Dhaka – crowded, colourful and cacophonous, the metropolis is a melting pot of culture, heritage and religions. Any tour company worth their salt will offer whirlwind tours of vibrant Old Dhaka which can trace its roots back to the pre-Mughal era. These 5 companies, however, offer tourists unique and intimate experiences of the city, showcasing sights and sounds that they wouldn’t have otherwise been privy to.
I explore a range of locally produced gastronomic delights, perfect as gifts, and bound to put Bangladesh on the foodie traveller’s map.
Dublar Char (Dubla’s Island) is a remote fishing island perched on the very edge of the Sunderbans, at the mouth of the Ganges delta where several mighty rivers empty into the Bay of Bengal. The island, though difficult to reach, is a renowned fishing hub and famous for hosting the annual Rash Mela (Rash Festival), attracting thousands of Hindu pilgrims to its shores.
COVER STORY: A feature on Sandhani International Eye Bank and cornea donation in Bangladesh.
Excerpts from the cover story, ICE Today, October 2005. I interview Nobel Laureate Prof. Yunus, and Bangladesh’s leading author and scientist, Prof. Zafar Iqbal.
We are quick to point fingers at all that puts Bangladesh on the map as a developing nation – poverty, floods, traffic jams etc. It’s time we appreciated the many perks it has to offer.