh, Bogra
  Boat trip along Buriganga River.
  Buddhist monastery Aggameda Khyang

  Star Mosque in Dhaka   -   domed and decorated with star-shaped tiles.

  News from Bangladesh   -   Bangladesh News
  News   -   The Independent

Cuisine  -  Bengal Cooking

The many Persian-Arabic elements and usage of beef greatly sets Bangladeshi cuisine apart from the cuisine in West Bengal in India.

  Cuisine of Bangladesh
Regional cuisines, Staple ingredients and spices, Regional specialties [ Other famous Bangladeshi dishes, Sweets and desserts, Beverages ].

  Bengal Recipes
Bangladeshi cooking is a culinary art-form. A taste tantalizing blend of wonderful and fragrant spices that will keep you coming back for more. Many non-Bangladeshis have probably eaten Bangladeshi food without knowing them. For example, over 80 percent of the "Indian" restaurants in the U.K. serve Bangladeshi food. If you loved it, it was probably Bangladeshi. Bengali cooking is also known for it's wide array of sweets made from milk. Rasho-gollah, kalo-jam, shandesh, mishti doi, shemai, chamcham ... the names go on and on.

Bengali Cooking: Seasons and Festivals by Chitrita Banerji, Deborah Madison
A collection of recipes for Bengali cuisine from both Bangladesh and the Indian state of West Bengal. Offers an insight into the links between food and culture in the region with dishes such as spring onions with shrimps, and coconut and aubergine with tamarind.
Paperback 224 pages (July 2000);  Publisher: Serif;  Language: English;  ISBN: 189795929X

History of Bangladesh

Bangladesh has a long history spanning thousands of years. A land replete with history we finally achieved independence in the year 1971 after a protracted 9 month long Independence war

  Bangladesh History   -   Wikipedia
Early civilizations, Foreign influence and invasion, Secession from British India and formation of East Pakistan, Pakistan regime, War of Independence, Prelude to Liberation War, International involvement in the War, Liberation War, Post-independence period

  Bangladesh National Museum   -   ancient sculptures and terracotta carvings
  Ethnological Museum
This museum located in Agrabad is a treasure-house of a variety of tribal culture and heritage of Bangladesh.

  Virtual Bangladash
Virtual Bangladesh is an award winning site about the beautiful nation of Bangladesh. Here, one will find almost everything there is to know about Bangladesh. From her history and geography, to her culture, language and literature. From images and sounds that describe the beauty of this nation to little known esoteric facts. Welcome and be charmed by the beauty that is Bangladesh
  Bangladash National Museum

A History of Bangladesh - ISBN 0521679745  A History of Bangladesh - 0521679745
Willem van Schendel 
Bangladesh is a new name for an old land whose history is little known to the wider world. A country chiefly famous in the West for media images of poverty, underdevelopment, and natural disasters, Bangladesh did not exist as an independent state until 1971. Willem van Schendel's history reveals the country's vibrant, colourful past and its diverse culture as it navigates the extraordinary twists and turns that have created modern Bangladesh. The story begins with the early geological history of the delta which has decisively shaped Bangladesh society. The narrative then moves chronologically through the era of colonial rule, the partition of Bengal, the war with Pakistan and the birth of Bangladesh as an independent state. In so doing, it reveals the forces that have made Bangladesh what it is today. This is an eloquent introduction to a fascinating country and its resilient and inventive people.
Paperback: 374 pages; Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (12 Feb 2009); ISBN-10: 0521679745; ISBN-13: 978-0521679749.

Music, Arts & Culture, Events

  Music of Bangladesh
History, Categories [ Classical music, Rabindra sangeet, Nazrul geeti, Folk songs ], Baul geeti, Lalon geeti, Adhunik songeet, Modern music and western influence, New wave of Bangladeshi folk music, Singers [ Adhunik, Classical, Nazrul geeti, Folk, Pop/Rock, Rabindra sangeet ]

  Culture of Bangladesh
Arts [ music, dance, drama and film ], Festivals and celebrations [ Eid ul-Fitr, Eid ul-Adha, Pohela Boishakh, Language Movement Day, Weddings ], Sports, Religion,
Lifestyle [ Cuisine,  Dress ].

Bengali Phrasebook (Lonely Planet Language Survival Kits S.) 
Synopsis : This phrasebook includes practical travel information and covers pertinent phrases on such things as accommodation, getting around, entertainment, food and health. It also features sections on pronunciation and grammar.

Songs at the River's Edge: Stories from a Bangladeshi Village  -   Cyrus Vance (Foreword), Katy Gardner
Part autobiography, part travelogue, part anthropological study, this is an account of a Western woman living in a Muslim Bangladeshi village for 18 months. On an anthropological level, it demonstrates the beginnings of research in someone else's society, on a more general level, it can be read as a novel or a piece of travel writing. The author writes about the friends she made, the characters she met, the rituals she witnessed, about Islam as practised in that village, and about women living in Purdah. She describes trying, as a Western woman, to live the life of the village women.
Paperback 192 pages (April 1997);  Publisher: Pluto Press Ltd.;  Language: English;  ISBN: 074531094X

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