Occupying the low-lying and fertile plains of the Ganges-Brahmaputra River Delta, Bangladesh is a land of staggering natural beauty, rich tribal diversity and a cultural pedigree that can trace its origins back to classical antiquity. Home to tigers and tea plantations, its landscapes are filled with haunting ship graveyards, the remnants of long lost Buddhist kingdoms and some of the friendliest people on the planet.
Look beyond the headlines of its many natural disasters and the brutal years of its fight for independence, and you will find a country that is far from the basket case that the world’s media would have us believe. It may be lacking in the abundance of cultural treasures that its near neighbours can boast, but Bangladesh is about more than that. This is a land ripe for discovery, where real experiences are what awaits the intrepid traveller. To its west lie the Sundarbans, the largest mangrove forest in the world and home to 260 species of birds, 42 species of mammals and over 60 species of reptiles and amphibians…and of course the magnificent Bengal tiger.
This is truly one of the Indian subcontinent’s most refreshing and fascinating destinations. And you’re unlikely to have to share it with many other tourists.
Bangladeshi cuisine is delicious, particularly the fish curries. You will see people fishing everywhere along the river so this is a must-try.