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    Foy's Lake, Chittagong

    by Saagar Written Jun 8, 2004

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    In the same area as the hills that I recomended for walking is Pahartali (lake), mostly called Foy's Lake even locally, and offers soem pleasant boating. Good for afternoon and evening relaxation. Bring some drinks and picnic stuff and you'll be set for a nice and perhaps even romantic evening. Don't expect to be alone there, though. The rent-a-boat price is apparently negotiable, but not overtly expensive.

    Foy's Lake
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    Patenga Beach boat hire

    by Saagar Written Jun 8, 2004

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    To get out from the beach at Patenga, for a sightseeing up the Karnaphuli river or simply out on the ocean a bit, you can hire local boats right there on the beach. The ruling concept is just to take a group of people out an puff a bit back and forth outside the beach and then jump into the sea for a swim. You may have to negotiate fares for other activities.

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    Patenga Beach, Chittagong

    by Saagar Written Jun 8, 2004

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    Not a real must-see, but just about the only alternative for a decent beach outing in Chittagong.
    Patenga is some 20 km out of Chittagong by the airport road near the naval batteries at the mouth of Karnaphuli river.
    This is a mediocre beach in terms of water quality and sand (rather muddy, both), but an excellent place for romance, juding from the locals. It is possible to swim, but do not get into daring clothes.
    There are some souvenir stalls, food stalls and vendors geared toward the locals. I found some good pink pearls here.
    The beach itself is below a storm enbankment, so there isn't much in terms of natural beauty here. But enjoy what there is here and relax away from Chittagong's exhaust-filled and exhausting downtown.

    Bathing, Bangladeshi style
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    Signage and advertisment boards

    by Saagar Updated Jun 8, 2004

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    I'm on a constant watch for interesting and funny signage and advertisement posters. Dhaka is quite ripe with them. Nothing beats radz@VirtualTourist.com's Bihar page, though - check it out!!!!
    Down toward Sadarghat in Old Dhaka there are many hole-in-the-wall shops with more or less English competent advertisement writers emloyed to capture their business in a few words. There is such a mass of people, businesses, organisations and things that even the not-misspelled or not-disconceptualized ones amaze me.
    Here is the door of the Lawn Mowers Corporation of Bangladesh...

    Lawn Mowers of Bangladesh
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    Bangladeshi rural cooking

    by Saagar Written Jun 8, 2004

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    Getting aquainted with the countryside, you will be invited for a meal at someone's house sooner or later.
    The food is safer here than in the city and it's good, based on whatever raw materials can be had. They make the most out of it and take pride in theri Bengali cooking.
    Ensure you get to see the kitchen (iof they allow you) and see the sculpted clay stove and cooking utensils. An artistic delight!

    Real home cooking
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    Sea fishes of the Bay of Bengal

    by Saagar Written Jun 7, 2004

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    Early, early monring, go down to the Cox's Bazaar harbour and watch the sea fishermen come in with their catch. There are some amazing catches coming in. I was lucky to see this guitar fish of about 2 1/2 meters' length being hauled out of the boat.

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    Cox's Bazaar early morning fish catch

    by Saagar Written Jun 6, 2004

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    Early in the morning the fish catch is landed at the Cox's Bazaar harbour. It is worthwhile getting up early to see what (used to) move about underwater, and what you can expect to see pn the menue of the day.

    Fishing boats, Cox' Bazaar
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    Cox's Bazaar harbour

    by Saagar Written Jun 6, 2004

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    Cox's Bazaar harbour must be one of the most facinating in Bangladesh. It has immediate access to the salt water sea off the delta and the fish catch brought in here is very diverse. It is also a ferry harbor with ships and smaller boats plying the islands to the north and along the inner channel to Chittagong. Small boat repairs and maintenance happens inbetween all this activity and adds to making this harbour worthy an early morning visit, when the activity is at a peak.

    Ship tarring, Cox's Bazaar
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    Wooden boat yard in Chittagong

    by Saagar Written Jun 6, 2004

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    There is a ship yard for building wooden, traditional boats on the Karnaphuli River along the way from the city centre toward the airport.
    Interesting to see how they are made, well worth a stop and a closer look at this wooden boatbuilder tradition.

    Boat building on the Karnaphuli
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    Peoplewatching

    by Saagar Updated May 20, 2004

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    If there is one thing that Bangladesh is famous for, it's the people. All of them, and the individuals. The Bengalis are diverse, wonderful, expressive and beautiful. Apart from the Bengali majority there are other groups, too, that only adds to the experience.
    Peoplewatching is fascinating here, and if you find an unobtrusive place to watch from, you'll have emotions and entertainment streaming by the whole day.
    If you get close to people and they appreciate your presence and your camera, you may be getting some good pictures, too. But send copies to them if you promise so, the postal system in Bangladesh works surprisingly well.

    Beauty
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    The calm and quiet countryside

    by Saagar Written May 20, 2004

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    Compared to the cities of Bnagladesh, the countryside and small villages offer a calm and quiet and tranquility that is very soothing to the soul. You would have missed Bangladesh - the real Bangladesh - if you did not see the tatched houses inbetween the paddy fields and fish tanks. Go do it!

    Countryside kitchen
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    The sheer mass of humanity

    by Saagar Written May 6, 2004

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    Go to Old Dhaka to experience what a crowd is like. Bring your camera, some small cash and a smile. You'll get stuck, and you'll get many new friends. You can visit some snack and street food stalls, have a tea, and just experiencing the swirling humanity around you as you try to move towards Sadarghat. Rickshaw and car traffic jams here may take hours to clear.
    You'll witness how ingenious people are at eeking out a living in all sorts of niches of the human existence.

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    Weddings

    by Saagar Written May 1, 2004

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    Staying at a hotel or near a fancy restaurant you will inevitably see crowds attending weddings during the right season.
    If the party managers spot you and you seem to be an ok person, the chances are you will be invited to the wedding. Go!
    You'll get to meet the bride and the groom and the extended family, too.

    The bride smiled after the photo was taken!!!
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    Silence in the Golden City

    by Zisch Written Feb 11, 2004

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    Outside Dhaka between the between the Sitalakhya and the Megna Rivers is Sonargaon, the old capital of Bengal.
    Until the 13th-century Sonargaon served as the seat of the Deva Dynasty. In the 14th century it was made the capital of Bengal.
    When Islam Khan transferred the capital from Rajmahal to Dhaka, the political significance of Sonargaon diminished and its importance was compromised.
    There isn't that much left but the most intact structures that I remember are the tomb of Sultan Ghiasuddin ( I think!) some shrines and a beautiful mosque.

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    Itakhola Mura - Buddhism in Bangladesh

    by Zisch Written Feb 11, 2004

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    There are a lot of things in Bangladesh that seem improbable. Itakhola Mura was always one of those unlikely places that fascinated me in Bangladesh.
    Some 90 kilometers out of Dhaka, Comilla was at one point, the seat of Buddhist civilization in Bangladesh, flourishing from the 7th to the 12th century AD. I do not know too much about the history of the place and sadly there does not seem to be much around. There isn't much there and if you are expecting halls of Buddhas reminiscent of Thailand, then you will be sadly disappointed - these are more mounds and walls, stairs with no halls at the top, and surrounded by the vast green flatland of Bangladesh. It is impressive and with some imagination, awe inspiring. What we have come to regard nowadays as a backward nation, was not always so. Itakhola Mura is a ghost of a past no one seems to care to remember.

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