Monday, February 27, 2017

City of Ruins

Rubab Nayeem Khan

Popularly known as the City of Ruins, this Mughal Bengal city is bursting with sights and sounds that one can’t possibly find within the bustling streets of Dhaka. Rubab Nayeem Khan points out some landmarks to check out.

Lalbagh Fort
Also known as Fort Aurangabad, the Lalbagh Fort is an incomplete structure that was built during the 17th century by Mughal Subahdar Muhammad Azam Shah, the son of Emperor Aurangzeb. The three highlights to the architecture are the Diwan-I-Aam, the Lalbagh Fort Mosque and the Tomb of Pari Bibi. The three buildings connect from east to west and north to south via a water channel with fountains. The Diwan- I-Aam is a two storied building located in the east. A single storied Hammam is attached to its west. On the eastern side, you will find the three-domed Lalbagh Fort Mosque attached to a water tank. The Tomb of Pari Bibi stands between the two buildings in one line. Pari Bibi, also known as Iran Dukt, was the daughter of Shaista Khan and had been  buried inside the tomb. The construction of the fort was stopped right after her death.

Armenian Church
Armenian Church: Located at Armanitola, the Armenian Church was built during the 17th century as a significance for the Armenian community in the city during that era. Before the construction of the church, it was an Armenian graveyard. The tombstones salvaged from the site signify the Armenian lifestyle.

Old Dhaka’s Shakhari Bazar is an equally vibrant neighbourhood. Here, you will be able to learn about the significance of Hinduism. A rickshaw ride through their Shakhas will take you to markets which sell items for religious festivities such as musical instruments, fireworks, statues of gods/goddesses etc. You may also come across oodles of small temples in this neighbourhood. If you’re around Wari and Thathari Bazaar, expect to stumble upon the Joy Kaali Temple there.

For the foodies, Old Dhaka should be an absolute delight. Places like Royal Restaurant, Nanna Shahi Morog Polao and Hajir Biriyani will satisfy your appetite at very reasonable prices. Also, Chawkbazar is known best for their Moghlais. Old Dhaka holds a lifestyle which has a hint of tradition in almost every aspect; starting from their horse drawn tom toms to their local food. This is your go-to place if you want a change of scenery.


Chawk Bazar
Chawkbazar Shahi Mosque: Founded by Shaista Khan, the mosque was built in Chawk bazar in 1676. This mosque is said to be the earliest structure in the History of Muslim Architecture. This mosque is a great influence on mosque architectures in Dhaka and Murshidabad.

Shahi Mosque
Ahsan Manzil: Also known as the Pink Palace, Ahsan Manzil is the official residence of the Dhaka Nawab Family. The construction of this palace started in 1859 and was completed in 1872.  There are two buildings: The Rangmahal and the Andarmahal.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Shaheed Minar and a Forgotten Artist

Fatema Nashrah

The Shaheed Minar, established in 1956 to commemorate the martyrs of the Bengali Language Movement, is one of the ultimate emblems of Bangladeshi patriotism. The iconic design of the half-circular arrangement of columns, symbolizing the mother with her fallen sons, standing on the monument's central dais, backed by a blazing red sun, has become synonymous with the Bangladeshi spirit of nationalism, courage, language and cultural progress. The Shaheed Minar is a homage to the martyrs we fondly remember; a tribute to what their valor has accomplished which will be remembered for years to come. However, few know about the history of the monument itself and the brains behind the architecture.

The first Shaheed Minar was built immediately after the bloodshed on February 21 and 22, 1952 by the students of Dhaka Medical College. It was soon demolished on February 26 by the police and Pakistani Army as the monument was rapidly becoming a symbol of protests. Finally, in 1957, after many complications, the construction of the official Shaheed Minar began under the supervision of celebrated sculptor, Hamidur Rahman. However, the fact that the original designs and conception of the monument was by a female sculptor, a pioneer in her field, is often quickly glossed over.

Novera Ahmed has had immense contributions in the creation of Shaheed Minar. While the bulk of the acknowledgment went to Hamidur Rahman, not many know of Novera’s major role in the culmination of one of our nation’s most iconic monuments. Hence, she’s led a life of anonymity, hardly receiving any credit for her efforts. A gifted sculptor, she had worked on about a 100 sculptures in Dhaka within a short period of time. Many of these, unfortunately, have fallen into disuse while some are on display in Bangladesh National Museum.

