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Photography Tour Bangladesh

PHOTO SAFARI BANGLADESH

Specialized Photography Bangladesh Tours : Bangladesh is a land of mystique, contrasts and colors - a place of towering mountains, bustling cities, mysterious forests, ancient forts and a vibrant culture. It is a place where the modern and the old coexist. For photographers, this means a virtual paradise of photo ops.

Whether your photography interest lies in wildlife, landscapes, street, architecture, travel or culture, Photo Safari Bangladesh's specialized photo tours of Bangladesh will help you explore the spectacular wealth of experiences that is Bangladesh and capture the essence of the country.

We offer private photo tours to select destinations in Bangladesh Photography and also select group trips throughout the year. We invite you to get comfy, grab a mug of coffee and check out our photo tours of Bangladesh, each of which is designed to make you a part of this vibrant nation. Also browse our image galleries and our articles and travelogues section. Feel free to drop us an e-mail on mamholidays@gmail.com, even if it just to talk photography or comment.

 
Our Philosophy : Photo Safari Bangladesh currently runs photo tours to the following select destinations only. These destinations have been chosen because of the wealth of photo opportunities offered by each of them, and because of our in-depth knowledge of these locations.
 
DHAKA PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR
Photography focus: Sadar Ghat, Lalbagh Fort, Curzon Hall, Ahsan Manjil, National Museum, Star Mosque, Armenian Church, Rickshaw, Dhakeshwari Temple, Buriganga River, National Martyr’s Memorial, Sonargaon.
 

Dhaka is in the centre and the capital of Bangladesh, founded in 1608 has an exciting history, rich cultural heritage and tourist destinations in Bangladesh. Built on the bank of the river Buriganga, and it is now a sprawling modern city. It used to be known as the city of mosques and is called the city of rickshaws. These days it looks chaotic with more vehicles on the roads and streets and building coming up, but the "chaos" is not a decadent one, it is rather solely positive. Paintings on buses and rickshaws are of people's dream, and the city is really bustling.

This division is ideal for Photography Tours, Nature Tours, Architectural Tours, River Tours, Monsoon Tours, and Walking Tours.

 
Some of the outstanding attractions of the city are:
     
Sadar Ghat:
It is situated on the bank of the river Buriganga. For a visitor, there awaits an amazing scene with different types of boats - uncovered and covered boats, cargo boats.
     
Lalbagh Fort:
Lalbagh Fort is an incomplete Mughal palace fortress at Dhaka by the river Buriganga. The river has now gone further south and flows at quite a distance from the fort. The construction of the fort was commenced in 1678 AD by Prince Muhammad Azam and was left unfinished since 1684. At the centre of the fort stands the Tomb of Pari Bibi, the beloved daughter of Shaista Khan. On the western side of the tomb stands the Mosque and the Diwaan-e-aam along with the hummam khana is in the east. The fort has a huge tank and residence for the soldiers and officials in the inner side of the southern wall.
     
Curzon Hall:
This structure was built in 1904. Meant to be a town hall and was named after Lord Curzon, the then British Viceroy in India. It was used as such till 1911, when the partition of Bengal was annulled. Following the annulment of partition in 1911 it was used as a premise of Dhaka College, and after the establishment of Dhaka University in 1921, became part of the university's science section and continues as such. The building has a happy blend of European and Mughal elements, particularly noticeable in the projecting facade in the north which has both horse-shoe and cusped arches. The style combined traditional art with modern technology and functions and favoured Mughal forms such as arches and domes, believed to have entered the Islamic world from the west.
     

National Museum :
The Bangladesh National Museum preserves and displays the cultural property and heritage, as well as specimens of natural history of Bangladesh. It is located at Shahbagh, Dhaka. The museum is well organized. Itwas formally inaugurated on March 20, 1913.

