Bangladesh Tourist Attractions:
For the tourists, Bangladesh offers an array of fascinating destinations to explore, which includes:
Bangladesh Traveller Quick Facts
Area: 147,570 km2
GDP (PPP) Per Capita: USD 1,398
Currency: Taka (BDT)
Internet TLD: .bd
IDD Calling Code: 880
The People's Republic of Bangladesh is a South Asian country bordered by India on all sides except a tiny border with Myanmar to the southeast and the Bay of Bengal to the south. Visit Bangladesh for World's Longest Unbroken Golden Sand Sea Beach, the Largest Single Block of Mangrove Forest and Pristine Greenery crisscrossed by rivers on the countryside.
As a tourist destination Bangladesh offers wide array of activities and tourist attractions. Some of the most common tourist activities in Bangladesh include cruising, trekking, sun bathing, nature watching, angling, water skiing and surfing, rowing etc.
Bangladesh Administrative Divisions & Major Cities
Bangladesh is divided into seven administrative divisions named after their respective divisional headquarters, which are: Barisal, Chittagong, Dhaka, Khulna, Rajshahi, Sylhet and Rangpur. Each division is divided into districts which are further subdivided into subdistricts or thana (police station). The area within each police station, except those in metropolitan areas, is divided into several unions consisting of multiple villages. In the metropolitan areas, police stations are divided into wards. There are no elected officials at the divisional, district or upazila levels instead composed only of government officials. Besides capital Dhaka, other major cities are Chittagong, Khulna, Rajshahi, Sylhet, Barisal, Bogra, Comilla, Mymensingh and Rangpur.
Bangladesh Geography and Climate
Bangladesh is located on the low-lying Ganges Delta formed by the confluence of the Ganges (The Padma), Brahmaputra (The Jamuna) and Meghna rivers. All three rivers unite inside Bangladesh territory and finally empties into the Bay of Bengal. The alluvial soil deposited by these rivers makes Bangladesh one of the most green fertile plains in the world. The 58 trans-boundary rivers in Bangladesh. The Colorful Sailing Boats on these rivers attracts a lot of Tourist Attentions.
Most parts of Bangladesh are flat plain lands less than 12 metres above sea level, except the hill regions. The highest point in Bangladesh is in Mowdok range at 1,052 m (3,451 ft) in the Chittagong Hill Tracts to the southeast of the country, which is a beautiful Tourist Destination.
The climate of Bangladesh is tropical with a mild winter between October and March. The summer time is from March to June and is hot and humid. Between June and October the monsoon sets in and the heat soothes down. Sometimes during the monsoon floods, cyclones, tornadoes and tidal surge occurs. The ideal period for tourists to visit Bangladesh is between November and February.
For the tourists there is a lot to explore and observe in traditional Bangladesh culture as it is a combination of old and new customs, fusion of ethnic trends and modern civilization and moreover widely known for its Warm Hospitality to the Tourists.
The Bengali language boasts a rich heritage. The earliest literature in Bengali is the 8th century Charyapada. Bengali literature reached its peak during nineteenth century, when its greatest icons Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam made their contributions. Bangladeshi traditional folk is also has a rich heritage.
Most notable part of Bengal culture is its riches in music. The Baul tradition is a unique heritage of Bengali folk music. There are other traditional folk music as well, such as: Gombhira, Bhatiali and Bhawaiya. Local musical instruments are Ek-Tara (instrument with only one string). Other instruments include the DoTara (Two Strings), Dhol (Percussion), Flute and Tabla. Bangladeshi dance forms draw from folk traditions, tribal groups and broader Indian dance traditions.
In Bangladesh there is about 200 daily newspapers and 1800 periodicals in circulation. A variety of radio programmes are broadcasted by Bangladesh Radio, four Private FM radio channels, BBC Bengali Service and Voice of America Bengali Service. International Satellite TV channels and numerous local Bangladeshi satellite channels are viewable through cable television.
The culinary tradition of Bangladesh is very unique with a mild fusion of Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine. Rice and curry are traditional menu item. Bangladesh is also famous for distinctive sweetmeats from milk products. The cuisines are a must try for the tourists.
The Shari and the Salowar kameez are the most widely worn dress by Bangladeshi women. Dhaka is renowned for producing Sharis from exquisite Jamdani muslin, which is worth exploring. In Metropolitan areas many women wear Western attire. Men usually wear western attire and Lungi, a kind of long skirt. The tourists are NOT subject to clothing restrictions and is free to wear any clothings as long as it is not revelaing or provocative.
In Bangladesh, Muslim, Hindu, Buddha and Christian holidays are observed. The most important secular festival is the Bengali New Year. National days like 21st February, 27th March and 16th December are observed with utmost respect.