I had wanted to visit Bangladesh for some years. After the difficulty of trying to organize my own tour, I found Nijhoom, and am so pleased I did. A very professional company who nevertheless treat clients as individuals.
Hassan (Nijhoom’s owner) met me at the airport in Dhaka which was kind. The financial arrangements for the trip were easy and worked perfectly.
There were only five of us (one couple and the rest strangers), and we travelled the whole country by plane, train, boat, and van.
Visiting a school for the street children in Dhaka. ©Photo Credit: Arafat Rasul
The roads are terrible – broken and in towns with horrendous traffic. However our wonderful driver for most of the trip – Mubarak – was brilliant and kept us safe and unstressed. Our guide, Arafat, was excellent – well informed and able to adapt where possible for our varied interests.
It is impossible to choose one highlight of the trip – most days were highlights! For me, the most memorable would include the two days with our great boatman on the Ganges Delta – floating rice market, brickmakers, and the villages; the old Rocket steamer; 3 days on our boat in the Sundarbans; the tribal villages we visited; the stone-crushers – incredible! – the tranquility of the Sangu river trip; the fish markets in Chittagong.
Exploring the Ganges Delta in Barisal. ©Photo Credit: Arafat Rasul
In addition to the tour, Hassan also arranged a day for me at Living Blue – an indigo farm in Rangpur, and a trip to see the Jamdani weaving village near Dhaka. Both were excellent, especially Living Blue.
Bangladesh exceeded every one of my expectations and dreams. A beautiful country of tranquil, peaceful rivers, bustling colourful cities, tribal villages, and the most incredible people – kind, helpful and happy. As a single woman, at no time did I feel intimidated, uncomfortable or afraid.
For a destination which is different, and very much off the beaten track, safe and with truly great people – Bangladesh ticks all the boxes. Go before it becomes too popular! And I would unhesitatingly recommend travelling with Hassan’s company, Nijhoom.
Boat ride at Sangu river. ©Photo Credit: Arafat Rasul