The four-storied building of the museum has 43 galleries on a total floor space of 238,000 square feet. It has a collected 82,475 objects. The most significant objects are ancient petrified wood (2.5 million years old) collected from lalmai and mainamati; blackstone Naga Darwaza (serpent doorway) of 10th-11th century collected from Bangarh, Dinajpur; pieces of atom bombs blasted in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan in 1945; mat made of ivory; objects of the Liberation War of Bangladesh; objects used by the martyrs of the language movement; muslin of Dhaka; items of folk art and crafts; coins of emperor Sher Shah; terracotta plaques; sculptures and collection of contemporary art including various types of statues.

     
Ahsan Manjil:
Ahsan Manzil is situated at Kumartoli of Dhaka on the bank of the Buriganga, was the residential palace and the kachari of the nawabs of Dhaka. Having purchased it from his son Matiullah, the French made it their trading centre. Khwaja Alimullah bought it from the French in 1830 and converted it into his residence, effecting necessary reconstruction and renovations. Nawab Khwaja Abdul Ghani renovated it in the third quarter of 19th Century and named after his son Khwaja Ahsanullah. It has been turned into a museum recently. Ahsan Manjil is a very famous place  in Tourism Bangladesh.
     
Star Mosque:
Star Mosque is situated in Abdul Khairat Road, Armanitola, in the old part of Dhaka City. Mirza Golam Pir built a three domed mosque in the 19th Century. In 1926 a local businessman named Alijan Bepari added a verandah to the mosque, and even later in the 1987, Bangladesh Government added two more domes with it making a five domed mosque. Star decoration on its domes gave it such a name.
     
Armenian Church:
Situated in the present day Armanitola of the old part of Dhaka, it is a church established in 1781 by the Armenian community who came to Dhaka in 17th Century to trade with jute and salt. Though the community started moving off the region since the beginning of British rule and disappeared by the early of 20th Century, but the church is still in use by local Christian community.
     
Rickshaw:
Rickshaw is one of the principal means of transport in the urban areas of Bangladesh. It was first introduced in Japan in the early twentieth century. European jute exporters living in Narayanganj and Netrokona had first imported cycle rickshaw from Calcutta in 1938 for their personal use. Only 37 rickshaws were there in Dhaka in 1941, but now the city has about 600,000 rickshaws. Apart from its vehicular value, it is one of the fascinating tourist attractions of Bangladesh tourism.
     
Dhakeshwari Temple:
The Dhakeshwari temple was built in the 12th century by Ballal Sena, a king of the Sena Dynasty, and many say the name of the city was coined after this temple. This is a complex of several temples and ancillary buildings. The main temple is situated in the inner quarter on the east. A wall separates this quarter from the outer wall and entered through a monumental gateway, a bell adorns its top. The female deity has got the epithet Dhakeshwari as the patron deity of the city of Dhaka.
     
Buriganga River:
Buriganga is a very small river of only 27 km long. On average the river is 400m wide and 10m deep. It is a tributary of the mighty Brahmaputra River, which is called Jamuna in Bangladesh. Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh is situated by this river. Majority of the water transports linking Dhaka to the southern part of Bangladesh use this river. Sadarghat is the main terminal, while Damra is also used for minor purposes.
     

National Martyr's Memorial:
National Martyrs' Memorial situated at Savar, about 35 km north-west of Dhaka, symbolizes the valour and sacrifice of the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the liberation of Bangladesh. The main monument is composed of seven isosceles triangular planes each varying in size in its height and base. The highest one has the smallest base while the broadest base has the lowest height. The planes are folded at the middle and placed one after another. The highest point of the structure reaches 150 feet. This unique arrangement of the planes has created a structure that seems to change its configuration when viewed from different angles.

The whole complex is spread over an area of 34 hectares (84 acres) which is again wrapped around by a green belt of 10 hectares (24.7 acre). Several mass-graves and a reflection water body are placed in front of the monument.

     

Sonargaon:
The ‘village of Gold’ is the literal meaning of the name. Since before 11th Century, this has been a very important trading centre in the region for a long time till 17th Century, when Dhaka was made the capital of Mughals. During its long glorious history the town has seen several kings and rulers of different origins and religions.

