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#1 Feb 23rd, 2005, 22:18
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Hi - I'm a UK citizen. I need to leave India for a new visa. I'm planning to get a Bangladesh visa in Calcutta, go via bus to Bangladesh for 2 months, get a new Indian 6 month visa in Dhaka, then back to Calcutta via bus. Has anyone done this, and have any tips they want to share ?

Also, on the Bangladesh High Commission web site:

http://www.bangladeshhighcommission....guide-visa.htm

it says that for a tourist visa, you need [quote]:

'A letter of invitation (original, in letter head) from the concerned Bangladesh organisation or in case of personal invitation, bank statement of the concerned Bangladesh national along with the invitation letter will be required. The address and telephone number of the person inviting the applicant must be mentioned in the invitation letter. '

How do I get around that ? - I have no contacts in Bangladesh.

Tim
#2 Feb 24th, 2005, 01:00
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well u can travel by bus from cal to dhaka , i think its a 3 hrs drive, as for getting a tourist visa , i dont think u need a invitation , u need to submit all ur relevant papers , concerning ur profession and how u will support ur self while ur there.
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Hi,
Although I am Irish, and therefore don't need a visa to enter Bangladesh, my girlfriend comes from Finland. We have just yesterday returned to Calcutta from Bangladesh. She got her Bangladeshi visa at the High Commission here in Calcutta.

We did not need any letter of introduction or bank statement, just a address of a contact in Bangladesh. We just booked a night in a hotel in Dhaka, and used this hotels address as a contact address. This was perfectly acceptable. There is also no need to have an onward ticket etc.

The High Commission in Calcutta is hectic however, I would advise being there well before the 10.15 opening time. They don't accept applications after 11.30. It is possible to collect the visa the same day at 5pm, when things are a little quieter.

As regards getting an Indian visa at the other side, I can't help you. We had some time left on our multiple entry visas.

rockyS, the bus journey to Dhaka takes 13 hrs, not 3.

Hope that helps,

Maroyu
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Cal - Dhaka

Hi,
For getting Bangladesh tourist visa, you just need to pickup the forms and apply with photographs. You will not require invitation. Though you will need to specify a contact in Bangladesh.

If you are in Calcutta, you can contact the travel agents there and they can arrange the same for you.

For travelling, you get daily flights from Calcutta (35-45minutes flying time) or else you get 100's of surface transport options.
Better ones would be : the international bus service from Calcutta to Dhaka or take a bus from Calcutta (departs from Esplanade area) to Petrapole (Indo-Bangla border) and take a second bus from there into Dhaka. Normally the tickets you purchase from Calcutta, they will include the fare for Bangladesh side also.

Hope this helps
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Thanks for these tips, guys - they are all much appreciated.

Arijit - where do you get tickets for the International Bus Service ? Are these government buses, or private operators ?

How about getting a new Indian visa in Dhaka: has anyone had experience of this ?

Tim
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Maryou

sorry abt the wrong info, i think to cross the border it is 3 hrs.
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Originally Posted by TimMakins Thanks for these tips, guys - they are all much appreciated.

Arijit - where do you get tickets for the International Bus Service ? Are these government buses, or private operators ?

How about getting a new Indian visa in Dhaka: has anyone had experience of this ?

Tim
Hello TimMakins,

01. International Bus Service : Cal - Dhaka (Single bus journey, no need to change buses at borders), are operated by West Bengal Surface Transport Corporation and Bangladesh Road Transport Corp. Tickets can be purchased from International Bus terminus at Salt Lake - Karunamoyee.
(am not aware if the tickets can be purchased anywhere else)
These are very comfortable A.C buses departing early morning and reaching Dhaka by evening.

02. Other buses are operated by numerous private operators including Shyamoli Paribahan , Sohag Paribahan (pvt. operators of Dhaka); West Bengal Surface Transport Corp.(Govt. of West Bengal). Most of these are good A.C buses and leave from ESPLANADE (DHARMATOLLA area / Free School Street / Marquis Street / Jamuna Cinema areas )
They normally have TWO legs of the journey....one : from Cal to Petrapole border, here you disembark to clear customs,immigration etc. and walk over to the Bangladesh side and take 2nd bus (which definately is reserved already when u purchase the tkt from Cal.) to Dhaka.

