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Beautiful Bangladesh

Holiday Highlights

  • Small groups, huge fair trade organisations, different crafts and diverse techniques
  • An unforgettable village stay among farmers and weavers, who use traditional and organic methods
  • Experiencing life from the water on a fascinating boat trip on the Shitalakha river
  • Exploring the bazaars and palaces of bustling Dhaka – the rickshaw capital of the world!

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Day Description Distance Meals
1 Depart UK Depart UK on overnight flights to Dhaka  
2 Dhaka Arrival in Dhaka and settle into our accommodation D  
3 Dhaka Visit Swajan and meet the women behind their beautiful embroidered cards B L D  
4 Dhaka Meet Jute Works and visit the National Museum B L  
5 Dhaka Visit Traidcraft Exchange's Dhaka office to hear about their latest projects B L  
6 Dhaka Boat trip through the city of Dhaka B L  
7 Dhaka to Dhanbari Visit Traidcraft Exchange's SLIPP project B L D  
8 Dhanbari to Tangail Visit Modhupur National Park B L D  
9 Tangail to Rangpur Meet members of a farming community to hear about their local initiatives B L D  
10 Rangpur Explore screenprinting and sewing at Saidpur Enterprises B L D  
11 Rangpur to Dhaka Train journey through rural Bangladeshi scenery B  
12 Dhaka Sightseeing in Manikganj alongside a visit to Aarong's producers B L  
13 Dhaka Free day with your guide to enjoy Dhaka B D  
14 Depart Flights back to the UK B  

Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

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Holiday Information

Dominated by the braiding strands of its mighty rivers, Bangladesh is a beautiful country of winding waterways, fertile farmland and a rich and fascinating culture. It's also home to a fantastic network of producers and you will have an opportunity to meet the people behind fair trade in Bangladesh and visit development projects that address the problems caused by war and flooding. You are unlikely to find a tour that visits so many different fair trade organisations and gives you the opportunity to learn and enjoy so much.
Amongst some inspiring visits to handmade paper producers and screen printers we also meet women working with Swajan. Often from poor urban areas or remote villages, Swajan is helping them improve their lives by using their skill in traditional techniques of appliqué, embroidery, patchwork and mirror work to create beautiful handmade paper and textile products.
“Come before the tourists do” is the slogan of the National Tourist Office and you’ll soon realise that they are right as you enjoy a warm welcome from everyone you meet. They’ll encourage you to sample the multitude of tastes, sights and sounds that Bangladeshi culture has to offer.
Throughout the trip you’ll be in the experienced hands of Shamim, who has been working with colleagues at Prabatana to help farmers and craft producers get a better deal for more than 25 years. A fabric designer with a passion for community tourism, Shamim is eager to share his love of Bangladesh and the fantastic people and projects that make our visits so special.

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Holiday Details

All accommodation in hotels and guesthouses with en-suite facilities

75% meals provided

2 train journeys

1 long road transfer

7 producer visits

2 development project visits including 1 Traidcraft Exchange Project

1 boat trip

4 tourist visits

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