A postcard or post card is a rectangular piece of thick paper or thin cardboard intended for writing and mailing without an envelope – Wikipedia
A postcard is something travelers always look for while visiting a country to send back home to friends and families. These cards also take the sweetness of the places they are visiting to friends and families back home, and give them a feeling of being with the traveler on the places he is visiting, although they couldn’t be there physically. That is why, sending postcards is a very important part of traveling.
While postcard is a very common thing to get in every country where there is tourism, Bangladesh is an exception. As tourism is underdeveloped here and the country has no branding as a tourist destination, getting postcards and souvenirs related to tourism is very limited. You need to know the places where you can get them. Here is a list of the best places to buy postcards in Bangladesh:
Lalbagh Fort is a Mughal period fort in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. This is a key tourist attraction in Dhaka city. Inside Lalbagh Fort, there is an outlet which sells books and postcards printed from the archaeological department of Bangladesh. Here you can buy post cards related to the archaeological sites in Bangladesh. Although all the sites under the archaeological department are supposed to sell these postcards, most of the time you’ll find them unavailable. If you are looking for postcards in Bangladesh, this is the best place you can look for. They have about 20 postcards printed.
Ahsan Manzil, also known as the Pink Palace, is another key tourist attraction in Dhaka city, located at Old Dhaka. This is a beautiful colonial period palace and a must visiting sight if you are visiting Dhaka. They have some postcards printed which are related to the palace. While entering the ground floor from the back side which is the only way allowed to enter the palace, you’ll see a counter in the second room where they sell postcards and publications related to the palace.
Aarong is country’s reputed outlet for selling souvenirs. They have 03 outlets in Dhaka, and the best one is located at Uttara area in the northern part of Dhaka city and close to the airport. Aarong has some postcards with natural scenes of Bangladesh which you can buy.
Best way to post postcards from Bangladesh
After buying postcards, the next part is sending them. Postal service in Bangladesh has reputation of not delivering postcards properly with their regular service. An effective way around this is using their guaranteed parcel service – EMS. It will cost 400-1,200 BDT ($5-$15) to send one postcard to most of the Western countries. Also they will give you a tracking code with which you can track the status of your postcard. This service is available on their central office – GPO only, located at Gulistan near Old Dhaka. Office hour is 10 am – 05 pm except Fridays and Saturdays.
Do you know any other place to buy postcards in Bangladesh? Have you ever posted postcards from here? Share with us in comments.