Novera Ahmed, the first modern sculptor of Bangladesh, was born in 1930 in Kolkata. After the Partition in 1947, her father was posted in Comilla, and she got admitted in the Comilla Victoria College. Later, they started living in Chittagong. Her marriage to a police officer soon fell apart and she began pursuing her interests in the fine arts. In 1950, Novera enrolled in the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts in London where she made the acquaintance of Hamidur Rahman. Under the tutelage of the likes of Karel Vogel, Jacob Epstein and VenturinoVenturi, she achieved a fusion of knowledge and art and enriched her understanding of the avant-garde.

Her artistic might was finally demonstrated in the Dhaka art scene upon her return in 1955. She hinged her practice upon monolithic sculptural tropes, with her Western modernism dispersed in its many facets. However, her works also demonstrated subconsciously internalized cultural heritage. This showed her alignment with the European modern diction but rooted it in the structural models inherent in our culture by using tropes or motifs from our own locale. A common theme for Novera has been “womanhood” or “motherhood”. This theme appeared again in her design of the Shaheed Minar where the arrangement of columns exhibited the loss of a mother in her martyred sons.

The remaining of Novera’s life following 1960 remains shrouded in mystery. Myths began circulating around her persona among the artistic circle including a speculation of her death in 1995. Her lifestyle was antagonistic to the then-prevailing social norms and sculpting was regarded as an inferior vocation in the milieu of social and cultural constraints of East Pakistan. She embraced a life of seclusion in Paris, Franceat a significant phase of her life, severing any contact with the thriving cultural environment of her homeland right before the emergence of Bangladesh in 1971. More discussions were triggered when she turned down the prestigious Ekushey Padak in 1997 and chose to remain hidden from public view, cloistered in her exilic life abroad. It can be ventured that not receiving appreciation or any recognition from her contemporary artists at the time and the restrains in following an innovative art form in a prohibitive social environment led her to choose an exiled life. She died on May 5, 2015 in Paris at the age of 85.

Despite having been the brains behind the iconic Shaheed Minar and a trailblazer in the Bangladeshi art scene, it is quite startling that Novera Ahmed gained no accreditation among her peers. Her keen understanding of locational identity, coupled with the Western avant-garde makes her a pioneer in modern art as well as an abstract presence in the Bangladeshi art scene. Novera’s sculptural prowess and knowledge of the fine arts have long been neglected. It is now high time that artists of her caliber are given proper accreditation and her contributions are recognized. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

The Language Movement

Adiba Mahbub Proma

1947 marked the end of the 200-year British rule with the second partition taking place. After much agitation the British Empire of India was finally divided. Thus, India and Pakistan were born. The new East Pakistanis had dreamt of a new beginning- one of freedom and peace. However, their happiness was rather short-lived as the ruling parties from West Pakistan began attacking the culture and heritage of their Bengal motherland. The first stab taken was at our sweet mother-tongue Bangla.

The beginning

In November 1947, the Pakistan Educational Conference proposed that Urdu will be the only national language. This meant that the educated society of East Bengal would lose its edge on jobs and government positions because of language restrictions. Making Urdu the national language would certainly put Bengalis at a major disadvantage. After many meetings and demonstrations, the first Rastra bhasa  Sangram Parishad or National Language Action Committee was formed by the students of East Pakistan just a month later in retaliation to this proposal.

Attempts were made for a peaceful solution with the assembly member Dhirendranath Datta proposing legislation at the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan to let members speak and use Bangla in offices. However, the Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan and the Muslim League of West dismissed the legislation, labeling it as an attempt to divide the Pakistanis.

Agitations increased throughout the year of 1948. Triggered by the Governor General Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s speeches on how “Urdu, and only Urdu!” will be the state language upon his arrival on the Racecourse Ground and at Curzon Hall of University of Dhaka, more meetings and demonstrations opposing the decision continued. While political arrests were on the rise, the spirit of the Bengalis in protecting their mother language was high and mighty!

1952 blood-battle

The issue was again brought up in 1952 when Jinnah's successor, Governor-General Khawaja Nazimuddin defended the "Urdu-only" policy in a speech on January. The National Language Action committee called for a massive protest on 21 February, with strikes and rallies.

While the government banned all gatherings that day, the early morning of 21st February saw students gathering at the University of Dhaka in defiance. The brave students marched on despite warnings with tear gas from the police. Arresting several students did nothing to reduce their spirits. More students gathered around the East Bengal Legislative Assembly and blocked the legislators' way, asking them to support their cause. And when a group of students tried to enter the building, the police opened fire on the students. The streets of Dhaka were bloodied by student martyrs such as Salam, Rafiq, Barkat and Jabbar.

