“Bangladesh” is a combination of the Bengali words, Bangla and Desh, meaning the country or land where the Bangla language is spoken.

Bangladesh straddles the Bay of Bengal in South Asia. To the west and north it is bounded by India; to the southeast, it borders Myanmar. The topography is predominantly a low-lying floodplain. About half the total area is actively deltaic and is prone to flooding in the monsoon season from May through September. The Ganges/Padma River flows into the country from the northwest, while the Brahmaputra/ Jamuna enters from the north. The capital city, Dhaka, is near the point where those river systems meet. The land is suitable for rice cultivation.

 

Welcome to Khulna:

Khulna, the capital of Bangladesh’s southwestern province, serves as a launchpad for organized trips into the Sundarbans and is hence an important dot on the country’s tourist map. A boom town with a considerable Hindu population (West Bengal in India is barely 40km away as the crow flies), the town itself offers few worthy sights, although its surrounds are home to a few interesting historical monuments and activities.

The local culture here has a tangible Indian flavour to it, and the frontier sensation hangs heavy in the air. Many people talk about having relatives across the international border and have been to India on frequent visits. The regional dialect here has a greater linguistic overlap with West Bengal than eastern or northern Bangladesh, while the cuisine, peppered with cross-border cooking traditions, also has its own distinct identity.