03. You can also get SUMO service ...Sumo upto Petrapole..cross..then Bus to Dhaka. But in this case u only are charged upto border. After crossing you need to buy a separate ticket for your onward journey to Dhaka.
Area : Leaves from Free School Street/Jamuna Cinema areas.

About getting Indian visa from Dhaka.. truely speaking not much idea on that.

Hope this helps u.
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Welcome

Welcome to Bangladesh, a land of plenty of green. I ag giving some information whcih may be halpful for you.

Apprx lodging cost :

- Economy : USD 4-6/night
- Standard hotels : USD 8-15/NOGHT.
- Luxury l(5 Star) : USD 100-150/night

- Lunch/Dinner : USD 1-3

Places of interests :

Dhaka : Shahid Minar, Dhaka University, Ahsan Manjil, Sonargaon, Sangsad Bhaban.

Beaches : Cox's Bazar ( 100 K.M long) , Patenga, Kuakata
Hills : Rangamati, Khagrachori, Bandarban.
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Arijit - thanks very much for your detailed reply - that is most impressive, and will be very helpful. I have also sent you a Private Message - please check your Inbox.

Mahmud - thanks for all the great information on Bangladesh - not many people seem to go there, but I am looking forward to visiting very much, and hope to travel extensively throughout the country.

Tim.
#10 Mar 5th, 2005, 18:13
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Hi Tim (May I call you that ),

Have checked and reverted to you.

Hope you have a GREAT time in Calcutta and Dhaka.... BTW, I myself have been to Dhaka on few occasions, so if you need any other info, let me know. If I know about it, you will know too !!

Cheers
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I am also always ready to help any IM in Dhaka. So, can send me message before leaving to Dhaka. We can also have a cup of coffee together.
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A few links on what Dhaka looks like

From the border about three quarters of the way into Bangladesh, you'll pass

the Jamuna Bridge, some pics










Further on you'll see Dhaka, couple of threads...

Dhaka streets

Dhaka city skyline

Dhaka shopping malls
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Kolkata to Dhaka Bus Company links

I decided to offer some links after doing a little web-search.

Largest Luxury bus operators in Bangladesh are,

Green Line[http://www.greenlineparibahan.com],

Shyamoli [http://www.shyamoli.paribahan.com/],

Silk Line [http://www.paribahan.com/paribahan/s...line_main.php? ] and

Shohagh [http://www.shohagh.com/group]

Shohagh gets my vote among all these. Green Line operates SCANIA buses (comparable to business class in Major airlines).

They serve the major cities and tourist attractions. They all have a few offices around Dhaka, the most central being those near the Eastern Hotel on Inner Circular Rd in Central Dhaka, just north of the Motijheel area. Green Line serves [[Chittagong]] (Tk 400, 5-6 hours), [[Cox's Bazar]] (Tk 630, 8-9 hours), [[Rajshahi]] (Tk 350, 4 hours), [[Sylhet]] (Tk 400, 5 hours), [[Khulna]] (Tk 450, 7 hours) and [[Jessore]] (Tk 400, 5-6 hours) in its comfortable Volvo buses. It also has a couple of super luxury Scania buses to Chittagong (Tk 550) and Cox's Bazar (Tk 850) if you feel comfortable floating through such a poor country in high style and have taka to burn. Seats are ''huge'' and fully recline.

From India there are a number of land entry points for Luxury Buses. The most common way is the regular comfortable a/c buses from [[Kolkata]] to [[Dhaka]] as mentioned before.

Govt. buses run under the label of the state owned West Bengal Surface Transport Service Corporation (WBSTSC) and the [http://www.brtc.gov.bd/ '''Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation'''] (BRTC). WBSTSC and BRTC both operate buses from Kolkata (Karunamoyee Bus Terminus in the Salt Lake area) every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 5:30AM and 8:30AM, and 12:30PM while from Dhaka they leave on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7:00AM and 7:30AM.

The normal journey time is around 12 hours with a one-way fare of Rs550 or BDT600-800, roughly $8-12. If you're only headed to [[Haridaspur]] the fare is Rs86 (2.5 hours).
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Manbill77 - your links have been hijacked
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Okay,

Here we are again (sorry for the delay)...some changes...three out of four works (some of the time).

greenline paribahan

http://shyamoli.paribahan.com/ (site is under construction -- check back soon)

Silk line

shohagh paribahan

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