On the Road
amidst the world's largest river delta, Bangladesh pulsates
with colour and restlessness; its people characterised by
an insatiable curiosity and perseverance, the rhythm of life
dominated by the ebb and flow of its myriad waterways. Written
by young Australian author Marika McAdam, Lonely Planet's
new edition guide to Bangladesh is the essential guide to
one of the last places on earth that seems truly foreign.
are the economic, social and political veins of Bangladesh's
human activity and engagement and are also the repository
of myriad wildlife. The environment chapter surveys the wonderment
of native Bangladesh, including the otherworldly Sundarbans
mangrove forests, the Sylhet division, carpeted with lush
and lurid tea plantations and the coastal beaches of Cox's
Bazar, and provides information as to how best to catch a
glimpse of Bengal tigers, Asiatic elephants, black bears and
can be overwhelming for even seasoned travellers but the Health
and pre-planning chapters allow you to rest easy with essential
information to keep you on your feet. Every chapter has comprehensive
information on local accommodation, food and amniotitis, essential
in a country with little tourist infrastructure. There is
also detailed transport information covering the mass migration
of rickshaws, boats, trains and buses that is Bangladesh transport.
All of your essential and basic requirements are covered in
a practical directory.
itineraries chapter offers suggestion for experiencing the
gamut of Bangladesh life, ranging in duration from one week
to one month and more, each with its own particular character
and focus. There are 40 maps covering all major divisions
and cities of Bangladesh in detail allowing you to navigate
the labyrinthine city streets of Dhaka or the islands and
forests of rural divisions. There is a chapter devoted to
each division and major city in Bangladesh, outlining the
sights and activities available, allowing you to trek to the
Mainimati Ruins, explore the Jamuna river by boat, or simply
peruse the night markets and bazaars.
insight into the tumultuous and often tragic history of this
nation with the History chapter. The Culture chapter offers
a glimpse into the nation's twin obsessions -- politics and
cricket, and prepares you for staring crowds, local customs
and an introduction to Bangladesh's Tribal population.
by Lonely Planet's Bangladesh and discover the commotion and
serenity of Bangladesh.
(R) thedailystar.net 2004