The ancient city has been traced to have embraced a wide tract bounded on the east, west and south by the Rivers Meghna, the Shitalakhya and the Dhaleshwari respectively and on the north by the Brahmaputra River. It is now a township in the name of an upazila about 27km southeast of Dhaka in the Narayanganj district. Ancient city of Panam Nagar and few majestic buildings are the attractive remains of its old glory.

     
WILDLIFE SANCTUARIES AND BIRDING HOTSPOTS (SUNDARBAN & SREEMANGAL)
Photography focus: Wildlife, Birds, Lake, Culture and Tribal
Our wildlife trips visit Sundarban, Lawachara National Park/Lawachara Rain forest, Madhabpur Lake as well as Baikka Beel Wetland/Bird Sanctuary.
     
Sundarban:
Sundarban is the biggest mangrove forest in the world. Sundarban is in South West part of Bangladesh. The Sundarbans are a part of the world's largest delta formed by the rivers Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna. Sundarban is the natural habitat of the world’s famous Royal Bengal Tiger, spotted deer, crocodiles, jungle fowl, wild boar, lizards and many more. Migratory flock of Siberian flying over thousands of sail boats loaded with timber, Golpata, fuel wood, honey, shell and fish further add to the serene natural beauty of the Sundarban. The main tourist point is Hiron Point (Nilkamal) for watching tiger, deer, monkey, crocodiles, birds and natural beauty. Katka is for watching deer, tiger, crocodiles, varieties of birds and monkey. Morning and evening symphony of wild fowls. Vast expanse of grassy meadows running from Katka to Kachikhali (Tiger Point) provides opportunities for wild tracking. Tin Kona Island for tiger and deer. Dublar Char (Island) for fishermen. It is a beautiful island where herds of spotted deer are often seen to graze. Here land and water meet in many novel fashions, Wildlife presents many a spectacle. No wonder, you may come across a Royal Bengal Tiger swimming across the streams or the crocodiles basking on the river banks. 
     
