A group of women carrying tea leaves on their backs in a tea garden in Srimangal in Moulvibazar district.

Bangladesh

Forget ticking off your iconic sights bucket list: Bangladesh is all about the people

Adventure Holidays in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is largely unexplored by foreign tourists, but this is a country with true beauty, a place to be intoxicated by nature. From Sundarbans National Park – the largest mangrove forest in the world – to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Paharpur and Bagerhat, and the lush rainforests and tea plantations around Srimangal, the country is raw and wild, yet warmed by the generosity of its people.

Called East Pakistan after independence from Britain in 1947, after a war with the western part of Pakistan it won its own independence in 1971. Since then, Bangladesh has slowly been rebuilding its infrastructure and today its people are among the most friendly and welcoming in Asia. Bangladesh holidays are delightful and unforgettable experiences – travelling here is a true adventure.

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Highlights of Bangladesh trips

1. Lawachara National Park: The rainforest here is home to a unique range of birdlife and wildlife, including – if you’re really lucky – the endangered hoolock gibbons. We visit a small village inhabited by an Indian indigenous group, the Khasi, who produce crops including oranges and betel nut.

2. Paharpur and Mahasthangarh: UNESCO World Heritage Site Paharpur is one of the best-known and best-preserved Buddhist monasteries in southern Asia, where the carvings and layout bear remarkable similarities to the later temples of Angkor in Cambodia and Prambanan in Indonesia. Mahasthangarh is the oldest archaeological site in the country, dating back to at least the third century BC.

3. The Sixty Domed Mosque at Bagerhat: This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most impressive mosques in southern Asia, with 77 domes supported by 60 elegant pillars.

4. Sundarbans National Park: Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the park encompasses the largest block of coastal mangroves on the planet, which is home to a huge range of fauna. Spot crocodiles, deer and dolphins as you take a boat along the waters.

5. Lalon Academy and Museum: Visit the tomb and admire paintings of Lalon Shah, the father of Bengali folk music. A renowned saint, mystic and songwriter, he influenced many local and international poets, including Beat poet Allen Ginsberg.

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Responsible travel

We offer more than 500 holidays across 100 countries on all seven continents. And although we’ve grown in the past 40 years, our philosophy has stayed the same: to bring like-minded people together on authentic adventures, with minimal impact to the environments and cultures we visit. We work only with reputable partners, with whom we’ve built long-standing relationships, and participate in various community and environmental projects around the world. Read more about our responsible travel initiatives here.

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