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India's sleepy, water-logged neighbor has a fascinating history. Shaped by Hindu and Buddhist empires, Bangladesh fell to the Muslim rulers of Delhi, before being snatched away by the British and reinvented as eastern Bengal. It's modern history is no less surprising — until 1945, this was part of India; from 1945 to 1971, it was part of Pakistan. Even today, Bangladesh remains perhaps the least known and least explored corner of the Indian subcontinent. Although the country has its share of must-see sights — bustling Dhaka, ruined temples and Mughal mausoleums, the tropical waterways of the Sundarbans — the main attraction here is the ...

India's sleepy, water-logged neighbor has a fascinating history. Shaped by Hindu and Buddhist empires, Bangladesh fell to the Muslim rulers of Delhi, before being snatched away by the British and reinvented as eastern Bengal. It's modern history is no less surprising — until 1945, this was part of India; from 1945 to 1971, it was part of Pakistan. Even today, Bangladesh remains perhaps the least known and least explored corner of the Indian subcontinent. Although the country has its share of must-see sights — bustling Dhaka, ruined temples and Mughal mausoleums, the tropical waterways of the Sundarbans — the main attraction here is the chance to experience a different way of life, far from the tourist crowds. In the monsoon-drenched villages of the Ganges delta, little has changed since the time of the Mughals, with the pace of life dictated by the changing seasons. The far south is something else again, a sprawl of islands and estuarine beaches, backed by rugged hills where the last of Bangladesh's Buddhist tribes still follow their ancient traditions.

Joe Bindloss
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Joe Bindloss has written more than 30 guidebooks for Lonely Planet, Time Out and other publishers, with a focus on Southeast Asia, the Indian Subcontinent and island nations.

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