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Bangladesh - the land of Tigers and Tagore, is there to be discovered. It is home to the Royal Bengal Tiger in the world’s largest mangrove forest - Sundarban. It was also the homeland of Rabindranath Tagore, the first Asian poet laureate. Bangladesh does not have major monuments like its bigger neighbour India but it does make for a truly different cultural trip with its rural landscapes and the multitude of rivers criss-crossing this deltaic land fed by the mighty Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers flowing down from the Himalayas. Holidaying in Bangladesh offers the chance to discover a rich cultural heritage in a young nation with a long history.
Discover Bangladesh whilst it is still little known in the tourist trails......
Barisal Division is composed of many small islands that have over the centuries been cleared and settled over. It is criss-crossed by many rivers which flow into the Bay of Bengal through this region such as the Meghna, Jamuna ( Ganges and Bramaputra) Rivers and their tributories.
Chittagong Division of Bangladesh is the largest division of the country located in the south-east bordering Indian States of Tripura, Mizoram and the Burmese States of Chin and Rakhine.
Dhaka Division stretches from the Indian border to the north and the Chittagong & Barisal Divisions in the south. Dhaka Division is divided into 17 districts and 58 municipalities.
Khulna Division is located on the western part of Bangladesh, bordering the Indian State of West Bengal and its southern part flows into the Bay of Bengal.
Rajshahi Division is probably one of the most historical regions of Bangladesh with traces going back to the earliest Buddhist Institutions as well as Hindu and Muslim.
Rangpur Divsion came into existence in 2010 and was formerly part of Rajshahi Division. Rangpur is the most northerly division of Bangladesh and a narrow strip of Land (India) separates Bangladesh from Nepal.
Best Time to Go:
The best time to go to Bangladesh is from October to March as this is the winter season though temperatures can still be in the mid 20’s. The rainy or rather the monsoon season can he hazardous with road networks becoming unusable.
Visas need to be organised via Bangladeshi missions and for a tourist, a letter of invite is generally required which Halcyon Collections can organise.
It is always worthwhile checking the latest health requirements when travelling to any country and Bangladesh is no exception - please visit http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/Bangladesh.htm for more up to date details.
Halcyon Collections Tip: Whenever you travel to a destination with different temperatures and humidity do the following: Drink plenty of water (mineral), avoid meat if possible for first few days or heavy meat (beef, lamb). Always ask if having ice with drinks, what it is made of (safe to use ice made from mineral water in most cases).
As Bangladesh is a predominantly Muslim country, there are certain restrictions in relation to the purchase and consumption of alcohol. Foreign nationals are permitted to purchase alcohol at designated Government outlets on production of their passport. Alcohol is usually available at hotels comprising more than 100 rooms. Outside of your hotel, it is advisable to consume alcohol discreetly.
The capital of Bangladesh is Dhaka.
Official language is Bengali and English is generally spoken by the educated.
Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity and some tribal animistic faiths.
The type of plugs used in Bangladesh can be found on : http://users.telenet.be/worldstandards/electricity.htm
Local Emergency Numbers:
It is always worthwhile to have at hand the contact details of your country's embassy or consulate in case of any issues arising locally. We recommend making a note of the relevant numbers and also giving them to relatives or friends at home.
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