Whether it is the mountains and hilltop stations you have come for, or the winding backwaters, the beautiful, serene beaches or the ancient towns and villages, there is something here for everyone. Many people have travelled extensively throughout India and Pakistan but Bangladesh remains one of the few countries in South Asia to be relatively unexplored. It is a place of tremendous beauty, Sundarban, meaning ‘beautiful forest’ in Bengali, the world largest mangrove forest, preserved as World Heritage site and home to the Royal Bengal Tiger, or beautiful green tea gardens, crystal clear rivers, snaking through lush green hills, the Mainimati Ruins, reminders of the ancient Buddhist culture that existed between the 7th and the 12th century or the Seven Domed Mosque built in the 17th century and the Star Mosque dating back to the 18th century in the capital Dhaka, there is so much here to see and do. The first thing you may notice when you arrive is the welcoming friendliness and hospitality of the Bangladeshi people, you can always find someone to sit and chat with and if you needed a place to sleep for the night you would be welcomed with open arms and a meal would be prepared in your honour. Bangladesh may not have world renowned tourist attraction such as the Pyramids of Egypt or India’s Taj Mahal but it does have some amazing features that would make any trip unforgettable.
Wandering through the through hillside villages of the Chittagong Hill Tracts, you will experience the cultural diversity of Bangladesh when you interact with the local Buddhist people. That’s when you realize the true diversity of the country, with Hindu, Buddhist Christian and Muslim cultures all living side by side in complete harmony.
The Sundarbans National Park is a National Park, UNESCO Heritage Site, a Biosphere Reserve and a Tiger Reserve all in one! The region is densely covered by mangrove forests and it is one of the largest reserves of the Bengal Tiger in the world, home to more than 400 tigers The Royal Bengal Tigers have developed a unique characteristic of swimming in the saline waters, and are world famous for their man-eating tendencies.
If you want to witness Bangladesh’s last population of wild Asian elephants then you will have to visit the Teknaf Game Reserve where you will find them wandering in and out of the forest. The reserve lies at the southern tip of the world’s longest natural beach, known popularly as Cox’s Bazaar. Much of this 90km stretch of beach is only accessible by four-wheel drive vehicle or by motorcycle as there is only a dirt road traversing its length.
For the tea lovers amongst you, perhaps a visit to the tea growing regions of the Sylhet region where you could rent a bicycle or motorcycle and cruise around at your own pace, enjoying the tranquillity and fresh air, away from the bustle of the cities.