Shopping in Bangladesh culture
Bangladesh is indeed a shoppers’ paradise with a rich tradition in modern and traditional items that full the shopping malls in cities and towns. A special attraction for tourists are the beautiful handicrafts at throwaway prices. While the fine Muslim cloth of ancient Dhaka has passed into history. Other products such as contemporary paintings, wood work, cotton, silk, gold, silver, jute, reed, brassware, traditional dolls and leather goods receive deep appreciation by lovers of arts and crafts. Bangladesh is famous for the natural pink pearl which is used to make the most delicately-designed jewelers products made from hides and skins of animals, intricate wood carvings, cane and bamboo products, conch shell bangles, embroidered quilts, jamdani and silk fabrics are some of the great offering in Bangladesh.
Food in Bangladesh culture
Bangladeshi cusine is world famous (note that most Indian restaurants in Britain are actually Bangladeshi restaurants run by people from Sylhet in the northern region of this country). The local dishes are exotic and are very cheap in terms of international standards. The wide variety of curries, cooked with fresh spices, are a gourmet’s delight. Meats (beef, mutton and chicken) cooked ingravy, fried or grilled in the Mughal tradition offer mouth-watering dishes while seafood and fresh water fish line up a stunning display of culinary art. Fish-lovers should not miss fresh lobsters and king prawns, smoked ‘hilsa’ fresh fried ‘bhetki’. Moreover, the Bangali offering of vegetables in a multitude of styles is another specialty. Rice and Naan bread are the usual accompanying items with these tantalizing dishes. Traditional desserts are offered in the form of a deletctable array of Bengali sweets, puddings and yoghurt. At the same time, western food is also available in all the majour hotels and most of the big restaurants in cities.
Drinks culture in Bangladesh
Cha-Freshly-grown tea from the Sylhet tea gardens inthe world. Traditionally served as a steaming hot milky sweet drink available everywhere, tea is also served as a light liquor or with lime. Iced tea is also a coolly refreshing drink for hot summer days. Lassi-plain yoghurt blended with milk, sugar and ice offers another cool refreshing drink. Daber Pani (Coconut water) a slightly sweet water extracted from inside the hollow of the green coconut fruit is a unique drink, safe and at the same time tasty and refreshing. Brand soft dirnks such as Pepsi, Coca Cola, Fanta, 7-up, Mirinda, Sun crest, Uro-cola, Virgin and Sprite are readily available, Alcohol is available in big hotels and selected restaurant with licensed bars.
Fruits Seasonal fruits like mangoes, pineapple, Lichies, jackfruit, watermelon, oranges, boroi (local berries) and tal (a kind of palm) and other local fruits are abundant mostly in the summer months. Bananas, papayas and coconut are available all the year round. Besides, a variety of imported fruit like apple, grapes, pears are also widely found in cities and in large villages.
How to Reach Bangladesh
Bangladesh can be reached by air from any part of the world. Biman-Bangladesh Airlines connects Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet with 26 major cities of the world. International carriers like British Airways, Thai Airways, Saudi, Kuwait Airways, Singapore Airlines, Pakistan International, Air India, Indian Airlines, Emirates, Gulf Air, Dragon Air, China Eastern Airlines, Uzbek Airways, Qatar Airways, Oman Air, Yemen Airways, Iran Air and Malayasian Airlines fly to and from Dhaka.
Land : Benapole, agartola, Burimari & Tamabil cheak post bordering India.