Destination Overview

Bangladesh

Bangladesh, to the east of India on the Bay of Bengal, is a country marked by lush greenery and many waterways. Its picturesque rivers create fertile plains and travel by boat is common. On the southern coast, the Sundarbans, an enormous mangrove forest shared with Eastern India, is home to the royal Bengal tiger. Bangladesh also boasts the historic city of Dhaka and the longest natural sea beach in the world.

Capital

Dhaka

Language

Bengali

Time

GMT +6

Religion

Islam, Hinduism

Currency

Taka

Population

165 Million

International Airports

Dhaka, Sylhet

Weather

Bangladesh has two seasons in terms of temperature: the slightly cooler winter (October - March) with maximum temperatures between 22 and 29 degrees Celsius. In spring, the temperature rises rapidly after which the monsoon period (June - October) causes a slight dampening of the heat. In summer months (March - June), the difference between day and night temperatures are the smallest.

Top Highlights

Wild Tigers

One of the most popular inhabitants of Bangladesh is the famous Bengal tiger of Sundarbans National Park. This rare and elusive animal has seen its numbers declining, but this is still the largest population of tigers on the planet.

Mighty Mangroves

The largest mangrove forest in the world is also one of the most biodiverse, serving as a home to hundreds of species – large and small – including tigers, crocodiles, dolphins and turtles. The density of the forest makes it almost impenetrable, which has protected it from development and deforestation.

World Heritage

The country hosts several UNESCO World Heritage listed sites, including the ruins of the Buddhist Vihara at Paharpur and the historic mosques and mausoleums of Bagerhat, dating all the way back to the 15th century.

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Portugal Journeys

Lisbon

Where the old meets the new, it has an incredibly rich heritage whilst being one of the trendiest capitals in Europe. Lisbon is a very walkable city and offer spectacular hilltop views in Alfama or at St. George's Castle. One shouldn't miss a ride in the famous Tram 28, that passes some of the cities must-sees, or a long walk along the waterfront neighbourhood of Belém.

Alentejo

While to the north the pace is set by the green of the flatlands as far as the eye can see, further south the landscape combines with the sun, the heat, and a slower pace of life. The Alentejo, the idyllic heartland of Portugal, impresses with variety: deserted surf beaches and charming fishing villages on the western coastline and picturesque walled towns and forts on the boarder to Spain. An ideal place for those that wish to escape the tourist crowds and dive into the authentic Portugal.

Sintra

Where the old meets the new, it has an incredibly rich heritage whilst being one of the trendiest capitals in Europe. Lisbon is a very walkable city and offer spectacular hilltop views in Alfama or at St. George's Castle. One shouldn't miss a ride in the famous Tram 28, that passes some of the cities must-sees, or a long walk along the waterfront neighbourhood of Belém.

Porto

Be it the millennium-old cathedral or the latest molecular gastropub, the city of Porto is really a living heritage, one that reinvents itself while maintaining its core character. A vibrant and fascinating city, world-famous for the production of Port wine, matured in vast cellars that stretch along the banks of Douro River. But Porto is more than that: rich culture, a buzzing nightlife, captivating tourist attractions and many more is waiting to be discovered.

Obidos

Discover this delightful town of white houses adorned with bougainvillea and honeysuckle, surrounded by its castle medieval walls. Considered as one of the most characterful places of central Portugal it is a symbol of a traditional Portuguese city. The surrounding region is equally fascinating, not far away from Lisbon and ideal for a day trip.

Douro Valley

A dream made of enchanted valleys, unscathed nature, and world heritage sites; in its steep vineyards is where Port Wine is produced. The Douro Valley in northern Portugal is the oldest wine-growing region in the world and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cultivation of wine here dates back to the Roman's. With all these centuries-old vineyards running along the Douro River, the area is a must-visit for gourmets and vine-lovers and shouldn't be missed during a stay in Portugal.

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