SREENANGAL
   
Lawachara National Park :
is a major national park and nature reserve in Bangladesh. The park is located at Kamalganj Upazila, Moulvi Bazar District in the northeastern region of the country. It is located within the 2,740 ha (27.4 km2) West Bhanugach Reserved Forest. Lawachara National Park covers approximately 1,250 ha (12.5 km2) of semi-evergreen forests of the Tropical and subtropical coniferous forests Biome and mixed deciduous forests of the Tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forests Biome. The land was declared a national park by the Bangladesh government on July 7, 1996 under the Wildlife Act of 1974. Lawachara is about 160 km (99 mi) northeast of Dhaka and 60 km (37 mi) from Sylhet. It is 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) from the town of Srimongal. The terrain of Lawachara is undulating with scattered 10 to 50 m (33 to 164 ft) hillocks. Locally known as tila, the hillocks are primarily composed of Upper Tertiary soft sandstone. The park is crossed by numerous sandy-bedded streams (locally known as nallah), one of which is the Lawachara tributary, from which the park derived its name.[3] The soil of Lawachara is alluvial brown sandy clay loam to clay loam dating from the Pliocene epoch. Shallow depressions filled with water (haor wetlands) are also a feature of the region as the low-lying areas are often subject to flooding. Biological diversity in the Lawachara National Park consists of 460 species, of which 167 species are plants, 4 amphibian species, 6 reptile species, 246 bird species, 20mammal species, and 17 insect species.[5][6] One of this is the critically endangered western, of which only 62 individuals remain in the area. The forest of Lawachara is of a mixed type, with the understory usually composed of evergreens, including Quercus, Syzygium, Gmelina,Dillenia, Grewia, and Ficus. The upper canopy, meanwhile, is mainly composed of tall deciduous trees including Tectona, Artocarpus chaplasha, Tetrameles, Hopea odorata. Toona ciliata, and Pygenum. The original indigenous mixed tropical evergreen vegetation had been removed or replaced in the 1920s. It is now mostly secondary forest with small remnant areas of rich primary forest. In theundergrowth are bamboo groves of jai bansh (Bambusa burmanica) and muli bansh (Melocanna baccifera), as well as several fernspecies and other epiphytes. 159 plant species belonging to 123 genera and 60 families were studied in 2010. It includes 78 species of trees, 14 species of shrubs, 42 species of herbs, and 25 species of climbers. Ficus (fig trees) and Syzygium (brush cherries), each with 7 species, were the most diverse genera. Other notable genera include Terminalia, Dioscorea (yams), Artocarpus, Calamus (rattan palm), Piper (pepper vines), Alpinia, and Curcuma.[8] Threatened indigenous plant species include Bridelia retusa, Zanthoxylum rhetsa, Alstonia scholaris, Phyllanthus emblica, Cassia fistula, Orexylum indicum, Semocarpus anacardium, and Garuga pinnata. Mammals found in Lawachara include slow lorises (Nycticebus), the Northern pig-tailed macaques (Macaca leonina), rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta), Assamese macaques(Macaca assamensis), capped langurs (Trachypithecus pileatus), Phayre's leaf monkeys(Trachypithecus phayrei), western hoolock gibbons (Hoolock hoolock), golden jackals (Canis aureus), Dholes (Cuon alpinus), Asian black bears (Ursus thibetanus), yellow-throated martens(Martes flavigula), tigers (Panthera tigris), leopards (Panthera pardus), fishing cats (Prionailurus viverrinus), leopard cats (Prionailurus bengalensis), wild pigs (Sus scrofa), sambar (Rusa unicolor), barking deer (Muntiacus), and Indian giant squirrels (Ratufa indica).The western hoolock gibbon (Hoolock hoolock) is a higher primate found in Bangladesh. It is one of the top 25 most endangered primates and one of the six non-human primate species found in Lawachara. In a census in 2007, only 62 individuals in 17 groups were found in Lawachara and in the greater West Bhanugach Reserved Forest. Yet this is the biggest surviving gibbon population in Bangladesh. The Lawachara population is considered of ciritical importance as it is likely to be the last viable population of western hoolock gibbons that will survive into the next century. There are about eighteen villages near Lawachara. Two of them (Magurchara punji and Lawachara punji) are located within the boundaries of the park. Indigenous peoples in the area include the Christian Khasia people, the Hindu Tripuri people, the Tipra people, and the Monipuri people. The rest of the populations are mostly Muslim migrants from Noakhali, Comilla, and Assam. Registered forest villagers have certain rights within the reserve. This includes wood collection for fuel and building materials, hunting, betel production, grazing of livestock, harvesting of other forest products, and limited agriculture in allocated land in Bangladesh tourism place.
     
Madhabpur Lake :
is natural lake inside the Madhabpur tea estate. The water of the lake is so clean and clear that you cannot stop yourself from jumping inside the lake. This lake is between the small hills, and most of the hills are planted with tea trees. At winter season different kind of migratory birds comes here from cold countries so Bird lovers can see and enjoy different kind of birds here. This is an ideal place for Photographers. There is always heavy wind from the lake that made the water of the lake looks like a river or calm sea water. You must enjoy the view and photography as well as quietness of this lake.
     

Baikka Beel Wetland:
The aim of the sanctuary is to protect and restore aquatic biodiversity (particularly fish and birds) in Hail Haor. A secondary aim is through the visitor facilities to enhance enjoyment of the site and understanding of nature, the value of wetlands and need for their conservation. The sanctuary and its facilities are a model that can encourage replication of similar sanctuaries elsewhere in the country. Baikka Beel is a 100 ha wetland sanctuary located in Hail Haor a large wetland seasonally extending from 3,000-12,000 ha in north-east Bangladesh. Baikka Beel comprises of open water with emergent vegetation (mostly lotus), and a fringe of native swamp forest planted in 5-8 years ago. Originally it was protected to conserve and restore fish and it supports about 90 species of fish, but populations of wintering water birds rapidly increased.

