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The Sundarbans, Bangladesh

Sundarbans from NASA Earth Observatory

Some photos from a couple of trips to villages along the edges of the Sundarbans this past summer. 

The Sundarbans, which stretches along the Bay of Bengal coast of India and Bangladesh, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the largest mangrove forest in the world. It’s also home to Royal Bengal Tigers.

No, I haven’t seen a tiger, although someone in my office has–so boasts the photo above my desk (yes, I’m jealous). But I did see river dolphins popping up every few minutes in the Chadpai Wildlife Sanctuary–amazing. Sadly, there’s been an oil spill in the area with the cleanup currently underway.

Sonargaon, Bangladesh

Some lovely decaying buildings from the late 19th century Panam City, Sonargaon, Bangladesh–just outside Dhaka (post several-hours crossing Dhaka).

Panam City, Sonargaon, Bangladesh

Panam City, Sonargaon, Bangladesh

Panam City, Sonargaon, Bangladesh

Panam City, Sonargaon, Bangladesh

Panam City, Sonargaon, Bangladesh

Panam City, Sonargaon, Bangladesh

Panam City, Sonargaon, Bangladesh

If I don’t put a caption, no pretty border.

Panam City, Sonargaon, Bangladesh

So you get the same caption.

Panam City, Sonargaon, Bangladesh

Passing through grove to hidden mansion (ah, finally something to say).

Panam City, Sonargaon, Bangladesh

A hidden (to us) mansion.

Panam City, Sonargaon, Bangladesh

Our tour guide.

Panam City, Sonargaon, Bangladesh

Her friends/siblings.

Panam City, Sonargaon, Bangladesh

Still the pretty mansion. I’ve got at least 50 of these.

Panam City, Sonargaon, Bangladesh

At least 100 doors.

Panam City, Sonargaon, Bangladesh

And even more windows.

Panam City, Sonargaon, Bangladesh

Someone was living (squatting) here. Quality choice.

Panam City, Sonargaon, Bangladesh

A rickshaw and whatever the “not a CNG” vehicle is called.

Panam City, Sonargaon, Bangladesh

More doors.

Panam City, Sonargaon, Bangladesh

That’s all folks.