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Bangladesh

Bangladesh is a densely populated country in South Asia, known for its lush greenery, myriad waterways, and the world's largest river delta formed by the Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Meghna rivers. It has a rich cultural heritage, with deep roots in literature, music, dance, and art, influenced by millennia of history and diversity.

Despite facing challenges like natural disasters and economic development, Bangladesh has shown remarkable progress in areas such as education, health, and agriculture, making it a country of resilience and growth.

Places to visit

Day plans

Spend a day exploring around

day 1

Exploring Ancient Ruins and Artisan Crafts

morning:Start your day with a visit to the historic Paharpur Buddhist Vihara, the largest Buddhist monastery south of the Himalayas. It's a magnificent site with remarkable ruins. Don't forget to enjoy a traditional Bangladeshi breakfast at a nearby local eatery.

afternoon:Afterward, head to the nearby village of Joypur for a glimpse into the exquisite craft of pottery making. You can even try your hand at the potter's wheel. Lunch at the cozy Joypur Clay Studio Restaurant is a must!

evening:In the evening, immerse yourself in the vibrant arts scene at the Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Sangrahashala. The museum showcases the works of renowned Bangladeshi artists. Then, savor the traditional flavors of Bangladeshi cuisine at a local restaurant while enjoying live music and cultural performances. For a night-out, head to Dhaka's trendy Dhanmondi area for a lively atmosphere and bustling nightlife. 🌃

day 2

River Cruise and Rural Landscapes

morning:Embark on a serene river cruise from Dhaka to the picturesque town of Chandpur. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the rural landscapes and observe the daily river life. Indulge in a delicious breakfast onboard the cruise.

afternoon:Upon arrival, explore the charming town of Chandpur, known for its traditional crafts and bustling markets. Browse the local shops and sample the delectable street food. For lunch, try the famous Chandpur fish curry at a local eatery.

evening:As the sun begins to set, take a leisurely stroll along the banks of the Meghna River and experience the tranquil ambiance. For a night-out, head to a riverside restaurant to savor fresh seafood while enjoying the gentle river breeze. 🌃

day 3

Cultural Heritage and Culinary Delights

morning:Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Bangladesh with a visit to the National Museum in Dhaka. Explore the extensive collections of artifacts, artworks, and historical exhibits. Start your day with a hearty breakfast at a local teahouse.

afternoon:Indulge in a traditional Bengali lunch at a renowned restaurant, savoring the diverse flavors of local cuisine. Then, visit the Lalbagh Fort, an architectural marvel and a significant historical site. Don't miss the chance to sample the mouthwatering sweets from a nearby sweet shop.

evening:As evening approaches, explore the bustling streets of Old Dhaka, where you can immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere and savor authentic Bengali street food. For a night-out, head to a traditional Bengali dance performance for a captivating cultural experience. 🌃

day 4

Nature Trek and Hilltop Sunset

morning:Embark on an exhilarating nature trek in the lush hills of Bandarban, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and dense forests. Explore the natural beauty and diverse flora and fauna. Enjoy a refreshing breakfast in the lap of nature, amidst the serene surroundings.

afternoon:Continue the adventure with a visit to the tribal villages, where you can interact with the indigenous communities and learn about their unique way of life. Indulge in a sumptuous tribal-inspired lunch at a local eatery.

evening:As the day draws to a close, hike to a picturesque hilltop to witness a mesmerizing sunset. Enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding hills and valleys. For a night-out, relax by a bonfire under the starry sky, immersing yourself in the tranquil ambiance. 🌃

Bangladesh Famous Food

Must-Try local dishes

Bengali Biriyani

A fragrant rice dish cooked with aromatic spices, saffron, and either chicken, mutton, beef, or fish. Must-try at Haji Biriyani in Dhaka or Nanna Biriyani in Chittagong.

Must-Try!

Panta Bhat with Hilsha Fish

Panta Bhat is fermented rice soaked in water, often paired with Hilsha fish, the national fish of Bangladesh. Can be found in local eateries and during Pohela Boishakh (Bengali New Year) celebrations.

Fuska

Small, crispy puris filled with spicy tamarind water, chickpeas, and other seasonings, typically sold at street stalls and markets throughout Bangladesh.

Food Markets & Street Food

A food market and street food guide

Dhaka New Market

A bustling market offering a wide array of street food including kebabs, jhalmuri (spicy puffed rice), and various sweet treats. Perfect for sampling a range of flavors in one place.

Shankharia Bazar in Old Dhaka

A vibrant area known for its diverse street food scene, offering delicacies like chotpoti (a chickpea-based snack), fuchka (pani puri), and jilapi (jalebi).

Dietary Restrictions

Navigating dietary restrictions locally

Vegetarian and Vegan Options

While traditional Bangladeshi cuisine heavily features fish and meat, many local restaurants offer delicious vegetarian options such as Dal (lentil curry), mixed vegetable dishes, and Panta Bhat (fermented rice). Modern cafes in major cities also cater to vegan preferences.

Vegetarian, Vegan

Gluten-Free Options

Rice is a staple in Bangladeshi cuisine, making it relatively easy to find gluten-free dishes. However, it's advisable to communicate dietary restrictions clearly to ensure meals are prepared accordingly.

Gluten-Free

Restaurants & Cafés

Best places to eat and drink in Bangladesh

Panshi Restaurant, Dhaka

A renowned restaurant serving authentic Bengali cuisine including a variety of fish dishes, biriyanis, and traditional sweets in a classic setting.

Machh-Bhat (Fish and Rice), Cox's Bazar

Located in the coastal town, this eatery offers delectable seafood dishes with a picturesque view of the Bay of Bengal, specializing in fresh catches.

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