The standard of living in Bangladesh.
The first thing that strikes a tourist who is interested in life in Bangladesh, & # 8212; that the local population leads it practically on the street. There is a feeling that people only spend the night in houses, and spend most of the day outside of them, where they work, eat, wash and rest.
View of the capital of Bangladesh-Dhaka.
Despite the high population density and not very attractive living conditions, according to the European, among local inhabitants it is difficult to find dissatisfied: natural optimism and unpretentiousness help them to survive in not the most comfortable conditions.
General information about the country.
Bangladesh & # 8212; State in South-East Asia, bordering India and Myanmar and washed by the waters of the Bay of Bengal. By population, the country occupies 8th place in the world, it has about 170 million people. Indigenous people & # 8212; Bengalis (98%), the main spoken language & # 8212; Bengali, but many understand and know English & 8212; language of business communication and tourist service. Capital & # 8212; The city of Dhaka, whose population exceeds 11 million people. In 1971, the former British colony gained independence and became a unitary republic.
Location of Bangladesh on the map.
Bengalis are very religious, most of the inhabitants profess Islam, and Dacca is even called the capital of mosques: there are more than 700 mosques in it, but even this number is not enough for everyone, and people pray on the streets.
The capital is heavily overpopulated, and a real problem with city life is the transport problem.
Transport in Bangladesh.
In Bangladesh, transport is represented by four main types: buses, rail services, water transport and taxis. In cities, locals and tourists prefer to use the services of moto- and trishaws, since the roads are jammed and corked to the right place on public transport is very difficult. There are three main passenger airlines operating domestic and international flights: Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Regent Airways, United Airways.
Historical and cultural attractions.
Bangladesh is not very well known to foreign tourists, although it is a beautiful country with a wonderful nature, rich culture and very friendly people. One of the main attractions of the country are world famous architectural structures, including the largest Buddhist monastery in Paharpur, Hindu temples of Shiva, Govinda and Jagannath located near the Indian border. Among the UNESCO protected objects there is also the lost city of the mosques Bagerhat, located at the confluence of the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers.
Look in the video: the lost city of mosques Bagerhat.
The palaces and mosques of the capital & # 8212; its business card, the national treasure of the country. The most interesting is the inspection of such architectural sights as:
Natore Rajbari Palace & # 8212; the former royal residence;
The Pink Palace of Ahsan Manzil & # 8212; National Museum of Bangladesh;
Fort Lalbach & # 8212; the palace-fortress of the era of the Mughals;
The Baitul-Mukarram Mosque (& # 171; Holy House & # 8212; the national mosque of Bangladesh;
Hussaini Dalan Mosque & # 8212; home of the spiritual leader & # 8212; and mother;
The mosque of Khan Mohammad Mridh & # 8212; one of the centers of Islamic culture.
Of no less interest is the visit to national nature reserves, among which the largest mangrove forest in the world & 8212; Sundarban, “Chittagona Hills & # 187; & # 8212; the place of residence of ancient Buddhist tribes that preserved nature in its original form, Lavachara National Park, Kaptai Lake, where divers have a unique opportunity to swim in the underwater forest from lotuses and lilies.
View of the hills of Chittagona.
A tourist who wants to combine cultural rest with visiting the resorts of the country, you can advise to go to the beach area of the southeast of Bangladesh & # 8212; Cox-Bazaar, located near the border with Myanmar. There is one of the longest beaches in the world (120 km) & # 8212; Inani Beach. It is interesting that the waters of the local resorts are absolutely free of sharks, which is not often found in these places.
Tourist information.
To visit Bangladesh, a Russian must obtain a visa that can be issued at the consular section of the Embassy of Bangladesh (Moscow) or at Dhaka Airport. In addition to the passport, you will need a visa application form, completed in English in 3 copies, hotel reservation and air tickets. The consular fee is 50 US dollars. A tourist visa allows you to stay in the country for up to 90 days.
This is how a visa looks to Bangladesh.
80% of annual rainfall in Bangladesh falls from April to November, so the best time to travel is from December to March. Soft warm weather gives Europeans the opportunity to spend their coldest months in comfortable conditions. at a temperature of + 18 + 25 � C and no precipitation.
Prices in Bangladesh.
The cost of living in Bangladesh is low and comparable to those in India. If desired, you can live on a few dollars a day. For lovers of civilization, a decent hotel room with amenities will cost from $ 10 to $ 15, and for $ 3-5 you can get a good snack in a good cafe. The rental price of a one-room apartment in the capital center is from $ 100 to $ 200 per month, and for 30-40 thousand dollars such an apartment can be bought. Transportation services are also very cheap. So, the cost of travel by public transport is about 7 rubles.
Customs and traditions.
Most of the Bengalis belong to the adherents of Islam, so in many things they adhere to a conservative style of behavior. The clothes were heavily influenced by neighboring India, so Bengali women are dressed in saris or long skirts with blouses. Men wear long cotton shirts “Punjabi”, a loose skirt “Lunghi” and wide trousers. In business circles both national clothes in strict variants, and European suits are used.
The people of Bangladesh in everyday life.
Food traditions also have Islamic roots, Bengali rarely eat with cutlery. In accordance with the canons, food is captured only by the right hand with small pinches, using flat cakes or bread. The meal usually takes place at tables or on the ground (in the countryside).
A bad tone is considered a touch to a stranger, as a rule, only well-known men greet the hand. Even in a crowded crowd on the street, Bengalis avoid close contacts, unlike many Asian traders here, no one is short of tourists for the clothing floors, offering products.
A trip to this amazing, colorful country will give a lot of unforgettable impressions, and after seeing the local life without embellishment, tourists will forever be imbued with respect for its hardworking and benevolent inhabitants.