On to Tejgaon Railway Station …and more

Behind Kawran Bazaar is Dhaka’s main railway station. As well as a bustling train line it’s also home to hundreds of families who live by the tracks in their shanty dwellings. This is life in the raw.

Often the only way a woman can feed her family is by selling her body for sex. The litter is collected by children and sold to the guys at the nearby rubbish dump. Walking in this area is not easy and I say that because for one thing it is filthy but for another it’s the sheer abject poverty that you see everywhere especially as there are so many babies and young chidden living in these conditions. I can only imagine how tough you have to be to survive here.

As we were walking along a women touched my arm and beckoned for me to stop. I asked our guide what she was saying and basically she was inviting me to sit with her and have a cup of tea. Honestly I felt very humbled. Here here was this woman who obviously had so little who was offering me a drink. I asked Obaidul to thank her for her hospitality. It was a while before I could take any more pictures in fact I was very aware of intruding into these people’s lives so I didn’t take very many.

Tejgaon Railway station, Dhaka
Tejgaon Railway station, Dhaka
Railway village


Tejgaon Railway station, Dhaka
Life on the railway tracks

After leaving the train station we headed back to our car and were dropped off at Dhaka’s famous Hindu street. By now we were used to the hustle and bustle of this vibrant city. Hindu Street is narrow, full of people and motorbikes and street sellers and a couple of tourists i.e. John and I trying not to get run over! I loved the guys at the end of the street who posed for my camera as they were filling up their water carriers.

Sakhari Bazaar, Hindu Street, Dhaka
Hindu Street

Then it was an interesting rickshaw ride to the Sadarghat boat station for a trip across the river.

Sadarghat boat station, Dhaka
Sadarghat boat station, Dhaka
Fishermen on the Buriganga River
Buriganga river, Dhaka
The busy Buriganga river

After our boat trip we took a rickshaw, joining the manic traffic that is everyday life here and went for lunch.

Rickshaw ride in Dhaka
A great way to travel

A delicious lunch of Bangladeshi cuisine, a look around the area and then it was time to head back to our hotel. We went via the National Parliament Building and then it was time to say goodbye to our excellent guide Obaidul. We wish him well in his new tour business.

Dhaka city
Off for a well-deserved lunch. Traffic is chaotic in the city. After lunch we did a detour to see the National Assembly building.




Morning Market in Dhaka.

7.00pm and the car with Obaidul our guide is just pulling up outside our hotel. It’s an early start but we were heading first to the bustling Kawran Bazaar which trades most of the night and finishes around 8.30pm. No time to lose if wanted to get pictures of all the activity.

From the time we got out of the car it was like a complete assault on our senses! Lorries piled high with the most cauliflowers I’ve ever seen all seeming to reverse into us! Porters everywhere with their baskets over-flowing with vegetables deftly manoeuvring through the stall holders and street sellers. This market is HUGE and bustling with life and not a tourist in sight apart from John and I.

Of course I kept stopping to take pictures which meant Obaildul had to backtrack to make sure I didn’t get lost. And how fantastic that so many people wanted me to take their picture! I was having a great time.

This market is teaming with life and what a privilege to see at first hand how hard these people work to scratch out a living.

Life in Kawran Bazaar, Dhaka
Life in Kawran Bazaar. Great opportunity to take pictures!
Vegetables for sale at Kawran Bazaar, Dhaka
Fruit and vegetables everywhere at this daily market
Bangladeshi vegetables at Kawran Bazaar, Dhaka
One may be tamarind, another a root veg and the green & purple parcels is anyone’s guess.
Life in Kawran Bazaar, Dhaka
Women are selling fruit and veg they’ve collected around the floor of the market. Guy in the centre was working in a very small area that was his blacksmith’s forge. The heat and fumes were intense. The smiley lad just wanted his picture taken!
Women working at Kawran Bazaar, Dhaka
Women working here are in the minority
Indoor market at Kawran Bazaar, Dhaka
A small part of the huge indoor market

Into the Country around Dhaka

Village children in Bangladesh
Hi! Welcome to our village.

Why Bangladesh? I was asked this by lots of people and the answer was simple …I wanted to go back to Sreepur Village again. Sixteen years ago I visited the village which is about thirty miles north of the capital Dhaka.

Sreepur is where the women & children’s village is based and has around 200 Mum’s and about 400 hundred children living there. They stay for up to three years. I wanted to go back again and this time with John. I’d been in touch with Pat Kerr, the Overseas Director and founder of the charity and arranged an overnight stay. I was so excited about our visit as I’d never forgotten the amazing time I’d  spent in the village. This charity is making a real difference to the lives of single mums and their children. I’ll write a little more about the project in another Blog.

As well as visiting Sreepur we wanted to see a little of Bangladesh so John booked a couple of tours with Nijhoom tours. The pictures below are some that I took on our first tour ‘Old Capital Tour’  led by our excellent guide Obaidul.

Village school children in rural Bangladesh
School children in their bamboo classrooms
Villagers on their Char on the Meghna river, Bangladesh
Villagers on their Char (river Island) on the Meghna river
Villagers on their Char in Bangladesh
More village life on the Char
Life on a Char on the river Meghna, Bangladesh
More village life on the Char
Bangladeshi village girl
Stunning village girl
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Obaidul, our guide
Fishermen on the river Meghna.
Fishermen on the river Meghna. They hit the water to attract the fish.
Local Bangladeshi boys
Local boys posing for my camera
Panam Nagar an abandoned city, Bangladesh
Panam Nagar an abandoned city
Folk Arts & Crafts Museum, near Dhaka, Bangladesh
Folk Arts & Crafts Museum