Yes, Direct flights are offered by Biman Bangladesh. These direct flights operate between London Heathrow and Dhaka or Sylhet Airports and last only for 11 hours.
Biman Bangladesh flights are sought after especially by the Bengali community living here in the United Kingdom. We advise our customer to call our agents early for a better and cheaper Biman Bangladesh flight deal. Biman Bangladesh is the only airline that offers a direct flight route from London Heathrow to Shahjalal International as British Airways discontinued their service back in 2009 and usually the airline provides the cheapest flights to Dhaka and Sylhet.
There are five Biman Bangladesh flights to the UK every week. The direct flight to Dhaka is the same flight that continues to Sylhet. This BB 202 flight is operated every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Please contact our agents to book these Bangladesh Biman flights because they also tend to change their schedules with the seasons.
The best time to visit Bangladesh is of course in the winter, between November and February. Temperatures rise sharply after this time, making the weather hot and humid. In the middle of the year, the Indian monsoons cover Bangladesh which could result in local floods – not exactly the best time for a trip to Bangladesh. During the time mentioned above, however, the temperature does not exceed a balmy 27°C and does not fall below 15°C even at night. Besides with the welcoming weather, many festivals are happening during these months that make the country, even more, inviting for tourists.
In most scenarios, going to a country during the months when the weather is not optimum could cheapen the deal but not in the case of Bangladesh. Most homesick Bangladeshi expats head for their country of origin during the summer break which elevates the prices of the hotels and other accommodation facilities. For a cheap Bangladesh trip aim instead to visit the country at the end of October till mid-November . It would not only provide you with cheaper airfare and hotel rates but also a more pleasant environment to explore Bangladesh.
Bangladesh is a small country with a large population. With an improving economy and a rising purchasing power, Bangladeshis use three international airports to get around the world and welcome foreign tourists to their homeland.
- Shahjalal International Airport (DAC) is the most prominent and busiest international airport in the country, due to its proximity to the financial and administrative capital Dhaka. Although most modern hotels are away from the city centre, near Gulshan, only 15 minutes away from the airport, cheaper hotels in Dhaka can be found in the city centre known as Motijheel. A car trip to Motijheel from the Shahjalal Airport can take about 45 minutes since the route usually has traffic jams. Shahjalal International Airport handles around 18 million passengers each year.
- Shah Amanat International Airport (CGP) serves the city of Chittagong in the country’s south-east. The airport is used by many foreigners who intend to take a trip to the famous Cox’s Bazaar in southern Bangladesh. Your posh hotel in the city centre would be 20 kilometres away from the airport, a ride that will take an hour by taxi, due to traffic jams. The Shah Amanat International Airport can process 1.5 million passengers each year and is the second busiest International airport in Bangladesh.
- Osmani International Airport (ZYL) was built for the Bengali expatriates arriving at Sylhet to pay homage at the Shahjalal shine. Shahjalal is the patron saint of Bangladesh and most Bangladeshi Muslims living in the UK visit the city to ask for blessings. The airport is situated north of the town, and from there Shahjalal shrine is only 20 minutes away. Most of the hotels and inns are located around the sanctuary or on the banks of the Surma River.
Even though all British nationals can get a visa on arrival for a month’s duration at the airport, it is advisable to apply for the visa and obtain it beforehand to enter Bangladesh. Get the visa for Bangladesh from the Bangladeshi High Commission in London so that you can skip the long queues outside the immigration office. Please make sure that you leave the country before the visa expires because that could result in fine and penalties. Upon entry, make sure that the visa officer has stamped on your passport correctly.
Bangladesh has recognized its tourism potential, and the government has taken adequate steps to preserve historical landmarks and natural wonders to attract more tourists. These landmarks are numerous, and so only a select few have been mentioned below.
- Saint Martin’s Island is the only coral island of Bangladesh. It attracts many tourists from not only the country but from all around the world to the island’s natural beauty. The island is only inhabited on the northern side, and the southern half has been left to nature and for tourist to explore. The local population survives on fishing, and often they sell their catch of fresh fish, shrimps and crabs to tourists for a barbeque. Saint Martin’s Island can only be accessed via a ferry from Cox’s Bazaar. As the planet continues to warm up, the ocean water surrounding the island gets exceedingly turbulent in the summer, so plan your trip to Saint Martin’s accordingly.
- Ahsan Manzil is an architectural feat of Bangladesh. It was the official residence of the Nawab of Dhaka. The Nawab was more of a landlord than royalty, and he bought the Ahsan Manzil from the French who were forced to leave India in 1830. The building has been made in Indo-Saracenic Architecture, which is a combination of Indian and European trends of construction. The palace was turned into a museum by the founder of Bangladesh, and it has been restored to its former glory. Visit the Ahsan Manzil, a structure with unmatched architectural and historical importance in Bangladesh.
- Somapura Mahavihara ruins in Paharpur allow the tourists to go back in time. Many thousands of years ago, Buddhism used to flourish in what is now known as Bangladesh. These ruins are of five universities that taught religion and science to its students and encouraged the professors to conduct further research in their subjects. In its prime, the building was in shape of a cross, with a large stupa at the centre. No one knows how this huge central hall was used and what relics did it contain, but the tourist can be a part of the mystery if he uses a bit of imagination.
Bangladesh is a developing country with most of its population still associated with the agriculture sector. Many of Bangladesh’s festivals are centred on farming. The Pawhela Boishakh is the Bengali New Year celebrated early in January. It is a festival to greet friends and family members with best wishes for a prosperous coming year. The women dress in colourful saris, and the men adorn traditional kurtas. Ekushay is the day set to celebrate Bengali language and remember those who laid their lives to preserve the cultural heritage of the country. Being a Muslim majority country, Bengalis celebrate the Eid festival with religious devotion and zeal. In December, the entire nation celebrates Independence and Victory Day.
Bangladesh has 20 domestic and international airports that allow tourists to fly to other cities within the county. Biman Bangladesh is the national airlines which carry passengers from Dhaka to Sylhet and from Chittagong to Rajshahi. As is always the case, book these flights with TravelhouseUK as early as possible for a bargain. The local buses are not a good option for travelling through the cities of Bangladesh as they are often cramped with people and quite unsafe. There are, however, luxury buses that run between cities. They are a bit more expensive but the best choice if you want to travel by road. Taxi, rickshaws and car rental facilities also enable the tourists to get around Bangladesh quickly.
Many luxury hotels have opened their doors in Bangladesh, particularly in Dhaka. Please select one from the list below for your travels.
- Royal Tulip Sea Pearl Beach Resort & Spa
- Hotel Sarina Dhaka
- Amari Dhaka
- Radisson Blu Dhaka Water Garden
- The Westin Dhaka