A land dotted with a lush, green landscape, rustic villages and throbbing with humanity, Bangladesh is a South Asian country that has plenty to offer to visitors with its diverse wildlife, charming temples, dense forests, meandering tea plantations and an array of beaches. Known as the People’s Republic of Bangladesh officially, Bangladesh is tucked away between neighbouring giant India on its west, north and east, opening out to the Bay of Bengal in the south. One of the most densely populated countries worldwide, Bangladeshi is home to over 160 million people. Dhaka is the capital and the largest city of Bangladesh.
The country’s history can be traced back to 1000 BC, when the region was ruled by a Kingdom called Vanga. Thereafter, the region was ruled by Buddhists for centuries, followed by Hindus and later the Mogul Empire, with majority of Bengalis converting into Islam. The Mogul rule ended with the arrival of the British in 1757, who ruled the Indian subcontinent till 1947. Post-independence in 1947, British India was divided into India and Pakistan, with today’s Bangladesh formerly being East Pakistan. Though East and West Pakistan shared the same religion (Islam), they were separated by 1000’s of miles of Indian Territory. Apart from this, cultural and geographical differences existed as well, leading to turmoil and disputes. In 1971, with considerable support from India, East Pakistan formally separated from West Pakistan, emerging as the independent country of Bangladesh. Today Bangladesh is a parliamentary democracy with a President and a Prime Minister.
While almost 90% of the country is Muslim, the remainder is a mix of Hindu, Buddhist and Christian minorities. The official language spoken in Bangladesh is Bengali. English is also widely spoken across the country. Climate that this nation witnesses is tropical, with mild winters, hot and humid summers, and humid, rainy monsoons.
Home to the world’s longest beach, the world’s largest mangrove forest, an array of temples and mosques, fascinating villages and thriving wildlife, Bangladesh is a less explored destination oozing with a wealth of opportunities.
A land dotted with a lush, green landscape, rustic villages and throbbing with humanity, Bangladesh is a South Asian country that has plenty to offer to visitors with its diverse wildlife, charming...