So far 141 bird species have been recorded in the sanctuary. Up to 9 Pallas’s Fish Eagles winter, large flocks of ducks including up to 4,500 Fulvous Whistling-duck occur in winter, Great Spotted Eagle is regular, and good numbers and diversity of shorebirds, marshland warblers and other birds occur.
Mammals are few but include Fishing Cat. A visitor tower with several permanent interpretive displays was opened in early 2007. This is the only such facility in the country and this is the only substantial community managed wetland sanctuary in the country.

It is planned to construct a visitor centre and other facilities in 2010 with funds left over from the earlier MACH project. Visitor number have not been recorded as reliably as would be ideal, but are in the low thousands per year and include student groups, diverse government officials, and a wide range of foreign visitors. Thousands of migratory birds are flocking to Baikka Beel at Srimangal upazila in Moulvibazar Best time for watching birds or photography is early in the morning for two hours starting from sunrise and in the afternoon since two hours before the sunset. This part of Bangladesh remains one of our famous photography tours in Bangladesh.

Yes, the tiger is indeed the trophy sighting for these trips, but there is a lot more to see than just this magnificent predator - and with our carefully selected guides and safari routes, we ensure that you get to experience this wealth of diversity (and see the big stripy orange cat as well).

     
MAGNIFICENT RANGAMATI & BANDARBAN

Photography focus: Landscapes, hiking, Buddhist culture and monasteries
Rangamati and Bandarban located in the South-Eastern part of Bangladesh, is the crown of the Bangladesh territory. The towering, snow-covered mountains provide a stunning backdrop for high-altitude deserts, vast glaciers, verdant valleys, gushing streams and timeless monasteries.

A remote land that time has forgotten, a large part of the greater Chittagong region is cut off from the rest of civilization for the better part of the year due to Tribal life of Bangladesh. All round the year, intrepid travelers to explore its mysteries.

     
RANGAMATI:
Kaptai Lake is a manmade lake in south-eastern Bangladesh, go to Subholong by boat, see Hanging Bridge, visit Peda Ting Ting and Tuk Tuk Eco Village, visit to tribal village, take out for a short sightseeing tour of the local tribal museum (if open), a Buddhist temple, the Chakma King’s palace, handicraft centers, souvenir shops and a nearby tribal village.
     
BANDARBAN:
Nilachal & Shuvronila vast landscape, Shoylo Prapat fall, Chimbuk-third highest mountain of Bangladesh, Niligiri-the highest tourist spot of Bangladesh, Boga Lake-the highest natural lake of Bangladesh,Rijuk fall, Golden Temple-the holy site for Buddhist pilgrims, hiking Keokradong-the second highest mountain of Bangladesh, Tahjingdong-the highest mountain of Bangladesh, Shangu River- the integral part of the natural beauty of Bangladesh Truly a magical place, this part of the world remains one of our favorite Bangladesh’s destinations for photography.
     
ARCHAEOLOGICAL & HERITAGE WONDER OF MAINAMATI, PUTHIA, VARENDRA RESEARCH MUSEUM, MAHASTHANGARH, PAHARPUR, KANTANAGAR TEMPLE
Photography focus: Landscape, Culture, Archaeological, Heritage, Historical, Architecture (Temples, Forts, Palaces)
     
Mainamati and Lalmai:
Mainamati and Lalmai is famous for Bangladesh archaeological sites and Bangladesh historical places around Comilla. These are a series of hillocks, where the Northern part is called Moinamoti and the Southern part is called Lalmai; and Shalbon Bihar is in the Middle of Lalmai and Mainamoti, which the was established in 8th century by King Buddadev. Salban Vihara, almost in the middle of the Moinamoti-Lalmai hill range consists of 115 cells, built around a spacious courtyard with cruciform temple in the centre facing its only gateway complex to the north resembling that of the Paharpur Monastery. Kotila Mura situated on a flattened hillock, about 5 km north of Salban Vihara inside the Comilla Cantonment is a picturesque Buddhist establishment. Here three stupas are found side by side representing the Buddhist `Trinity’ or three jewels i.e. the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Charpatra Mura is an isolated small oblong shrine situated about 2.5 km. north-west of kotila Mura stupas. The only approach to the shrine is from the East through a gateway, which leads to a spacious hall. If you are in Comilla and already visited Lalmai, Moinamoti then don’t miss to go Moinamoti museum where you will find the historical things found in Lalmai & Moinamoti of 7th & 8th centuries. The Mainamati site Museum has a rich and varied collection of copper plates, gold and silver coins and 86 bronze objects. Over 150 bronze statues have been recovered mostly from the monastic cells, bronze stupas, stone sculptures and hundreds of terracotta plaques each measuring on an average of 9" high and 8" to 12" wide. Mainamati is only 114 km. from Dhaka City and is just a day's trip by road on way to Chittagong.
     
