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Palace, Panam City, Naryanganj
Buriganga River,Old Dhaka
Kantaji Temple, terracotta panel, Dinajpur
Silver ‘coin’, 7th century BCE
Baul singer,Jessore District
Fresh water pearls
Evening sky ,Cox's bazar beach
Dublahati palace, Naogoan
Like most 'Less Developed Countries', especially the many with great and unique histories, and the heritage that derives from it, exploring that rich heritage requires travel beyond the great cities. Bangladesh is not, in fact, a vast country, though some 40% of its landmass is water!
Many visitors regard the unusual combination of verdant countryside, in which more than half the, mostly, youthful population live and work, with its rich, tangible and visible historic heritage, and in which its extraordinary, and unique cultural heritage flourishes, as one of the most fascinating aspects of their exploration of the country. Where the vibrant, colourful and youthful communities, most of which contain ancient palaces, forts, temples, mosques or other architectural monumentsr, the hospitality of the people, as it has been for millennia, offered to visitors and traders from across the known world, is second to none.
The country has its ancient cities; the earliest traceable back to the early years of the last millennium BCE.
In fact, Stone age artefacts have also also been found on the sites of some, such as Wari Bateshwar, possibly connected with the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Gangaridai, much written about by classical age writers of Europe.
In the north of the country lies the site of the largest fortified city in India, the sixth century, Buddhist controlled, multi walled and moated city of Bhitagarh
There are, also, over 150 palace sites in Bangladesh, dating from the Sultanate period of 13th to 16th centuries, through the Mughal and East India Company periods, to the Imperial Raj, dating from the middle of the 19th century.
Most were left in a semi ruinous state by the Pakistan Army, during the 1971 Liberation War,; sufficient remain to make exploration a stimulating experience, and even the semi ruinous offer an insight to the rich (in two senses of the word!) heritage of the country.
With over 400 identified sites of Buddhist Temples and Vihara (Monasteries/universities), including two of the most famous five in Buddhist history, of which the World Heritage site, at Pahapur in North Bengal, with 3rd century BCE origins, is the most famous, it is not hard to appreciate that these lands of the Ganges basin were, indeed, the foundation of that great faith group.
Countless Hindu temples, churches and mosques, together with five century old forts, and remnants of the East India Company and the Raj, reflect the rise of three great great faith groups, aspiring conquerors and the rise and fall of five Empires..not to mention the world's first true multinational corporation.
From surfing at Cox's Bazar, founded, on , what is claimed to be, the world's longest, continuous sea beach, with its unique, colourful, half moon craft fishing fleet, in 1799 by Scots born Captain Hiram Cox, an East India COmpany official, to golfing on the many fine courses in the country, leisure, too, is well catered for. Not to mention the opportunities for trekking in Bangladesh's own hill country, like those of neighbouring India, Myanmar and Nepal, also the foothills of the Himalayan range.
A spectacular, seasonal spectator sport includes the boat racing, of early tradition, with many boat crews of over a hundred, pointed by a spear man, and encouraged by drummers. The spectacle rivals the famous Dragon Boat racing of Hong Kong and Malaysia and Singapore. Mughal wrestling, bullock cart racing and local horse racing al, also, have centuries of tradion behind them.
Not to mention the fascinating and colourful cultural and religious festivals and traditions. Or, of course, the ancient manufacturing skills in muslins and silks, terracotta, metal work, wood, and, naturally, jewellery, have formed a significant part of the appeal of these lands to travellers, traders, merchants and shoppers, for thousands of years.
Add to all that, the vast network of country roads, some dating from as early as the 14th century, even in a country where over 700 rivers, tributaries and distributaries have always, unsurprisingly, been the most favoured highways, and you have an, almost, unique experience of travel waiting for you.
Through, and over hills that are the last echoes of the Himalayan range, and across verdant alluvial plains, the diversity of peoples, and even the tribal origins of many, who moved here centuries, even millennia ago, and the cutural exploration becomes yet more fascinating.
Our young, enthusiastic, team of hosts and guides are happy to escort you, or simply plan and facilitate your journey of exploration for you, and offer simply the support and service you require.