Bangladesh holiday, Hidden Charms

“16 day small group tour of Bangladesh by road, rail, river and air. This eclectic itinerary unleashes one of Asia's most underrated countries. ”

Highlights

Dhaka | Sixty Dome Mosque, Bagerhat | Cruise on the Sundarbans | Bay of Bengal | Khulna | Puthia | Rajshahi | Paharpur | UNESCO Somaparu Mahavihara | Bogra | Srimangal | Lowacherra National Park | Chittagong Hill Tracts | Bandarban and local villages | Keep your eyes peeled for baboons, crocodiles and Bengal tigers |

Description of Bangladesh holiday, Hidden Charms

This 16 day small group holiday (max 12 travellers) brings the hidden charms of Bangladesh to the fore as you explore with a group leader and local guides over land, air and the sacred River Ganges.

Way beyond the typical tourist trail forged through neighbouring India, Bangladesh has all but been ignored as a traveller destination and therein lies its authentic and endearing charm.

Incredibly friendly local people will welcome you with open arms as you travel from the capital city of Dhaka and embark on a journey of cultural discovery and eclectic hidden gems.

The landscapes, alone, are incredibly varied and diverse in their nature with the coastal mangroves around the Bay of Bengal – the Sundarbans – inviting wildlife watching by private boat where crocodiles and tigers patrol endless creeks, mudflats and river banks.

A couple of nights on the steeped slopes of Srimangal paves the way to some of the freshest and finest teas on earth with local estates and tea picker villages inviting exploration on foot and by bike.

Indigenous tribes, magnificent mosques and Buddhist monasteries and temples will all feature throughout this 16 day holiday with the remnants of the Mughal Empire and the British Raj still providing ample opportunities to gaze wide eyed with wonder as Bangladesh begins to reveal her hidden charms.
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19 Oct 2019
£2715
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31 Jan 2020
£2850
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Environment

We are very aware of the economic, ecological and ethical impact tourism can have on ancient cultures and fragile environments. We realise that taking clients through such a region can have a negative impact on the environment if not handled responsibly and as such, on all of our trips we go to great lengths to minimise the negative and accentuate the positive… after all, there are also many good things that the traveller can bring

We understand that pollution is a big environmental problem for Bangladesh and any travel to the country is going to cause some pollution but where possible we have chosen to travel by train and boat.

By keeping the group size to a maximum of 12, we can also minimise the human impact on the fragile sites we visit – particularly important as this trip visits some delicate ecosystems such as the Sundarbans.

Community

In Bangladesh we have chosen ground handlers who book locally run hotels, providing employment for a number of members of staff and support families. The ground handlers also use local drivers and guides at the sites and our clients are taken to family run restaurants which means that all the operational costs go directly into the local economy.

In order to facilitate an enduring support structure for the communities we visit, and to show a commitment to these values, in January 2009 we set up a charitable foundation through which we can directly channel funds to both existing NGOs and our own development projects. In addition to organising ethically sensitive tours, having our own charitable foundation allows us to raise money – through the cost of our tours, charity trips and fund raising events – which can then be used to fund various projects in education, sanitation, reforestations and a number of other important issues facing developing communities.

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