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The People's Republic of Bangladesh is in the north-eastern part of the Indian subcontinent, known as Bengal.
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Partition of India
Following the partition of India in 1947, the area of Bangladesh became a province of Pakistan, first as East Bengal, and then, from 1955, as East Pakistan. East Pakistan separated from Pakistan, on 16th December, 1971, to gain nationhood as Bangladesh; Bengal nation, in Bengali - also translated as Country of the Bengalis.
The official language of Bangladesh is Bengali, an Indo-European language with its own script derived from Sanskrit.
Urdu is the language of several hundred thousand people who emigrated from India in the late 1940s.
A number of languages similar to Burmese are also spoken around the Chittagong Hills.
Order a meal, catch an auto-rickshaw, chat with the locals, bargain for souvenirs - and do it all in Bengali.
The capital of Bangladesh is an ancient municipality.
Dhaka's importance grew when it was the Mughal capital of Bengal Province from 1608 to 1639 and again from 1660 to 1704.
The city declined after the capital was moved to Murshidabad in 1704.
The British took control of Dhaka in 1765, until the partition of British India in 1947. Dhaka then became the capital of the Pakistan province of East Bengal.
The city was considerably damaged during the 1971 war for independence from Pakistan, before becoming the capital of newly independent Bangladesh in December.
The city's old quarter is a maze of narrow streets and crowded bazaars. It's an interesting area to lose time and shoot a roll or two of film.
Ramna is the modern town to the north of the old area and contains most of the government buildings.
There are more than 700 mosques in Dhaka and you will here the Mullah wherever you are in the city at prayer times.
The 17th century Lal Bagh Fort and the tomb of Pari Bibi; the wife of a governor of Bengal.
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Best Western La Vinci Hotel: 54 Kawran Bazar, Dhaka.
The La Vinci Hotel is a three-star, luxurious business-class hotel superbly located in the heart of Dhaka's prestigious business area, the Kawran Bazaar.
Whether for business or pleasure step into the Best Western La Vinci Hotel and feel the touch of Italian and Bangladesh hospitality.
Pan Pacific Sonargaon: 107 Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue, Dhaka.
From first-class surroundings to world-class hospitality in true Pan Pacific style, this hotel provides every five-star facility to make your stay in Dhaka truly unique.
The Pan Pacific Sonargaon offers a high standard of service and amenities to suit the individual needs of all travellers.
The Westin Dhaka: Main Gulshan Avenue, Dhaka.
Uniquely designed and comfortably appointed, The Westin Dhaka is a five-star hotel, conveniently located within the prime diplomatic and commercial zone of Gulshan.
Amenities at The Westin Dhaka include a fitness centre and numerous restaurants for that special culinary experience.
The best beaches in Bangladesh are south of the capital and the Ganges delta; around Chittagong.
Chittagong first became an important commercial centre under the Portuguese in the 16th century.
The British East India Company possessed it between 1760 and 1765.
Predominantly Hindu, the area was originally a part of Arakan and later claimed by the emperor of Burma - one of the causes of the First Burmese-British War in 1824.
The Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers meet in Bangladesh to form a large delta that is subject to annual flooding; together with cyclones from the Bay of Bengal, this can be quite catastrophic.
The large alluvial deposits make Bangladesh one of the most fertile regions in the world.
The monsoon lasts from late May to mid-October.
Getting Around Bangladesh
Road construction is made difficult in Bangladesh by the numerous rivers and their marked seasonal fluctuation in width and depth. Bridging the major channels is too expensive, so you will be waiting a lot for ferries if you travel widely by road.
There are railways in Bangladesh, but their expansion is also limited by the yearly rising of the rivers.
Inland waterways carry much of the country's domestic freight and passenger traffic. The commercially operated routes are cut in half during the dry season.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines provides international and domestic air services. The main international airport is at Dhaka.
Pilgrims to this city in north-east Bangladesh, formerly known as Srihatta, usually visit the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal and the Shah Jalal Mosque.
The people of Bangladesh have cultural ties with Calcutta, where Bengali writers are often based for a while.
The best well known among them is probably the writer, artist, and philosopher Rabindranath Tagore.
Bangladesh also has a thriving film culture, similar to that of India, but no where near the size of Bollywood.
The pristine hill tract regions present an image of Bangladesh rarely imagined by the casual traveller.
The solitary, independent and peace-loving Mru people can be found in the hill tracts of south-eastern Bangladesh and western Burma - their small population split almost in half by the border.
Eco adventures to the recently opened Hill tract regions along the Burmese border and to the unspoiled beaches and islands of the Bay of Bengal.
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