The blood battle continued till the 22nd. Finally, throughout the night of 23rd February, the students of Dhaka Medical College constructed a Shaheed Smritistombho, or Monument of Martyrs to commemorate those that gave their lives on the 21st and the 22nd. Completed at dawn on 24 February and inaugurated by the father of the slain activist Sofiur Rahman, the monument’s name was attached to it on a handwritten note, representing the love of Bengalis for their mother language. However, it was soon destroyed by the police on the 26th.

Shaheed Minars through the ages

Two years after the destruction, a new Shaheed Minar with exactly the same design as the previous was constructed. Inaugurated by the then Professor of Dhaka University, Natyaguru Nurul Momen, it was a symbol of the ongoing struggle to give Bangla its rightful place.

With the support of the United Front ministry, the architect Hamidur Rahman started designing a larger monument in 1957. It consisted of a half-circular column which symbolized a mother with her martyred sons standing elevated in the center. Despite much interruption due to ongoing tension between the East and the West, the Shaheed Minar was completed and inaugurated on 21 February 1963 by Abul Barkat's mother, Hasina Begum. Alas, the monument was demolished by the Pakistani army during the Liberation War of 1971.

Following the 1963 design, a committee headed by the then president Abu Sayeed Chowdhury was formed in 1972 to rebuild the monument.  The monument was completed quite quickly, and the area was once again filled with flowers from grievers on National Mother Language Day. Finally during the 1983 renovation, marble stones were used, giving us our current Shaheed Minar.

The Language Movement had a major cultural impact on Bengali society. It has inspired the development and celebration of the Bengali language, literature and culture. On 17th November 1999, UNESCO supported Bangladesh’s proposal to declare 21 February as International Mother Language Day. From the Ekushey boi mela to the Ekushey Padak, Bangladesh had found various ways to celebrate the Language movement and mourn its martyrs. In fact, even the world joins in this celebration, taking a moment to appreciate their own mother languages, and marveling at the bravery shown by the sons of Bengal during the Language Movement. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Alexander’s footprints

Tim Steel

Alexander never came to Bangladesh, but he tried

To paraphrase the famous British military anthem: Some talk of Alexander, and some of Megasthenes; of Ptolemy and Virgil, and such great names as these …

British grenadiers, of course, made their own military mark on the history of Bangladesh; and writers of the famous Roman and Greek classical period of Europe also made theirs.

Writing, in some cases, over 2,000 years ago, they presented a reality of their age, of familiarity with the lands that are now those of Bangladesh.

As well as of being as fascinating with perhaps even greater worldwide familiarity than today’s Bangladesh. How ironic, in the age of information.

I wonder, in those ancient times, how often writers were asked, “Where is Gangaridai?” compared with how often I am asked today, “Where is Bangladesh?”

There can, indeed, be little doubt that the educated, and especially, the traders and merchants, were familiar with not only Gangaridai, but also its location, and that of lands beyond. Deep into the Ganges basin, and north towards an inland city, called Thina, and the great difficulties in reaching it.

However, the great Roman geographer late in the last century BCE, Strabo, writing in his famous work Geographia, comments: “Concerning those who sail from Egypt, even to the Ganges, they are but private citizens with no knowledge of the history of places they visit.” The earliest known example of academic snobbery.

It was a much valued destination, of that there can be little doubt.

Poets, historians, and businessmen of the half millennium, known as the “classical period” of European history, wrote about its location and both its trade and, it seems, especially the military prowess of its people.

Prowess that always, inevitably throughout human history, has involved wealth.

Even with all the aids, technology, and progress of modern archaeology, and advances that have facilitated a better appreciation of such significant places and events in pre-history, we continue to be unable to take any definitive view on periods and locations of the emerging — we might say — embryonic, modern, commercially-based civilisation, that certainly emerged in these lands of Bangladesh over two millennia ago.

Even the duration of the Kingdom of Gangaridai, if kingdom it was, is hazy. Was it a kingdom?
Archaeological development of appreciation of the very early Harappan civilisation further west suggests an absence of mansions and palaces in urban sites, which to some archaeologists suggests that some form of true democracy was an early form of governance.

Around histories of Vanga, Magadha, and Mauryan periods swirl such questions; perhaps only Megasthenes’ commentary of the Aleaxandrian invasion goes some way towards offering a definite period within the history of Gangaridai.

