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To Bangladesh and beyond

ToBangladesh.com 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.

Getting There

By Air: Because Bangladesh doesn’t receive a lot of air traffic, the country lacks competition among major carriers. As a result, the connections that do exist tend to be rather expensive due to a lack of critical mass and only one discount airline flies to Bangladesh. While this may change with the entrance of several new local airlines, it may be a few years yet before the connections and their prices improve. Major hubs servicing Dhaka include Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bangkok, Kolkata, Delhi, and Kathmandu. Further afield, Middle East connections via Dubai, Doha and Bahrain are good.

By Land: Bangladesh is almost wholly surrounded by India and while there has been talk over the years of a road connecting the region to China via Myanmar, no political will has yet to materialise on this front.

Major crossings into India are at Benapole/Bangaon, Burimari/Chengrabandha, Tamabil/Dawkhi and Akhuara/Agartala. They are major in the sense that they are well used by travellers and have regular transit services between Dhaka and the next major city, and also have facilities for vehicular traffic, should you be wishing to drive into Bangladesh with your own vehicle. Bus service via Kolkata is the most common overland route.

By Train: When the new Maitree Express service (Kolkata–Dhaka) began on 14 April 2008 (Bengali New Year), there was a great deal of fanfare – travellers could now travel from London to Dhaka entirely by train if they so chose. However, complaints of extreme delays at the border crossing means that the service isn’t selling well, but will likely remain in service.