Zia Ahmed is an independent tour guide based in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. Born and bred in Dhaka, Zia started his professional tour guiding career in South Africa, working in Kruger National Park from 1993 to 1996. Guiding became his passion. He then worked in Vienna, Austria, for seven years, leading mainly Indian tourist

Paharpur Buddhist Vihara According to the Bengali Vocabulary, the name Paharpur (Pahar = hill, pur = locality) means a locality of hill. It is a village in Badalgachi Upazila of Naogaon District. The nearest railway station of Jamalganj that lies on the Khulna-Parvatipur rail tract and is connected with Paharpur by a 5km long brick

Bird watching in Bangladesh is more than you could ever imagine. Abundance of resident, migratory and seasonal birds makes our land a paradise for ornithologists all around the world. Bulbul, magpie, robin, common game birds, cuckoos, hawks, ducks, owls etc. are the major resident birds in Bangladesh. Bangladesh is situated on the cross path of

Christmas Day celebrated on the 25th of December, is the most festive and joyous occasion celebrated with religious freedom by the Christians in Bangladesh and is also a declared public holiday. The celebration of Christmas features special prayers in churches on Christmas Eve, exchange of gifts and cards to express Christmas greetings, arrangements of feasts

On the occasion of Lalon Shah’s birthday, the folk singers (Bauls) perform Lalon’s songs, usually under a banyan tree or on the bank of a river near a village and a group of people organize a fair at the spot. Rural musical instruments, handicrafts, pottery, light snacks and household items are available in the fair

Victory Day is a national holiday in Bangladesh, celebrated on 16th December to commemorate the victory of the Allied Forces High Command over the Pakistani forces in the Bangladesh Liberation War, in 1971. Military Parade by Bangladesh Armed Forces at the National Parade Ground, ceremonial meetings, speeches, lectures, receptions and fireworks take place on this

Dubla Rash Mela is not only a big fair for Bagerhat, it is undoubtedly one of the biggest fairs in the country. At the centre of the festival are twenty thousand temporary fishermen, who are engaged in catching and drying fish on Dubla and nearby islands. Every year in the Bengali month of Agrahayan, the

Nabanna (Festival of New Harvest) is a Bengali harvest celebration, usually celebrated by rural people across the country with food, dance and music in Bangladesh and in the Indian State of West Bengal in the Bengali month of Aghrahayan (Nov-Dec). A big attraction of the festival is food where local prepare a vast array of

‘Kothin Chibor Dan’ is the best religious celebration of the Buddhist people group where “viksus” are given “chibor” or fabric to wear which the Buddhists accept as the best of all blessings. This festival or celebration is commended with religious enthusiasm at Rangamati Rajban Bihara in the Rangamati slope locale. Buddhist people group from each

Kali Puja also known as Shyama Puja or Mahanisha Puja, is a festival dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali, celebrated on the new moon day of the Hindu month Kartik (October-November). According to the Hindu myth, Kali is the first of 10 female energies of Shiva (the 3rd God of the Hindu triad). The festival

Durga Puja, the grandest festival of the Bengalis, which commemorates the victory of Goddess Durga over a demon Mahisasur. It marks as the universal resurgence of the power of creation over destruction. Durga is the Goddess of divine power against all evils. For months local artisans makes the idols with great enthusiasm and devotion, for

Eid-al-Adha (Festival of the Sacrifice) is the second of two religious holidays celebrated on the 10th Dhul hijja of the lunar Islamic calendar, by Muslims worldwide each year. In the morning on the Eid day, after congregation prayers people thank God for the animal and the sacrifice takes place (usually cows, goats, camels). The meat

Eid-al-Fitr (Breaking of the Fast) is the largest religious festival of Muslims and marks the end of Ramadan, which is a month of fasting and prayer; it is the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal. Many Muslims attend communal prayers seeking divine blessings, listen to a khutba (sermon) and give zakat al-fitr (charity

It is a traditional age-old rowing sport of Bangladesh. The sport uses traditional Bangladeshi boats known as Nouka. Each team in a Nouka Baich competition consists of 25 to 100 members. Boats with motor engines are not allowed. In every boat there is a leader who does not row, rather acts as an energiszer for