Bangladesh holiday, small group tour

“15 day small group overland adventure heading anti-clockwise from Dhaka to encapsulate the history, landscapes and wildlife of rural Bangladesh.”

Highlights

Dhaka | Srimongal | Manipuri Para | Lawachhara rainforest | Madhabpur Lake | Mymensingh | Madhubpur Forest NP | Kushtia | Sundarbans National Park | Sixty Domed Mosque |

Description of Bangladesh holiday, small group tour

Take two weeks to explore Bangladesh on a circular overland tour from Dhaka and you’ll quickly begin to understand just why this country is held in such high regard by travellers in the know.

Away from the uplifting madness of the urban areas and into the countryside you’ll travel with tea estates and rainforests surrounding Srimongal and the UNESCO sites to be found in places like Paharpur and Bagerhat, just the tip of the iceberg on this all-encompassing Bangladesh holiday.

Add a couple of days boating and walking in Sundarbans National Park, the world’s last remaining mangrove forest, as well as the welcoming and hospitable nature of the local people and this two week Bangladesh holiday takes you way beyond every day expectations.

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27 Jan 2018
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Responsible tourism: Bangladesh holiday, small group tour

Environment

Wildlife:
We are lucky enough to visit Lawachhara National Park for a forest walk, where there are plenty of birds in the forest, as well as macaques, deer and giant squirrels, and the lesser sighted Hoolock gibbons. Madhubpur National Park is known for its proliferation of sacred sal trees and in Sundarbans National Park we search for crocodiles, deer and dolphins. With such a variety and frequency of wildlife viewing opportunities, it is even more vital for us to operate with a ‘leave no trace’ policy. This involves being very vigilant with proper disposal or litter and being sure not to bring harm to any flora or fauna we encounter. Our staff are trained with environmental stewardship in mind and protective guidelines are then passed on to our clients through briefings in order to keep our impact neutral.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

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Accommodation and Meals:
We will spend eleven nights in a mixture of comfortable, locally run hotels or guesthouses and two nights on a boat cruising in the Sundabarns. The size of the vessel used will depend on the size of the group, so that fuel isn’t wasted on an excessively large boat. All accommodation is locally staffed, meaning that the community benefits from employment opportunities. There are also opportunities for homestays in the UNESCO area of Paharpur, which bring clients closer to the culture of local people, whilst also putting money directly into their pockets. Where meals are included, the ingredients will be sourced from local shops, markets and bazaars as much as possible. Free meal times are an excellent opportunity to support local businesses and try some regional specialties, like fresh fish curry and rice, spiced vegetables and paratha, lentil daal, samosas and bhorta- which is mashed potato mixed with prawns, onion and mustard oil.

Local Craft and Culture:
We manage to cover a range of palaces and temples as well as many small villages and big cities, so there is a real range and diversity of culture and crafts available on this trip. There are old Islamic mosques, Hindu temples, Buddhist ruins and Christian churches; bustling and colourful markets and bazaars alongside modern, fixed-price shops. We see a cultural performance at a local school where clients can make donations, and visit the indigenous villages of the Garo, Meitei and Khasi people. Clients can purchase local handwoven textiles, clay and pottery items, handmade baskets and carved wooden pieces amongst other things. There are also countless attempts to see small, cottage industries at work- like brick manufacturers, fishermen, farms, rice paddies, tea plantations and textile weavers. This gives some insight into local agriculture and often presents opportunities for buying snacks en route.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The cruising in the Sanderban national park and on the bay of Bengal was interesting. Wonderful sunset.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take plenty of photographs but beware that a lot of people want to take selfies of you, either with or without your consent. Long journeys in the vehicle - take comfortable clothing that is suitable for using long drop toilets along the route.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Had limited opportunities on the group tour to shop along the way at local markets so it is difficult to say how much local people benefited. I left tips for waiters and cleaners in hotels so presumably their families benefited, and lunch along the route was purchased by group leader from local markets along route. Entrance tickets to conservation sites would support the conservation effort.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Interesting places to visit but was not able to visit all the sites described due to the distances between each site and the enormous traffic congestion in the towns and along many of the routes used.

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