Modern politics also thickens the swirling mists of time that have left us with dateable sites and artefacts, but no certainties.

Gangaridai, we are told, were a people dwelling on the east side of the Ganges. Knowing as we do, the mobility of river courses in the Gangetic plains, even that fails to locate with certainty.

Naturally, India, recognising the inevitability of archaeological and historical definition of the existence and significance, of Gangaridai internationally, have laid claim to a capital city close to Calcutta. Since that is a fringe of the delta, it seems an improbable claim.

Within the lands of the delta, one modern claim is made for a location of the capital at Gopalganj; others suggest the site, with its 5km rampart on the banks of the Old Brahmaputra at Wari Bateshwar; or even Egarosindur, a largely unexplored site at Kishoreganj.

Of Gangaridai however, we have early writers to thank for our certainty that it not only existed, but was, in its time, internationally significant, as a major crossroads of international trade and commerce.

Megathenes was a traveller, born in modern Turkey, who arrived in the city of Pataliputra (modern Patna), capital of both Magadha and later, Mauryan Empires.

Those who believe that Chandragupta, the first of the Mauryan Emperors, built the east/west Grand Trunk Road may well be as confused as historians seem to be about times and places, since Megasthenes is said to have arrived at Pataliputra along the “great” highway.

Surely the Grand Trunk Road is said to have been constructed by Chandragupta? Or, perhaps, simply following the footprints of Alexander?

However, it appears that he arrived there shortly after the failure of Alexander and his army to cross the Ganges, a crossing that — it may be reasonable to suppose, across a wide river, perhaps in flood — beyond which it was intended to seize the wealth of the flourishing trading centre with the lands of Gangaridai.

Every army sought financial rewards for their endeavours, and Alexander’s was, certainly, no exception.

Whilst most of the great writers of Alexander’s endeavour, over the subsequent seven or eight hundred years, write of his eventual failure, his military achievements before his death at the age of 32 still resonate down the centuries.

Focusing on military issues, there are also mercantile and geographical commentaries that confirm the importance for perhaps as much as nearly a millennium, of Gangaridai, to a wider world.
The world map, produced in the late 3rd century BCE by Eratosthenes, is remarkable for the evidently detailed knowledge of the Ganges and its major tributaries, such as Jamuna.

Such maps reveal very evident sources of information, and familiarity with such destinations.
Similarly, Strabo also shows great familiarity with the delta and its components in both his commentaries and cartography.

The publication of mid 1st century CE, Periplus of the Erythaean Sea, a merchants guide to trade, not only provides detailed instructions for approaching the delta, but also prime items for trade.

And, of course, Ptolemy, the great mid 2nd century CE cartographer, whose detailed sources for his remarkably accurate maps of the known world made his own map of the deltaic lands, with remarkable accuracy; including the mark of a settlement called Ramcu, exactly where Ramu stands, today.

But it is the military historians that throw the most revealing light onto to sheer strength, in population numbers, military resources, and evidently, wealth that we may reasonably suppose derived from manufacturing and trade of the deltaic lands.

The earliest writer, describing the military strength of Gangaridai, was of course Megasthenes, writing with the benefit of his experience of the geography; and, certainly familiarity around Patna, of those who could recall the circumstances of Alexander’s advance.

He describes a River Ganges, that faced Alexander’s army, at least eight miles wide and 20 at its maximum, and an estimated 100 feet deep.

The forces assembled to resist any attempt by Alexander to make a crossing, comprised, he wrote of 1,000 horses (interesting, considering horses were not native, and over subsequent centuries, until recent times, originated in Bhutan), 700 elephants, and 60,000 infantry (“in apparatus of war”).

Diodorus Siculus, a Roman historian, writing in the second half of the last century BCE, may well have derived some of his information from Megasthenes.

However, his estimate of assembled forces were far greater. “An army of 20,000 horses, 200,000 infantry, 2,000 chariots, and 4,000 elephants trained and equipped for war.”

All subsequent historians agree that the forces of Gangaridai had by far the largest number of war elephants in India.

A very clear comment on the wealth and prowess of the military might of the “kingdom.”

More of them also increase the estimate of numbers; Quintus Curtius Rufus, Plutarch, and Pliny the Elder, as, like most Romans, great admirers of Alexander, may well have considered that only unbelievable geographic and military hurdles could possibly have daunted Alexander and his army.
They, and others, such as the 3rd century Dionysius Periegetes, add geographic descriptions to their writing of what was for centuries regarded as the edge of the known world.

