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Bangladesh

Bangladesh

Etymology

The name Bangladesh was originally written as two words, Bangla Desh. Starting in the 1950s, Bengali nationalists used the term in political rallies in East Pakistan. The term Bangla is a major name for both the Bengal region and the Bengali language. The earliest references to the term date to the Nesari plate in 805 AD. The term “Vangaladesa” is found in South Indian records in the 11th century. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Dhaka Tech Meetup – Dhaka Tech Meetup is an organization supporting the Dhaka technology community. [meetup]

edX Dhaka Community – This Meetup group is a branch of the edX Global Community for people who live near Dhaka. Meet fellow edX students, discuss course material, and celebrate your successes! [meetup]

Gulshan Sufi Center – Naqshbandi-Mujaddidi Tariqa – For people open to spirituality, meditation, zikr, sufi books. [meetup]

Hubdhaka – Our core purpose is to help people be productive, connect with other like minded people and create value for society. We exists to connect the innovators, early-adopters, trailblazers &instigators because we want to help build a relationship and expedite Bangladesh’s journey into knowledge Economy. [meetup]

Next Money DKA – Come together to discuss the intersection of banking, design, and technology in creative spaces, with inspiring people, talking about really interesting and global topics, with a few drinks to boot. Casual, entrepreneurial, inquisitive minds are welcome! [meetup]

Sunnosthan puron – This is all purpose group. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Bangladeshi Girl – Looking fot hot Bangladeshi girl. Free dating service with Bangladeshi girls. [bangladeshi girl]

BD Dating – BD Dating is an Internet singles portal designed to provide an easy way to meet other singles on the Internet. Members create a profile and are then paired with a number of other members based on their pre-selected dating criteria. [bd.datingtalk]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Dhaka Tours – Experience the energy, extremes, and culture of Bangladesh’s capital city. [tours by locals]

Nijhoom Tours – Explore life and sites of chaotic Old Dhaka. Visit the key attractions like Lalbagh Fort, Ahsan Manzil, Star Mosque and Armenian Church; ride local boat at river Buriganga and explore the busy activities on both side of the river; enjoy rickshaw ride in the chaotic and narrow streets of Old Dhaka for a new experience. Know the people and history of the city in this Old Dhaka tour. [nijhoom]

Tourist Link – Touristlink.com is the social platform for travel. Travel is all about new experiences. No matter where you’re going, Touristlink gives you opportunity to get a real feel of the culture. Meet up with a local for a coffee or beer, find travel companions to share the journey, or if you want arrange a tour with an independent guide. [tourist link]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Barisal – Barisal is a unique place located on the heart of Ganges Delta. Life in Barisal is fully based on river. main attraction to visit it’s many flaoting markets, bazaars, schools, and villages to experience the unique culture of Barisal. [nijhoom]

Chittagong Hill-Tracts – Chittagongg Hill-Tracts area is a naturally beautiful Hills. It is home of many tribal group of Bangladesh. This is the best place in Bangladesh for adventure travel. [nijhoom]

Cox’s Bazar – Cox’s Bazar is the longest unbroken sandy beach in the world, 125 km in length. It is the ost popular tourist spot among the locals in Bangladesh. Perfect place to relax in the end of a long trip. [nijhoom]

Gaur – Gaur is ruined city from ancient and medieval period, located in the India-Bangladesh border. The city was on it’s prime time during 12th to 14th cenrtury. It became the capital of the whole Bengal region. It was a very rich and wealthy city in the medieval period, whicth was finally abandoned because of cholera. [nijhoom]

Mosque City Bagerhat – Bagerhat is a city in 15th century by a Turkish eneral, formerly known as Khalifatabad. It is full of beautiful historic mosques, among which 60 Dome Mosque is the most famous. This whole city is recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site. [nijhoom]

Pahapur – In the north-western part of Bangladesh, there is a tiny little place called Sompapuri Mahabhihara, a UNESCO world heritage site. It was the second largest Buddhist monastery south of Himalayas on 8th century. [nijhoom]

Puthia – Puthia is a small village in Rajshahi full of beautiful Hindu temples. Largest number of historical temples in Bangladesh are found in Puthia, some of them are ornamented with beautiful terracotta plaques describing epic Hindu stories. [nijhoom]

