Monday, November 30, 2020

Bangladesh

Bangladesh Flag


Why visit Bangladesh?
Adventurous affluent travelers seeking beaches, fishing, folk theatre, hiking, historical sites, monuments, rainforest, river cruising, rowing, swamps, water skiing, wildlife and yachting.


Dhaka, Bangladesh. Photo Credit: Mohammad Rahmatullah/Pixabay 


At a Glance
  • Souvenirs to Buy: Copper ware, embroidery, folk dolls, gold jewelry, leather goods, pink pearls, pottery, puppet figures, rickshaw art, shells, silk, terra-cotta toys and woodwork.
  • Local Cuisine to Try: Haji Biriyani (rice and goat). Hilsa (fish). Kala Bhuna (beef shoulder). Ilish Macher Paturi. Muktagachar Monda (dessert). Shatkora Beef.
  • Local Drink to Try: Cha (Tea). Seven Color Tea.

Passenger Carts (Rickshaw), Bangladesh. Photo Credit: David Bawm/Pixabay 


Fun Facts
  • Tools have been discovered dating back from the Stone Age (8700 BCE-2000 BCE).
  • From 3rd Century (201AD-300AD), Mahasthan Brahmi Inscription is the oldest writing found.
  • In 1898, Crown Theatre (Dhaka) debuted their first cinema film.
  • In 1975, with the exception of four state-owned publications all other newspapers were banned.
  • In 1994, Taslima Nasrin (1962), Feminist, Human Rights Activist, Physician, Writer was banished and blacklisted from the Bengal region due to religion criticism (Islamic).
  • In 1998, severe flooding destroyed 300,000 homes.
  • In 2008, only 26% of the female population contributed to the workforce.
  • In 2016, slaves (around 1,531,300) were reported to forcibly work in the fish and shrimp industries.
  • In 2017, exported $34.1 billion ready-made garment and textile. 
  • Home to the largest delta in the world.
  • Projected to be under by 2030 due to Global Warming.
  • Hosts an Annual Anti-Rat Campaign in efforts to decrease their population known to consume their rice and vegetables.
  • Only country created on ethnicity and language.
  • Has the world's largest mangrove forest.
  • Extinct animals include the peafowl and rhinoceros.
  • Top agricultural producer of farm fish, jute potatoes and tropical fruits.
  • Considered one of oldest tea industries in the world. 
  •  Largest inland waterway networks in the world, annually trading over $60 billion. 
  • Largest refugee populations in the world.
  • The Supreme Court of Bangladesh often delivers verdicts in English.
  • Islam is practice by 90% of the population followed by Hinduism (8.5%), Buddhism (0.6%) and Christianity (0.4%).
  • Distinguished by method of preparation, milk tea is served to visiting guests.
  • Cricket and football are the country's most commonly played sports.

National Martyrs' Memorial (National Monument), Dhaka, Bangladesh. Photo Credit: David Bawm/Pixabay 


Special Holidays/Occasions
  • Annual Events: Dhaka Fashion Week (January), Dhaka International Film Festival (January), Dhaka International Trade Fair (January), International Children's Film Festival Bangladesh (January), Shakrain Festival (January), Boshonto Utshob (February), Chobi Mela International Photography Festival (February), Dhaka Art Summit (February), Ekushey Book Fair (February), Jatiya Pitha Utsab (February), Bioscope Children's Photography Festival (March), Joy Bangla Concert (March), Pahela Baishakh (April), Borsha Utshob (June), Nabanna (June), National Tree Fair (June), National Fisheries Week & Fish Fair (July), Nouka Baich (July), Nouka Baich Competition (September), Bengal Classical Music Festival (November), Hay Festival Dhaka (November), International Folk Festival (November), CRACK International Art Camp (December) and Dhaka World Music Festival (December).
  • Holidays: Language Martyrs' Day, International Mother Language Day (February), Genocide Remembrance Day (March), Independence Day (March), Mujib's Birthday & Children's Day (March), Bengali New Year's Day (April), May Day (May), National Mourning Day (August), Armed Forces Day (November), Martyred Intellectuals Day  (December) and Victory Day (December).

Buriganga River, Bangladesh. Photo Credit: kyseoung choi/Pixabay 


Good to Know
  • Hostility is known to occur against foreigners.
  • Tourist VISA is upon arrival, some U.S. citizens are known to be denied.
  • Do not drink the tap water known to contain dangerously high levels of arsenic in the soil.
  • Frequently subject to flooding.
  • Boycotts, protests and strikes are common.
  • Densely populated.
  • Alcohol is expensive.
  • Restaurant sanitization is not pare to standards.
  • Skin irritation is common.
  • Men should not wear shorts.
  • Women should dress conservatively: long dresses, long sleeve shirts, or pants.
  • A thumbs up is offensive to native citizens. 
  • Shoes are (often women) not permitted in mosques.
  • Homosexuality is illegal and subject to life imprisonment. 
  • Healthcare facilities are considered inadequate by our standards.
  • Ranks highest in children malnutrition. 

Dhaka City, Bangladesh. Photo Credit: Alit Saha/Pixabay 


This international destination requires:
  • A valid passport with six months of validity upon return and one blank page for entry stamp.
  • Tourist VISA required.
  • Vaccination: Hepatitis A and Typhoid required; Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis, and Rabies vaccinations recommended. Yellow Fever vaccination if traveling from a country with a high risks.
  • Currency Restrictions for Entry/Exit: $5,00oUSD.

Monsoon Season is from June - October.

  • Best Time to Visit: October - March
  • Coldest Month: January
  • Hottest Months: March - June
  • Peak Season: June - August

Jute (Corchorus Capsularis), Bangladesh. Photo Credit:  khurshid alam/Pixabay 


Your Must-See & Do
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Historic Mosque City of Bagerhat, Ruins of the Buddhist Vihara at Paharpur and Sundarbans: The Abode Of The Royal Bengal Tigers

Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban (National Parliament House), Dhaka, Bangladesh. Photo Credit: Amirul Islam/Pixabay 


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