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Embark on a journey to explore the untouched beauty of Bangladesh, from pristine beaches to lush jungles. Uncover the secrets of nature's masterpiece.

About Bangladesh

Bangladesh may not be the most popular tourist destination, but it has plenty to offer for travellers who are looking for an off-the-beaten-path experience.

Some popular destinations to visit in Bangladesh include Cox's Bazar for its beach, Sundarbans for its unique mangrove forest and wildlife, and Dhaka for its rich history and culture.

Countries neighbouring Bangladesh: India and Myanmar.

Travel Map Mapping Bangladesh

Map of Bangladesh

Map of Bangladesh

Bangladesh is bordered by India to the north, east, and west, and Myanmar to the south-east.

The capital of Bangladesh is Dhaka.

Bangladesh Overview

The People's Republic of Bangladesh is in the north-eastern part of the Indian subcontinent, known as Bengal.

It is one of the most densely populated countries in the world with a population of over 165 million people.

Bengali Culture

Bangladesh is a country with a rich history, culture, and economy, and despite its challenges, it continues to make progress towards sustainable development.

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.

Although the majority of the population practices Islam, Bangladesh has a rich cultural heritage, with a blend of indigenous, Hindu, Buddhist, and Islamic influences.


Bangladesh has a diverse economy, with agriculture being the dominant sector.

The country is one of the world's leading producers of jute, tea, and rice.

It has also made significant progress in industrialization, particularly in the ready-made garment industry, which is the largest export earner for the country.


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 Chittagong Hills.

Bengali Phrasebook:
Order a meal, catch an auto-rickshaw, chat with the locals, bargain for souvenirs - and do it all in Bengali.

Partition of India

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 Bengalis.


Bangladesh has faced many challenges, including political instability, natural disasters, and poverty.

The country has made significant strides in poverty reduction, but still faces high levels of inequality and vulnerability to climate change.

Bangladesh Tourism

Bangladesh is known for its natural beauty, including the world's largest delta, the Sundarbans, which is home to the Bengal tiger.

Planning a Trip to Bangladesh

When planning a visit to Bangladesh, it's important to keep in mind the country's weather patterns.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit is between October and March, when the weather is cool and dry.

The summer months (April to June) can be very hot and humid, and the monsoon season (July to September) brings heavy rainfall and flooding.

Visa Requirements

You may also need to apply for a visa to enter Bangladesh, depending on your nationality.

It's always a good idea to check the visa requirements before planning your trip.

Visit Bangladesh

Some popular tourist destinations in Bangladesh.


A port city located in the south-eastern part of the country, known for its rich history, natural beauty, and vibrant culture.

Cox's Bazar

A beach town known for its long sandy beach and panoramic view of the Bay of Bengal.


The capital city of Bangladesh, which is home to many historical and cultural landmarks, including the Lalbagh Fort, Ahsan Manzil, and the National Museum.


A small town located in the northeastern part of the country, known for its tea plantations and lush green hills.


A mangrove forest and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including the Bengal tiger.


The capital of Bangladesh is an ancient municipality.

Map of Dhaka

Map of Dhaka

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 Bengal.

The city was considerably damaged during the 1971 war for independence from Pakistan, before becoming the capital of newly independent Bangladesh in December.

Old City

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.

Also visit the 17th century Lal Bagh Fort and the tomb of Pari Bibi; the wife of a governor of Bengal.

Where to Stay in Dhaka

La Vinci Hotel

La Vinci Hotel, Dhaka

La Vinci Hotel: 54 Kawran Bazar, Dhaka.

The La Vinci Hotel is a three-star, luxurious business-class hotel superbly located in the heart of Dhaka's prestigious business area, the Kawran Bazaar.

Whether for business or pleasure step into the La Vinci Hotel and feel the touch of Italian and Bangladesh hospitality.

Pan Pacific Sonargaon

Pan Pacific Sonargaon, Dhaka

Pan Pacific Sonargaon: 107 Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue, Dhaka.

From first-class surroundings to world-class hospitality in true Pan Pacific style, this hotel provides every five-star facility to make your stay in Dhaka truly unique.

The Pan Pacific Sonargaon offers a high standard of service and amenities to suit the individual needs of all travellers.

The Westin Dhaka

The Westinn Dhaka

The Westin Dhaka: Main Gulshan Avenue, Dhaka.

Uniquely designed and comfortably appointed, The Westin Dhaka is a five-star hotel, conveniently located within the prime diplomatic and commercial zone of Gulshan.

Amenities at The Westin Dhaka include a fitness centre and numerous restaurants for that special culinary experience.

Hotels in Dhaka.


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 1765.

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 in 1824.

Hotels in Chittagong.

Ganges Delta

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.


Pilgrims to this city in north-east Bangladesh, formerly known as Srihatta, usually visit the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal and the Shah Jalal Mosque.

Getting Around Bangladesh

Bangladesh by Air

Biman Bangladesh Airlines provides international and domestic air services. The main international airport is at Dhaka.

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 Rail

There are railways in Bangladesh, but their expansion is also limited by the yearly rising of the rivers.

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 by road.

Bangla Tourism

The Bangladesh tourism-based website Bangla Tourism began its journey in 2018, with the tagline 'To See Bangladesh, To Know Bangladesh'.

Bangladesh Attractions

Hill Tracts

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.

Bangladesh Ecotours:
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.

Bangladesh Maps and Travel Guides

Lonely Planet Bangladesh (Travel Guide) Bangladesh & India East

Bangladesh Travel Guides - Bangladesh Maps.

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