DTo give its tourists a good look at the Himalayas, the Sheikh Hasina government is looking at agreeing to two new bus routes to India.
One bus route will connect Dhaka to Darjeeling, the other will connect Dhaka to Gangtok in Sikkim.
The decision to explore the Dhaka-Darjeeling and Dhaka-Gangtok bus routes came after a meeting organized by the Thematic Group on regional connectivity in the Road Transport and Highways Division last week.
Bangladeshis account for the largest share of foreign tourists visiting India – about 23 percent of the total foreign tourist traffic in India.
They are also high spenders – especially medical tourists who also spend millions for surgery or other complex medical procedures.
Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) is going to run a trial bus service from Dhaka to Darjeeling and Dhaka to Sikkim tomorrow (Thursday) on getting the necessary approval.
Buses on Dhaka-Calcutta and Dhaka-Agartala routes run with great frequency, but the proposed Dhaka-Guwahati and Dhaka-Shillong bus services never land.
The proposal was put forward by Smita Mishra, a former Assam Tourism official at the conference and later supported by Abraham Bhattacharya of Innovative Tours based in Calcutta.
The proposal for a trans-regional river cruise from Murshidabad in West Bengal to Dibrugarh in Assam was also discussed during the 2016 India-Bangladesh River Festival organized by Shillong-based Asian Sangam, Bangladesh and Indian tour operators. Padma-Meghna-Brahmaputra route.