Puthia:
Situated 20km west of Rajshahi it is an upazila in Rajshahi district. Puthia Jamindari created by the Mughals in the early 17th century is one of the oldest estates of Bengal. The 1895 two storied Puthia Rajbari is one of the most attractive structures in the area. Among others the five spire Govinda temple, Trio Bangla temple, and the Shiva temple of South Indian Style are interesting.
     
Varendra Research Museum:
Varendra Museum was the first museum to be established in erstwhile East Bengal in 1910. The museum started out as the collection for Varendra Investigation Society and got its current name in 1919. Since inception this museum has actively searched and researched history of the ancient Varendra Civilization. Excavation at Somapura Bihara was started by the society along with Calcutta University in 1923. In 1964, the museum became a part of Rajshahi University. The museum has a very rich collection of ancient stuffs from different parts of Bangladesh.
     

Mahasthangarh:
Mahasthangarh is so far the oldest and largest archaeological site of Bangladesh, lies on the western bank of river Katatoya, about 12 km north of Bogra town, and is connected by a good metalled road. The site consists of the ruins of the ancient city of Pundranagara. The city was identified in 1879; the first regular excavation was conducted at the site in 1928-29 by the Archaeological Survey of India under the guidance of KN Diksit. Currently the Bangladeshi and French archaeologists have been carrying out excavation every winter since 1993.

Latest findings indicate a total of 18 building levels and that the city was inhabited as early as 6th Century BC. Dwellers of the city were mainly traders, who traded to and from faraway countries. Allegedly the city was derelict after a great fire in the 15th Century, and had gone underground in few centuries. Govinda Bhita, Laksmindar Medh, Bhasu Vihar, Vihar Dhap, Mangalkot and Godaibadi Dhap are excavated sites located outside the city but within its vicinity. The site has an adjacent museum that houses findings of the city.

     

Paharpur:
Paharpur, an important archaeological site in Bangladesh, is situated in a village in the Badalgachhi Upazila of Naogaon district. The site was first noticed by Buchanon Hamilton in course of his survey in Eastern India between 1807 and 1812. But regular and systematic excavation was jointly started here in 1923 by Archaeological Survey of India, Varendra Research Museum of Rajshahi and Calcutta University.

Excavation unearthed a Buddhist monastery that was built during the period from 780 AD to 830 AD by Dharma Pala, the second king of Pala Dynasty. The site comprises of a nearly rectangular surrounding wall with minor structures like refectory hall, kitchen, well, small Stupas etc, and a central Stupa. The stupa has a cruciform foundation for a hollow chamber supported by four identical wings in four directions. The site has an adjacent museum that houses findings in the surrounding.

     
Kantanagar Temple:
Kantanagar Temple is an eighteenth century brick temple, situated about 12 miles north of Dinajpur town. This originally ‘nine spired’ Hindu temple is said to be the most ornamental temple in Bangladesh. It had lost the spires during the devastating earthquake of 1897. The whole temple is covered with terracotta plaques that describe stories of ten incarnations of Lord Visnu especially from the epic poems Ramayana and Mahavarata.
     
New Destinations:
We are always on the lookout for new locations and new destinations. At the moment, in addition to Bangladesh listed above, we are also planning to introduce trips to  various national parks in Bangladesh. Keep watching this space for more info, or email us if you'd like to be a part of an exploratory trip.
 
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