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destination bangladesh

A country of pristine beaches, national parks, ancient palaces, mosques, temples, churches and wildlife, Bangladesh is truly one of the most delightful places to visit. Bangladesh enjoys a moderate tropical climate and as a vacationer, you could go riding on the secluded beaches or enjoy an exhilarating trek among the cloud-reaching mountains at Bandarban, as well as a wide variety of other options to choose from when making a travel plan.

You could stay in either a hotel or motel. If however, you were planning to stay for a longer time with friends or family, it would be ideal and more cost-effective to rent out a guesthouse or a flat.

Cox's Bazar- certainly one of our major attractions- is a mesmerising site, which is also the longest stretch of natural beach in the world and has enchanted travellers from across the globe for a long time. The magnificent sights and sounds of Cox's Bazar is a fascinating, awe-inspiring experience.

Sundarbans, "the beautiful forest” is undoubtedly another must see. Here, the land and the water meet in spectacular fashion. The wildlife presents many a spectacle. If you're really lucky, you may come across a Royal Bengal Tiger swimming across the streams or crocodiles basking on the riverbanks. For the horticulture enthusiast, the lover of nature, the poet and the painter, this mass of green forest provides a variety of wonders for which they all crave.

The capital city, Dhaka is friendly and relatively clean in the posh areas. There are many sights to attract visitors. The most essential sights are the Lalbagh Fort, the National Assembly Building, the Baitul Mukarram Mosque, National museum, Savar Sriti Shoudho, Shahid Minar, botanical gardens, the zoo and many more significant places to enjoy.

You can get cheap deals on flights to Dhaka throughout the year, and once there, the cost of living is considerably low, making Dhaka, and Bangladesh as a whole, amongst the best value destinations in the world.

It would be a good idea to move around Bangladesh with a constant vehicle, so renting a car is a good option. There are many companies offering car rental and hiring services. You could negotiate your rates with them.

Get help from a travel agency to chart out your Bangladesh vacation. They would be in a better position to plan a Bangladesh travel diary for you.

Winter in Bangladesh is a most comfortable season and therefore the ideal time for a vacation.

By Mohammad Shahidul Islam
Photo: Syed Zakir Hossain

On The Cover

With its natural wonders and age-old monuments, Bangladesh should be the perfect destination for holidaymakers. The question is, how do we make that happen?
Photos: Syed Zakir Hossain


Ponder

Travelling green

Nature and environment has sustained the travelling phenomena of the world. Eco-tourism supports environment protection. And this kind of tourism takes place through the self-intuition of a green traveller.

Green travel essentially means travel that is concerned with protecting the environment and the culture of the places one visits. This can be achieved in many ways, from the simple to the more complex. To be a green traveller start your green activities from home.

Try to choose a "green" hotel or eco-lodge, where they might have low-flow toilets and recycling bins in the rooms, use local organic products in their restaurants, and employ staff from the local community.

You can also follow a set of rules when sightseeing. When hiking, stay on marked trails, and follow any posted rules about campfires, trash receptacles, and interaction with local animals. Whenever possible, buy local and locally grown products; avoid buying anything made of endangered species, such as tortoise shells, ivory, rare animal skins, etc. Many of these are made only for the tourist trade, and if not supported, won't be sustained. Avoid disposable cameras, which contribute to waste. Respect local wildlife and local native culture.

The entire world is now under the peril of ecological damage, Bangladesh included. The above efforts to reduce environmental impact are not excessively troublesome to a vacation routine, and can help greatly in reducing pollution and interference with the local environment. Responsible tourism publicity and campaigns may effectively result in making travellers green.

By Mohammad Shahidul Islam


Erratum

Star Lifestyle Volume 8, Issue 32 dated January 20, 2009 featured "Mind, body and soul"- a feature on Yoga. Unfortunately, the contact information of 'Art of Living' was dropped. We regret any inconvenience caused by the error.
Rafi Hossain, Art of Living, # 01199846602, rafi.aol@gmail.com

 

 

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