Bangladesh, Destinations, Travel Themed Photography 24

One word photo challenge – Green Bangladesh


Conducting bird survey at Lawachara forest

Images of evergreen Bangladesh from one of our travels in Lawachara National Park, Sreemangal, Sylhet division. Ashique and I were there for fieldwork few years ago, we were lucky to sync our separate work projects – mine on ecotourism and his on mental health – and do a two weeks fieldwork north of Bangladesh. We took the children with us as this was a great opportunity for them to experience wildlife in a special nature reserve. The grandparents went as well to help out while we were out in the field.

These are just a few of the images from our time in this lush forest and its surrounding villages which I posting as part of One Word Photo Challenge: Pine  Nature, forests, wildlife, you have it all in Bangladesh 🙂


Came across so many of these during survey work!


Elephants we saw along the way from Dhaka to Sylhet


Well marked trails allowed for easy access into different parts of the forest



Villages surrounding the nature reserve



Kids had great fun seeing baby goat and sheep in the villages


Bamboo – fastest growing plant in the world


ANIMALS BEING RELEASED BACK IN THE WILD – SLOW LORIS, WILDCAT, PYTHON…caught in neighbouring tea gardens and villages


Train tracks running through the forest, passengers hanging out!


Kids enjoying a walk in the forest, saw gibbons and monkeys!

Lawachara National Park is a very special place. It is home to the endangered Hoolock Gibbon and is one of our favourite places to visit in Bangladesh. Easy to get to from Dhaka, with lots of options for accommodations near the forest.  The Eco Cottages in particular are good. The reserve has well marked trails for hiking and exploring the forest with great opportunities to see plenty of wildlife!

For other posts on Bangladesh see our Photoessay of Sunderbans National Park , Bangladesh seen through the eyes of Yorkshire children and my personal favourite – Bangladesh in Red 🙂

Linking post with Mosaic Monday, Our World Tuesday worldless (on tuesday) Outdoor Wednesday and Nature’s Notes hosted by Rambling Woods


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  • Jennifer Nichole Wells says: December 8, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    These are beautiful. I love seeing your journey through your color themed photos. The shot of the spider has to be my favorite- so much detail. Thank you for sharing.

  • Judith @ Lavender Cottage says: December 8, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    You have a diverse ecological area for your studies which likely makes it that much more rewarding. I wouldn’t like the spiders!
    Thanks you for linking to Mosaic Monday.

    • samselim says: December 8, 2014 at 7:40 pm

      I wasn’t too keen on the spiders either but had to be ‘brave’ and not squeal every time I can across one during the transect surveys!

  • Muriel says: December 9, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Those spiders look mighty deadly/scary! I love the pictures of the elephants walking around, so majestic. I would love to visit Bangladesh and hang out with the locals and explore these lush forests. They look gorgeous!

    • samselim says: December 9, 2014 at 3:37 pm

      Those spiders were scary, but I have been told they are not poisonous..still found them very scary! I hope you do get to visit Bangladesh, hanging out with the locals there is awesome 🙂

  • duaba says: December 9, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    i’ve never imagined bangladesh to be so lush! adding Lawachara National Park to my travel bucket list!!!!

    • samselim says: December 9, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      I am glad you are 🙂 Parts of the country is indeed so beautiful and lush..Banderbans is another place south that is really lush!

  • shussey27 says: December 9, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    You have taken some beautiful pictures. If I had to use one word to describe my thoughts of Bangladesh it would be “strength” because when I think of what the country has been through over the years the people there must be made of something strong to deal with floods, famine, poverty to name but a few….it looks like a beautiful country. Having known a few people who are from Bangladesh I hope to visit one day and see for myself..

    • samselim says: December 9, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      Thank you for describing Bangladesh so well! It is indeed a beautiful country..I hope you do get to visit someday 🙂

      • shussey27 says: December 9, 2014 at 3:55 pm

        Me too! I haven’t been to any of India or that area so I hope to soon….my friends love visiting there and always tell me their stories…

  • Lotusleaf says: December 9, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Beautiful pictures! Bangladesh looks a lot like India,

    • samselim says: December 9, 2014 at 3:55 pm

      Thanks 🙂 Parts of the country is very much like India, but different in their own unique ways!

  • fredamans says: December 9, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    So many wonderful photos. Love the lush green forest, the beautiful children and EEEKKK to the spiders. 🙂

  • Irene Kleppan says: December 9, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Thank you for shearing pictures fro this exciting and lush park. Some spiders!

  • Christian says: December 9, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Great capture, looks like an interesting place.

  • Rambling Woods says: January 28, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    What a wonderful opportunity for you and your family. Amazing wildlife and so very happy to see wildlife being set free back into the wild.. Interesting insects..I am working on getting over my fear of spiders..I take photos of them now..Michelle

    • samselim says: January 29, 2015 at 4:03 pm

      Thank you, we had a lovely time there and I can’t wait to be back again when we move to Bangladesh! I am still scared of spiders, but like you, I work on my fear and try think rationally..will need to conquer this fear before roadtripping in Australia in 2016!

  • Nikki says: March 3, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    That spider looks terrifying…I wouldn’t want to have a run in with that! Spiders aside though it looks and sounds like a truly wonderful place!

    • says: March 3, 2016 at 9:09 pm

      Yeah I wasn’t too keen on the spiders either, but none of them are poisonous..on the other hand am heading to Australia in 3 weeks times and some really scary spiders there!

  • Rob Taylor says: March 3, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    I love your color related posts. And this is so fantastic to see the lush world with the animals, the people living so close but still being mindful and releasing animals.

  • Renne Simpson says: March 4, 2016 at 2:21 am

    That’s nice to see they release the animals back into the wild. Wonderful photos! But YIKES to the spider!

  • Voyager says: March 4, 2016 at 5:20 am

    Beautiful photos which capture the greenery so well, especially the grasshopper ones.

  • Heather says: March 4, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Glad to read they have a release program. Look forward to visiting Bangladesh.

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