Tucked away in a forgotten corner of the subcontinent, Bangladesh has spent the years since independence far removed from the tourist trail. Perhaps overshadowed by the ornate monumental splendour of its Indian neighbour, Bangladesh has for years been passed over by all but the most intrepid of travellers.
Bangladesh however is one of Asia’s most surprising destinations. Home to some of the friendliest people you will ever meet, the country is blessed with an incredible diversity of natural and cultural gems. The unique landscapes of the Sundarbans and the Hill Tracts are home to a mix of flora, fauna and indigenous tribes that far belies its small stature, whilst the verdant hills around Srimangal produce some of the finest teas in the world.
With lost Buddhist kingdoms, haunting ship graveyards and a capital city that is one of the fastest growing in the region, Bangladesh truly is one of the Indian subcontinent’s most refreshing and fascinating destinations.
Tours that fall into this category are likely to involve at least a few challenging days and are often in destinations where tourism is still in its infancy.
You can typically expect a mixture of accommodation with some nights being spent in comfortable and characterful places, and some in more basic places, homestays or camping, especially where choices are limited.
These tours will typically involve a couple of days of easy/moderate trekking (3-5 hrs/day) or perhaps a more active approach to a cultural itinerary. For riding trips see the Riding Information section
With this rating, you can typically expect a tour with a good balance between exploring cultural sights (such as museums and historical buildings) on some days and experiencing the wonders of the great outdoors on other days.
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