Khulna, the capital of Bangladesh's southwestern province, serves as a launchpad for organised trips into the Sundarbans, and is hence an important dot on the country's tourist map. A boom town with a considerable Hindu population (West Bengal in India is barely 40km away as the crow flies), the town itself offers few worthy sights, although its surrounds are home to a few interesting historical monuments and activities.
The local culture here has a tangible Indian flavour to it, and the frontier sensation hangs heavy in the air. Many people talk about having relatives across the international border, and have been to India on frequent visits. The regional dialect here has a greater linguistic overlap with West Bengal than eastern or northern Bangladesh, while the cuisine, peppered with cross-border cooking traditions, also has its own distinct identity.