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To Bangladesh and beyond is not a travel agency; it is a gateway, bridging the gap between you and the local service providers throughout the country. It is a concept, an initiative, infusing the combined resources of Grace Tours, based in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Interspeed Media, a Dhaka based advertising company.

Via this website you will not only be able to have an overview of available destinations within Bangladesh and different levels of accommodation, (on our website, you can choose from a wide variety of accommodations – homestay hideaways, heritage hotels & palaces, rural farms, beach villas, jungle lodges, spa retreats, and even tree-houses!), but you will also be able to contact locally based hotel owners and tour guides, ask questions, provide answers and buy travel products and services all in one place.

History, Government & People

Bangladesh is a young country. Formed only after the bloody Liberation War from Pakistan in 1971, the country has had just less than four decades of existence. Upon visiting the country it’s obvious that its growing pains are still painfully visible in the form of naked poverty and a nearly unintelligible system of governance and politics. Nevertheless, Bangladeshis are proud that they fought for and earned their freedom and now possess a country to their own name. The struggle for freedom had several faces, but the most common is the spectacled visage of Sheikh Mujib Rahman, whose proud portrait graces every brick-coloured 500 taka note in the country. Today, his daughter Sheikh Hasina is serving as Bangladesh’s democratically elected Prime Minister.

While Bangladesh is nominally a parliamentary democracy, it’s extremely difficult to say that the government represents its people in a democratic way. For a country that was born in blood and ruled by the military for almost half of its 38-year life, it is understandable why government institutions are not yet strong in Bangladesh and corruption still remains a big issue. There are however some progressive signs: the fact that two female prime ministers have ruled the country is widely held as being forward, even though it was their husbands or fathers who were first in charge and then assassinated. Also, there was an election held in late 2008 that was widely held to be free and fair, thus stabilising the political system for the next few years. Currently, the Awami League will be in power until their term expires at the end of 2013.

Put simply, there are lots of Bangladeshi people. Current population estimates put the total at over 150 million people, making this country the most densely populated nation on earth (if you don’t include city states like Hong Kong or Singapore). The great majority of the people are Muslim (90%), followed by Hindu (8%), Buddhists and then Christians (everybody else). The population is also overwhelmingly young, with fully 1/3 of these people have not yet reached puberty (15 years or older). If you don’t like crowds of people then you should definitely stay away. But if you’re someone who enjoys the company of others, you will find the company of talkative Bangladeshis quite provocative and enjoyable. The country’s intellectual ranks are just as well-informed and forward thinking as their counterparts anywhere else in the world; where as the ‘sons of the soil’ are the most ingenious handymen South Asia has to offer.