Rangamati – Rangamti is a districk of Chittagong Hill-Tracts area. Main reason to isit this is the Kaptai Lake. Its is a naturally beautiful man made lake surounded by beautiful hills. Best thing to do at Rangamati is enjoying boat ride on the kaptai Lake for the whole day. [nijhoom]

Sonoragon – Sonoragon was the old capital of Bengal in the medieval period. It was a mint capital besides Gaur. Although gone is the heritage of the old capital, there still are some interesting thing to spend a day in Sonargaon. The main attraction to visit Sonargaon would be the abandoned merchant city Panam nagar. [nijhoom]

Srimangal – Srimangal is the tea capitol of Bangladesh, located in the north-eastern part of country. You’ll find lush green tea gardens anywhere you go here. This is one of the few places in the country where if you look around, you may not find any other people anywhere execpt you. [nijhoom]

St. Martin’s Island – St. Martin’s Island is a beautiful coral island of bay of Bengal in Bangladesh. For the beach lovers, this is the best place to visit Bangladesh. Locals tourist go to visit this island mostly on a day trip. [nijhoom]

Sundarabans Mangroves Forest – Sundabarans in the largest mangrove forest on earth and a UNESCO world heritage site. Sundarbans is located in between two neighbording countries – Bangladesh and India. Majority of the forest is located i Bangladesh. [nijhoom]

Sylhet – Sylhet is a naturally beautiful place in the north-eatern part of Bangladesh, close to the Meghalaya state of India. It has many beautiful places to visit. Green-water canal Lalakhal, ston collecting area Jaflong, Ratargul swamp forest, and many of it’s tea gardens are the attractions to visit Sylhet. [nijhoom]

Festivals

Festivals

Durga Puja – Durga Puja, the biggest festival of the Hindu community continues for ten days, the last three days being culmination with the idol immersed in rivers. In Dhaka the big celebrations are held at Dhakeswari Temple, where a fair is also held and at the Ram Krishna Mission. [bangla2000]

Eid-e-Miladunnabi – Eid-e-Miladunnabi is the birth and death day of Prophet Muhammad (s). He was born and died the same day on 12th Rabiul Awal (Lunar Month). The day is national holiday, national flag is flown atop public and private houses and special food is served in orphanages, hospitals and jails. At night important public buildings are illuminated and milad mahfils are held. [bangla2000]

Eid-ul-Azha – Second biggest festival of the Muslims. It is held marking the Hajj in Mecca on the 10th Zilhaj, the lunar month. Eid congregations are held throughout the country. Animals are sacrificed in reminiscence of Hazrat Ibrahim’s (AM) preparedness for the supreme sacrifice of his beloved son to Allah. It is a public holiday. [bangla2000]

Eid-ul-Fitr – The biggest Muslim festival observed throughout the world. This is held on the day following the Ramadan or the month of fasting. In Dhaka big congregations are held at the National Eidgah and many mosques. [bangla2000]

Muharram – Muharram procession is a ceremonial mournful procession of Muslim community. A large procession is brought out from the Hussaini Dalan Imambara on 10th Muharram in memory of the tragic martyrdom of Imam Hussain (RA) on this day at Karbala in Iraq. Same observations are made elsewhere in the country. [bangla2000]

Pahela Baishakh – The advent of Bengali New Year is gaily observed throughout the country. The Day (mid-April) is a public holiday. Most colorful daylong gatherings along with arrangement of cultural program and traditional Panta at Ramna Park, Dhaka is a special feature of Pahela Baishakh. Tournaments, boat races etc. are held in cities and villages amidst great jubilation. Many fairs are held in Dhaka and other towns and villages. [bangla2000]