Even Ptolemy’s usually accurate mapping fails at mapping territories beyond east and south-east of the lands of Bangladesh.

For them, it seems, Alexander did in fact march to the ends of the known world, only to be confronted by unsurpassable obstacles to further advance.

Indeed might the old song go, “Some talk of Alexander,” it was unquestionably the ill-fated attempt by Alexander to conquer the peoples and lands that are now Bangladesh to add to his, hitherto, unparalleled adventure in international conquest, that opened the ancient, early worldwide awareness of these lands of Bangladesh.

To the successful rebuff by nature, and the power and courage of the peoples themselves, we owe such knowledge that has put early times in the lands of Bangladesh into the ancient history of world civilisation, and well as on some of the earliest maps of the world.

Shared from Dhaka Tribune

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Sailing on Antiques

When the Rocket Steamers service was introduced almost a century ago, it was used mostly by the elite classes and considered the fastest mode of water transport; thus, many believe that it is the reason behind the name.

They were basically ships, motorised by steam engines that drive paddle wheels to help the ships run through the water. Rocket steamers are designed in a way that there are very rare chances of sinking. However, in the mid nineties, the steam engines were converted into diesel-run engines; and afterwards, were replaced by electro-hydraulic engines. The roofs have also been replaced with tin sheets that have now rusted and retain an archaic look.

Currently, after so many ups and downs, rocket steamers—namely PS Ostrich, PS Lepcha, PS Tern, MV Madhumati and MV Bangali are being operated once a day (starts at 4 pm), from Badamtali Ghat, Sadarghat to Morelganj. Apart from these, another significant steamer, PS Mashud has been kept in the dockyard, as it is undergoing repair. Each steamer has an arrangement to accommodate around 700-800 passengers at a time. 

At first sight, the dilapidated torpedo-shaped two storey vessels may generate a simple question in your mind --how can this be a sign of aristocracy? The wide-loaded junks, damp decks, the bad odour from the contaminated waters may seem to be just the opposite.

However, a closer look at the ramshackle ships will give you a splendid idea of their unique designs. 

Most of them were made in the Garden Rich Workshop of Calcutta, nearly a hundred year ago, while the PS Ostrich was made in the dockyards of Clydebank, Scotland.

According to historians, the paddle steamer service was introduced in the late 18th century by the British India General Navigation Railway Company (IGNRC).

The article published by The Daily Star

Monday, January 30, 2017

A Stranger’s Viewpoint

Joao Pedro Principe, a Portuguese traveller, visits Sylhet

The day I boarded my flight to Bangladesh, my expectations weren’t too high. However, this country turned out to be absolutely mesmerizing and breathtaking! Last month I set out for Srimongol with a couple of Bangladeshi friends. After completing the overwhelming challenge of perforating the Titan Dhaka Traffic, we found ourselves flying over the famous N2 highway, or at least flying is how it felt.

The entire path is ornamented with beautiful spring flowers and vegetation, small abandoned temples in the midst of rivers and rice fields, and acquitted cattle aimlessly roaming through the heart of the road. All of this absolutely made the risky highway trip more than worth it.

You don’t want to sleep and miss out on the scenic beauty of Srimongol. The air was a refreshing change since we left Dhaka. We began by exploring the village. The view of the tea gardens left us speechless to say the least! Everything about this area is fascinating; from the goats grazing in the greeneries to the image of the very neat CNGs coming through the sandy paths born within the tea estates.

We stayed at one of the bungalows called The Hermitage. It was an incredible experience. The nature, the refreshing natural pool, the lush greenery with perfectly inserted swings, slides and surrounded by nothing but silence. In the first morning, the bungalow had a delightful arrangement for breakfast. Meals were cooked in the main branch of the bungalow – an open space next to a rapid river – a scene which was worth being painted and framed. When it comes to beverages, the famous Sylheti seven layered tea is a praiseworthy drink. The intense sweetness of this tea is a treat which I will remember. The complex mix of flavours and the particular texture will have you come back for more. I highly recommend the tea stall adjacent to the Grand Sultan Tea Resort just for that. Also, what tops my list of food joints is the River Queen Restaurant beside the Nazimgarh Resort. We had a mix of Bengali meals that included khichuri, omelettes, chicken curry, beef, bhortas and daal. Luckily for me, I had no problems getting used to Bengali food. We also had meals at Kutumbari, Chapslee, as well as phuchka from a street cart and snacks at Ujan Bhati.

