by Andy Khong
Bangladesh, a captivating country nestled in South Asia, beckons travellers with its vibrant culture, rich history, and awe-inspiring natural wonders. Located in the fertile Bengal Delta and bordered by India and Myanmar, Bangladesh is home to over 160 million people renowned for their warm hospitality and resilience.
Immersing yourself in Bangladesh’s culture is a delightful experience. The country’s artistic heritage shines through its literature, music, dance, and handicrafts. Bengali cuisine tantalizes taste buds with its diverse flavours and aromatic spices, making every meal a culinary adventure.
Bangladesh has a fascinating history. It was part of various ancient empires, including the Maurya and Gupta Empires, and experienced significant influence from Hindu and Buddhist civilizations. In the 13th century, the region came under Muslim rule, and later, it became part of the Mughal Empire. European colonial powers, including the Portuguese, Dutch, and British, also had a presence in the region. Bangladesh was part of British India until 1947 when the Indian subcontinent was divided, leading to the creation of Pakistan (with part of the country in the west, and the other part in the east of India) – with present day Bangladesh being “East Pakistan”. However, due to cultural and linguistic differences, Bangladesh sought independence from Pakistan, resulting in the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971. This conflict led to the founding of an independent Bangladesh as a sovereign nation.
Nature lovers will find solace in Bangladesh’s breath-taking landscapes. The Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest and a UNESCO World Heritage site, beckons adventurers with its elusive Royal Bengal tigers and stunning biodiversity. Cox’s Bazar, the world’s longest sandy beach, stretches for over 120 kilometres (75 miles), offering an idyllic retreat for beach enthusiasts. St. Martin’s Island, Bangladesh’s only coral island, boasts pristine white sandy beaches and crystal-clear turquoise waters, inviting visitors to indulge in snorkelling and diving amidst vibrant coral reefs.
Historical sites abound in Bangladesh, testaments to its rich heritage. The Lalbagh Fort, a 17th-century Mughal fortress, showcases exquisite architectural craftsmanship. The ancient ruins of Paharpur, an archaeological site, offer insights into the country’s Buddhist heritage. These historical landmarks are windows to Bangladesh’s past, allowing visitors to unravel its intriguing history.
Cox’s Bazar. People are dressed modestly at the beach.
Lalbagh Fort – 17th century fortress.
Paharpur – Buddhist Archaeological Site.
One of Bangladesh’s charms is its affordability, making it an ideal destination for budget-conscious travellers. Accommodations, transportation, and dining options offer excellent value for money, ensuring you can explore the country without breaking the bank. Moreover, traveling in Bangladesh provides authentic experiences, as it remains relatively undiscovered by mass tourism, allowing for genuine interactions with locals and a chance to witness everyday life in a captivating cultural setting.
Intriguingly, Bangladesh boasts a unique drink called “7 Layer Tea” or “Seven Colour Tea.” This visually stunning beverage features layers of differently coloured tea, creating a mesmerizing gradient effect. Each layer has its own distinct flavour, making it a must-try delicacy.
7 Layer Tea or Seven Colour Tea.
Embarking on a journey to Bangladesh promises an unforgettable adventure. Whether immersing yourself in its vibrant culture, marvelling at its natural wonders, exploring its historical sites, or savouring its delightful cuisine, Bangladesh offers a tapestry of experiences that will leave a lasting impression. The warmth of its people, affordability, and authentic encounters make Bangladesh a destination waiting to be explored.
YPT’s upcoming tour to Bangladesh: https://www.youngpioneertours.com/tour/bangladesh-bhutan-nepal-unexplored-south-asia-tour/