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Bangladesh Overview

Bangladesh Tourism

Bangladesh is one of the few countries in South Asia, which remains to be explored. Bangladesh has a delicate and distinctive attraction of its own to offer and it is definitely not a tourist haunt like Nepal or India. Bangladesh is like a painter's dream come true with a rich tapestry of colors and texture. The traditional emphasis of the tourist trade has always been on the material facilities offered by a country rather than on its actual charms. This may be a reason why Bangladesh has seldom been highlighted in the World's tourist maps.
 
It's a land of enormous beauty, hundreds of serpentine rivers, crystal clear water lakes surrounded by ever green hills, luxuriant tropical rain forests, beautiful cascades of green tea gardens, world's largest mangrove forest preserved as World Heritage, home of the Royal Bengal Tiger and the wild lives, warbling of birds in green trees, wind in the paddy fields, abundance of sunshine, world's longest natural sea beach, rich cultural heritage, relics of ancient Buddhist civilizations and colorful tribal lives, - Bangladesh creates an unforgettable impression of a land of peace.
    
Capital 
Dhaka (Area 414 sq. km. Master plan 777 sq.km.) 

Currency
Currency unit is Taka. Notes are  of 1,2,5,10,20,50,100 and 500 Taka. Coins are of 1,5,10,25,50 and 100 Poisha (100 Poisha = 1 Taka) 

Language
Bangla is the state language. English is also widely spoken and understood. Arabic is read and spoken for religious purposes

Population
Total estimated population 130 million. 

Religions
Muslim 88.3%, Hindu 10.5%, others 1.2% 

Geography
Geologically Bangladesh is a delta formed from 230 rivers including the Padma (Ganges), Jamuna (Brahmaputra) and the Meghna.80% of the total population are settled in rural areas. Road and water transport are the main means of travel and there ia a well developed air services. As a result of the many rivers and regular flooding in rural areas most roads are built on embankments with a large number of bridges, culverts and ferries.

Climate
Tropical; cool, dry winter (October to March); hot, humid summer (March to June); cool, rainy monsoon (June to October) 

Area 
  •     Total: 144,000 sq km
  •     Land: 133,910 sq km
  •     Water: 10,090 sq km
National Holidays   
  •     National Martyrs Day ( February 21)
  •     Independence Day ( March 26 )
  •     Victory Day ( December 16)
Fruits
Mango, banana, pineapple, jack-fruit, water-melon, green coconut, guava, litchis, etc. 

Economy
Bangladesh has experienced steady economic growth at a rate of approximately five percent annually during the past decade. Manufacturing of ready-made garments provides employment for over 2 million people, many of them women, and generates nearly 75 percent of the export earnings of the country. The discovery of substantial reserves of natural gas in Bangladesh could significantly boost the country's economy and the people's well-being if the reserves are managed carefully. 

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