We were fortunate enough to take a short trip to Lala Khal, where we took a boat ride. We stood on the river-border between Bangladesh and India for several minutes. The low-canoes from a distance look like single lines of people supernaturally dashing through the water. Apart from that, we also witnessed elephants touring with people in the hilly areas.

The trip almost went downhill after I turned a rickshaw on its side by attempting to pull it. I just wanted to take an entertaining picture of myself on a rickshaw. However, the stunt eventually resulted in me losing control and falling into a hole. The worst part was, my friends failed to capture this episode on camera.

To sum it all up, I’d have to say the simplicity yet ingenuity of Bengali craftsmanship never ceases to amaze me. Getting to know the countryside of Bangladesh was one of the most enriching experiences I’ve ever had. If you manage to stay more than a couple of days in Srimongol, be sure to go hiking, cycling, sightseeing and taking in the goodness of the atmosphere.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Destination Weddings

Mehnaz Tabassum

Bangladesh, with all her natural elegance, is a magical destination to reach for weddings. When it comes to weddings, it is wise to keep space for unexpected adventure. From guest-count to flower d├ęcor, many things can go differently despite meticulous planning. So you might as well let the new chapter begin with all possible hilarious advent and take into consideration these exciting venues:


St. Martin’s Island and ‘Chera-deep’ are two islands you can keep in the short-list. From Teknaf you can cruise to St Martin's Island with the best and the safest ship Keari Sindbad and reach St Martin's comfortably in 2 or fewer hours. Keari Sindbad cruise journey is a pleasant one as you will see the spectacular views of Teknaf's hill on one side and Mayanmar on the other side while it cruises along the Naf River. Ferries leave the island around 3pm. Keari Sindbad ferry and you can purchase a round trip ticket; which can return on the same day or 1-2 days later. More than one convenient resorts are Swandeep, Hatiya, Bhola, Kutubdia and Nijhum Deep are few other islands to name.

Tropical/ Oceanfront

‘Kuakata’ is another name for sand and serenity. It is locally known as ‘Shagor Konna’ in Bengali
which is, Daughter of The Sea. A beach that offers you both the exposure of sunrise and sunset; is a rare beauty spot on earth.

Kuakata has road communication with Dhaka, but the journey may take long. It would be better to reach Barishal first by air and take a road trip from there to Kuakata. BRTC bus service follows a direct route from Dhaka to your destination, via Barishal. Also, Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation may organize guided package tours on demand.
Cox’s Bazar is widely known all over the world as the still-existing longest sea beach on earth. More popularity has made this place easier to reach. You can take a direct flight from Dhaka there. With everyone in your guest-list offered with air-tickets to Cox’s Bazar, it can be an iconic wedding party. The travel-cost might eat up lion’s share of the entire budget, but, yet again, what’s life without a bit of fun?
Inani is a stony beach near Cox’s Bazar, another gorgeous beach wedding destination.

Mountain/Lakeside Resort

For hill tracts, mountains and waterfalls, you need to look at corners of Bangladesh.

In one corner, there is Sylhet. The entire city, in local accent, Sylhot is hilly compared to the whole country. This area is near to hilly areas of India, Asam and Meghalaya. It has a high volume of natural green. Several eye-soothing places can be referred as wedding destinations. Jadipai, Naphakhum, Hum-hum are the waterfalls that have recently received the attention to venture around.

Towards another corner is Chittagong with the most hills and mountains in Bangladesh. Rangamati, Khagrachari and finally the highest form of hilly beauty, Bandarban are the areas you can reach to wed.
Nilachal and Nilgeeri attract tourists at high concentration during winter. These can be a bit ambitious destinations for weddings if you consider the security aspect. However, mountains and hills everywhere, the venue is spectacular to look at.

Architectural/Garden Party

Northbrook Hall, Ahsan Manjil and Curzon Hall are three notable architectural destinations. Though these places are open for all visitors, it might take some paper works of permissions from authority to arrange a wedding party.

There are also plenty of options for you throughout the country to arrange a garden party. Lately, a good number of luxurious and semi-luxurious resorts have been initiated in various places of Bangladesh. Grand Sultan Tea Resort and Golf, Nazimghar Tea resort in Sylhet, Sairu Hill Resorts in Bandarban are a few exclusive resorts to name for wedding.

Destination wedding, in all its glory, will differ from a classical wedding party. It will be the most adventurous and memorable way to begin a new life with your special someone and if that’s what you are looking for, then Bangladesh is the country to be in.