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The People's Republic of Bangladesh is in the north-eastern part
of the Indian subcontinent, known as Bengal.
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Countries neighbouring Bangladesh are: India
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Following the partition of India in 1947,
the area of Bangladesh became a province of Pakistan, first as
East Bengal, and then, from 1955, as East Pakistan. East Pakistan separated from Pakistan, on 16th December, 1971, to gain
nationhood as Bangladesh; Bengal nation, in Bengali - also translated as Country of the
The official language of Bangladesh is Bengali, an Indo-European
language with its own script derived from Sanskrit.
Urdu is the language of several hundred thousand people who emigrated
from India in the late 1940s.
A number of languages similar to Burmese are also spoken around the
Order a meal, catch an auto-rickshaw, chat with the locals, bargain for souvenirs - and do
it all in Bengali.
The capital of Bangladesh is an ancient municipality.
Dhaka's importance grew when it was the Mughal capital of Bengal
Province from 1608 to 1639 and again from 1660 to 1704.
The city declined after the capital was moved to Murshidabad in 1704.
The British took control of Dhaka in 1765, until the partition of
British India in 1947. Dhaka then became the capital of the Pakistan province of East
The city was considerably damaged during the 1971 war for independence
from Pakistan, before becoming the capital of newly independent Bangladesh in December.
The city's old quarter is a maze of narrow streets and crowded
bazaars. It's an interesting area to lose time and shoot a roll or two of film.
Ramna is the modern town to the north of the old area and contains
most of the government buildings.
There are more than 700 mosques in Dhaka and you will here the Mullah
wherever you are in the city at prayer times.
The 17th century Lal Bagh Fort and the tomb of Pari Bibi; the wife of
a governor of Bengal.
Hotels in Dhaka
Best Western La
Vinci Hotel: Dhaka.
|54 Kawran Bazar.
Best Western La Vinci Hotel.
|The Best Western La
Vinci Hotel is a three-star, luxurious business class hotel with a majestically colourful
architectural design, superbly located in the heart of Dhaka's prestigious business area,
the Kawran Bazaar.
The Best Western La Vinci Hotel's guest rooms, conference hall, restaurant and bar and
other facilities are of the highest standards; extending traditional Bangladesh and
Italian personalised service through its well-trained multilingual staff.
Whether for business or pleasure step into the Best Western La Vinci Hotel and feel the
touch of Italian and Bangladesh hospitality.
Dhaka Sheraton Hotel:
|1 Minto Road.
Dhaka Sheraton Hotel stands proudly as the first international five-star hotel in Bangladesh.
guest rooms and suites range from convenient to deluxe, premium deluxe, and Executive Club
Floor facilities with five categories of suites.
Five different restaurants allow you to savour the best of local
and international cuisine in Dhaka.
Located three kilometres from the downtown business district, the Dhaka Sheraton is
close to the lush surrounds of Dhaka's famous Ramna Park and the Prime Minister's office
and ministerial residence.
Guest facilities include a fitness gym, squash court, floodlit tennis courts, driving
range and outdoor pool.
Pan Pacific Sonargaon: Dhaka.
107 Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue.
|Pan Pacific Sonargaon
Dhaka Hotel offers exceptional five-star facilities; from first-class surroundings to
world-class hospitality in true Pan Pacific style, right from the airport.
283 luxuriously appointed rooms, including 25 magnificent suites, provide every five-star
facility to make your stay truly unique. With round the clock room service, high speed
broadband internet, medical facilities and laundry.
There's also a Savvy Beauty and Barber Salon on the 3rd floor of the Courtyard
building, while the Jharna restaurant boasts a world-class menu and 5-star service set
amongst the hotel's distinctive and elegant water features.
|Main Gulshan Avenue.
|Uniquely designed and
comfortably appointed, The Westin Dhaka is a five-star hotel, conveniently located within
the prime diplomatic and commercial zone of Gulshan.
All 235 beautiful guest rooms, including 23 suites and a Presidential Suite, feature
the world-renowned Westin Heavenly Bed in addition to state-of-the-art workstations with
telephones, four-fixture bathrooms, high speed Internet access, and plasma TV with
There's also an health and fitness centre as well as numerous restaurants for that
special culinary experience.
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The best beaches in Bangladesh are south of the capital and the
Ganges delta; around Chittagong.
Chittagong first became an important commercial centre under the
Portuguese in the 16th century.
The British East India Company possessed it between 1760 and
Predominantly Hindu, the area was originally a part of Arakan and
later claimed by the emperor of Burma - one of the causes of the First Burmese-British War
The Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers meet in Bangladesh to form a
large delta that is subject to annual flooding; together with cyclones from the Bay of
Bengal, this can be quite catastrophic.
The large alluvial deposits make Bangladesh one of the most fertile
regions in the world.
The monsoon lasts from late May to mid-October.
Bangladesh by Road
Road construction is made difficult in Bangladesh by the numerous
rivers and their marked seasonal fluctuation in width and depth. Bridging the major
channels is too expensive, so you will be waiting a lot for ferries if you travel widely
Bangladesh by Rail
There are railways in Bangladesh, but their expansion is also limited
by the yearly rising of the rivers.
Bangladesh by Boat
Inland waterways carry much of the country's domestic freight and
passenger traffic. The commercially operated routes are cut in half during the dry season.
Bangladesh by Air
Biman Bangladesh Airlines provides international and domestic air
services. The main international airport is at Dhaka.
Pilgrims to this city in north-east Bangladesh, formerly known as
Srihatta, usually visit the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal and the Shah Jalal Mosque.
The people of Bangladesh have cultural ties with Calcutta, where
Bengali writers are often based for a while.
The best well known among them is probably the writer, artist, and
philosopher Rabindranath Tagore.
Bangladesh also has a thriving film culture, similar to that of India,
but no where near the size of Bollywood.
Located in Dhaka, Travel BD specialises in tours and expeditions around Bangladesh.
The pristine hill tract regions present an image of Bangladesh
rarely imagined by the casual traveller.
The solitary, independent and peace-loving Mru people can be found in
the hill tracts of south-eastern Bangladesh and western Burma - their small population
split almost in half by the border.
Eco adventures to the recently opened Hill tract regions along the Burmese border and to
the unspoiled beaches and islands of the Bay of Bengal.
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