Rabindra & Nazrul Jayanti – Birth anniversary of the noble laureate Rabindranath Tagore on 25th Baishakh (May) and that of the National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam on 11th Jaystha (May) are observed throughout the country. Their death anniversaries are also marked in the same way. Big gatherings and song sessions organized by socio-cultural organizations are salient features of the observance of the days. [bangla2000]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Boat – Given that there are over 8000km of navigable inland waterways, boats are a common means of getting around. Even if you’re not on a long-distance trip, you may find yourself having to cross rivers by boat. Usually you pay a couple of taka for a place on a small wooden ferry. You can also hire private boats, known as reserve boats, to get from one town to another. Public ferries, known as a launch, are always worth inquiring about if you’re at a town with a river ghat. [lonely planet]

Bus – If you thought long-distance buses were crowded, wait till you try a local city-centre bus. Just getting on one is a challenge in itself; it can be something of a death-defying process. Firstly, assess whether the bus will get you to your desired destination by screaming the name of the destination to the man hanging out the door (he’s called the conductor). If he responds in the affirmative, run towards him, grab firmly onto a handle, if there is one, or him if there isn’t, and jump aboard, remembering to check for oncoming traffic. Chances are you won’t be able to squeeze any further inside than the doorway, so just hang on. [lonely planet]

CNG – In Bangladesh, three-wheeled auto-rickshaws are called CNGs because these days, most of them run on Compressed Natural Gas. As with the pedal-driven rickshaw-wallahs, CNG drivers almost never own their vehicles. They’re owned by powerful fleet-owners called mohajons, who rent them out on an eight-hour basis. Also like rickshaws, they’re designed to take two or three people, but entire families can and do fit. [lonely planet]

Rickshaw – In Bangladesh, all rickshaws are pedal-driven. Many vehicles come fitted with battery kits these days, which boost speed while saving the rickshaw-wallahs (drivers) from pedalling all the time. Rickshaw-wallahs usually do not speak English, although you may find some English-speaking ones hanging around outside top-end hotels; this is certainly the case in Dhaka. [lonely planet]

Taxi – Taxis are less abundant than you’d think. Even in Dhaka, most people use CNGs. You might be able to hail one from the side of the road if they are on their way to their usual hangout, but if they’re all occupied you are better off heading straight to an intersection or top-end hotel, where you will find a fleet of them waiting. Taxis are usually not metered, so you should negotiate the fare before boarding. [lonely planet]

Tempo – This is a larger, shared auto-rickshaw, with a cabin in the back. Tempos run set routes, like buses, and while they cost far less than CNGs, they’re more uncomfortable because of the small space into which the dozen or so passengers are squeezed. On the other hand, they’re a lot faster than rickshaws and as cheap as local buses. You will find tempos in most towns, even relatively small ones. [lonely planet]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Dhaka Startup: Idea to IPO – We are a community of entrepreneurs, technologists, engineers, venture capitalists, angel investors, educators, financial professionals, corporate executives, attorneys, academics, bloggers, writers, content creators, and social activists. [meetup]

DhakaJS – Developers interested in sharing knowledge and growing their skills around JavaScript and modern web technology: e.g. ES6, AltJS, NodeJS, Angular, Ember, Browserify, Web Components, HTML5 APIs, LevelDB, etc. [meetup]

Meteor Dhaka – Meet other developers using Meteor. Share your knowledge, apps, and get feedback from others. Meteor is an open-source platform for building top-quality web apps in a fraction of the time, whether you’re an expert developer or just getting started. [meetup]

Startup Grind Bangladesh – Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in 200 cities and 85 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, & investors. [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Living in Bangladesh – Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in the world and the poverty is visible everywhere. The roads are not well maintained, there are lots of street children begging. Many expats move to Bangladesh to work for one of the many international retailers who have factories in the country and others come to work for NGOs. There is quite a large expat population living in the country. We’ve put together useful info to help you settle in and find your way around. [expat woman]

Your Expat Community in Bangladesh – Nomoshkar, slamalikum and a very warm welcome to the expat community in Bangladesh! InterNations is a private network for expats. Connect with other like-minded expatriates and instantly enhance your own expat experience. Whether you are relocating to another country or have just made the big move, the Bangladesh expat community is available and is happy to help. [internations]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Bangladesh Against Homophobia – LGBTQ rights are human rights. Raise your voice and join the struggle against homophobia in Bangladesh! Tell us about your experiences with anti-gay discrimination in Bangladesh. [facebook]

Resources

Resources

Places in Bangladesh

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